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As far as I know DIR-655 is Atheros based, so even if I forget how terrible DIR-600 is, I still can't use it as it's not supported by Tomato/DD-WRT.
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Originally Posted by linkinparkfan007 View Post

I'd say if you can find the ASUS RT-N16U if you can get it. Has 2USB Ports, and 128MB of RAM compared to 1USB Port & 64MB of RAM on the WNR 3500L
If you can't go with the WNR3500L my friend has it set up in his basement and works fine in his 2 storey home.
Also comes with a great modding community via myopenrouter.com
Actually WNR3500L v2 has 128MB of both RAM and Flash, they also have the same processor working at same (480MHz) speed so the only difference is amount of USB ports (which are limited by Broadcom drivers anyway) and three externals antennas on ASUS as compared to two internal on Netgear.

I've spent a lot of time researching and apparently WNR3500L has pretty much the same signal strength as RT-N16U. Fortunately v2 has u.fl connectors so if need be, you can easily turn them into external antennas by merely drilling two holes in the case (v1 required soldering and cutting paths on PCB) and attaching u.fl -- RP-SMA cables.

I've decided on WNR3500L v2 mainly because RT-N16 costs over $50 extra for nearly the same box.
Thanks everybody, +rep!
Edited by Thewaster - 1/30/12 at 3:18am
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I just bought a Billion 7800n. Should be here tomorrow. Will let you know what it's like.
Heard stellar things about it already. I paid $150 here in Australia, and we get overcharged beyond words, so I imagine it'd be close to your price limit there. I don't know tho.

Edit; should have read the last post. Heh. Just noticed you've made a choice.
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As far as I know DIR-655 is Atheros based, so even if I forget how terrible DIR-600 is, I still can't use it as it's not supported by Tomato/DD-WRT.
Actually WNR3500L v2 has 128MB of both RAM and Flash, they also have the same processor working at same (480MHz) speed so the only difference is amount of USB ports (which are limited by Broadcom drivers anyway) and three externals antennas on ASUS as compared to two internal on Netgear.
I've spent a lot of time researching and apparently WNR3500L has pretty much the same signal strength as RT-N16U. Fortunately v2 has u.fl connectors so if need be, you can easily turn them into external antennas by merely drilling two holes in the case (v1 required soldering and cutting paths on PCB) and attaching u.fl -- RP-SMA cables.
I've decided on WNR3500L v2 mainly because RT-N16 costs over $50 extra for nearly the same box.
Thanks everybody, +rep!

Nice choice and didn't know they had a version 2 for the WNR 3500L smile.gif
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I did not either glad to see this router is getting a face life. I use mine a switch with wireless (using a pfsense firewall that handles NAT/DNS).
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Anyone know where I can pick up a WNR3500L v2? I found a 3500L, several in fact, but none are the v2. all w/ 64mb ....or is the DGND3700 the v2 version? it has 128mb of ram....it's also a dsl modem as well...
ive been literally loking for L v2, so...? headscratch.gif
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post #16 of 25
Why would you want to spend 100$ or more in a wireless router?
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Just looking for as fast as possible and trying to keep it around 100....has to be gigabit...and as fast as possible for wireless. the ASUS RT-N56U was the front runner till i saw the price tag, lol. now it's between the 3500 and the 3700, i think. lol
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Quote:
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Just looking for as fast as possible and trying to keep it around 100....has to be gigabit...and as fast as possible for wireless. the ASUS RT-N56U was the front runner till i saw the price tag, lol. now it's between the 3500 and the 3700, i think. lol

Well, look at TP-Link offers, I have a TP link wireless router with two antennas,all the awesome features like 300M, QoS, QSS, you can see it here http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?model=TD-W8960N#fea
Look at this one, http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/details/?categoryid=1682&model=TL-WR2543ND It's awesome here it is in newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704122&Tpk=TL-WR2543ND at 90$
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Well if the price difference is not alot the upgrade to the WNDR3700 is a good contender. Has the dual band capabilites, and a 680mhz CPU over the 533mhz the WNR3500L has.

Most of the 3700's are v2s so you shouldn't have to worry about that.
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Well if the price difference is not alot the upgrade to the WNDR3700 is a good contender. Has the dual band capabilites, and a 680mhz CPU over the 533mhz the WNR3500L has.

Most of the 3700's are v2s so you shouldn't have to worry about that.

They are? I havent found any 3700s with 128mb yet....just the DGND but no WNR....
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