Any suggestions on tomato compatible 5GHz router to be used as a wireless bridge (WET)?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by redsandvb, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member

    I have an RT-N66U as my main router and currently use a Netgear 3500L as a wireless bridge (WET mode) to get my blu-ray player and other streaming devices connected to the Internet and home network. The 2.4GHz band is quite congested in my area and I'm looking to move to 5GHz as a solution, changing channels on 2.4GHz doesn't fully get rid of dropouts/slowdowns.

    Can anyone reccomend some 5GHz, tomato compatible routers that aren't too expensive. I use shibby's build, if it matters. Anything available under $100? Manufacturer refurbished, etc. is fine...

    Thanks! :)
  2. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Refurbished N66U is around $100, and someone recently posted a link to the N66W brand new for around the same price.

    I've had good results with refurbished E4200v1 (4 of them) and E2500 (make sure it's not v3), all under $50.
  3. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member


    I saw that N66W. Kind of looking for something closer the $50-ish if possible, like those refurb E4200 v1 you mentioned.
  4. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

  5. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member

    Thanks for those as well.

    Also, looking for information on how to tell the version numbers on those Linksys routers...? A wiki, etc?
  6. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member

    OK, I found a wiki that says E2500 v1 serial# begins with '10A1', E4200 v1 begins '01C10C' and v2 '01C106' or '01C136'. Did not mention E2500 v2 or v3, etc. Is that correct?

    How do I find out E2500 v2 and v3?

    If going with a Linksys, E2500 v3 and E4200 v2 are to be avoided, right?

  7. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member

    BTW, do I need to be concerned about version/revision numbers (for tomato compatibility) when it comes to the Belkin, Rosewill, etc routers?

    Also how is the 5GHz performance in those? Anyone using those as a wireless bridge?

    Thanks again.
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