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Hey guys,
I'm wondering if the rt-n12 will be enough for my wireless home network. Everything will be wireless. I'll have at least 4 computers and 3 smart phones connected to the network.

I usually stream movies/videos while others are also playing games such as CS:S and TF2 and vice versa.

Currently I have a WRT54G2. Is it worth replacing? Right now the WRT54G2 will crash if 2 computers are downloading files(500mb or more) at the same time, but I don't really think it helps having AT&T with 3Mb/s Down and .5kb/s up. The house I'm in is an average 2 story house. It's not too big or too small.

Oh and I also plan to flash the router with DD-WRT if I get it.
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I have only had it for a week it had replaced a crappy linksys/vonage combo that was terrible. I sadly cannot compare your router with this one.

So far no problems I have around 5 computers on it and 2 smart phones. I broke a new personal download record hit a higher speed than i could on the other router and kept it sustained for a longer period of time where the other one would crap out. Solid so far haven't seen load on it go past around 4% even when heavily downloading.

I'm on dd-wrt, pretty awesome all the graphs and tweaks. Other router didn't support it.

Maybe you could try dd-wrt on your current router? see if it works any better? I know from experience that linksys firmware is sometimes trash *cough* can't reset password without flashing the firmware bug i encountered instead of minutes took about a hour *cough*
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Originally Posted by luvsan;12291266 
Maybe you could try dd-wrt on your current router? see if it works any better? I know from experience that linksys firmware is sometimes trash *cough* can't reset password without flashing the firmware bug i encountered instead of minutes took about a hour *cough*

Well I've already flashed the WRT54G2 with DD-WRT and to me, the QoS either doesn't work or I can't a difference. The only thing I've used DD-WRT for is to increase my signal. What other things could I use it for?
    
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Well I've already flashed the WRT54G2 with DD-WRT and to me, the QoS either doesn't work or I can't a difference. The only thing I've used DD-WRT for is to increase my signal. What other things could I use it for?

I was just saying to try it if you hadn't already.

I haven't messed with the QoS so i couldn't tell you on that.

I have mine set to G only, because i have no wireless N devices i heard that can help with range.

Not that it should matter but you don't have it next to like a wireless phone or anything? some can cause interference on the same range.

My other router only crashed at sustained speeds of 1+ megabits per second this one can reach 2 megabits per second and sustain them. Not a good way to measure anything i know, i hate speed tests.

Does your router cpu go high when downloading? I think your router is 230mhz the asus is 300mhz i don't know how much of a difference it would make seems weird it would spike like i said mine has only seen a couple of percent.

I don't know of anything that would help your problem with DD-WRT but it's useful for odd ball things like multiple ssids, ssh server, run a public hotspot with ads, wake on lan....
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RT-N12 has double the ram though of your older router though, that's where it counts.

Try out Tomato, the QOS is suppose to work better on it than dd-wrt.
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RT-N12 has double the ram though of your older router though, that's where it counts.

Try out Tomato, the QOS is suppose to work better on it than dd-wrt.
What is the function of ram in a router? Does it work the same way as a computer?
    
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What is the function of ram in a router? Does it work the same way as a computer?

well routers are just embedded PC's w/ striped down hardware. Check out the specs for your router and the RT-n12:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series#WRT54G2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asus_routers

Faster CPU gives you a more responsive router. More DRAM lets you handle more simultaneous connections and lets you handle better monitoring tools and flash ram acts as storage. If you want, you could build a router by using an old computer, with something like a Pentium 2 500mhz and 64mb of ram and it would blow away these plastic flimsy routers in specs and features.
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I have a RT-N12 with dd-wrt. It works good for gaming but I can not for the life of me get 300mb/s with dd-wrt. I tried to go back to stock firmware and dd-wrt won't let me. Says it's an incorrect image file frown.gif
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