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Recommend a kinda cheap router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Bird333, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Bird333

    Bird333 Network Guru Member

    Can you guys recommend a cheap router that can run tomato? Something that is available at Wal-Mart, Target or Best Buy.

  2. er fudd

    er fudd Reformed Router Member

    Get the Asus N66
  3. Connor McCaffrey

    Connor McCaffrey Serious Server Member

    i would take the rt-ac56 u any day over the RT-N66U.

    costs less.much more powerful processor. ac support. and it should now be working with Tomato RAF. atleast Victek was looking for beta testers a few weeks back.

    only downside to the RT-AC56U vs RT-N66U will be if you have a bunch of 3 stream clients (most people have none) and if you need extremely long range 2.4GHz. those are the 2 advantages of the RT-N66U. 3 stream and long range 2.4GHz
  4. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    I don't think those are kinda cheap routers... :)
    The best cheapie routers are old generation: For only 2.4 Ghz , the BEST of the bunch is Asus RT-N16, and for dual band Belkin Play Max (I've read you guys can buy it at 30$) or alternatives like the Cisco E2000 but with only 8 mb Flash, all able to do 300 mbps wireless on both bands.
    It all depends on availability and price!
    If you can go higher in price the new Tenda N60 looks like a smart choice, it's only just being supported but looks good on paper!
    Of course Asus RT-N66U is very good, but it's well out of the reach of people that can only afford cheap routers!
  5. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Asus RT-n10p is about $30 on Amazon. RT-n12 is about $40.
  6. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    I've had good luck with half a dozen refurbished Linksys routers so far (E4200v1 and E2500 V1 and V2). I've seen refurbished Asus units around as well but haven't tried them.
  7. cloneman

    cloneman Networkin' Nut Member

    I dunno if this is good advice to give someone just looking for cheap router. I mean, beta support by only 1 tomato version? I'd be more comfortable with something that has established firmware.
  8. Connor McCaffrey

    Connor McCaffrey Serious Server Member

    i wouldnt think its bad advice. because the processor in the RT-AC56U is very powerful, and overclockable ;) i would probably trade my RT-AC66U for one lol

    personally i wouldnt recommend anything other then the RT-AC56U
  9. asammar

    asammar Network Guru Member

    Given that the latest Shibby supports it, I would say that the Tenda N60 is worth consideration. It is dual band, gigabit, external antennas, and has a USB port.
  10. Connor McCaffrey

    Connor McCaffrey Serious Server Member

    i think those tenda routers look garbage. now that i think about it whats my iphone worth anyways lets just go by a china brand of the same thing....? are people crazy
  11. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Your iPhone was made in China. ;-)
  12. Connor McCaffrey

    Connor McCaffrey Serious Server Member

    i know that ;) doesnt mean its china brand. aka a cheap ripoff brand, im pretty sure everyone knows what i mean
  13. Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian

    Mihai Olimpiu-Cristian Serious Server Member

    Offtopic and useless remarks... Overpriced brand used as a very, very poor example!
  14. Connor McCaffrey

    Connor McCaffrey Serious Server Member

    sorry something just bugs me about people who try to save money buying from cheap companies. this is why your average home router is so terrible because of the price-points they are trying to match. if people would pay a bit more for slightly better products then companies would make them. linksys will be trying there wrt-1900ac at $300. but i doubt alot of people will buy it because of this.

    recommendations like netgear, asus, and linksys are good. cause they are known to be reliable. i would stick within those brands

    at least for me a router is something i plan to use for a long time. my RT-AC66U is at the very beginning of its lifecycle. will be 1 year old this summer. i expect it to last me 4+ more years.

    cheaping out on your router is like cheaping out on your internet its only gonna cut productivity and create more problems and make things take longer. IMO

    sorry i have a pet peeve for penny pinchers
  15. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

    Not necessarily, all those manufacturers have had products that are pure crap. Even the once "gold standard" RTN-16 has had production issues at times. I've returned many, over several years, where the socket for the power supply was attached with bubble gum and a prayer, not to mention issues with several major brands failing from a 5 cent capacitor when they should have used a 5.2 cent part.

    Odds are the Tenda will last just as long as any of the major brands, the real question is does it have the features needed?

    The vast majority of folks won't notice any difference between a $30 Belkin 4301 and a $200 Netgear R7000 or a $300 WRT1900AC. Geeks like us may, but will usually know what they need and why. As for future proofing, chances are buying what is adequate now and upgrading a year or two down the road will cost less than buying today's latest and greatest.

    Spend a few extra bucks to purchase from somewhere with return privileges, get the best deal for today's needs, test it out, return if it doesn't work out.
  16. quihong

    quihong Serious Server Member

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