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Old 09-29-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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But seriously.

What router do you guys use? I'm primarily interested in Reverant and Shoes but anyone with good router advice I am fine with.

Looking for something that will give me absolutely painless port forwarding, wireless, etc.

I don't mind paying up to a low-end Cisco enterprise router if it's 100% rock solid and dd-wrt compatibility would be superb, but I want something either cheap and disposable, or expensive and will last me a decade.

Oh. And it absolutely *must* have gigabit ports. The WRT54GL would be my hands down pick if not for that.
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I have a buffalo wireless router. Comes with DD-WRT out of the box. wireless N, 4 gigabit ports and a USB port (where Asterisk will be installed at some point for VoIP calling). It works flawlessly with a slight hack that is easy to perform and well documented.
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I just picked up a Linksys E2000 to replace my WRT54G. I got a good 8 years out of my WRT54G and it was sad seeing it die.

So far I am still on stock firmware, but am planning on upgrading to DD-WRT in the very near future. It has been rock stable and you can pick up refurbished ones for about $40 which is what I did. It is truthfully what I would recommend as a replacement.
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Everyone, thank you for your advice.

Shoes, I strongly dislike the Exxxx series from Linksys due to reports of lacking wired performance. (Reviews I've read peg them as low as 400mbps sustained)

Full Tilt Boogie: I love the DIR-655! I have had two, but they don't do what I need to do anymore. I am sad in the pants, I loved those routers.

After research, my current shortlist is

ASUS RT-N66U
ASUS RT-AC66U
WD MyNet Central N900 (2TB)

I love the WD concept, especially being able to use it as a WAN-facing storage device and leave my NAS solely connected to my internal network. But it has no ddwrt, which makes me seriously sad in the pants.

Although these are among the top performing routers currently available, the problem I have with them all is anemic wired performance.

I currently can get sustained 900mbps+ with my network set up with just a Cisco switch and Linux PC acting as the brains of the router. The highest I've seen of the above routers is in the 630-650mbps sustained range.

300mbps is a big freaking deal for me, when I transfer hundreds of gigabytes to terabytes daily (Don't ask unless you really want details - it involves databases.)

However, I'm getting very fed up with wireless that can't access the WAN on my Linux router setup. That's my only major beef with it and it's a serious deal killer for me.
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I have the E3000 and wired performance is fine- 110-120 MB/s .

I use tomatoUSB firmware, played around with DD-WRT. I like both, and stock is actually pretty good too, depending on what features you need.
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I have the E3000 and wired performance is fine- 110-120 MB/s .

I use tomatoUSB firmware, played around with DD-WRT. I like both, and stock is actually pretty good too, depending on what features you need.
Interesting. Is this pre or post tomato/ddwrt flash?

I liked the E4200 when I looked at it, but the reports on the **** poor wired performance turned me off.
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What the fik do you need 400MB/s for????
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I currently have a Netgear FVS336G.

Dual gigabit WAN ports with load balancing and failover
8 gigabit ports on the back for clients

Very happy with it.
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What the fik do you need 400MB/s for????
A master's program component that involves a cross-discipline approach working in conjunction with a Geology graduate student developing tools that involve huge databases.

And I'd love 400 MB/s for this, but 120MB/s is about the fastest you can get with gigabit networking (Although I am seriously considering teaming gigabit connections....)

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I currently have a Netgear FVS336G.

Dual gigabit WAN ports with load balancing and failover
8 gigabit ports on the back for clients

Very happy with it.
Holy **** Reverant, I love you man. That's going straight on the shortlist.
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Why on earth would you want to see my router, I don't get...

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A master's program component that involves a cross-discipline approach working in conjunction with a Geology graduate student developing tools that involve huge databases.

And I'd love 400 MB/s for this, but 120MB/s is about the fastest you can get with gigabit networking (Although I am seriously considering teaming gigabit connections....)
Yeah. Team. It's easy as dicks.

What's the cross-discipline deal. More details. I'm curious.

Yes geological data is um... big. But why are they moving that much data across the network? Are you really ingesting TBs at a time? constantly???
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Yeah. Team. It's easy as dicks.

What's the cross-discipline deal. More details. I'm curious.

Yes geological data is um... big. But why are they moving that much data across the network? Are you really ingesting TBs at a time? constantly???
Because all of it is stored on a (very large) database server, of which I've grabbed a small chunk (which is still TBs in size...), and I test my code on my local copy of it. Which there is no way in hell I'm storing on a database on my dev PC, it's getting put on my Linux server (Plus, it gives me a chance to test the networking code too!)

Basically, it's trying to model volcanic behavior as the simplest explanation, but it involves **** tons of stuff from tectonic plates to earthquakery.
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So, this isn't a broadband router then, you actually on a local campus network and looking for a firewall? Furthermore, are you wanting to transfer at 400Mbps or higher speeds if possible?
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If you run a local linux server, build a Linux IPtables firewall with two GigE cards. BAM
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If you run a local linux server, build a Linux IPtables firewall with two GigE cards. BAM
Done. Problem is, it throws a hissy fit if I include a wireless switch on the network.

Only reason I'm even considering a router for one second is because of this. No wireless in my apartment = suuuuuuck.
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I don't follow blaen. What do you mean? What is the setup that is failing and how exactly is it failing? PM me if you want and perhaps I can help further.
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I was using a Linux PC with the eth cards myself, but switched to the Netgear for the power savings. I already have 2 other servers online 24/7, and the bill was getting through the roof.
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Interesting. Is this pre or post tomato/ddwrt flash?

I liked the E4200 when I looked at it, but the reports on the **** poor wired performance turned me off.
All of them. Wireless performance is best on the stock firmware though.

Biggest gripe I've seen for the E series is them getting too hot- perhaps that's what happened in a few tests and caused them to slow down. I can't say for sure, but performance has been fine for me. I don't do daily terabyte xfers, but I've moved around 500GB of stuff several times with no gripes/issues.
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I was using a Linux PC with the eth cards myself, but switched to the Netgear for the power savings. I already have 2 other servers online 24/7, and the bill was getting through the roof.
Same here Rev. I've been getting out of the geeking game all together as I get older. Powered off my last BSD firewall a few months ago and now use some POS SOHO Cisco ****. The only server I run today is a Mac Mini. After working all day on computers, the last thing I want to do is work on mine at home. A bonus is if guests don't see a bunch of computer **** at home, they don't think you can fix their broken infected crappy laptop. Wrenching on the car is far more fulfilling.
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