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ido2

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* Wifi N is a must
* USB is always nice (to install extra ipkg's) or at least a large flash instead (well, not that large.. i install only a few packages..)
* gigabit could be optional

* I'm low on budget, so nothing expensive or facny.

I prefer a more powerful router then the most speediest since It'll be in a basement (no need for dualband because I don't think it'll work well here)

and last, but most important, is openwrt support (or dd-wrt)
 
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pender

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There are not many 802.11n routers that support openwrt. There are a few that are supported (some unofficially) by DD-WRT.
http://wiki.openwrt.org/oldwiki/tableofhardware

For DD-WRT
If you live in a Metro Area, I'd look on Craigslist for a Linksys WRT150N, WRT160N (v1.0, 1.1) WRT300N (v1.0, 1.1) or WRT350N. Be sure to get the proper hardware revision as v2.0 do not work with the firmware.
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Linksys
I bought a 150N and 350N for $30 and $25 respectively off craigslist and they performed very well.

For Store bought DD-WRT Devices, the Linksys WRT310N should work out of the box, unless they move to a v2.0 PCB. The Netgear WNR834B (v2.0) and WNDR3300 should also flash with DD-WRT out of the box. The WNDR3300 has poor 5Ghz performance though. Also the Asus WL500W supports DD-WRT and Oleg (and should support OpenWRT with Kamikaze 8.09 or greater) and has 2 USB ports. Buffalo WHR G300N supports DD-WRT.

The Netgear WNR834B is the cheapest at only $45 but only supports DD-WRT - it is also gets 42Mbps average in 20Hz mode, but I don't know how well its range is
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122266
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30152/96/

The Asus is $65 after MIR and supports OpenWRT and DD-WRT and has 2 USB ports for optware. It also has 8MB flash and 32MB RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320011&Tpk=wl-500w
http://wiki.openwrt.org/oldwiki/openwrtdocs/hardware/asus/wl500w

Buffalo WHR-G300N supports DD-WRT and is on sale for $42
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162026R
You need to TFTP flash this router (only once though)
http://dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/WHR-G300N
 
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ido2

New Around Here
I'm not from the US. I'll be ordering it off ebay (although its kinda hard to check revisions, as some people don't know what that is..)

the asus is a bit more then I'm interested in spending (although it does look nice)

will probably go on one of the others you mentioned and will learn to live with dd-wrt until openwrt support appears
 

pender

Occasional Visitor
You can always buy it from a US online store using
http://www.myus.com

It costs a bit more for shipping (because you ship it twice), but you can get what you want so long as the router will work in your area and support your modem requirements such as PPoA. You can also 'pay' for a personal shopper if they need special information for shipping. Works great if shipping to your country from USA is cheap and import custom duties is not an issue.
 
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tipstir

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Find any that can do Torrent downloads using just the router & a USB HDD?

VUZE on PC can get set to download to a USB like WD Passport (since this has it's own power) to Belkin N+ or Belkin Play or Belkin Play Max (has dual USB) ports. Those that have USB have this feature. Some use software to access USB. The Belkin N+ I just go to run and type: \\IP address of the Belkin and the WD Passports would appear over the network on any PC. Firmware 1.0.1.28 fixes a lot of issues with that feature.
 

crashnburn

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VUZE on PC can get set to download to a USB like WD Passport (since this has it's own power) to Belkin N+ or Belkin Play or Belkin Play Max (has dual USB) ports. Those that have USB have this feature. Some use software to access USB. The Belkin N+ I just go to run and type: \\IP address of the Belkin and the WD Passports would appear over the network on any PC. Firmware 1.0.1.28 fixes a lot of issues with that feature.

I already have a Synology NAS but I wonder if I want to keep it running power all the time.

Is there a power light Router with USB support that can do it without needing a PC?
 

robwicks

New Around Here
Trendnet TEW-652BRP

* Wifi N is a must
* USB is always nice (to install extra ipkg's) or at least a large flash instead (well, not that large.. i install only a few packages..)
* gigabit could be optional

* I'm low on budget, so nothing expensive or facny.

