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

Selma 99,799 January 11, 2013 at 04:11 AM in Computers (5) More Newegg Deals
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Promoted 01-15-2013 at 02:56 PM View Original Post
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Newegg.com has TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports for $68.99 - $10 w/ promo code EMCNJJF83 - $20 rebate = $38.99 with free shipping. Thanks Selma

Price Research: Our research indicates that this 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 starting from $69. - brisar

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TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router
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Last Edited by brbubba January 20, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Back in stock as of 1/16/2012 at 1:30 pm PST.

OOS again 1/13/2013 5:51 PM CST

Back in stock as of 1/13/2012 at 3:30pm PST. Ordered 3 for work, discount stacked on all 3.

OOS again 1/12/2013 9:26 PM PST

Back in stock. Able to place an order for one 1/12/2013 8:18:39 PM PST

OOS, 1/12 4PM PST Please update if availability changes!

This router is the cheapest router to get OpenWRT's newest branch, Attitude adjustment which implements CoDEL a new parameterless bufferbloat solution.

Bufferbloat = latency lag when network approaches full usage.

Example: VoIP, VidChat, gaming, latency sensitive apps start stuttering once that other dude in your house starts his NetFlix streaming. You cry and stop doing what you were doing until he's done. OR you can buy this and setup codel and be happy. ^^

How to? My post is on page 3
I personally just set it up this month and it's AWESOME. The only bad thing is that Cox throttles us to whatever bandwidth they like in the evenings. Meaning I have to manually adjust the QoS speed limits for it to function.

Installing OpenWRT isn't necessarily easy but it's straightforward. If you've installed dd-wrt or Tomato, I have confidence in you that you can install OpenWRT Wink
If you know someone who would probably struggle putting dd-wrt/tomato on a router... don't have them install this. They might mess it up.

Got mine and got OpenWRT installed, so far so good....

Here's what I did (Disclaimer, if you are technically challenged I do not suggest doing this or find the beta builds of DDWRT or Gargoyle):

Original link stopped working here's a new link, if it no longer works see below.
http://downloads.openwrt.org/atti...actory.bin

If that still doesn't work here's the path from the openwrt downloads page.
Attitude adjustment...
12.09-rc1...
Ar71xx...
Generic...
Openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wdr3600-v1-squashfs-factory.bin

1.) Connect an ethernet cable to the LAN side of the router, navigate to 192.168.1.1 (It may be 192.168.0.1). Username is "admin" password is "admin".
2.) Rename your OpenWRT image to "factory.bin". Navigate to the firmware upgrade page and update the firmware with your OpenWRT image.
3.) Once upgrade is done, manually set your computer's IP to 192.168.1.X (whatever you want on 1.X subnet).
4.) Use Putty or some other program to telnet into 192.168.1.1. Type "passwd" at command prompt and set a root password. Type "exit" and get out of the telnet session.
5.) Reopen Putty and do an SSH session to the same IP, login as root with your new password. Type "opkg update" and return. Type "opkg install luci" and return. To enable Luci to start on boot, type "/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable" and return and then type "/etc/init.d/uhttpd start" and return. I would also install the Luci qos module, type "opkg install luci-app-qos" and return.
6.) You can now login to Luci via an HTTP interface at 192.168.1.1. Good luck with the rest, just make sure you enable your wifi interfaces and configure them.
7.) Optionally, you may change to a more user friendly interface by issuing these commands line by line:
Code:
cd /tmp
wget http://nut-bolt.nl/files/luci-theme-bootstrap_1-1_all.ipk
opkg install luci-theme-bootstrap_1-1_all.ipk
To activate theme go to: System ---> Language and Style ---> Design ---> Bootstrap Smilie
-Aaron007
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As a side note my stupid MBA has no ethernet and my desktop is a floor away from my cable modem. So in order to do the package updates and install I had to enable the WiFi. Typing in "uci set wireless.@wifi-device[0].disabled=0; uci commit wireless; wifi" allows one of the interfaces to enable with OpenWRT as the ssid, open network. I could at least connect wirelessly from my laptop and ssh in that route and still have it connected to my cable modem for updates.

If you want the simple method and are ok with a limited option interface then download the gargoyle image here http://www.gargoyle-router.com/do...actory.bin and do the upgrade with that. It already has the GUI installed and running so you can go directly to 192.168.1.1. NOTE: Gargoyle does not have all the options that LuCi does, it was designed this way.

NOTE: It has been widely reported that LuCi is already installed and running after the install of OpenWRT. After you do the initial upgrade try navigating to 192.168.1.1 to see if the LuCI interface is up and running. If it is not then you should run through the steps listed above.

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In for 1, they haven't been this cheap since Thanksgiving!
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How is ddwrt on this? Does tomato work as well?
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TP-LINK customer support sucks. I had Airlink Print Server and never had problems in printing (parallel printer) until it died. I bought TP-LINK (TL-PS110P) print server, spent 3 hours yesterday with the right setting and no success. Called tech support - a lady couldn't figure out how to fix and asked my email address. Got an email but with minimal info.
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#8
In for one. Time to finally replace my trusty Linksys WRT54G.

Link to old FP thread with some good info: http://slickdeals.net/f/5525498-TP-LINK-TL-WDR3600-N600-Wireless-N-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router-w-2x-USB-Ports-39-after-30-rebate-Free-Shipping?v=1
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Thanks OP, bought one.
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Quote from crspyjohn View Post :
How is ddwrt on this? Does tomato work as well?
OpenWRT you can find details in the old threads on WDR3600 and WDR4300.
Gargoyle is a very good easy to use OpenWRT distro.
And it works very well. Don't listen when people say DD-WRT or Tomato are somehow better. They're not.
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....and it is not refurbished. Smilie
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Quote from NFS4 View Post :
Thanks OP, bought one.
How many times can you use the promo code? Is it a one time use per account?

Note: rebate is limited to 2 per person

Note2: $40 for a router with these CPU/RAM specs is amazing
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Quote from pokymon View Post :
TP-LINK customer support sucks. I had Airlink Print Server and never had problems in printing (parallel printer) until it died. I bought TP-LINK (TL-PS110P) print server, spent 3 hours yesterday with the right setting and no success. Called tech support - a lady couldn't figure out how to fix and asked my email address. Got an email but with minimal info.
I haven't been thrilled with tp-link support either. The wdr 4300 that I bought in thanksgivings gave problem from the minute I installed it. The support from China was terrible. However, I was able to convince them to RMA it. I have had NO troubles with any Linksys or Cisco routers: with both the stock firmware and dd-wrt firmware.

The replacement wdr 4300 has had some problems with NFS mounting in local network using ethernet. Wireless performance has been very good so far.
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Quote from junhao123 View Post :
OpenWRT you can find details in the old threads on WDR3600 and WDR4300.
Gargoyle is a very good easy to use OpenWRT distro.
And it works very well. Don't listen when people say DD-WRT or Tomato are somehow better. They're not.
I briefly experimented with Gargoyle on WDR4300. The interface is not as nice as the dd-wrt IMO. Unsure about performance compared to the latest stock firmware, which is very good. The dd-wrt support for these is still very experimental. Reverting back from alternate firmwares to stock is tricky. You have to use a modified stock firmware. Otherwise you'll brick it.
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#15
Can anyone comment on the range of this router? I have a dual band simultaneous router that is known for SH&T RANGE and it's even worse in my older (lath and plaster) home.

Cisco E4100 BLOWS BIG TIME!
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