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Old August 15, 2012, 03:28 PM
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Reading through the recent thread about router + tomato vrs full fledged PC "router has me wondering if I should be considering flashing my router so I'm looking for opinions / advice.

For Christmas I got a linksys E3000 ( Linksys E3000 ) but I've never really been completely happy with it.

Not sure if it's my laptop wireless, or if it's an issue with the router, but the connection seems to drop a couple of times a day even though the network shows up fine in "network and sharing center" and allows a reconnect after a minute or so without any action other that selecting "connect" after it's had time to get over itself. I also wasn't impressed with the setup of the socalled "dual band"... it looks like I should be able to designate two different network names, one for wireless N and one for the 2.4G spectrum but I've never been able to pull that off.

Keeping in mind that like others on the board, my knowledge of networking is shakey at best, and probably worse than that if the truth be told, would I be well served to try out a different firmware?
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Old August 15, 2012, 03:36 PM
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I use DDWRT on my WRT130N, I can't speak for the wireless though as I've never used wireless.
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Old August 15, 2012, 03:40 PM
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So far the firmware that keeps showing up being mentioned with this router is tomato-usb. I haven't had a good look at any of the firmware home pages until I get an idea of what other folks have said works reasonably well, but the impression I'm getting is that DDWRT might be over my head.
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Tomato itself is dead, I think, but there are some that are derived from it. I tried Victek, Tomato-USB, and DD-WRT but none of them improves the wireless signal which I believe is due to the lack of external antennas. I'm so fed up with the N performance that I disabled it completely and end up getting a Cat5 to coax kit for upstairs and hook up an old Linksys G to it.

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Old August 15, 2012, 04:17 PM
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Tomato itself is dead, I think, but there are some that are derived from it. I tried Victek, Tomato-USB, and DD-WRT but none of them improves the wireless signal which I believe is due to the lack of external antennas. I'm so fed up with the N performance that I disabled it completely and end up getting a Cat5 to coax kit for upstairs and hook up an old Linksys G to it.

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So you have the same model?

I don't have too many complaints about signal strength or connection speed (I connect at 72, but I don't believe my wireless card is a proper dual band), but I'm not impressed with the dropping that seems to occur.

Did you happen to notice during your travels if DD-WRT or Tomato-USB allowed you to setup two separate networks? I ran across an interesting Max-PC follow-up review where they discussed the fact that a firmware update broke that particular feature.
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Separate WLANs - DD-WRT Wiki here you go :)
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Old August 15, 2012, 04:23 PM
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Cool!!!

I'm getting the itch. Still gotta do my research (there's a "special" initial loading file for this router) but I suspect I'll dive into DD-WRT firmware for it and just make sure to keep enough cash on hand to buy another router if I brick it. :)
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Yep, I also have an E3000. I haven't look into separate network since I have no need for it. Right now the E3000 is serving the server & Hackintosh in the basement and my Linksys G is serving the 2nd floor via a coax kit. Actually, the firmware (Toastman RT derived from Tomato-USB) somehow killed the 1000 speed on the router.
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Yep, I also have an E3000. I haven't look into separate network since I have no need for it. Right now the E3000 is serving the server & Hackintosh in the basement and my Linksys G is serving the 2nd floor via a coax kit. Actually, the firmware (Toastman RT derived from Tomato-USB) somehow killed the 1000 speed on the router.
Ouch!!! I'll have to make sure I do my research, although my internal network runs through a gig switch and my internet connection isn't higher than 100 so it wouldn't affect me other than piss me off because I paid a premium for a router with 1G ports rather than 100.
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