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I must has it now!!!! biggrin.gif

Everyone thinks I am crazy with my WRT54GL.. "oh man what old technology!" "wow not even gigabit?? hahaha" "No AC band wireless? haha scrub"

Anyways I would be nice to upgrade to this. And If they come out with Tomato for it I will be in hog heaven!
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No problem, Re-reading it, It sounds like i'm being snarky, Sorry if it appears that way.

No, you were not at all smile.gif
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No, you were not at all smile.gif


smile.gif, I will like to point out that an X86 router is overkill for the average user and shouldn't be used, They are harder to setup as they require an OS isntallation hardware compatibility, Interface setup and the like, Most x86 routers run linux, Even the dual core Arm chipsets are overkill for most users.


Here is how i would reccemend something

Single person?
Torrenting No > Cheapo modem router to do the job
Torrenting Yes> large NAT table required

Couple
Torrenting no> Cheapo modem router to do the job
Torrenting/gaming> Yes, Large NAT table and onboard memory of 32MB

Family (8+ devices, Assuming 1 phone and 1 Tablet/pc per person in a 4 person family min)
Torrenting no> Modem router with atleast 64MB of onboard ram, single core 1ghz arm cpu and 3x3 N or better with dual band capability.
Torrenting/gaming? Yes Modem in bridge mode with a router that has 128MB Onboard ram + a Dual core cpu or high clocked single core, Looking at things like the ASus N68AC, TPlink archer C7, WRT 1900AC etc, The really high end gear

Family of greater size or a professional user with high yield connection(300Mbit+> X86 router) Though if it's just a single professional they can get away with a C7 pretty easily, I'd simply prefer to use something with a bit more grunt at that point.
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Every Linksys router I have ever owned died within 13 months.

Every last one.

The Netgear WNDR3700 I bought three years ago to replace the last Linksys roueer that died on me is still going strong. In fact, when I finally upgrade this router with a new primary router, I'll use this one as a WiFi range extender. I have a detached garage that I could place it in for the extension.
Edited by Xyxox - 4/11/14 at 7:24am
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Every Linksys router I have ever owned died within 13 months.

Every last one.

The Netgear WNDR3700 I bought three years ago to replace the last Linksys rouetr that died on me is still going strong. In fact, if I ever upgrade this router with a new primary router, I'll use this one as a WiFi range extender.

Every linksys i've used has had issues one way or another, but they were ISP donor routers so i can't really judge them.


the WNDR 3700 is a nice peice of kit.
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I don't trust this brand anymore:/
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Every linksys i've used has had issues one way or another, but they were ISP donor routers so i can't really judge them.


the WNDR 3700 is a nice peice of kit.

It's old and Netgear has added a lot of features to their newer models that I could really use, but it has never once failed me. In fact, any time I've ever experienced an equipment related issue with my internet connection since installing this router, it has been the cable modem Comcast forces me to use.
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smile.gif, I will like to point out that an X86 router is overkill for the average user and shouldn't be used, They are harder to setup as they require an OS isntallation hardware compatibility, Interface setup and the like, Most x86 routers run linux, Even the dual core Arm chipsets are overkill for most users.


Here is how i would reccemend something

Single person?
Torrenting No > Cheapo modem router to do the job
Torrenting Yes> large NAT table required

Couple
Torrenting no> Cheapo modem router to do the job
Torrenting/gaming> Yes, Large NAT table and onboard memory of 32MB

Family (8+ devices, Assuming 1 phone and 1 Tablet/pc per person in a 4 person family min)
Torrenting no> Modem router with atleast 64MB of onboard ram, single core 1ghz arm cpu and 3x3 N or better with dual band capability.
Torrenting/gaming? Yes Modem in bridge mode with a router that has 128MB Onboard ram + a Dual core cpu or high clocked single core, Looking at things like the ASus N68AC, TPlink archer C7, WRT 1900AC etc, The really high end gear

Family of greater size or a professional user with high yield connection(300Mbit+> X86 router) Though if it's just a single professional they can get away with a C7 pretty easily, I'd simply prefer to use something with a bit more grunt at that point.

