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

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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

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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

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#91
Quote from peted20 View Post :
What kind of bandwidth do you have from your ISP? I've had pretty good luck (not 100% CPU) on a similar class router (WHR-HP-G54) and Tomato, but that's with QoS on only 768k upload.

If it were *me* and I wanted to keep latency low for gaming, etc, I'd probably grab a Netgear WNDR3800 and put CeroWRT on it. There's a couple awesome comments on this article (give special attention to the comments by mtaht):
http://lwn.net/Articles/496509/

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Appreciate the input alot REP+

We have a 18mbit connection from our ISP. Which in reality ends up either being 3mbps, 8mbps, 12-18mbps, on occasion in mid-day when no one is using the internet, around 20-30mbps.

The median of the 4 is the expected speed I end up getting when I testmy.net our connection.

I'll take a look at that article, CEROWRT, and that router. I'll reply again if I have more questions that arise from that! woot
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#92
In for one, thanks Op
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#93
I'm really just looking for a gigabit N router to make an access point on the other side of my house (already have cat6 running from my e3000 to that room). Is there any option cheaper than this one?
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#94
Quote from johnnyblades View Post :
I've had this router for about three months as well. but its just sitting idle on a shelf. It was very unstable for me. Very disappointing, as I had the WDR-1043 model prior to this and it was rock solid for about three years.

I'm back to running the 1043, with router resets about once a week.
the 3600 worked great for about two weeks, then almost daily resets, then unable to put out a wireless signal. I know, I should return it to Newegg, but they want to charge shipping and I am a bit lazy. I keep thinking I will try to install some other firmware, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
Too bad, cause it looks pretty cool and it had great speed and range when it worked.
Sorry you had problems with yours. If you ever get around to it try installing the firmware. That might help a bit
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Quote from peted20 View Post :
What kind of bandwidth do you have from your ISP? I've had pretty good luck (not 100% CPU) on a similar class router (WHR-HP-G54) and Tomato, but that's with QoS on only 768k upload.

If it were *me* and I wanted to keep latency low for gaming, etc, I'd probably grab a Netgear WNDR3800 and put CeroWRT on it. There's a couple awesome comments on this article (give special attention to the comments by mtaht):
http://lwn.net/Articles/496509/



Also, if you can, run CAT5 to latency sensitive devices like an XBox (wherever you're gaming a lot). CeroWRT basically has bufferbloat fixed on its wired interfaces (on the WNDR3800 which is their reference device). Wireless will still take some significant work. Another quote from mtaht:


Its not clear to me yet that the drivers in these TP-Links (3600/4300) have the necessary driver support to do this new stuff (specifically, support for 'BQL', or Buffer Queue Length). Its a small patch that drivers need (just a couple lines of code). Even though it might not be supported now, I'm sure it will be relatively soon since the Atheros drivers are open source.

For now, I'll probably settle on a WNDR3800 for my router (despite the cost), and use these TP-Links as access points/bridges until its less bleeding edge to make CoDel work on them. That said, I'll for sure give it a try when my TL-WDR3600 comes-- maybe it won't be too difficult? We'll see.

Worst case (we can't get CoDel working), these do have significantly more CPU power/RAM (560 MHz/128MB) than our older routers so they should be able to push much more bandwidth through the QoS system.
Unfortunately CeroWRT doesn't work with the WDR3600 which is this deal... Frown
Doing some reading makes me think CoDeL is the only way to maintain ~100ms pings while roommates might be watching movie or youtube.

Meaning I'll have my eye out for WNDR3700's or 3800's for BF/CyberM yes?
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Quote from flashfir View Post :
Unfortunately CeroWRT doesn't work with the WDR3600 which is this deal... Frown
Doing some reading makes me think CoDeL is the only way to maintain ~100ms pings while roommates might be watching movie or youtube.

Meaning I'll have my eye out for WNDR3700's or 3800's for BF/CyberM yes?
Careful as most wndr3700 sold now feature the vastly inferior V3 chipset. Go for a WNDR37AV as it's a 3700 with a guaranteed V1 or V2 chipset.
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Quote from Wildpir8 View Post :
Careful as most wndr3700 sold now feature the vastly inferior V3 chipset. Go for a WNDR37AV as it's a 3700 with a guaranteed V1 or V2 chipset.
I should also mention: Another model to look out for is the WNDRMAC. It's basically just a WNDR37AV in a white.
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#98
Quote from flashfir View Post :
Unfortunately CeroWRT doesn't work with the WDR3600 which is this deal... Frown
Doing some reading makes me think CoDeL is the only way to maintain ~100ms pings while roommates might be watching movie or youtube.

