Best cheap router upgrade

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July 11, 2010 at 21:22:28
Specs: xp pro, enough
I currently have a Linksys BEFW11S4 router. It constantly goes down--I have to restart it about twice a day--so I'm looking for a new solution. I hear installing the DD-WRT firmware makes routers a lot more reliable, but apparently it's not compatible with the one I have.

What do you think I should do to fix this issue? Buy something like a used WRT54G, which can use DD-WRT and be reliable? Or do you have any other suggestions?

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#1
July 12, 2010 at 04:57:56
Click on my name above and read my "how-to" guide on 'troubleshooting wireless issues'. Go through the troubleshooting steps before replacing your router. It may turn out you don't need to.

With regard to DD-WRT, myself, I prefer the Tomato third party firmware. DD-WRT isn't "the best" just because somebody says it is. You may want to consider more than just DD-WRT.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
July 12, 2010 at 09:45:28
I tried the troubleshooting options, to no avail. And apparently Tomato doesn't work for my router, either. In fact, it looks like there's no 3rd party firmware I can load. So should I look into a new router?

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-haddaway


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#3
July 12, 2010 at 12:06:42
Well, if the troubleshooting doesn't fix it then yes, it's probably time to get a new router.

And apparently Tomato doesn't work for my router, either.

I mentioned Tomato 3'd Party Firmware with regard to the router you mentioned buying (WRT54G) not the one you have (Linksys BEFW11S4) which isn't capable of using 3'd party firmware.

If you click on the Tomato link I posted above, that pages lists all compatible routers.

There is also a VPN capable version of Tomato and if you're interested in that one (providing you buy a compatible router) then you'll have to google "Tomato Firmware"+VPN to find it as it's not on the page above.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
July 12, 2010 at 12:45:32
Well, I'm not sure if I'd actually get a WRT54G; I was just listing that as a possibility. What do you think would be the best budget router to look into?

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#5
July 12, 2010 at 13:14:06
That's kind of a "depends on what you want" question.

Pretty much any SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) Router will cost you about the same and give you pretty much the same features.

If you want a router capable of running a linux based 3'd party firmware then I recommend picking one off the list on that Tomato site.

Other than that it matters little which make/model you go with.....all SOHO Routers are "budget routers"

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
July 12, 2010 at 13:31:01
I was using a Linksys WRT54GL with Tomato, and it worked fine. If you're interested, Newegg still has that router in stock:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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