To be completely honest, I think you're going a little over on your estimates. For example, I live in a house of 4. I have a Netgear WNDR4300 (128MB of RAM, single core 560MHz Atheros) with a total of 6 wired connections (I have a Netgear WRN2000v3 running DD-WRT, setup as a wired switch only). (Side note... perhaps you could technically call it 4 still) One, my home server, which is a basic file/torrent/dlna transcoding server, is always on. Typically there are 3 wired devices on network average. On average 8-10 wireless devices (4-6 active), most using the 2.4GHz band. It's definitely sufficient. It's running stock, latest Netgear firmware because I find their firmware incredibly stable and they've achieved a great balance of simple UI, yet advanced menus (and sub menus) which makes getting around easy. It would be nice to monitor variables such as CPU and RAM usage, but I would have no other specific need for third party firmware on my main router.

About the Archer C7...

I have had poor luck with TP-Link. My first product from them was a Wireless G Access Point used as a repeater, which was fine. Second was the 1043ND or something like that. Stock firmware was terrible, so I installed Gargoyle (based on OpenWRT). It was better, but still crashed often. I tried multiple versions of Gargoyle, DDWRT, and even straight OpenWRT but it just was not stable. I ended up returning that.

Around Christmas time I got a WDR3600 because I needed something with a gigabit switch. It's dualband N300 + 450. Spec wise, it's pretty similar to my current WNDR4300 (same Atheros SoC, 128MB RAM). Like the 1043ND, stock firmware was crap. Gargoyle was much smoother on the WDR3600 than the 1043ND, but still crashed on a somewhat often occurrence. Didn't try DDWRT (no easy way to flash it).

Do you have one?
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To be completely honest, I think you're going a little over on your estimates. For example, I live in a house of 4. I have a Netgear WNDR4300 (128MB of RAM, single core 560MHz Atheros) with a total of 6 wired connections (I have a Netgear WRN2000v3 running DD-WRT, setup as a wired switch only). One, my home server, which is a basic file/torrent/dlna transcoding server, is always on. Typically there are 3 wired devices on network average. On average 8-10 wireless devices, most using the 2.4GHz band. It's definitely sufficient. It's running stock, latest Netgear firmware because I find their firmware incredibly stable and they've achieved a great balance of simple UI, yet advanced menus (and sub menus) which makes getting around easy. It would be nice to monitor variables such as CPU and RAM usage, but I would have no other specific need for third party firmware on my main router.

About the Archer C7...

I have had poor luck with TP-Link. My first product from them was a Wireless G Access Point used as a repeater, which was fine. Second was the 1043ND or something like that. Stock firmware was terrible, so I installed Gargoyle (based on OpenWRT). It was better, but still crashed often. I tried multiple versions of Gargoyle, DDWRT, and even straight OpenWRT but it just was not stable. I ended up returning that.

Around Christmas time I got a WDR3600 because I needed something with a gigabit switch. It's dualband N300 + 450. Spec wise, it's pretty similar to my current WNDR4300 (same Atheros SoC, 128MB RAM). Like the 1043ND, stock firmware was crap. Gargoyle was much smoother on the WDR3600 than the 1043ND, but still crashed on a somewhat often occurrence. Didn't try DDWRT (no easy way to flash it).

Do you have one?

I've had alot of bad luck with Tp-link stuff mainly their wireless cards, But the C7 is fairly solid, I use one myself, I get 42MB/second between the C7 and my 7260 AC, My estimates are higher than whats needed to give without a doubt a smooth experience and because the average user doesn't replace network hardware until it fails, So in 2-3 years time they could be running 20+ wireless devices, Hell My fridge has wifi for some reason and so does my AC, With increasing demands i like to have a bit of leeway myself.

I By no means give it an easy time, It's bridged to a Tp-link w8980 adsl2+ modem, I have the following...

2 AC Devices (866.7mbit sync 2x2 antennas) 10 Wireless N devices (2.4G) 2 5G N devices, and 1 2.4G G Device, And 37 rigs connected via cable and switches(Mining rigs)
Edited by Rayleyne - 4/11/14 at 7:45am
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What firmware is on the C7?
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