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WRT54GL Upgrade Help

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by dbmzk1, 8 Mar 2010.

  1. dbmzk1

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,217

    Location: Stockport / Manchester

    Ok so I'm looking to, reluctantly, upgrade my trusty WRT54GL Tomato router, but I have no clue where to turn these days as I've not really looked at this level of networking hardware since I bought it about a million years ago as it's served my every need since then! It's getting a little on the slow side now though, so I guess it's time to move on up!

    Here's what I'm after, in no particular order.

    • Just as configurable as the WRT54GL is with Tomato firmware
    • Ability to use custom firmware a big bonus but not required
    • Decent QoS implementation (TCP Vegas a plus)
    • Port forwarding and UPnP that actually works (!)
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    • 802.11n
    • Dual band and preferably dual radio
    • <£150

    Cheers!
     
  2. Azuse05

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  3. bledd

    Don

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

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    Netgear WNR3500L

    Tomato works on it (it has it's own special build iirc)

    Gigabit & wireless N.

    If I still had cable, I'd get this
     
  4. Azuse05

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

    Both are single single radio*, both are gigabit. The netgears cpu is 53MHz slower, has 1/4 the flash and 1/2 the ram. If you're loading tomato you're hardware limited so why opt for less? You could add a wireless access point to either if you really wanted dual radios for under £150. If you just wanted the g stuff separate you could use the 54gl for that.

    *True netgear can do 5GHz but how important this is greatly dependant no how strong a 2.4GHz (which has better wall penetration) signal is where you live. Whether this is a deal breaker is up to you, but an extender/repeater can always be added later, and with the router controlling the network it makes sense to have the most powerful you can sensibly afford.
     
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  5. dbmzk1

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,217

    Location: Stockport / Manchester

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm really looking for something that can do the lot though, for future proofing if nothing else. I don't upgrade my networking gear very often so I really want the best I can get now. The Netgear WNR3500L does look nice, shame it's not dual radio too. I've been looking at the WRT610N too, but a few people have complained about it so dunno.
     
  6. dbmzk1

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

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    Location: Stockport / Manchester

    Anyone got any other suggestions?
     
  7. Edward78

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

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    The new Linksys models have a wireless dropping prob. My WRT160N did anyway, nice looking, but something about the design of the newer Linksys routers does make probs. pop up. I got a WRT54G version 2 & no probs. since I got it (3 days ago). Never really figured out why the wireless dropped randomly. It happened with Linksys & DDWRT firmware, so it was the hardware. The longest the wireless stayed up was maybe 2 months. Got it in Oct. last year, so it wasn't old.
     
  8. dbmzk1

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 28 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,217

    Location: Stockport / Manchester

    I usually restart my router often anyway, so I guess that wouldn't effect me? I've never had any issues at all with my WRT54GL, it's certainly a fantastic router, I just feel it's time to upgrade what with 50mb Internet and hard drives that are faster than SATA let alone 100mbps Ethernet!

    Argh decisions!
     
  9. Edward78

    Soldato

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    Stay away from Linksys, many US sites have bad reviews for the newer models, a common one is the wireless drops. What about a N access point to plug into your router??
     
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  10. Yaka

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  11. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: South Coast

    Netgear WNDR3700 :)

    It's within price, simultaneous 2.4+5GHz radios + simultaneous guest wireless networks for both too. highly configurable on stock firmware and DD-WRT firmware support is in the works as well but from my usage of the stock features I don't think that's going to be a big issue as you get a lot out of the box anyway.

    Check some other threads I posted in about it :)
     
  12. Yaka

    Mobster

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    aye khan thats the one i linked to my reply cant recommend it enuff i use it mainly as a wired router and the wifi is only on when i am using my iphone in the house.
     
  13. dbmzk1

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Stockport / Manchester

    Looks good, cheers. Looking around there are not many alternatives anyway!