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Hi all,
I'm looking to buy a new WiFi router, to be setup in our showroom for guests to use.
I can buy a $ 200 router, but it seems I can do the same with buying a cheaper router (+/- $ 90) and installing DD-WRT or Tomato on it.

Been reading through many posts, but as they're all a little older, I like to ask this question:
What router (pref. with G/B/N) should I get, that is usable for DD-WRT or Tomato?

While we do have a business account with TigerDirect (and therefore get some discounts), any suggestions for routers are extremely welcome, even if they're not on their website!
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How many people are you going to have connected to it at any given time? Purely wireless?
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It's not going to be a huge number for sure...
I think on average, prob. 2 at the time.
There will be a lot of times no-one is using it, but in weekends I can see maybe 5 users connecting to it at the same time. So no heavy use for 99.9% of the time, like a Starbucks would have!

--- edit ---
To give a little more info about the setup:
We'll have our ISP box (T1), --> a simple unmanaged switch
From there 1 line goes to the public (yet to get) wifi router, that will get it's own public ip-address.
The 2nd line goes to our h/w firewall and from there to our LAN.
We already have 3 wifi routers setup in our LAN for internal use only.
For our LAN, we also have a seperate public ip-address.

Not sure if this information helps? ;o)
Edited by worldofrugs - 5/16/11 at 1:49pm
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I have the Asus RT-16N router at home with DD-WRT and it also supports Tomato. The stock firmware is crap but once you flash the other firmwares this router is a beast.

These are the hardware specs which make it a beast router for sub $90. DD-WRT/Tomato turn this home router into almost a commercial grade router.

CPU: Broadcom BCM4718 533MHZ
RAM: 128MB (2x 64MB)
ROM: 32MB
ETH: 4x GIGABIT (LAN) 1x GIGABIT (WAN)
USB Ports: 2
Wireless N 2.4 gig

Mine has been running for over 5 months without a reboot. I also have an external drive hooked up via usb acting as a network storage, as well as a usb printer acting as a network printer. Signal strength is awesome, my roommate on the 3rd floor gets 5 bars of signal to his PC and Xbox 360 while the router is on the 1st floor.

The only con that this router has is that it doesn't have dual band broadcasting on the 5ghz band. But that isn't a deal breaker for me.
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The Linksys ones are great and cheap
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Originally Posted by Aawa;13528216 
I have the Asus RT-16N router at home with DD-WRT and it also supports Tomato. The stock firmware is crap but once you flash the other firmwares this router is a beast.

These are the hardware specs which make it a beast router for sub $90. DD-WRT/Tomato turn this home router into almost a commercial grade router.

Is this the router you're referring to?
post #7 of 13
The e3000 would work well, including the simultaneous dual band for all customers.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124388&cm_re=e3000-_-33-124-388-_-Product

You can get it refurbished for about 80, but...
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Is this the router you're referring to?

Yep that is the one. I got mine for $64 from newegg during a sale. It looks like tiger direct doesn't have it on sale tongue.gif

I also have it running as my main router with and Linksys e1000 as a wireless bridge to my neighbors house to provide internet to his PC and he kicks some money my way each month tongue.gif It works flawlessly and I highly recommend the router.
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+ 1 for Asus RT-16N
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@ Aawa and @JedixJarf

I just ordered the Asus RT-N16, so thank you both for your help on this!

Now hoping that putting DD-WRT will go fine, as I've never done this before eek.gif
I found some instructions for this router here, hoping that's all I need to do and don't break/brick this new router!

But if you have any additional help / tips with putting DD-WRT on this router, they're more then welcome!
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