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Basically right now my family is using a piece of absolute **** that by my guess costed maybe 40 dollars 2-3 years ago. QoS doesn't work on it at all (despite setting my computer and all the ports I use at highest prority I still get packet choke and lag spikes when they watch crap online). Can anyone recommend me a good router (preferably under 100 dollars, but I am willing to go up to 150 if necessary) that will let me set bandwidth quotas on each computer (obviously giving most to my own).

PS. Not sure if this is the best section to ask for this, if not and an admin/mod sees this please move it to appropriate section.
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see if the router can be flashed with dd-wrt firmware


http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database
post #3 of 12
You need a router than can be flashed into dd-wrt or TomatoUSB.

ASUS RT-N16 is a router I can recommend to you, provided it fits in your budget.
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I just recently purchased the netgear wndr3700 @ $120, I was also in the $100 price range but it came so highly recommended everywhere I looked I went up to it. Seems to have some beefy specs, 680mhz processor and 64MB memory, 16MB flash so it is dd-wrt compatible. Im just looking now how to set up the network for best speed, i never needed wireless till now lol.

From what I see the only difference between the 3700 and the 3800 is printshare which lets you share the printer from the usb which is reserved for the 3800, the 3700 lets you share a drive. I just started renting a room from my uncle and he was still on a G network so I saw huge gains going to N lol.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122326&Tpk=netgear%203700

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/30925-start-your-buying-netgear-wndr3700-reviewed
Edited by 66racer - 10/8/11 at 10:36am
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162031
Comes with DD-WRT already on it. I've had this exact router for several months and it's blown my mind. LOTS of options, reliable for me so far, and the pricing is pretty good on it.
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Originally Posted by ffejrxx;15222412 
see if the router can be flashed with dd-wrt firmware


http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database

It does appear on the list (FCC ID: Q87-WRT54G2V1), now how do I flash it (linux stuff always confuses me).
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post #7 of 12
the stock firmware on the wrt54g routers is complete garbage
dd-wrt runs much better, but when you enable qos and other features it will slow down quite a bit

you dont need to run linx on your pc to flash it, dd-wrt is linux and runs on the router
the stock firmware is their own os (vxworks) thats why you need it flash it with a few things in the correct order, 1 a cleaner (remove vxworks), 2 linux booter (linux installer), 3 dd-wrt firmware iirc
thats why once you flash it with dd-wrt you can not go back to stock firmware

look at the bottom of the router, it will say wrt54g2 v1.x
1.0 to 1.3 are supported, 1.5 is not, yet
Quote:
Linksys WRT54G2 1.0 yes no
Linksys WRT54G2 1.1 yes no
Linksys WRT54G2 1.3 yes no
Linksys WRT54G2 1.5 not possible no
post #8 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ffejrxx;15226143 
the stock firmware on the wrt54g routers is complete garbage
dd-wrt runs much better, but when you enable qos and other features it will slow down quite a bit

you dont need to run linx on your pc to flash it, dd-wrt is linux and runs on the router
the stock firmware is their own os (vxworks) thats why you need it flash it with a few things in the correct order, 1 a cleaner (remove vxworks), 2 linux booter (linux installer), 3 dd-wrt firmware iirc
thats why once you flash it with dd-wrt you can not go back to stock firmware

look at the bottom of the router, it will say wrt54g2 v1.x
1.0 to 1.3 are supported, 1.5 is not, yet

it reads WRT54G2 V1 (I assume that's V1.0 then)

And yeah I know I don't need linux to flash it, just there are no guides on the website of dd-wrt on how to do it, if you happen to have a step by step idiot friendly guide that would surely help.
Edited by NexDemise - 10/8/11 at 1:24pm
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Okay I found a guide to flash my router:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_WRT54G2_v1.0
However I got stuck on step 5, I just couldn't get my computer to use static IP (it insists on using 192.168.1.100 instead of 192.168.1.8). Any idea how to do that?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 66racer;15225085 
I just recently purchased the netgear wndr3700 @ $120, I was also in the $100 price range but it came so highly recommended everywhere I looked I went up to it. Seems to have some beefy specs, 680mhz processor and 64MB memory, 16MB flash so it is dd-wrt compatible. Im just looking now how to set up the network for best speed, i never needed wireless till now lol.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122326&Tpk=netgear%203700

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/30925-start-your-buying-netgear-wndr3700-reviewed

I second this, I have the wndr3700--it has the bandwidth monitor/quota setting, but I also like all the other features, in addition to the nifty USB port on it that you can hook up an external hard drive to.

It was worth the price to me (got it on amazon for around $80 used--but it was in immaculate condition), not sure if it is to you.
    
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