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[Solved]Routers and Linux

#1 Post by KBD » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:45 am

Wondering what wireless routers you folks use and would recommend? I'm going to need a new one and would like to manage it via browser without having to depend upon Windows for management or firmware updates.

Edit: chose Netgear. Setup was mostly easy with one glitch. Was able to setup in the browser so no Windows needed.
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Re: Routers and Linux

#2 Post by fehlix » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:02 am

I use:
- FritzBox 7490 - a fairly easy to use alrounder - safe and secure
- Ubiquiti UniFi AP - amazing powerfull, rather for experts
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Re: Routers and Linux

#3 Post by timkb4cq » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:04 am

I'm happy with my Linksys E2500. I haven't been happy in the past with their firmware so I installed dd-wrt on it before I put it into service.
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Re: Routers and Linux

#4 Post by KBD » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:07 am

fehlix wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:02 am
I use:
- FritzBox 7490 - a fairly easy to use alrounder - safe and secure
- Ubiquiti UniFi AP - amazing powerfull, rather for experts
Will check it out. Had not heard of that one.
I should add I have a single story dwelling and only need to cover about 800 square feet, so I do not need a "monster" size router. I've always used Linksys routers. An EA2700 died on me last night, so I'm using an old back up router right now.

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Re: Routers and Linux

#5 Post by KBD » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:16 am

timkb4cq wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:04 am
I'm happy with my Linksys E2500. I haven't been happy in the past with their firmware so I installed dd-wrt on it before I put it into service.
I bet it runs better with the dd-wrt firmware. How hard was that to flash?
The E2500 looks nearly identical to my EA2700 that died yesterday. First the 5ghz band went out about a week ago, I thought there was an issue with my Roku, but then I started getting dial up speeds last night and reset didn't help :( I remember when I got it the thing was a pain to load updated firmware onto, and now Linksys wants you to set up an online account to manage your router--which seems another point of failure to me if they get hacked.

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Re: Routers and Linux

#6 Post by whell » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:26 am

I've had the ASUS RT-AC68U for almost 2 years now. Love it for a host of reasons.

- Browser based set up and management (including firmware updates).
- Linux based so 3rd party firmware is available
- Asus firmware very stable and still receiving frequent updates.
- Not one but two USB ports. Great if you're into accessing movies or music from anywhere on the network.
- A number of options to extend functionality of router (VPN, client bridge, UPNP media server, etc.).
- Pretty good range on both bands.

EDIT - oh, and about 18 - 20 devices hooked up wired or wirelessly to this router doesn't seem to bother it at all. TV, printer, work networking, iPhones, iPads, Kindle fires, iPods, etc.
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Re: Routers and Linux

#7 Post by timkb4cq » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:29 am

For my version 2 e2500 it wasn't too difficult, although the 30-30-30 resets involved are a pain, and for the features I wanted I had to then upgrade to a different build (you can't install it first).
Looks like the version 3 that you would probably find now is a bit harder.
https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_E2500

To be fair, I bought that router because my local tiger direct store (now closed - they went online only) had it refurbished for $25 but it's been reliable.
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Re: Routers and Linux

#8 Post by KBD » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:30 am

whell wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:26 am
I've had the ASUS RT-AC68U for almost 2 years now. Love it for a host of reasons.

- Browser based set up and management (including firmware updates).
- Linux based so 3rd party firmware is available
- Asus firmware very stable and still receiving frequent updates.
- Not one but two USB ports. Great if you're into accessing movies or music from anywhere on the network.
- A number of options to extend functionality of router (VPN, client bridge, UPNP media server, etc.).
- Pretty good range on both bands.
That sounds good. Will check it out. Thanks.

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Re: Routers and Linux

#9 Post by KBD » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:33 am

timkb4cq wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:29 am
For my version 2 e2500 it wasn't too difficult, although the 30-30-30 resets involved are a pain, and for the features I wanted I had to then upgrade to a different build (you can't install it first).
Looks like the version 3 that you would probably find now is a bit harder.
https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_E2500

To be fair, I bought that router because my local tiger direct store (now closed - they went online only) had it refurbished for $25 but it's been reliable.
That's a good price. Probably flashing the firmware made a big difference on dependability. Flashing the firmware might be a bit above my paygrade though :)

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Re: Routers and Linux

#10 Post by whell » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:44 am

KBD wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:33 am
timkb4cq wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:29 am
For my version 2 e2500 it wasn't too difficult, although the 30-30-30 resets involved are a pain, and for the features I wanted I had to then upgrade to a different build (you can't install it first).
Looks like the version 3 that you would probably find now is a bit harder.
https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_E2500

To be fair, I bought that router because my local tiger direct store (now closed - they went online only) had it refurbished for $25 but it's been reliable.
That's a good price. Probably flashing the firmware made a big difference on dependability. Flashing the firmware might be a bit above my paygrade though :)
It really isn't. I'm by no means technically oriented but was able to figure out how to put DD-WRT on my older Linksys e4200. You do need to very closely follow the instructions, but they are laid out in step-by-step on the DD-WRT site. I still us that router as a bridge / extender when I'm going to be out in the yard and want music out there.

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