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Post by SavageNFS on Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:21 pm

I had a Linksys WRT 350N the day it was available locally and flashed it with dd-wrt the same day. I loved it and it served us well for 2 years. It took a crap on me 6 months ago or so. I bought a Netgear WNDR3700 to replace it. It worked ok, but it seems that it needed to be reset more often than it should (like once a week crap) or something (insert some wireless device here, could be a laptop, iPad, iPod Touch, whatever) couldn't connect to the internet. Every so often it would need a hard reset or it would just become unresponsive as well. The wireless range was barely acceptable with the wife having issues connecting wireless upstairs all the time. Plus I was never a fan of the stock firmware. So I decided to flash it with the correct version of dd-wrt (following the correct procedures) and it bricked. I recovered it to stock, but I really want to shoot it with my shotgun out back. I have decided that I hate it with a passion and it needs to be "terminated".

I have to leave tonight for a meeting tomorrow and return late Thursday evening. On Friday I'm going to the local electronic rip off store and buy a new router. I'm thinking a Cisco E4200 as I had good luck with my Linksys. I had bad luck with this Netgear from the start. I have several friends that have the Netgear wndr3700 and love it...so maybe I just had a lemon. The D-link's are nice too, but they are not available locally from what I've seen. So what are you having really good luck with? Any one have a E4200 and have pro's/con's?
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Post by 4hams on Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:47 pm

Hey Andre, I had to replace mine about 2 months ago as it died on me a very old LINKsys.
Replaced it with this http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_365&item_id=026991 and it died within a month would not hold DNS settings. My network is strictly wired but nowdays ya can not buy wired only Routers.

About 4 weeks ago when the TP Link died I went and got a new http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_365&item_id=027834 ASUS and it works great for what I need. I also replaced a switch that went bad on my about 6-8 months ago with an ASUS model and they work flawlessly.

Good luck!
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Post by bob2701 on Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:17 pm

Andre, I have the Netgear WNDR3700 and it is working like a champ for since it came out. The only thing I did was to turn off the USB server as that didn't really work that well.

I don't know what to suggest but I don't think you can go wrong with the Cisco. Since they took over Linksys the whole line improved.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.
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Post by SavageNFS on Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:23 pm

I picked up a E4200 tonight. Going to configure it tomorrow after soccer practice. I'll let you know my thoughts tomorrow.
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Post by SavageNFS on Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:25 pm

I set up the router today...in like 5 minutes. Back to the familiar gui that I'm used to. The range is better and the speed is slightly improved (nothing to scientific, but my speeds were up about 10% based on an average of 3 test before and after). So far I'm happy to be back to linksys and away from the Netgear.
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Post by bob2701 on Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:48 pm

Great, are you running with stock firmware or did you use dd-wrt?
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Post by grumpydaddy on Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:02 am

Sorry, somehow I missed this earlier.

I have used a trendnet (gr633 I think) for about 3 years now, initially as my router then for the last year in bridged mode for the wireless only.

This one is N spec but runs great on g too with a range of at least 30 meters through walls.

I built a Pfsense box for router duties. Everyone should give it a go if they have old hardware kicking around (p3 or later will do it I think) The software is free. The forum is great. http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php ...Oh, and once you get your head around it it will perform firewall duties at top level.

I use Netgear GS series switches

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Post by bob2701 on Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:14 am

Thanks Mike, looks like a site loaded with information.
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Post by SavageNFS on Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:51 am

I use dd-wrt. Thanks for the info, Mike. Headed to check it out now.
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Post by grumpydaddy on Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:39 am

OK you guys ...Start here... http://pfsense.org/
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Post by SithTracy on Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:15 pm

Hey Savage... have not stopped in here for a while... I also have the E4200... So far so good. Got it back in March when it came out. Wish it wall mounted. Have not put the DD-WRT firmware on it yet.
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Post by SavageNFS on Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:54 pm

There is nothing wrong with the stock linksys firmware...I am just used to dd-wrt. I wall mount my switch and have the router and the cable modem on the bottom. It is nice to have flexibility though. I had to pull a couple of additional cat5's today so it isn't all near and tidy like I normally have it, but that is my Network Command Center!!!

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Post by bob2701 on Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:17 pm

What is that it is sitting on, a laptop cooler?? Nice setup.
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Post by SavageNFS on Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:41 pm

yes...that is a laptop cooler. I don't use it anymore and it keeps the modem and router cooler. Figured it can't hurt and I had it sitting around collecting dust.
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Post by smduff on Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:11 pm

nice thinking bet it works the charm as well.
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Post by SavageNFS on Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:23 pm

It is actually plugged into the router's USB for power. I may need another switch now. I have the 8 port filled and the router's 4 are taken up. I remember thinking I would never use all 4 ports on a router... :D:
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Post by grumpydaddy on Thu Aug 18, 2011 12:01 pm

I have a 24 port in the house and a 48 port in the workshop. I WILL never fill them up :D: Just ordered a couple of GBIC's and some fibre to link them today

I've noticed recently that over here Netgear switches seem to command a better second value than Cisco and yet I cannot see why thinking
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