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Old 12-19-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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Nice wireless router for Windows/Mac/Linux network?


An electrical surge apparently fried my ASUS RT-N16. I plug it in and the pretty blue lights come on for about half a second and then shut off.

Does anyone have a router they are really loving? I had DD-WRT installed on my ASUS router which not only allowed me some pretty fancy routing options, but also let me connect a network printer and storage via USB. It was pretty awesome until it died. Also worth noting is that, although old, my Linksys WRT54GL survived the power surge and a factory reset and is still working smoothly.

I am not sure a) what the latest wireless protocols are that I should support (802.11ac?) and b) what open source router firmware might be easiest to set up and configure. DD-WRT was a pain in the ass as I recall but entirely necessary because the ASUS RT-N16 firmware was complete garbage. I know there are others like TomatoUSB, etc., but suspect that some are easier than others and that some routers are friendlier to certain distros, etc.

If anyone has a success story regarding routers, I'd surely appreciate it. Some features I shall need:
* map a consistent LAN ip address onto a particular MAC address
* route WAN traffic from some subnet (e.g., WWW.XXX.YYY.0/24) on a particular port to some machine on my LAN on some other port -- e.g., public visitors to my IP address on port 1234 might be routed to port 80 on my dev server.
* IPV6 support?
* DynDNS configuration. I.e., login to NO-IP.com when my ISP allocates me a new IP so that my domain will point to the new IP address.
* should be linux-based
* USB support so I can attach network storage and a printer for use by all computers on the LAN
 
Old 12-20-2012, 03:52 AM   #2
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i have a FRITZ!Box Fon WLAN 7170 at home and i´m happy.
 
Old 01-02-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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In terms of protocols, I would go for 802.11 b, g, and perhaps n. I think most modern routers can do that.
 
Old 01-03-2013, 09:13 AM   #4
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Is it the router...

Did you check to see whether the router is damaged or the power supply is faulty by trying another 12v power source? A power supply is cheap, if that's your only problem.

The Asus RT-N16 is well reviewed. You've mastered setting up DD-WRT on it. If you need a new router, you could buy a new one.

I am using a RT-N16 with DD-WRT myself, so I'm likely to recommend it again unless you have some reason to buy a router to use on the 5GHz band.

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 01-03-2013 at 09:17 AM.
 
Old 01-03-2013, 10:06 AM   #5
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Quote:
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Did you check to see whether the router is damaged or the power supply is faulty by trying another 12v power source? A power supply is cheap, if that's your only problem.
Yes, that was the first thing I did. Same problem with the other power supply

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The Asus RT-N16 is well reviewed. You've mastered setting up DD-WRT on it. If you need a new router, you could buy a new one.
I've considered buying a new one ($70 or so), but figured I'd be angry at myself if I didn't at least explore getting a newer generation router.

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I am using a RT-N16 with DD-WRT myself, so I'm likely to recommend it again unless you have some reason to buy a router to use on the 5GHz band.
The latest support not just 802.11 protocols b, g, n, but also 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.3/3u/3ab. This seems like a significant advancement -- and the advertised wireless data rates are up to 1300Mbps -- over 4 times faster than the RT-N16's 300Mbps. It also features more memory, faster chip, etc.

I've heard good things about a modified version of the stock firmware written by some dude calling himself Merlin:
http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=7846
Some people swear by it. I'm tempted, but not yet convinced. I've been trying to figure out if there is going to be a DD-WRT release soon but can't seem to get any word.
 
  


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