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

Selma 149,136 99,799 January 11, 2013 at 04:11 AM in Computers (5) More Newegg Deals
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Promoted 01-15-2013 by yuugotserved at 02:56 PM View Original Post
Update: Back in stock

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...704144-L0G
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EMCNJJF83
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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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[QUOTE=Medic311;56800102]i apologize in advance for what might seem like dumb questions, but my engineering experience is in product design and not network configuration. i have the following 2 questions.

1) is there a way of limiting bandwidth usage through the firmware of this router such that only select MAC addresses have unthrottled access? i will be providing free internet access to 2 of my tenants but i do not want them chewing through all of the bandwidth. i would like to cap on the bandwidth of all IP addresses with exception to the MAC addresses of my devices (printer, smartphones, laptops, WHS, etc).

Yes you can read up on QoS. this [markmaunder.com] may help.

2) Verizon gave me a crap router/modem combo, can i plug this router into one of the ethernet ports on the Verizon FiOS router and use it for my wireless network?

Yes you can, just disable dhcp on the Verizon router.
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Just jerking your chain.
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Quote from iflabs View Post :
Now that the router has OpenWRT, it has been nothing but bliss for the pass 21 days with no resets. The 5ghz band signal is still weak as usual; I'm a floor up above the router and still only get 30% on a good day. But at least my download speeds have finally gone from 300KBps to 1MBps.
Whatever! I assume you have a PhD in router firmware upgrades. Let's look at the instructions...

Installation

1. obtain.firmware Download a pre-compiled release image Attitude Adjustment 12.09 RC1 or trunk image Barrier Breaker, look for openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wdr4300-v1-squashfs-factory.bin. The precompiled images does not activate the wireless feature by default (you will have to use ethernet for the initial configuration), and does not include the web interface LuCI.

2. generic.flashing Now write this firmware-file onto the flash-chip of your device
• To use wifi, you need to activate wifi in the configuration, see wireless configuration.
• The web interface LuCI can be installed and started via…

opkg update
opkg install luci
/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable
/etc/init.d/uhttpd start

An alternate SSL enabled version of LuCI is also available (opkg install luci-ssl).
• You can always build your own image based on Attitude Adjustment/ trunk. Choose Atheros AR71xx/AT7240/AR913x platform and use the "TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 board support" profile.

...and the rest... [openwrt.org] blah blah blah!

Now if this reads like a bedtime story to you, fantastic! To me it looks like the output of a random character generator. I'll be waiting for dd-wrt.
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Last edited by MadPup January 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM
#78
damn i already got that rosewill a few weeks ago for 15. should i just keep using it or get this? like is it worth it? cuz im just using it as a repeater bridge
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so OpenWRT or DD-WRT ?
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Quote from MadPup View Post :
Whatever! I assume you have a PhD in router firmware upgrades. Let's look at the instructions...

Installation

1. obtain.firmware Download a pre-compiled release image Attitude Adjustment 12.09 RC1 or trunk image Barrier Breaker, look for openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wdr4300-v1-squashfs-factory.bin. The precompiled images does not activate the wireless feature by default (you will have to use ethernet for the initial configuration), and does not include the web interface LuCI.

2. generic.flashing Now write this firmware-file onto the flash-chip of your device
• To use wifi, you need to activate wifi in the configuration, see wireless configuration.
• The web interface LuCI can be installed and started via…

opkg update
opkg install luci
/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable
/etc/init.d/uhttpd start

An alternate SSL enabled version of LuCI is also available (opkg install luci-ssl).
• You can always build your own image based on Attitude Adjustment/ trunk. Choose Atheros AR71xx/AT7240/AR913x platform and use the "TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 board support" profile.

...and the rest... [openwrt.org] blah blah blah!

Now if this reads like a bedtime story to you, fantastic! To me it looks like the output of a random character generator. I'll be waiting for dd-wrt.
Best Buy has a service called Geek Squad that may able to help you. Here is their contact number: 1-800-GeekSquad
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Quote from iflabs View Post :
Best Buy has a service called Geek Squad that may able to help you. Here is their contact number: 1-800-GeekSquad

Ha ha , that would be the day, ask geeksquad to flash your router. Has any one ever tried asking them to jailbreak an iPhone?
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#82
I just upgraded from an OLD router to a wdr4300 and, while I don't use any fancy features, the signal seems to be stable and definitely is doing me well.

I don't do intense stuff like gaming though, but I did stream a couple netflix movies and only had 2 buffers that were quick.
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#83
So how much was it on Thanksgiving/BF? Is this the same deal but with bigger rebate? Thx.
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#84
this is the same deal but with a smaller rebate. last time it was $30 rebate. The final price is the same on both deals. So you're spending less out of pocket this time.,,
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Quote from MadPup View Post :
...and the rest... [openwrt.org] blah blah blah!
Actually, if you're flashing RC1 it would look more like:

- Download RC1
- Flash RC1 the same way you would upgrade the TPLink firmware.
- Setup the WiFi.

It does include the GUI.
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Repped and thx for the info. People are pretty helpful here.

Quote from samwathegreat View Post :
this is the same deal but with a smaller rebate. last time it was $30 rebate. The final price is the same on both deals. So you're spending less out of pocket this time.,,
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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.
IDK how long ago this happened (years ago?), but when my TPLINK TL-WN822N stopped worked on me after 30 days (this was 5-6 months ago), wouldn't work on any other computer, I immediately contacted them with the issue and they replaced the item immediately within 3 days I received the new item and have yet to have any other problems, so not sure what happened in your case.

I actually talked to the guy for a little while and he was very nice, and knew what he was talking about. I also was given an awesome metal pen "gift" for my troubles. One bad experience should never be used to judge a whole company. Things happen and sometimes you get bad CS agents.

I might "accidently" break my current router to justify buying this to my wife...Big Grin
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#88
wireless n routers are gonna be getting a lot cheaper real soon cuz of more widespread wireless ac adoption
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#89
I bought a Belkin model N750 from Costco recently. Is it worth returning the Belkin router to Costco and buy this TP-Link router instead?
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perfect for gamers who would be able to work their way and flash openwrt onto this.

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I feel that Tomato is the more user friendly especially with the interface since DD-WRT seems a little clunky.
Gargoyle is my Firmware of Choice based of OpenWRT it has graphics for bandwidth monitoring, quotas, etc.
I was under the impression OpenWRT isn't as fleshed out as DD-WRT. Further, I thought the lack of official support for many routers left it to tinkerers to figure out and configure things to a working order for many routers? Whereas with DD-WRT they have many official firware releases you can just download and install and off you go. Feel free to enlighten me otherwise. I like to tinker, but I want to make sure more than anything I have a stable powerful network that meets my needs listed in the OP.
Not true as far as I'm aware.


Used dd-wrt micro on my wrt54g2, google that for that little baby's picture.
Going from there to this GUI has been actually no different. i like both equally. i don't use gargoyle, use luci.

*Main reason you'd want OpenWRT is bufferbloat problem is resolved. Lag. Full blast torrent or uploading or downloading but still very little jitter and latency increases for the rest of users.

https://gist.github.com/4129668
This is the post of peted20 from slickdeals who spent like at least 45 minutes of time typing out posts, not that one included, to me helping me understand it and then helping me set it up. Smilie


http://www.overclock.net/content/typ...00/height/1000
http://www.overclock.net/content/typ...00/height/1000

I've hashed this over multiple times sharing my sharing of my findings here [overclock.net]
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