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Windows 7: Reco? Wireless Router n for DD-WRT??

28 Apr 2012   #1
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
Reco? Wireless Router n for DD-WRT??

Like a zillion other folks I have used two bridged [single ap] WRT54GL 'g' routers for years running DD-WRT. one of them is finally trying to give up the ghost and its time to up my speed, so I am shopping.

I'm not married to DD-WRT, but I like its features pretty well and the stability on the current 2 has been outstanding - also the blowtorch range. I checked the dd-wrt hardware compatibility tables for n' routers and then looked them up on newegg et al... many of them are not highly regarded. in fact that's the problem: I haven't spotted a single one that has anything like the user reputation of the WRT54GL - at least not yet.

What would some of you recommend? and I do need to get a model that is fairly easy to bridge for coverage of around 20,000 sq ft, symmetrical


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29 Apr 2012   #2
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi zapp22,

I have luck using a Buffalo router capable of wireless bridging and repeating powered with DD-WRT. Please check out the technical details of this Buffalo Dual Band Buffalo router, you'll get a lot more features. Make sure that you buy from a reputable vendor like Amazon just in case you have to return it it will be hassle free.
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30 Apr 2012   #3
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zapp22 View Post
Like a zillion other folks I have used two bridged [single ap] WRT54GL 'g' routers for years running DD-WRT. one of them is finally trying to give up the ghost and its time to up my speed, so I am shopping.

I'm not married to DD-WRT, but I like its features pretty well and the stability on the current 2 has been outstanding - also the blowtorch range. I checked the dd-wrt hardware compatibility tables for n' routers and then looked them up on newegg et al... many of them are not highly regarded. in fact that's the problem: I haven't spotted a single one that has anything like the user reputation of the WRT54GL - at least not yet.

What would some of you recommend? and I do need to get a model that is fairly easy to bridge for coverage of around 20,000 sq ft, symmetrical

The D-Link DIR-655 is one of the best routers on the market, highly recommended.

If you need to bridge the connection or want another access point or if you need to add dual band support then use the dual band D-Link DAP-1522 which is a dedicated A/P or bridge. There is a simple switch on the side for A/P or bridge mode. It also has a DHCP setting if you need to set up a separate network for some reason.

Using a dedicated bridge/access point is much better and more reliable than trying to tweak a regular router to work as an access point or bridge. I get the full 300Mbps from this access point. If all clients are using wireless N then using the "802.11N only" setting will get you much better speed 300Mbps, compared to the much slower mixed modes. It's also important to use AES encryption as it's made to work with wireless N.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...6&Tpk=dap-1522

Newegg.com - D-Link DIR-655 Wireless Broadband Router Xtreme N Gigabit 802.11b/g/n up to 300Mbps/ USB port x1/ Intelligent QoS Technology for Gaming
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30 Apr 2012   #4
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

did you use DD-WRT on that buffalo, or the stock rom?
I'd stay with DD-wrt if its easy... if not, then I'm open to something new if as bulletproof.
one of the gorgeous beauties of DD-wrt on the 54GL is it takes advantage of the radio's higher power, which the stock firmware does not... you can turn it into quite a heater

Chev, thanks, I'll check the links

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2xg View Post
Hi zapp22,

I have luck using a Buffalo router capable of wireless bridging and repeating powered with DD-WRT. Please check out the technical details of this Buffalo Dual Band Buffalo router, you'll get a lot more features. Make sure that you buy from a reputable vendor like Amazon just in case you have to return it it will be hassle free.
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