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Guspaz
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reply to quickdry21

Re: ASUS RT-AC66U Router

Well, wifi routers also have a variety of options designed to make it work. There's WMM for clients that support it, and I know my Netgear WNDR3700v2 has a checkbox for automatic multimedia wifi QoS that has the router prioritize video streams over anything else on the wifi (unlike normal router QoS that happens only on the WAN connection). The help docs call out specifically both throughput and jitter as being targeted by that option.
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The 1043ND has WMM enabled by default. There are no wireless options (other than the standard stuff) on the WDTV Live or the Patriot Box Office (the wireless of which is junk), and I don't think either supports WMM though I can find no documentation either way. My Galaxy S3 and Asus laptop have the same issue up on the top 2 floors.

I just think it's a combination of a really solid house (seriously, it'd take a nuke to knock this place down) and a less than stellar router.

Mike
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wasHighwire

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reply to quickdry21

The latest ASUS firmware for the AC66U is 3.0.0.4.345 which came out on March 22. I was disappointed that the stock ASUS firmware doesn't provide daily, weekly, and monthly stats of data usage (especially since I have a usage cap). I have a lot of devices in my home network, and found the limit of 32 clients of static IP (with no device naming) to be annoying as well.

I flashed the Merlin F/W (built on ASUS firmware 3.0.0.4.270) which provides usage stats, ups the limit on static IPs to 64, and provides device naming. I highly recommend it. I have no idea if Merlin intends to continue improving the firmware though.


got_milk

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Georgetown, ON

said by wasHighwire :

The latest ASUS firmware for the AC66U is 3.0.0.4.345 which came out on March 22. I was disappointed that the stock ASUS firmware doesn't provide daily, weekly, and monthly stats of data usage (especially since I have a usage cap). I have a lot of devices in my home network, and found the limit of 32 clients of static IP (with no device naming) to be annoying as well.

Just a bit off topic, I'd suggest avoiding the 3.0.0.4.345 release as I've had some issues with some devices after upgrading (it uses a newer Broadcom wireless driver). My Galaxy Nexus and two iPhone 4s devices were constantly dropping off the network. I dropped back to 3.0.0.4.270 and everyone's happy again.

said by wasHighwire :

I flashed the Merlin F/W (built on ASUS firmware 3.0.0.4.270) which provides usage stats, ups the limit on static IPs to 64, and provides device naming. I highly recommend it. I have no idea if Merlin intends to continue improving the firmware though.

RMerlin is digging through the new code at the moment and will be integrating it into his builds. He's definitely still working on it!

got_milk

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Georgetown, ON
reply to El Quintron

said by El Quintron:

Full disclosure:

I flashed it the minute I bought the router, so I can't how it compares to stock, but I live in a four floor backsplit, with full brick and plaster walls, and my router is in the basement.

I can still get wifi all over the house and stream 1080p over wifi when I have tried, but I haven't tried on the top floor where I have Ethernet jacks.

EQ

In a situation where throughput doesn't matter all that much then Tomato is a perfectly viable choice, but I find myself moving files across the network wirelessly every now and again and while I don't mind waiting the extra speed is nice. On stock firmware in good conditions I was pushing 240Mbps at one point during file transfers, on Tomato I was struggling to break 110Mbps. More than enough for a couple of 1080p streams for sure but not so hot for file transfers.


joeybee
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reply to quickdry21

I just had the same choice to make myself. I chose not to go with the AC and got the N instead. I only really use wifi for a couple devices and don't see them needing AC anytime soon. So far its a rock solid router. I'm running the latest Merlin build on it.
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reply to got_milk

said by got_milk:

On stock firmware in good conditions I was pushing 240Mbps at one point during file transfers, on Tomato I was struggling to break 110Mbps. More than enough for a couple of 1080p streams for sure but not so hot for file transfers.

Fair enough, I certainly haven't benchmarked my network enough to be able to give you those kinds of numbers anyway.

My house is actually wired with ethernet jacks all over the house, so files transfers usually get done with NFS shares over wired connections.
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got_milk

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said by El Quintron:

My house is actually wired with ethernet jacks all over the house, so files transfers usually get done with NFS shares over wired connections.

Ahh, I'm jealous. One day, one day...


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said by got_milk:

Ahh, I'm jealous. One day, one day...

Interestingly enough...

The last time my wife got pregnant we came to the conclusion that there was just too much cabling snaking all over the house, which was a hazard to her, and future children.

So the case was pretty easily made for an install where we'd have Cat6/RG6 jacks in all the rooms with either a TV or a Computer, eliminating a whole mess of cables.
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reply to got_milk

I did this when we moved into our new-to-us house last summer. I ran 15 (so far) cat6 cables throughout the house. Have them all come to a patch panel in my furnace room.
This summer I plan to run 2 out to my garage. I'm currently using a powerline network to get service out there (for VoIP phone).