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With out a doubt I would take the E1200...I just setup one of those about a week ago for some one with DD-WRT on it. That is one thing bad about trendnet...their DD-WRT compatibility isn't that great.
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No mention of Asus?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320168

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I second the Asus RT-N12. It would have been great if I was in a house instead of an apartment with 24 networks set up on the 2.4 Ghz frequency. I ended up having to go with a dual band AC router. My CCNP friend uses the RT-N12 for his home network.

Amazon is slightly cheaper than newegg.

All that being said, I'd say it's E1200 vs. RT-N12, then.
post #12 of 23
Heh, actually if it available to you I'd go with that RT-N12 as well...though the firmware is a little annoying if you actually log into it and change things. It sets it self up fairly well though so you might not need to mess with anything.

I think it is a slightly superior piece of hardware if you look past the firmware. I am pretty sure all of them support IPv6 too while only the E1200 v.2 will. That could start to be more important in the near future.
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I can attest for Asus price to quality ratio. Bought a RT N10+ a year and a half ago and it handles two folding rigs, two desktops and at least 3 mobile devices. Got it for $29.96 at the egg. Of course it's discontinued but I would think the N12 would be equal in performance.

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When you first buy the router, I suggest updating the firmware. It takes about 5 minutes.
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Just curious, do you happen to have an old computer that you may be willing to run 24/7 as a router? Getting an Intel Dual NIC and installing it on the old computer, plus loading pfSense software would give you an extraordinarily quick routing experience. My Sempron 140, 2 GB DDR2 rig with an 80 gb WD HDD handles my 50/25 FiOS connection (getting 68/38 on Speedtest.net) with ease.

I figure if you wanted to get the best bang for buck, the pfSense option would get a router that would top anything in the budget you're looking at, and wouldn't succumb to premature failure due to extended use cases. A total plus if you have the older machine, and using the cash to buy gigabit NICS.
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Just curious, do you happen to have an old computer that you may be willing to run 24/7 as a router? Getting an Intel Dual NIC and installing it on the old computer, plus loading pfSense software would give you an extraordinarily quick routing experience. My Sempron 140, 2 GB DDR2 rig with an 80 gb WD HDD handles my 50/25 FiOS connection (getting 68/38 on Speedtest.net) with ease.

I figure if you wanted to get the best bang for buck, the pfSense option would get a router that would top anything in the budget you're looking at, and wouldn't succumb to premature failure due to extended use cases. A total plus if you have the older machine, and using the cash to buy gigabit NICS.

I do, but it's extra $30 a month for electricity, so it's not very cost-efficient in my case. Appreciate the suggestion though,
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Just curious, do you happen to have an old computer that you may be willing to run 24/7 as a router? Getting an Intel Dual NIC and installing it on the old computer, plus loading pfSense software would give you an extraordinarily quick routing experience. My Sempron 140, 2 GB DDR2 rig with an 80 gb WD HDD handles my 50/25 FiOS connection (getting 68/38 on Speedtest.net) with ease.

I figure if you wanted to get the best bang for buck, the pfSense option would get a router that would top anything in the budget you're looking at, and wouldn't succumb to premature failure due to extended use cases. A total plus if you have the older machine, and using the cash to buy gigabit NICS.

I do, but it's extra $30 a month for electricity, so it's not very cost-efficient in my case. Appreciate the suggestion though,

It's more like an extra $10 for electricity...it will be idle most of the time. I've also heard of people that only turn on their router box at certain times of the day. Then they can truly be offline when they want. I use my server as a DHCP server, but I leave that on 24/7. The real trouble is that you will want a new router anyway because you will need wireless. I run two...one in the basement and one in the upstairs to give me a good signal all over.
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All that being said, I'd say it's E1200 vs. RT-N12, then.

Go with the RT-N12, the lack of external antennas really hurt the E1200. I tried a E2500 and it had piss poor range and bandwidth output due to it's lack of antennas in my house.
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@rigbuild did you get a router yet? smile.gif
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It's more like an extra $10 for electricity...it will be idle most of the time. I've also heard of people that only turn on their router box at certain times of the day. Then they can truly be offline when they want. I use my server as a DHCP server, but I leave that on 24/7. The real trouble is that you will want a new router anyway because you will need wireless. I run two...one in the basement and one in the upstairs to give me a good signal all over.

That's true (it'd idle = less electricity), but that's still much less cost-efficient, which is important to me at this point, and then there's the wireless problem, as you said. I'm going with the router.
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@rigbuild did you get a router yet? smile.gif

No, not yet. I was ill, I still am. Most likely I'll buy it next week.
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