I prefer a more powerful router then the most speediest since It'll be in a basement (no need for dualband because I don't think it'll work well here)

and last, but most important, is openwrt support (or dd-wrt)

I found the TEW-652BRP a while back on a BF sale for $20. It supports openwrt, and I wrote a blog post about my setup (I don't use the wireless in it, but it does support wireless-n). Also, I'd like to echo the suggestion that you check craigslist.
 

sm00thpapa

Very Senior Member
The TP-Link TL-WR842ND is supported by open WRT and has good range and a USB port for $35.00.
 

TonyH

Very Senior Member
Hi,
Funny, low on budget but powerful and speedy router.... Any how Netgaer WNDR3700v2 with Trondah's OpenWrt will fit the bill.
 

stevech

Part of the Furniture
The TP-Link TL-WR842ND is supported by open WRT and has good range and a USB port for $35.00.

I'll add to that, the $35 ASUS RT-N12D1 router/AP/bridge. Running here with busy iPad and HTC android phone for some time. No reboots needed.

Many folks don't need to succumb to the WiFi marketing and spend $150 for a WiFi router or AP.
 

bbb0777

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The TP-Link TL-WR842ND is supported by open WRT and has good range and a USB port for $35.00.

I had a TP-Link TL-WR841N - version 9, so it wasn't (at least then) OpenWRT compatible, but I'll add that for what it was, it was an excellent router. It never had any problems, and the 2.4 range was equal to my much more expensive, Asus RT-N66 (when running the latest N66 firmware).

I would think an equivalent one running OpenWRT would be excellent.
 

Robert Brown

New Around Here
There are not many 802.11n routers that support openwrt. There are a few that are supported (some unofficially) by DD-WRT.
http://wiki.openwrt.org/oldwiki/tableofhardware

For DD-WRT
If you live in a Metro Area, I'd look on Craigslist for a Linksys WRT150N, WRT160N (v1.0, 1.1) WRT300N (v1.0, 1.1) or WRT350N. Be sure to get the proper hardware revision as v2.0 do not work with the firmware.
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Linksys
I bought a 150N and 350N for $30 and $25 respectively off craigslist and they performed very well.

For Store bought DD-WRT Devices, the Linksys WRT310N should work out of the box, unless they move to a v2.0 PCB. The Netgear WNR834B (v2.0) and WNDR3300 should also flash with DD-WRT out of the box. The WNDR3300 has poor 5Ghz performance though. Also the Asus WL500W supports DD-WRT and Oleg (and should support OpenWRT with Kamikaze 8.09 or greater) and has 2 USB ports. Buffalo WHR G300N supports DD-WRT.

The Netgear WNR834B is the cheapest at only $45 but only supports DD-WRT - it is also gets 42Mbps average in 20Hz mode, but I don't know how well its range is
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122266
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30152/96/

The Asus is $65 after MIR and supports OpenWRT and DD-WRT and has 2 USB ports for optware. It also has 8MB flash and 32MB RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320011&Tpk=wl-500w
http://wiki.openwrt.org/oldwiki/openwrtdocs/hardware/asus/wl500w

Buffalo WHR-G300N supports DD-WRT and is on sale for $42
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162026R
You need to TFTP flash this router (only once though)
http://dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/WHR-G300N
Thank you !! Great Comment!!
 

MikeF

New Around Here
After TP-Link's latest efforts at firmware lockdown I'm leery of using them.

A newcomer that I intend to try is GL Innovations: http://www.gl-inet.com/
ALL of their routers run OpenWRT and are available on Amazon, EBay and direct. The Hong Kong based owners seem to be aiming for the organizations that wish to build custom configurations. Surprising, the site and forums seem well organized and one of the principals participates.

The GL-AR150 has two Fast Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0, 802.11 b/g/n, and 16MB/64MB ROM/RAM (probably means 16MB Flash and 64MB RAM). The external antenna version is about $26, so no great risk.

The newer AR300 bumped RAM up to 128MB. Unfortunately approval of the 5Ghz version (MT750) is still snarled up in the FCC regs.

Besides use as a low cost WAP, I will see if it can do double duty as a network print server.

NOTE to Tim H., please consider reviewing their products for mainly non-firewall usage.
 
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