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At this point you basically count out Linksys as a serious provider of home network equipment, because pretty much all of their new product lines are going to be trash.

Belkin routers are horrid.

I honestly don't know if I can recommend a router anymore from the major brands...D-Link blows, Netgear is inconsistent, Linksys/Belkin are the same... this is a bad thing.

Better with something else, or make your own now I guess.

I went the DiY route long ago because I was sick of dealing with off the shelf routers. Runs insanely well on just an Athlon XP and an Abit board with failing capacitors, but I'm about to upgrade it to a 3770K in a Mini ITX case lol
     
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I'm no expert on this but, does this mean no more tomato or dd-wrt?
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I went the DiY route long ago because I was sick of dealing with off the shelf routers. Runs insanely well on just an Athlon XP and an Abit board with failing capacitors, but I'm about to upgrade it to a 3770K in a Mini ITX case lol

You can do that? ooooooo now I am intrigued!

EDIT: LOL did a YouTube search and I could find was CNC routers rolleyes.gif Got any resources that you could share for DIY routers, like a forum or how to site?

EDIT 2:
Ok so now Im geeking out, basically I build a small Linux box with a Router Linux Distro and add a few NIC's? So all one would need to do to upgrade is change the NIC's from N to AC? or what ever comes out down the line?
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I'm no expert on this but, does this mean no more tomato or dd-wrt?
You can do that? ooooooo now I am intrigued!

EDIT: LOL did a YouTube search and I could find was CNC routers rolleyes.gif Got any resources that you could share for DIY routers, like a forum or how to site?

There isn't much to it.. all you need is a standard cpu/mobo/memory combo with at least 2 gigabit ethernet ports (1 in, 1 out). Then you install your router software on it (Untangle, ClearOS, Smoothwall, pfSense, etc). You'll also need a (unmanaged) switch. Depending on whether you need wireless access or not, you might need an access point (your typical wireless router can be used too).
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This sounds like a good project for a student like my self to gain some Networking knowledge. Thanks for the lead you guys, How is the proformance compared to a typical home router?
More bandwidth, faster shared bandwidth?

Edit: for those of you looking in to this look for "Homebrew Router"
Home router with:
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Some cool info on all these can do, Here and ill stop derailing this thread tongue.gif
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This sounds like a good project for a student like my self to gain some Networking knowledge. Thanks for the lead you guys, How is the proformance compared to a typical home router?
More bandwidth, faster shared bandwidth?

Edit: for those of you looking in to this look for "Homebrew Router"
Home router with:
Website Cache biggrin.gif
Anti Virus
Some cool info on all these can do, Here and ill stop derailing this thread tongue.gif
Lots of threads in the networking/security sub forum. I believe the perfmance of a DIY router is near speed of expensive enterprise routers.
    
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The pre- "EA" line of routers from Cisco are fine. it's the "EA" line that has the terrible cloud stuff. And lets not forget the WRT54G. That was made while Cisco had control of Linksys.

But yes i agree with everyone here, none of the big name routers are good. Asus makes a few good ones however, so does WD
 
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The pre- "EA" line of routers from Cisco are fine. it's the "EA" line that has the terrible cloud stuff. And lets not forget the WRT54G. That was made while Cisco had control of Linksys.

But yes i agree with everyone here, none of the big name routers are good. Asus makes a few good ones however, so does WD

I agree, but you can always downgrade from the cloud firmware to the normal one.
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I remember back in the day when Linksys was awesome.....then Cisco bought them and they seemed to go down hill.

Yup.

I used to buy Linksys a lot when they were on their own and almost never had issues with their products. Since Cisco took them over, 4 of the last 9 routers and switches I've bought from Linksys have failed. I stopped buying their products and moved on to Asus and Netgear when I need a "consumer level" device. In the year and 6 devices I've bought from Asus and Netgear, I have yet to had an issue with any of them.

Small numbers to be sure, but for me, my personal experience has value. Regardless of who owns Linksys now, it's going to be some time before I buy another product from them. I used to loved them, but for the past couple years, they have made nothing but junk, IMO.
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I would agree, most consumer routers now days suck... DD-WRT on a Linksys Wireless G was the best platform (but slow).

Most of Dlink routers are rubbish, but if you go to the top end (or mid top end) , the following one is decent. Only rebooted once in the last 2 years with Wireless N enabled. Mixed G+N mode is a little more flakey.
http://www.dlink.com/us/en/home-solutions/connect/routers/dir-655-wireless-n-gigabit-router

+1 for pfsense, easy to configure, highly customizable. Works great for VMware ESXi as well.

Smoothwall is not that great, its easy to setup for basic use, but getting wireless cards to work is a pain.
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Yup.

I used to buy Linksys a lot when they were on their own and almost never had issues with their products. Since Cisco took them over, 4 of the last 9 routers and switches I've bought from Linksys have failed. I stopped buying their products and moved on to Asus and Netgear when I need a "consumer level" device. In the year and 6 devices I've bought from Asus and Netgear, I have yet to had an issue with any of them.

Small numbers to be sure, but for me, my personal experience has value. Regardless of who owns Linksys now, it's going to be some time before I buy another product from them. I used to loved them, but for the past couple years, they have made nothing but junk, IMO.


Yeah linksys went way downhill after Cisco bought them. belkin has never been that great. I'm going to take your advice and look at Asus when I end up picking up a new router.
 
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