Best Router for somewhat high speed internet

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by rizsher, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    Hi Guys,

    In the last 2 weeks, I've burnt throhg a small (very large for me) fortune getting really crappy routers which seemed to be really good. First one, Asus RT-AC66U, seemed to work OK on stock, but would crap out after a few days, so I tried Merlin and then Shibby tomato firmwares on it - didn't really become very stable, in the end, I replaced it with a Linksys ES6500 - didn't do much research before buying it, currently in Trinidad, and choices are fairly limited.

    Went to this computer shop, they had the EA6500, which was very surprising, knowing that it won't take Tomaro (or DD-WRT for that matter, which I don't care for too much any way), I bought it thinking I don't really need QoS or any of the more advanced features.

    Its a certfied piece of crap - within a day, it would slowdown, lose the ability to reach the config pages. The fricking thing cost 400 US$ here and there is no come back.

    In b/w. I signed up for DishWorld, and then found out that the channels I'd signed up for wouldn't work outside the United States, the mission was then to setup VPN - threw the EA6500, put the Asus back on, ran for a couple of days, then decided to upgrade firmware, and now its dead!!!. (can't be bothered trying to revive it just now, will get back to it one day)

    I've a stock of WRT54GS and -TM versions accumulated the years, probaly bought the first one in 2004/5, and I'm using these at the moment - one connected directly to the cable modem, and the other on VPN - both running Tomato.

    I have 20 mbps internet connection, and feel a bit beyond the venerable WRTs capability - the dishworld channels stutter and I get messages in b/w saying bw is not enough.

    It could be the VPN service, but it worked flawlessly when the Asus worked for the few hours.

    SO: after the rant, in the market ot get a SOLID router - got a friend coming across from Stateside who can bring it with him - what should I go for: Not necessarily looking for Tomato compatibility (though would be a great plus), N (and AC, if possible) wireless.

    Recommendations please?.

  2. Elfew

    Elfew Network Guru Member

  3. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    Which Asus?.. currently I'm not digging the brand very much.
  4. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    20mbps is easy on any recent router. 20mbps over VPN is not so easy due to CPU demands. Some alternatives are a device intended for VPN, an ARM-based router with 3rd party firmware, or running the VPN software on a PC in your LAN.
  5. barkmann

    barkmann Network Guru Member

    I've been very happy with my Asus RT-N66U and toastman (and sometimes Victek) and stable. On a 20/2 connection.
  6. Elfew

    Elfew Network Guru Member

    Tomato raf from victek has over 150mbit througput with version which has all features and modules. Over 200mbit with speedtest version which doesnt have all features.

    I think problem is not firmware or hardware but with vpn. Just buy small cheap pc and configured it
  7. dtyxx

    dtyxx Serious Server Member

    I have an RT-AC66U running Shibby's 114 Tomato build and it's rock solid. My line is "up to 80Mbit/s" and I routinely get 76Mbit/s plus. The signal range on the WiFi is MUCH better than my old E3000. In the 6 or so months I've owned it, it's never crashed or slowed down. Current uptime is 83 days - and that's only because we had a power cut.
  8. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    I haven't had much luck with the AC66U or the Linksys EA6500 (the latter is a total piece of c**p btw). The AC66U crashes/slows down ramdomely on Tomato. On stock, its slightly better, after disabling presty much every feature besides routing and wireless (not that the stock firnware is very feature rich to start with). The EA6500, cries like a baby even on stock firmware, and there isn't any DD-WRT or Tomato version out there for it. (there are allegedly v1 and v2 hardware out there, but their website is silent on the subject).

    Elfew, I don't have VPN running on the primary router, I've run a cable to an old WRT54G-TM (those were the days when Linksys knew what they were doing) running Tomato and have PPTP configured on it, only really use it to access Dishworld outside of the US. I've ordered a N66U - hope it performs better than the other 2 I've burnt money on.
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