Meaning I'll have my eye out for WNDR3700's or 3800's for BF/CyberM yes?
Yeah, the WNDR3800 is what I'd recommend for CeroWRT. Haven't seen any BF deals on them yet.

In other new I just got QoS and CoDel set up in my OpenWRT Attitude Adjustment beta 2 VM. It was actually pretty easy- see the Quickstart Guide half way down this page:
http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/uci/qos

I'll have my TL-WDR4300 on Wednesday and can give it a try. The one potential missing thing is BQL support in the network switch's driver, but it sounds like its not required:
http://www.bufferbloat.net/projects/codel/wiki

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If you are doing soft rate limiting (eg shaping), BQL is not required at the driver level.
I'll report back here how it goes. I'm really optimistic at this point.
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#99
Quote from peted20 View Post :
Yeah, the WNDR3800 is what I'd recommend for CeroWRT. Haven't seen any BF deals on them yet.

In other new I just got QoS and CoDel set up in my OpenWRT Attitude Adjustment beta 2 VM. It was actually pretty easy- see the Quickstart Guide half way down this page:
http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/uci/qos

I'll have my TL-WDR4300 on Wednesday and can give it a try. The one potential missing thing is BQL support in the network switch's driver, but it sounds like its not required:
http://www.bufferbloat.net/projects/codel/wiki



I'll report back here how it goes. I'm really optimistic at this point.
Not exactly sure what you mean by BQL support but reply me when you've played with that setup!
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#100
This is probably a pretty basic (dumb) question, but as a new proud owner of one of these, how would I go about using it as a wireless bridge? Have an IP phone from work that I'd like to plug into it, and use this to bridge wirelessly to router in a different room. Would this also be able to function as a repeater to extend signal? Other router is an older Airlink AR410W "super" G (which doesn't have any 3rd party firmware available, I checked...)

Do I need OpenWRT to do so, or can I use the WDS bridging in the stock firmware? OpenWRT seems like a pain in the neck to get installed... and that's coming from a former developer Smilie
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#101
Quote from danqwerty View Post :
This is probably a pretty basic (dumb) question, but as a new proud owner of one of these, how would I go about using it as a wireless bridge? Have an IP phone from work that I'd like to plug into it, and use this to bridge wirelessly to router in a different room. Would this also be able to function as a repeater to extend signal? Other router is an older Airlink AR410W "super" G (which doesn't have any 3rd party firmware available, I checked...)

Do I need OpenWRT to do so, or can I use the WDS bridging in the stock firmware? OpenWRT seems like a pain in the neck to get installed... and that's coming from a former developer Smilie

I do this with DD-WRT on an Asus N-16.
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#102
I got this router and have loaded Openwrt on it. It is working fine thus far Smilie
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#103
Quote from oursignup View Post :
I got this router and have loaded Openwrt on it. It is working fine thus far Smilie
What process/image did you use in your install of OpenWRT?
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#104
Quote from dmtycn View Post :
I do this with DD-WRT on an Asus N-16.
Thanks - I checked around and didnt see a dd-rt version available for this tp-link. Can anyone point me to a openwrt build?
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Quote from djjosephk View Post :
What process/image did you use in your install of OpenWRT?
Quote from danqwerty View Post :
Thanks - I checked around and didnt see a dd-rt version available for this tp-link. Can anyone point me to a openwrt build?
I followed the post in openwrt forum https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtop...66#p181966 and here are the steps I followed

NOTE:Browse to your existing router admin page or program and note down the following details, you might need them in step 15
- current IP address (not 192.xx.xx.xx)
- subnet mask
- gateway IP address
- router MAC address or clone MAC address

1. Downloaded the firmware for this router from http://www.gargoyle-router.com/do...actory.bin
2. renamed the downloaded file as gargoyle.bin
3. Connected router to the computer via ethernet cable
4. Browsed (on IE/FF) to 192.168.0.1
5. You will prompted for login use (admin/admin)
6. Click the link on the left menu that says something like "System"
7. Find and click "Firmware upgrade" link
8. In the Firmware upgrade page, click button that says something like "select file"
9. Select the file "gargoyle.bin" from step 2
10. Click "upgrade" button
11. Wait for about 5 mins
12. Browse on (FF/IE) to 192.168.1.1
13. You will be prompted for password, use "password" with out the quotes
14. You will be prompted for new password, type in your new password and jot it down some place safe
15. Refer screenshots at http://www.gargoyle-router.com/wi...ateway.jpg to configure
16. enjoy!!
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