WRT1900AC Version 2 Inquiry

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Skoda Zek, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Skoda Zek

    Skoda Zek New Member Member

    Hey folks,

    Just got me a beautiful WRT1900ACv2 unit (1.3GHz Processor variant). Still using stock firmware until I get some feedback regarding DD-WRT performance and reliability.

    I am not a fan of Linksys Smart WiFi Tools, so replacing it with a proper Linux based firmware is something I look forward too greatly. That being said, I cannot just jump into it without first ensuring that the firmware will be able to at the very least meet the performance level (wireless etc) of the stock firmware.

    My network is very active and heavily used. Currently there are 17 Devices on my router. 3 Wired, and 14 Wireless. 9 are on the 2.4 GHz Band and 5 are on the 5.0 GHz band (All bands are mixed). I also use Guest network for those visiting (both bands). I Run a DLNA via the USB/ESATA combined port (USB in this case) that is very actively used by 3 Roku 3's on the 5.0 GHz band.

    As you can see maintaining the current performance levels I get with the Stock firmware and the Twonky DLNA built in is a must.

    As aforementioned I am not a fan of the stock Smart WiFi firmware provided by Linksys, that being said there is no denying it's wifi performance is exceptional. Aftering doing range and throughput testing I was blown away by its capabilities. I do not want to loose any of that range or throughput on either band by switching to DD-WRT.

    I know DD-WRT uses MiniDLNA as opposed to Twonky. I have no experience with MiniDLNA, but considering the Twonky is no longer developed and the version of Twonky provided by Linksys (6.0.42) is not even the final release (7.1) I think it is safe to assume MiniDLNA would be an improvement over Twonky for the DLNA side of things.

    Anyhow, I would greatly appreciate any feedback from anyone who has used DD-WRT with the WRT1900ACv2. Comparisons to stock firmware would be invaluable.

    Keep in mind that I have the fanless version 2 of the router, and according to what I have read on DD-WRT forums the version of router you have does have an impact on results.

    Thanks in advance!
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