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Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Easy Rhino, May 15, 2008.

  1. Easy Rhino

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    my current wireless N router "trendnet twe-633gr" is a piece of crap. ive had it for 6 months and i constantly have to reboot it to get the wireless signal back. this week has been terrible because i have to reboot it everyday! i would like to get another wireless N router but there arent many choices and a lot of people still have problems with them. i guess i should just get a wireless g router. when i had the linksys wrt54g my playstation3 would constanly drop connections (which happens to be a known problem by both sony and linksys and they havnt bothered fixing it.) anyone have any suggestions ?
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    i strongly suggest, anything that can run openWRT + X-Wrt

    it never crashes and always works flawlessly with a good config [if u need help ask i can help]
    mine is a WRT54G v2.0 [one of the ones with 32mb of ram instid of 16mb]

    all consumer router software is like that, every drop of it, especialy the ones that ppl say isnt like that. thats why u gotta go opensource linux man :)
  3. Easy Rhino

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    the wrt54g router i had was an early model which is why i was having problems connecting it to the ps3. there is the wrt54gl available and people say i can use beter firmware on that. hrm...
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    with the wrt54g the earlier the better as far as opensource firmware goes [STRONGLY suggest openWRT + X-Wrt]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WRT54G

    this shows what versions have what stats, the most important parts are, how much flash space it has, and how much memory it as, as you can see the WRT54GL is pretty weak, and the WRT54GS v1.0 to 3.0 is awesome.
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  5. Easy Rhino

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    yea, but how do i know what version i am getting?
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    that website shows the first 4 digits of the serial number, mine is CDF5, thats how you identify them.

    if you want something expensive there is an alternative, avila gateworks makes some of the most awesome routers you can get ahold of easily, you just need to buy the router, and the case, and any miniPCI cards you might need [wifi] its future proof cuz you can replace the wifi card when new stuff comes out, you can get one with a really fast processor if you want, in the end it will be MANY times cheaper than getting a series of shitty consumer routers
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    WRT330N :D

    Been so good for me so far *touch wood*.
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    cant you just buy a wrt54gs and upgrade the firmware to match the 330N? sure it wont be "n" speed but it will have just as many features and cost 1/3
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    Is that router gigabit?

    The router previous to my WRT330N was an SMC Barricade WRT54G. For $30, that router was so good. Ran fine for 2 years, on 24/7. For a cheapy G router the range was also amazing.

    Now the WRT330N. The range is literally at least 5 times better (down into my basement, which is four levels down, and the actual basement has a triple brick construction) has full reception on a centrino G card, which was 2-3 bars with the old SMC.

    Also another thing to note: I havent had one cut out of wired or wireless with it, and I didnt buy it new.

    That all being said, if you dont need the features spend less and get the G router :). I havent had exp wit hthe wrt54gs, so I can't confirm anything about it.
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    good to know. the only reason i hesitate is because of the wireless issues all N routers seem to have. there is no standard yet and alot of manufacturers are making mistakes. i want a router that once i setup i never have to touch. it must do upnp and support all dnla (dlna?) devices. also, the 330N doesnt have wpa/wpa2 security.
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    "N" is only good if you have "N" connectivity on the client side.

    I have played with the DLINK DGL-4300 and the DIR-655, both are awesome routers.

    I really recommend the 655, the 4300 is a bit outdated (replaced by the 4500, but that cost way to much) but still a good router.
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    i have a wrt54g v2 loaded with dd-wrt v24 rc7 and she's ready for a new home. any takers?
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    I have a very considered and experienced based tip:

    #1 Dont get an all in one router with wireless. Get a SEPARATE wireless AP.

    Reasons for this have been posted a 100x.
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    could you point me to a few? i would be interested in reading them.
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    I would second that too, although I never deal with them personally, a lot of people are praising netgears newer stuff, same with belkin....
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    Yea, that router is awesome. Very very good range (beats most routers out there) and performance.
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    i am tempted, but there are 50 reviews of it saying it didnt work right.
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    Most people who put there reviews in the first place the the ones that are complaining. Most people who are satisfied with there purchase dont bother to post a review.
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    Almost the same price at bestbuy, get one there and try it out :)
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    yea true.
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    that isnt a bad idea. that way i can bring it back if i have issues and yell at them. i always enjoy yelling at the best buy workers.
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    Same here, its funny the poor uneducated $8 an hour workers.
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    i use a wrt54gl w/ dd-wrt ... no drop offs, carried it to school today had 10 ppl on it playing far cry .. no problems

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