Belkin 8301/4301 5GHz

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by redsandvb, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member

    I'm planning on getting a Belkin 8301 to use as a 5GHz wireless bridge (WET) to my Asus RT-N66U in order to connect my blu-ray player and other streaming devices to the Internet. Seems like the Belkin is the easiest for me to find and the cheapest.

    I was wondering how is it's 5GHz band performance? It would be placed about 15-20 feet away from the Asus, but in a separate one wall (typical drywall) away.

    Also, if using Shibby's build, an RT-N version is needed for 5GHz?

    Thanks! :)
  2. Engineer

    Engineer Network Guru Member

    I'm using the 4301 but as an access point instead of a bridge. I'm bridging to it using a Linksys E2000. About 10 feet away through a floor (upstairs to downstairs) on only 5GHz, I get up to 20MB(ytes) per second. Usually 12 to 15MB(ytes) per second though. Can't complain for what I paid for it.

    I'm using Shibby version 1.01 but I don't recall it being the RT-N version though. Never updated as it just works.

    Edit: Just looked at the version and didn't see anything about RT-N but not sure if that would be listed or not. Been up for 47 days and shows a connection rate of 243Mbps.
  3. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

    Either the RT or RT-N builds will work. I generally prefer RT-N, but it can vary based on client mix, environment, etc. You're probably OK with either, but try both and see which gives better performance for your scenario.
  4. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member

    Thank you for the replies :)
  5. Engineer

    Engineer Network Guru Member

    By the way, this router was $18.99 shipped a few days ago from Amazon. I thought long on it and decided I didn't need it but was a great deal nonetheless.
  6. redsandvb

    redsandvb Network Guru Member

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