Asus RT-AC3200 signal strength with Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Joe A, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    I am considering purchasing the Asus RT-AC3200 since it is able to use the newer drivers provided with SDK7 (I believe).

    Since it is fairly expensive, I'd like to collect some information before making the purchase.

    Can anyone tell me how the 2.4 Ghz and 5.2 Ghz bands perform on this router with Tomato compared to the OEM software?
     
  2. Onee-chan

    Onee-chan Network Newbie Member

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  3. pedro311

    pedro311 Networkin' Nut Member

    What? You're kidding, right :p ?
    I own this router for some time and I can say it's very powerful and I can't say a bad word about it...
     
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  4. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    Hmm. Well that's one for and one against. Hopefully more folks will weigh in.
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018
  5. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    @pedro311
    So you're satisfied with both bands's signal strength ?
     
  6. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    @Onee-chan
    What didn't you like about this router?
     
  7. pedro311

    pedro311 Networkin' Nut Member

    TBH, currently problems with the signal strength in modern routers, in most cases arise from terrible legal regulations, not bad implementation.
    And of course, I still have more signal coverage with my old WRT-54G than with the AC-3200, but the performance...
     
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  8. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    I'm curious about all this because I have an Asus RT-AC66U_B1 running DD-WRT KongAC for the RT-AC68U and the signal strength is better than the OEM and Merlin software. DD-WRT has better signal strength than Tomato on my Netgeaer R6300v2 as well.

    I was hoping the driver from the SDK7 would make a difference, but apparently not.

    I really prefer Tomato's GUI, and it seems that Tomato provides security updates more frequently, Tomato's older Linux kernel not withstanding.
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018
  9. Onee-chan

    Onee-chan Network Newbie Member

    I have transcended I look at things differently from you humans.
     
  10. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    Oh, geez. Lookout, there's an AI or bot on the forum. :)
     
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  11. Black6spdZ

    Black6spdZ Addicted to LI Member

    If you say so.. I have 100 days of up-time on mine with AT v3.5-140 @ 1400Mhz.. strong signal in whole house
     
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  12. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks.
    @Black6spdZ

    That makes 2 for and 1 against.
     
  13. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    Can anyone else help me with this question, please?
     
  14. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks.
     
  15. Onee-chan

    Onee-chan Network Newbie Member

    This is the Router and AP that @shibby20 uses now: (The creator of Tomato by Shibby)
    [​IMG]
    Source: https://openlinksys.info/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=21651&rowstart=300#post_169296

    The next level of Router, Access Point and Firmware above ASUS, Netgear, Tomato, Asuswrt-Merlin, DD-WRT and OpenWRT is Ubiquiti.

    And the next level of Router and Firmware above Ubiquiti is a pfSense. (OpenVPN 1GB of upload and download)

    Simple gamer perspective:
    1. Pay-to-Win: pfSense (Router and Firmware)
    2. Pro: Ubiquiti (Router, Access Point and Firmware)
    3. Noob: ASUS, Netgear, Tomato, Asuswrt-Merlin, DD-WRT and OpenWRT.

    Video about a cheap Ubiquiti setup:



    Buy a "Mini PC" for install "pfSense":

    Intel "7th" Generation:

    1. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/QOT...-i7-7500U-6-Gigabit-NICs-COM/32920921042.html
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    3. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/MIN...port-AES-NI-PFsense-Firewall/32926430140.html

    Intel "6th" Generation:

    1. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/QOT...r-pfSense-core-i5-6200U-core/32889249066.html
    2. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Kan...ss-router-firewall-pfsense-6/32922546156.html
    3. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/QOT...ewall-industrial-home-router/32888176745.html

    Intel "5th" Generation:

    1. https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...i-Computer-X86-Router/108231_32799048185.html
    2. https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pr...Pfsense-Firewall-Mini/108231_32800603727.html
    3. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4-L...ni-Computer-Windows-10-Linux/32924362408.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2018
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  16. tbrautaset

    tbrautaset Network Newbie Member

    Has reviewed mesh technology several times, but in our 2 story house (2229ft²) we have full coverage indoors and outdoors (10226ft²) at all sides of the house and garden with an average speed of > 200 Mbps, there is no point in switching for us. Can really recommend this router!

    Bought our ASUS RT-AC3200 Gigabit Router in September '15, it get the job done, it has Broadcom's dual-core Cortex A9 SoC that can be overclocked and works perfectly with multiple versions of operating system, of course AsusWRT and Asuswrt-Merlin, but also DD-WRT, TOMATO, and Optware, Entware / Entware-ng ++++ add-ons

    1x2,4 GHz, 2x5,0 GHz Wireless technology 802.11a / b / g / n / ac Transfer rate 1x600 Mbps (802.11n) + 2x1300 Mbps (802.11ac) Antennas 6 Ports 4 x gigabit Ethernet, 1 x gigabit WAN, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0.

    My 3 kids are playing and streaming all day if allowed and coverage is very good, running on freshtomato-RT-AC3200-ARM-2018.3-AIO-64K, 2018-06-23
     
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  17. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    Thank you, you've provided quite a bit of useful info!
     
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  18. tbrautaset

    tbrautaset Network Newbie Member

    Since the AC3200 Tri-Band Gigabit WiFi Router was launched in the summer of 2014, and the first firmware version was available in January 2015 as version 3.0.0.4.378.4129, this model is almost 5 years and much has happened at that time relative to development, so it may not be as hot anymore, expect you to have checked what is offered today :)
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
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  19. Joe A

    Joe A Networkin' Nut Member

    Yep, thanks. I was just checking up on what appeared to be the most advanced Tomato router.
     
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