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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports EXPIRED

immad 9,580 November 18, 2012 at 02:14 PM in Computers (6) More Newegg Deals
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Promoted 11-18-2012 at 05:15 PM View Original Post
Newegg has TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports for $69 - $30 rebate = $39 with free shipping. Thanks immad

Price Research: Our research indicates that TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports is $30 lower (43% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $69 to $82. - yuugotserved

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Edited November 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM by widgit
TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab [newegg.com]
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab
  • Up to 300+300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN

Mail in Rebate [newegg.com]

Alternatively: Newegg is offering same router Via eBay for $54.99. You may be able to use the Mail in rebate bringing the price down to $24.99, however need to confirm.

NewEgg via eBay [ebay.com]

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#46
Quote from kumo View Post :
Looks like they've now jacked up the price to 129.99, so it's now 89.99 AR which was their normal price before they had a rebate. Sneaky Newegg... LMAO
Yup. Bastards. I was actually looking at these routers last week and saw the 4300 included in the rebate. Was about to buy it and it's super expensive now. I hate my Netgear WNDR3700, what a piece of crap router.
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#48
How's this compared to the E3000 for range and stability?

I want to get the best range router that won't drop my PS3 and Apple TV connections under $60, any suggestions and any BF deals out there for this? Any reason to go up to say an Asus N56u just for range? I don't really care how fast is it since I only need enough bandwidth to steam netflix or iTunes movies online, just care about range and stability of connection.
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#49
Thanks! If Newegg wants to be a dick about the price I'll just buy it here.
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#50
TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router $38.99?
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#51
Quote from petard View Post :
Yup. Bastards. I was actually looking at these routers last week and saw the 4300 included in the rebate. Was about to buy it and it's super expensive now. I hate my Netgear WNDR3700, what a piece of crap router.
Sorry to hear that. I'm loving mine. Put OpenWRT on it and its been super stable.
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Sorry to hear that. I'm loving mine. Put OpenWRT on it and its been super stable.
Your WNDR3700 is stable? I have two of them, one just straight up freezes on any firmware including stock quite often. The other one is running dd-wrt and will just decide to hard reset itself whenever it wants, usually once every two weeks or so. I'm sick of it. Maybe I should try OpenWRT, but I just feel like I need to get rid of this model.
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#53
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Sorry to hear that. I'm loving mine. Put OpenWRT on it and its been super stable.

So maybe you could add where to get an image for openwrt. Or do I need to download source and make it myself ? I didn't see an obvious place to get one.
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Your WNDR3700 is stable? I have two of them, one just straight up freezes on any firmware including stock quite often. The other one is running dd-wrt and will just decide to hard reset itself whenever it wants, usually once every two weeks or so. I'm sick of it. Maybe I should try OpenWRT, but I just feel like I need to get rid of this model.
Is your 3700 hardware V3? I've got a V1 and a V2 and never had a problem as long as I 30/30/30 to clear NVRAM after firmware updates. I've heard V3 is much different.
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Is your 3700 hardware V3? I've got a V1 and a V2 and never had a problem as long as I 30/30/30 to clear NVRAM after firmware updates. I've heard V3 is much different.
I believe both are V1, nothing is written anywhere indicating the version. I did the 30/30/30 reset when I first installed DD-WRT and never changed the firmware after that. It just started acting up after 8-10 months without me changing anything other than port forwards every month or two. It's getting worse, too. I just upgraded the firmware to a more recent build today but didn't do any reset. I really think I'll just get rid of it and get the WDR4300 from Buy.com though. I would have preferred to buy it from Newegg, especially since I just got the 6 month shoprunner trial for free but they jacked the price up a ton.


Just noticed Microcenter has these routers in stock for $70/$90 with a $30/$40 rebate. I'm just going to go get it from there tomorrow. They also have a pretty hassle-free return policy in case this router sucks like most routers do.
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#56
I've had this router for 3 months now and even with the stock firmware, I have yet to run into any problems. Range is great with no dropped connections. It does not in any way feel outdated. The USB port is only good for sharing a printer though. Any kind of storage device connected to it is quite slow.
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Thanks OP! Great deal. The tl-wdr4300 is also $49.99 after $40 rebate.

Both the TL-WDR4300 and TL-WDR3600 use chips from Atheros and are well supported in the newest OpenWRT (trunk) and in the newest version called Attitude Adjustment (release due soon).

Attitude Adjustment supports an algorithm called CoDel which can make a huge difference in how well your internet connection works while in heavy use (for example, doing a VoIP call or Skype while uploading or torrenting).

Awesome, in-depth (but understandable) discussion of CoDel here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7...Y&t=46m43s

So how does this router's QoS end up being compared to let's say Tomato RAF on a RT-n16?
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#58
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This is more comparable to the Belkin Play N600 HD with the dual band, gigabit and open firmware. RT-N16 is only single band and the RT-56U is twice this price. Might get one of this as an AP if you don't get enough range from 1 router

Edit: I've never used OpenWRT. Is it as easy as dd-wrt and tomato to flash and setup?
I inherited two Belkin Play N600 and they are pretty unreliable. They drop all the time even with DD-WRT or Tomato. Asus, Linksys, and Buffalo have all held on strong. I setup a lot of routers and its usually the Netgear, Dlink, and Belkin that i need to replace the most, esp the N ones. Even DD-WRT can't help a lot of the time.

That said DD-WRT is as simple as downloaded the compatible firmware and flashing with the built in manager. Then you can flash from there to Tomato. It can get confusing if you have a less popular router as there are an insane amount of branch builds that often don't tell you much and has anywhere from 5 to 8 digits a the end of the filenames.

Anyways thanks for pete for letting me know about Attitude, sounds like another great build I can try out.
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So does anyone know if rebate is good from the ebay one?
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