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Routers compatible with Tomato that support 802.11na

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Jedis, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Jedis

    Jedis LI Guru Member


    I am working on upgrading my wireless network configuration.

    I've moved into an apartment building where the 2.4GHz range is completely saturated. Microwave ovens are also polluting that range and causing my wireless to be interrupted.

    I've upgraded to a Pepwave Surf SOHO router to bridge my Verizon MiFi internet to my home devices. I've set the Pepwave to use the 5.24GHz range (802.11na, channel 48) and I am the only one using this range!

    I have 3 Linksys WRT54G routers spread throughout my apartment. They only support 802.11bg. Which routers should I buy that support Tomato (and the 802.11na standard) so I can configure them in Ethernet Bridge mode?

    Thanks so much in advance for any assistance you might be able to provide!
  2. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    RT-N66U is one of the better ones.

    Whatever you choose don't get the routers with USB 5GHz radios (E3200, E2500, EA2700, RT-N53), the 5GHz radios are terrible.
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  3. Jedis

    Jedis LI Guru Member

    Thank you. I ordered a RT-N66U from Amazon!
  4. Grif Topia

    Grif Topia Network Newbie Member

    So guys, I just hit upon this thread. First let me unashamedly admit : I AM CHEAP.
    As in I'm not going to pay retail prices on Amazon. I'm going to buy used/refurbished on CraigsList/eBay.
    So I have a e2000 and a e2500 set up with Tomato in bridge mode affording me to have wireless through wired connection in two different rooms remote from where my primary router (Verizon) and Access Point (EA4500) are. I really have no issues to complain about since I get anywhere between 250 - 300 MBPS on my 2 bridges.

    So now I keep hearing about RT-N66U. Thing is even used the sucker sells for 3 times the price. Is it really all its cracked up to be? Since I'm sing EA4500, I was thinking of shelling out for an E4200V1 to try get 450 MBPS the EA4500 can dish out. So I need to make a decision. E4200V1 sells cheaper than RT-N66U.

    Any insight you can provide between my two options would be much appreciated.
  5. haertig

    haertig Reformed Router Member

    "I want 450Mbps" and "I am cheap" are kind of on opposite ends of the spectrum. Not that the higher speeds are THAT expensive, but what do you expect to do with 450Mbps? Who do you expect to feed you data that fast? Do you have clients that can even communicate that fast? My bet is that if you are truly "cheap" as you say, then you don't have anything that could utilize those speeds in the first place, so your question would probably be moot.

    FWIW, I just bought an RT-N66U. $114 (new) at Amazon. It's a great router. I don't consider it expensive. I highly recommend it. I didn't even look at the even faster AC routers and all their super-duper-high-speed flavors, except in passing. I have nothing that could communicate at those speeds, and even if I did, I can't fathom why I'd need to communicate that fast. Do you transfer lots of really big files across your home LAN or something?

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