Corrado wrote:I actually just got back 15 minutes ago from picking up a Netgear WNR3500L. Its not dual band, but its got gigE, and a USB port for storage sharing. Its also got an open source firmware, but the stock firmware is working great so far. It was only $80 too. Its got 64mb of ram in it and a supposedly fast CPU, because they actually advertised it on the box that the CPU was fast. I've never seen that on a router before, but I'm going to actually run my 2 desktops and the DLNA server with wired connections. I couldn't deal with my Linksys anymore. They've really gone downhill since the Cisco buyout.
Shining Arcanine wrote:It sounded like your Linksys issue was a software problem. While Linksys has gone downhill, that is in the area of hardware. The principle issue that persisted for a long time was the fact that they cut the hardware specifications of their routers so that it was impossible to run decent third party software on it and they refuse to push forward with their hardware specifications lest they make it more difficult for Cisco to justify businesses buying thousand dollar routers ans witches. Linksys software had always been lousy and third party software had always been superior, but when you run third party software, it is difficult to fault the hardware manufacturer if performance regressions occur in it.
Flying Fox wrote:The 3500L should be a decent router, but I am not sure if the DD-WRT problems with it still exist. I would try Tomato USB instead.
computron9000 wrote:There were times where I followed Netgear, Linksys, etc through the struggles and times of success/fail. There was even a brief period I thought Linksys would be epic after the Cisco acquisition.
It seems to me D-Link (especially their "gaming class" routers with large NAT tables etc.) are quite nice for consumer purposes, even small business environments. Don't be scared off by the 'gamer' tags on hardware. Sometimes 'gamer' hardware has the benefits ya want.
Most manufacturers seem to like to cripple the cheap routers one way or another, just like microsoft cripples their OS at several tiers to get more money, even though they could release the 'full featured' version without the crippled 'cheap' versions. It pays for research and whatnot, I guess.
Right now, $100+ D-link stuff is very nice imo.
If you want to use 3rd party firmware ... I would find the best 3rd party firmware and work backwards, finding the best router for the firmware you want.
Shining Arcanine wrote:There was nothing Linksys sold that Cisco could not produce better at the same price points in the first place and Cisco had a vested interest in crippling Linksys, so Cisco's acquisition of Linksys could only have been to neutralize the threat Linksys posed to it. Linksys was a victim of its own success.
just brew it! wrote:Shining Arcanine wrote:There was nothing Linksys sold that Cisco could not produce better at the same price points in the first place and Cisco had a vested interest in crippling Linksys, so Cisco's acquisition of Linksys could only have been to neutralize the threat Linksys posed to it. Linksys was a victim of its own success.
I'm going to have to disagree with you here. Cisco previously was focused primarily on the enterprise market, while Linksys produced primarily consumer gear. They really are different markets, with different requirements. Being a major player in one of those markets does not necessarily imply competence in the other.
The WRT54GS is nearly identical to WRT54G except for additional RAM, flash memory, and SpeedBooster software. Versions 1 to 3 of this router have 8 MB of flash memory. Since most third parties' firmware only use up to 4 MB flash, a JFFS2-based read/write filesystem can be created and used on the remaining 4 MB free flash. This allows for greater flexibility of configurations and scripting, enabling this small router to both load balance multiple ADSL lines (multi homed) or to be run as a hardware layer 2 load balancer (with appropriate third party firmware).
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