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Going to order a router today and just noticed Linksys has a new E series out.

I am looking between the Linksys E3200 or ASUS RT-N56U or TRENDnet TEW-691GR or

.

Which is better?

According to Smallnetbuilder, the Trendnet is the best but I don't want to go with a brand I never heard of.

Thanks
Edited by the_xpert - 4/24/11 at 9:01am
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I'd say that is highly subjective as to how you judge "better." As far as wireless performance I don't see anything on the trendnet about dual-band, so if you are planning on connecting with multiple wireless frequencies (5 and 2.4) you won't be able to on the trendnet unless I'm somehow missing that.

EDIT: They are not all actually compatible with DD-WRT. I misread a number and the Linksys is not (though in the forums they have a few people working on it). That and somehow the first time I missed the E4200 on the list. Personally, I'd go with the E4200 hands down.

I'm pretty surprised that on smallnetbuilder's throughput tests that the Trendnet placed so much higher. it's just using a Ralink RT3883F NIC chip, and while Ralink is a major player, being that far ahead of the competition is a little suspicious to me. I'd like to know how they came to those speed numbers.
Edited by Evanagar - 4/24/11 at 9:45am
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Are you willing to install DD-WRT/Tomato?

Do you really need N? If you're not streaming HD across your network or moving large files, you probably don't. A Linksys WRT-54G with Tomato will do wonders for you.
    
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Are you willing to install DD-WRT/Tomato?

Do you really need N? If you're not streaming HD across your network or moving large files, you probably don't. A Linksys WRT-54G with Tomato will do wonders for you.
^ I second this; that or an ASUS RT-N16 with Tomato. If you need/want N though there are routers available that can get DDWRT or Tomato. It's just a matter of what you're doing with your system.
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Definitely something running or capable of DD-WRT, but I can't say I've seen good things from Linksys since the WRT54G.
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EDIT: I didn't notice that you had this listed in your first post the first time around (though now I'm noticing an edit so maybe you added it). I'm going to keep this here so it makes sense to others, but this is the one I'd recommend -->

While there are many good routers out there, as far as good home routers go this one has many good stats and also supports DDWRT:
http://homestore.cisco.com/en-us/Rou...VVviewprod.htm

It has simultaneous dual-band, gigabit ethernet, usb ports for nat/network printer; should cover any need you have.

That, and with DD-WRT, if you find yourself in a situation where your wife's cousin loses his job and moves in with you and starts eating your bandwidth with porn and torrents and chokes up your ssh connections while you're working, you will be able to do cool things like throttle his bandwidth based on mac address or ip address. /rant off
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I really don't need crazy tomato firmware I just need absolute reliability.

Ps3, torrenting server, gf laptop dl, and my gaming pc all at once.

Out of the 4 I listed, which is the best ?
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Originally Posted by the_xpert View Post
I really don't need crazy tomato firmware I just need absolute reliability.

Ps3, torrenting server, gf laptop dl, and my gaming pc all at once.

Out of the 4 I listed, which is the best ?
Statistically speaking the Cisco E4200 is, according to the chart you posted the Trendnet, but I'm not sure of the reliability of that chart.
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Just ordered the e4200. It isn't released until may 1 but I am excited
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Just ordered the e4200. It isn't released until may 1 but I am excited
Linksys E4200 Hmm, I would say it's already out

It does look like a great router, now that I'm switching ISPs and am going to have to get a router, I am certainly going to pick this up. A bit more than the Netgear and the ASUS Black Diamond, but it seems to be worth it. Guess we'll find out when the new internet comes to the house...
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