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Must have amazing signal strength as my current Linksys WRT110 seems to keep dropping signal.

I don't really know what kind of requirements I need other than amazing signal strength and 4 or more wired connections.
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Netgear 3500L......Has been solid for me for the two months i've had it up. I have two desktops and one lappy on the other side of the house from the router and still get 5 solid bars and no drop outs. That's just my opinion.
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Check if your router is tomato compatible. Flash it and you will never look back
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http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/compo...ess/Itemid,200

This site was AWESOME when I needed help choosing a new router. Went with a Netgear WNDR3700!
     
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I have no idea what tomato compatibility is. I also don't have a clue when it comes to how to flash a router.

So if you have any input on that I'd be interested in learning I guess.

However, I am also willing to throw a hundo at getting a new one that will work without all these modifications.
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Tomato or dd-wrt are 3rd party firmwares that can be flashed to a slue of routers. Flashing is actually a very simple process provided you don't have a power loss in the middle of a flash.
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Don't really need to change the firmware I just need it to work properly. I've had this one for 2+ years now and I think its starting to go. I just want to buy a new one that will work properly without risking an error by flashing it.
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Flashing a router is simple and there are literally hundreds of guides for tomato and ddwrt.
tomato and ddwrt are custom firmware for routers, but they only will work on specific ones due to hardware limitations and popularity.

Some people will swear by their custom firmware, but the hardware is way more important then the firmware. A custom firmware will only really give you advanced settings, which most people dont need. It will do little for the routers performance even when overclocked.
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Must have amazing signal strength as my current Linksys WRT110 seems to keep dropping signal.

I don't really know what kind of requirements I need other than amazing signal strength and 4 or more wired connections.
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Don't really need to change the firmware I just need it to work properly. I've had this one for 2+ years now and I think its starting to go. I just want to buy a new one that will work properly without risking an error by flashing it.
If you want that amazing signal strength, flashing your router for more features and more customization can give that amazing signal strength. It only took me a couple of minutes to flash my Asus RT-N16 (Stock firmware = Mediocre in my opinion) and after a few minutes of getting to know DD-WRT and looking at some guides @ the DD-WRT forum I was able to get the best out of my N16 and be able to use all that hardware it has to its potential. As for router recommendation if you want a dual band router I'd look at the Asus RT-N56U that just came out. It got a great review from smallnet builder and that's saying something when they thought the N16U was a great router (and it's not even dual band).
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http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/compo...ess/Itemid,200

This site was AWESOME when I needed help choosing a new router. Went with a Netgear WNDR3700!
Same here. Best router I have ever owned, and the only one that I kept the stock firmware on. If you can spend the extra $30, this router is worth it imo.
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