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So I just upgraded my internet (12 mbps to 18 mbps) for an extra $5 a month and I'm in the middle of routing Cat 6E through my house. I'm going to be ordering a new router today or tomorrow and need help picking the best one. I want something reliable that will run Tomato or DD-WRT rock solid, give me good ethernet speeds, and handle QOS without slowing down. Dual band isn't important to me as I'll only be using 2.4 GHz. Here's what I'm looking at, but I'm open to suggestions.

 

Netgear WNDR3700 - $90 (with free $10 promotional card)

Asus RT-N16 - $82 ($72 after rebate)

TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND - $45 (after promotional code)

What are your guys opinions on these routers? Thanks! :)

Also, I know the Asus RT-N16 has a built in print server, does the Netgear WNDR3700 support one as well (either stock or after flashing custom firmware)? :o

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wrt 54g both the firmwares mention were made for that router after which they gained popularity and made it compatible with others but the firmware was designed originally with that router in mind
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wrt 54g both the firmwares mention were made for that router after which they gained popularity and made it compatible with others but the firmware was designed originally with that router in mind

 

That router is 10 years old. :P

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That router is 10 years old. tongue.gif

It's still a damn good router. Your speeds wouldn't require anything more.
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A WRT54G can do over 30Mbit/s though NAT, add in QoS and you are looking at over 20Mbps easy. You can grab one off ebay for cheap. Just research the models/revision first, you need one with a lot of RAM for QoS (16Mb or more).
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It's still a damn good router. Your speeds wouldn't require anything more.

 

For internet it's more than enough, but I transfer files over the network (usually over ethernet with everything connected to my GS108Tv1 switch), but sometimes over WiFi. I also plan to use heavy QOS which I think the WRT54G would struggle with,

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For internet it's more than enough, but I transfer files over the network (usually over ethernet with everything connected to my GS108Tv1 switch), but sometimes over WiFi. I also plan to use heavy QOS which I think the WRT54G would struggle with,
Thats not true up until a few months ago I was using a wrt 54g as the main router for a trailer park network with 37 spaces each provisioned at 2 devices. I also using the special edition of dd wrt capped each devices bandwidth to 2mbs. It was struggling so I replaced it with with a enterprise router but it did work up until maybe 30 clients were connected then it would struggle. of course they were connecting to APs that were wired to the router and then to a T1 but still if it ran my network it will run yours. not to mention I also run 3 servers on that network as well as I own the park and have a my Shop on the property too. It will work fine. If QOS is a problem which it cant be heavier than mine but if it is you can get an old desktop and use it as a QOS server as well as a file server.
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I have the WNDR3700 and it's a great Router. Supports OpenWRT, DD-WRT, and also Gargoyle.
I'm running Gargoyle right now and it's a beast. The WR1043 is also supporting Gargoyle and DD-WRT and it's pretty damn good.
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