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Recommendation for router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by t4evassa, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. t4evassa

    t4evassa Network Guru Registered

    Hi could anyone recommend me a good router? I don't want to pay too much for it. I see the Asus RT-N16 is pretty popular but it's kinda pricey and I'd rather not have to spend that much. I don't need gigabit lan, usb ports, or dual band. I'd like it to support wireless N. I care mostly about stability and wireless range. I do quite a bit of torrenting. I might use the QOS features too.

    I thought the Asus RT-N12/B might be the perfect router for my needs but reading some of the threads, the wireless performance and stability looks a little questionable. I also looked at the Netgear WNR3500L but not sure if there's a lot of support for it or how good it is.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. hacim

    hacim Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a WRT54G v3.1 and I think it might be a little too old to use some of the features of the mods, so I'm looking for a new one as well, but have no clue what people use.
     
  3. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

  4. fubdap

    fubdap Addicted to LI Member

  5. hacim

    hacim Networkin' Nut Member

    Pretty good price, even for refurbished, might have to get that!
     
  6. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    NEVER buy new routers if there is a refurbished option.

    :)
     
  7. dthatcher

    dthatcher Networkin' Nut Member

    Can you explain? Is this because any problems with the original manufacture are assured to be corrected?
     
  8. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    Exactly. In my opinion you're actually buying a "better" product, not always but mostly.

    I think this works only with routers, for example I will never suggest or buy a refurbished laptop :)
     
  9. hacim

    hacim Networkin' Nut Member

    reading some of the reviews of the refurbished on linked here, some people seem to be saying that there was nothing refurbished at all, its just 'used' because they have received some broken ones
     
  10. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    "...broken ones..."

    That is correct. I would never buy a refurb.
     
  11. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    Most of the people don't even know where to plug the WAN cable, they just return it and you can buy it for half of the original price. If you get a "broken" one because FedEx threw the box you can always exchange it, I think it's more than worth it.
     
  12. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    A new one is 79 at Newegg. Your choice. I'd be buying new. Might even buy a third one as backup. They are a great value.
     
  13. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    I've sold probably 100 between E3000-RM and E4200v1-RM, never one single problem. Do the math.
     
  14. t4evassa

    t4evassa Network Guru Registered

    I read the e3000 gets very hot on the bottom. Is this true? Any danger from that? What tomato mods can the e3000 use?
     
  15. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    So you sell refurbs and recommend buying them too ea....?

    Hmmm......

    bu....

    The outside case getting warm is by design. The case is part of the cooling mechanism. I have one sitting on top shelf in my study. Never has a problem with heat. The E3000 is a great value and performer. I recommend it over the E4200. And a new one at 79 bucks is a steal. My opinion regarding refurbs has been stated and I dno't sell new ones.
     
  16. Python46

    Python46 Networkin' Nut Member

    I bought one of the $79 new e3000's from Newegg and am very happy with it. I started with dd-wrt firmware for it but now I'm running the firmware from Victek shown in my sig below. No problems so far. As for heat, I have mine on edge as if it were mounted on the wall. No heat problems. Hope that helps...
     
  17. Planiwa

    Planiwa LI Guru Member

    Which attributes are better than the N16?

    I see it has 802.11a +++

    But apparently less RAM and less ROM, and only internal antennae.

    (It's available here refurb for $80. N66U out of stock $200.)
     
  18. hacim

    hacim Networkin' Nut Member

    That promo code is no longer valid :(
     
  19. fubdap

    fubdap Addicted to LI Member

    The sale was through the end of February.
     
  20. fubdap

    fubdap Addicted to LI Member

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