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I'm not too familiar with new wireless routers... probably because I have had a D-Link DIR-655 running absolutely flawless for about 3 years now. It also has tons of advanced setup options. I thought I wanted a USB port when I bought it, but it's fairly useless as it can only be used by one computer at a time. I've established a policy of buying network capable printers only anyway, so no big deal.
    
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i use a linksys e3000, works great, dd-wrt compatible as well
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If you want pure reliability, the Linksys E3000. CFW is an option with it, but unlike the Asus RT series, the stock firmware is more the adequate.
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I have a Linksys E3000. It's ok. The thing gets HOT!!. I did manage to get the USB storage working. Never found a comprehensive guide online. It's dual band so thats plus. I haven't test the range any farther than the 2nd floor of my house. (router in basement) But so far I have max signal everywhere I've gone. I do occasionally have to reset the thing but I believe that's only when it gets really hot. Haven't tried loading DD-WRT on it yet but I probably will one of these days when I get bored. It was a bit pricey when I got it, $120.
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I have the DIR-655 as well and it was a massive improvement over my previous netgear.
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I have a Linksys E3000. It's ok. The thing gets HOT!!. I did manage to get the USB storage working. Never found a comprehensive guide online. It's dual band so thats plus. I haven't test the range any farther than the 2nd floor of my house. (router in basement) But so far I have max signal everywhere I've gone. I do occasionally have to reset the thing but I believe that's only when it gets really hot. Haven't tried loading DD-WRT on it yet but I probably will one of these days when I get bored. It was a bit pricey when I got it, $120.
I rock DD-WRT on mine, and you're right, it does get warm, but mine keeps nice and cool sitting on top of my HAF X with a 200mm fan underneath. Of course it's going to get warm, it's got a lot of power this thing. Dual band, usb storage etc.
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post #17 of 18
Buffalo's a good brand as well, most of them come pre-flashed with DD-WRT which saves me the trouble of hacking them.

However I can only provide anecdotal evidence based on all the network problems I haven't been having; I'm no expert in the matter.
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I have everything from Cisco 5508 Controllers to Aruba 3600 Controllers in my house. Stuff you would find in a very large corporation.

I also have a D-Link DIR-825 that I have had since the thing was new. Never had an issue with it. Runs great.

One big thing to remember with any SOHO router is to shut off the Dynamic Frequency Selection. That normally would help steer you away from interfering devices, but the SOHO routers just don't understand to only use channels 1,6 and 11 on the 2.4GHz side. I have found so many of them that will choose channel 3 or channel 9, which means you will get interference from anything on 1,6 or 11. Find the cleanest channel and hard set it to that.

Also, never run 40MHz channels on the 2.4GHz frequency, only use that option on the 5GHz side.

I don't know if DD-WRT handles DFS better than most stock firmware, so that could be an option.

Also remember that the Cisco SOHO gear you buy at Bestbuy or Staples really isn't true Cisco gear. It's Linksys gear with a Cisco Badge.

Back to the Dlink. The thing just works great. Perfect for a SOHO enviroment. At the moment I run 2 iPhones, PS3, Wifes desktop, HP Tablet PC, and a Macbook Pro on the network. 2.4GHz set to channel 6, 5GHz set to channel 36+1 40MHz. It can get a little warm though, that's the only issue.
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