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Recently my Dlink DIR655 got fried by lightning through the cable line. So, I am in the market for a new wireless router. I am torn between the Linksys E3000 & the Dlink DIR825. Both seem to have nice features but all of the reviews I read are back and forth some good some really bad for both. Does anyone have an experience with either of these routers or is there a better option out there? I will use it for my ps3 and tv to wireless stream HD content, gaming, music, and laptop connectivity. Thanks in advance for any assistance!
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Get a router that can run Tomato or DD-WRT and ignore all the features on the package and add even more when you get home.

Asus RT-N16 is great, Linksys E3000 or E2000 is probably the best if you need N. Else just get a WRT54GL.

Site is in half english/german (?), for Tomato Firmware

http://victek.is-a-geek.com/tomato.html

Hardware list is at the bottom.

From what I have read, that ASUS is the best even if you don't mod it. (2 USB ports, N, Gigabit, 128 MB of ram (2-4 times more then normal these days) and a 533 Mhz CPU (about double what you would get in the Linksys routers.))
Edited by Darkknight512 - 3/27/11 at 2:47pm
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i bought a E2000 from walmart for $80 and its great. also which ever you do buy make sure to buy it local so if you do brick it when you put DD-WRT on it, you can easily return it.

but ya seriously just get something that is supported by DD-WRT
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I just got the Netgear N600 today at bestbuy for 120. What is DD-WRT and is it hard to load?
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its a third party firmware for your router. changes all the settings and makes the router more configurable, but i checked and they don't support your router.
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Check out the netgear 3500L. Can be flashed with either DD-WRT or Tomato. I've been running mine with a hitch for over two months with DD-WRT and no drop-outs ever.
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I've never had a problem with a linksys. Dlink has always given me issues.

As others stated, go for the router that has the best DD-WRT compatibility.
    
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Mine supports it. The other name for the N600 is WNDR3700. Thats what it is listed as on amazon and online retailers. Do I just flash it like any other firmware? I dont want to configure the default firmware if I cna flash with DD-WRT.
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Mine supports it. The other name for the N600 is WNDR3700. Thats what it is listed as on amazon and online retailers. Do I just flash it like any other firmware? I dont want to configure the default firmware if I cna flash with DD-WRT.
Almost but not quite that easy. Just go to the ddwrt website and check it out.

Having used routers with DD-WRT and owning a WNDR3700, I didn't find the need to flash it. The default firmware is pretty good and has a lot of features imo, there hasn't been anything I was not able to do that I wanted to.

EDIT: Here is the DD-WRT wiki for the WNDR3700:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Netgear_WNDR3700
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