|reply to ekster |
Re: Looking for some router recommendations
So, I finally picked up the WDR4300 and played around with the settings.
Was very disappointed at first. 5Ghz couldn't reach my HTPC (but I was expecting that, they're on the opposite ends of the house,) but the 2.4Ghz was barely reachable and gave me only 1 bar and was constantly dropping the connection, whereas my old G router would easily give me 3-4 bars. And even when I put it to N only, I saw zero speed improvements. Tried to play around with the channels and channel width, etc. nothing...
Then I got OpenWrt on it. My HTPC immediately jumped to a stable 4-5 bars, speed went from 500-700KB/s to a stable 2+MB/s. And I spent the weekend blasting in multiple connections to download a couple of Linux ISO torrents, as well as re-downloaded a couple of huge games on Steam over the weekend. I think I ended up doing over 30GB, and then went on Netflix to check quality. Nice and stable.
I really don't know why I keep expecting that the manufacturer's firmware will work properly on their router for some reason... the difference between manufacturer's firmware and a third party one like tomato or open/dd-wrt is just silly. You'd think that the people who makes the hardware would know better on how to use it.