Which modern router to buy

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kilroy, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Kilroy

    Kilroy Serious Server Member

    I have currently Tomato (toastman) working on an old WRT54G and would like to get a new router with abgn wifi.
    I tried to find an ABGN wifi router supported by Tomato but the only ones I can find are too old to purchase (ie: have been replaced by new model).

    Could anyone give me some recommandations ?

    Thanks a lot.

    ps: Ideally, the new router should have simultaneous 2,4Ghz, 5Ghz band and gigabit Lan.
  2. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

  3. volgera

    volgera Networkin' Nut Member

  4. Kilroy

    Kilroy Serious Server Member

    Thanks !

    I was hoping for a bit cheaper but it seems it's the only choice ;)
  5. darkknight93

    darkknight93 Networkin' Nut Member

    Yep definately :) Asus is the one device with future. Plenty of RAM, nice CPU, 5GHz
  6. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

  7. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    I would also second the Asus, rather than Linksys. I'm a big fan of external antennas myself.
  8. fubdap

    fubdap LI Guru Member

    Asus will sell a lot of the N66U if they could bring the price below or at $100.
  9. darkknight93

    darkknight93 Networkin' Nut Member

  10. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Yeah, if you want both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz the N66 is hard to beat. If you don't care about 5Ghz you can opt for the N16. In theory the N53 offers both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz support at a lower price point, but there have been reports of problems under Tomato. Plus internal-only antennas are kind of sucky.
  11. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    The E4200v1 is the best alternative to the N66U. The performances are almost equal.
  12. Kilroy

    Kilroy Serious Server Member

    well, I can't find a E4200v1 to buy; it's seems only E4500 is available.
    The WRT-610N would also have been an option; but no one sells it anymore.

    N66 is really nice, but a bit overkill for my needs,and the cheapest N66 I can find is 150€ (transport included); which is ain't cheap. (compared to ie: a WNDR3700 at 85€)
    Well, I don't see much other options; unless I remove the 5ghz req (which from my home tests is double speed vs the 2.4ghz band)...

    Thanks again for your feedback
  13. Elfew

    Elfew Network Guru Member

    yeah best router:
    2,,4GHz - asus rt-16n
    2,4/5GHz - asus N66U

    I dont like linksys routers (I had some problems with e3000 I think... Asus is better for me!)
  14. bmupton

    bmupton Networkin' Nut Member

    My Linksys E3000 gets the job done for me. It's at the right price point for the features supported. That being said, I have been drooling over the Asus RT-N66U for a while now...
  15. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    Kilroy which country? Did you follow the link I gave you? $79.99 is an amazing deal.
  16. Elfew

    Elfew Network Guru Member

    I really like RT-16n because many of devices dont support 5GHz band, so it is useless for me... I use wired connection between my NAS and PCs... only notebooks, smartphones or tablet use wifi (all off them support only 2,4GHz band, only my phone and second notebook can use 5GHz)... I think that RT-16n is the best router only for 2,4GHz, plus its price, it is really good buy!
  17. fubdap

    fubdap LI Guru Member

    It's a good deal, but they are out of stock at the moment.
  18. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    Oh, I swear they had some earlier.
  19. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

    Currently "sold out" though.
  20. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

  21. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    This is true, but the E4200v1 is basically impossible to find brand new anymore, since it's no longer manufactured. You'd be really lucky to find one.
  22. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

  23. Kilroy

    Kilroy Serious Server Member

    The refurbished is a good idea; but I am in Belgium so Amazon.fr doesn't do refurbished and linksys removed the option when switching from the US site.
    I tried ebay but none is available as well...

    So only one choice then.
    When you think of it, the asus seems really good routers but having only one choice for a 'modern' router tomato kind of sucks. We can't even discuss which one is best as, you can only buy one ;)
  24. Frequenzy

    Frequenzy Networkin' Nut Member

    i would still recommend routers having external antennas.
  25. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    Yeah, check my signature & avatar, only external antenas;)
  26. seatown

    seatown Serious Server Member

    external antennas is a must N66-U has 3 Antennas, 600mhz CPU and 256MB Ram its a monster the N66-R is also good. Invest in a nice router, not a crappy no antenna POS.
  27. crashnburn

    crashnburn Network Guru Member

    RT-N66 for 79$ ? Where. I have yet to see it go below 100$
    I even have a price alert set up for it. So far, living with the RT-N16
  28. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    eahm had a link for a refurbished E4200v1 for that price, but it was only good in the US.

    The link seems to have vanished.
  29. philess

    philess Networkin' Nut Member

    I just bought a RT-N16 (69€) for a friend, set it up for him (Victek Mod) and was
    really surprised (a bit) by how fast it was and everything works great.
    I highly recommend this model, the only thing it lacks is 5GHz support.
    It also "felt" a lot faster than my own E4200, was tempted to exchange them hehe.
    But i am sure most here already know how good the N16 is, just thought i would chime in :)
  30. heebo1974

    heebo1974 Serious Server Member

  31. ChuckHL

    ChuckHL Serious Server Member

    You can consider the E2500 router from linksys with 2.4 and 5ghz radios. Refurbished versions start at 35 usd. The downside is it does not have gigabit lan.

    Shibby tomato version support this router.

    The next level with both radios and gigabit is the E3200 with the refurbished version starting at 65 usd.

    Also supported by shibby
  32. Victek

    Victek Network Guru Member

    RT-N66U .. additionally you can save money heating your home ;), so, it's cheaper for cold regions...
    RT-N16 ... cheaper, strong, cold, only 2.4GHz but great performance.

    @ ChuckHL almost all mods supports e2500/e3200 also ....
  33. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

  34. Davido

    Davido Network Guru Member

    sorry to hijack but i just got the E2500 and was wondering if I can just flash "tomato-E2500-NVRAM60K-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-108-Max.bin" straight from stock firmware and then reset NVRAM and be good to go?
  35. Mangix

    Mangix Networkin' Nut Member

  36. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    @Kilroy - What did you end up getting in the end? And where did you get it from?
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