Recommended router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Sinjid, May 9, 2011.

  1. Sinjid

    Sinjid Networkin' Nut Member

    Hey all,

    I've been using Victek's firmware for quite a while and I'm very pleased with it. Recently I've moved from my old apt where I maintained the router and moved to a new place. I've sold the old router which was a wrt54GL.

    I'm now looking for a new router that supports higher speeds (I have a 40mbit connection but thinking of upgrading) and that runs Tomato firmware.
    I saw Toastman recommending ASUS RT-16 in his post, though in other places it got some bad reviews, likely due to the default firmware.

    Anyway, I was wanting to ask you guys what is the best router for me to purchase at this moment? I don't mind if its over $100.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    I would say Linksys E3000, because it has dual-band WiFi, if that's important to you.
  3. molnart

    molnart LI Guru Member

    considering your connection speed also make sure that you get a router with gigabit wan. both the RT-N16 and the E3000 should have one
  4. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

  5. baluvee

    baluvee Network Guru Member

  6. Sinjid

    Sinjid Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for all the input :)! I've been looking into the E3000 and it seems to have heating problems? is that fixed in later revisions?

    The Asus router currently has my preference.
  7. zatoom

    zatoom Addicted to LI Member

  8. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

  9. ntest7

    ntest7 Network Guru Member

    There is no heating problem with the E3000. It works as designed, and some folks freak out because it feels warm.
  10. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Yep, it's a little warm. Two radios in a compact plastic case compared to the spacious metal case of the RT-N16 is going to feel warmer. IIRC these chips are rated up to around 200 degrees fahrenheit so can operate a lot warmer than you might think. As always folks have come up with creative cooling solutions, for the E3000 I've read about folks simply turning them upside down, putting additional feet on them to provide extra clearance (particularly the rear feet), and putting fans on them. Probably not required, but also probably won't do any harm.
  11. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    I live in a hot country and routinely add small rubber feet to pretty much everything I buy, for this reason. It does make a difference for airflow, and they cost practically nothing from RadioShack or similar.
    The E3000 does seem to run fairly hot, at least hotter than my Asus WL-500GPv2, but so far I have not had any problems and have been quite happy with it.
  12. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    E3000 is very HOT!! Better choice is wrt610Nv2.
  13. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    The heat comes from the gigabit switch chip. Nonetheless, the heat doesn't matter unless you need to touch it often or you're placing it on something that maybe sensitive to the heat transfer.

    I've use WRT310N and E3000, both "very hot", inside enclosed cabinet with no airflow. I've never encountered problems with them.
  14. baluvee

    baluvee Network Guru Member

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