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link:
http://www.tp-link.com.au/products/details/?categoryid=238&model=TL-WR1042ND

link:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704137&Tpk=TL-WR1042ND

Have:

System_NIC
Xbox 360_NIC
Printer_NIC
Phones_WiFi
Two, Laptops "wifi"

Just looking for feedback on this or another TP Link router, or on the TP Link brand, my budget would be great at $50ish....

Or maybe another router for around $50ish?


KS
Edited by knightsilver - 2/10/13 at 9:57pm
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While I can't speak for that device specifically, I do own several TP-Link devices and they're all fantastic. I have:


TP-LINK TL-WA701ND
TP-LINK TL-WA901ND
TL-SF1008P

Both of the wireless devices work perfectly. They've been running for over 100 days without a single reboot. Any reboot that happens is either my fault or a power outage.

Oh I totally forgot my Gigabit switch is TP-Link too. thumb.gif
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704038&Tpk=TL-WR1043

I'd say maybe get the one up on it.
I've heard good things about the 1043. Support custom firmware has a bit better performance on some benchmarks.

I personally would just get it for the Gargoyle Firmware capabilities that it offers.
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I'd say maybe get the one up on it.
I've heard good things about the 1043. Support custom firmware has a bit better performance on some benchmarks.
I personally would just get it for the Gargoyle Firmware capabilities that it offers.

I have the 1043 (TL-WR1043ND, to be precise) running OpenWRT firmware. Been running it for about a week and a half. I've been using 40MHz "fat channel" wireless N with good results. I only paid $49 for this router and it's definitely a good value at that price, though I can't know how long it will run. If it dies I'll go back to my ancient WRT54G v. 2, which will probably work until the end of time.
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Thanks guys!
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Update:

Ive been looking at a PFsense_Box, but prob wont be able to afford it, this time round.

That said, could I use this TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND as an AP, after I do get to build the PFsense_Box?

Also looking at the TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB(link) for my Genral/Mild_Gamer(My system) in the bedroom, just dont want to run wires through four subwalls or psss off the Landlord..........

Thoughts on Gargoyle or DD-WRT? Im a Netwoork Noob!

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Edited by knightsilver - 1/13/13 at 12:22am
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Should work fine as a WAP.

I'm partial to pfSense/m0n0wall myself, I have little experience with DD-WRT.
    
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Update:

Ive been looking at a PFsense_Box, but prob wont be able to afford it, this time round.

That said, could I use this TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND as an AP, after I do get to build the PFsense_Box?

Also looking at the TP-LINK TL-WN722N USB(link) for my Genral/Mild_Gamer(My system) in the bedroom, just dont want to run wires through four subwalls or psss off the Landlord..........

Thoughts on Gargoyle or DD-WRT? Im a Netwoork Noob!

KS

I've ran all three. Personally if you are planning on running a Dedicated PfSense box just run the TP-Link as a WAP and disable DHCP on it.
Check out this Gallery - http://www.overclock.net/g/a/846460/is-dd-wrt-really-that-impressive-over-manufacturer-firmware/. These are some of the features that I have enabled on Gargoyle that actually makes it worth while, but if you don't need those DD-WRT is fine.

Feel free to PM me or reply to the thread if ya need any help tongue.gif
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Thanks guys......
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Update II:

Ill be getting the new modem and router mid Feb.

Do I realy need 5ghz?

Ill also be adding a Nexus7 (specs here) to the mix, and prob a 2nd one if I can afford it. How would not using UPnP work, with the Tablets or DLNA?

I was looking at this USB Wifi for the tower:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045

I forgot to mention, I live in an older duplex, with plastered walls..........
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