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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.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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#301
Quote from droiddeals View Post :
Is it true going back from openwrt or ddwrt to "truly" stock isnt possible. Anyone do this ?
as long as you do 30/30/30 reset before going to different firmwares you should be alright. http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index....r_30/30/30
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#302
Quote from ikonoklast View Post :
Anyone try these antennas?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/130770626542
I'd be reticent... see this [dd-wrt.com].
Bottom line, antenna length should be a multiple of the frequency wavelength, 2.4ghz and 5ghz clearly don't have the same wavelength and are also not multiples of one another. As much as I wanted to be electrical, I ended up being a mechanical guy, so I don't know if you can truly make an antenna that is suitable for both frequencies at the same time.

EDIT: pretty sure the 5Ghz antennas are internal, checking now.
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#303
Anyone succeed in configuring ipv6 with openwrt RC1+luci?
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#304
Quote from droiddeals View Post :
Is it true going back from openwrt or ddwrt to "truly" stock isnt possible. Anyone do this ?
I have gone from DDWRT back to stock FW. You will need the stock FW from the DDWRT site to upload.
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#305
Just wanted to share my experience for those that are on the fence about making the switch to custom FW. I have been able to switch between DDWRT, OpenWRT, Gargoyle, and stock without any issues. In my experience it is way easier than is described in the wiki. But YMMV. Note proceed at your own risk, modifying your FW incorrectly can result in a bricked router.

Out of the box I uploaded OpenWRT FW using the stock interface. It already had the Luci GUI loaded and was ready to put in my settings.

I tried Gargoyle next. Loaded the Gargoyle FW in the FW update option and loaded without a hitch.

Next I went and loaded DDWRT. After loading DDWRT I needed to do a 30/30/30 reset. I was unable to go back to OpenWRT at that point. But I found that I could go back to the stock FW using a DDWRT to stock firmware update.

I was switching FW back and forth trying to figure out why my router was not connecting to the internet. Only the stock FW was working. I eventually found out that my internet router was possibly causing a conflict using a similar set of address as my TP-Link router. So i just changed the TP-Link address to something other than 192.168.1.1 and that worked.

Some reference links.

OpenWRT FW
Gargoyle FW
DDWRT FW
DDWRT to Stock ONLY FW [dd-wrt.com] last post at the bottom of the page.
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#306
Quote from strobe2000 View Post :
Just wanted to share my experience for those that are on the fence about making the switch to custom FW. I have been able to switch between DDWRT, OpenWRT, Gargoyle, and stock without any issues. In my experience it is way easier than is described in the wiki. But YMMV. Note proceed at your own risk, modifying your FW incorrectly can result in a bricked router.

Out of the box I uploaded OpenWRT FW using the stock interface. It already had the Luci GUI loaded and was ready to put in my settings.

I tried Gargoyle next. Loaded the Gargoyle FW in the FW update option and loaded without a hitch.

Next I went and loaded DDWRT. After loading DDWRT I needed to do a 30/30/30 reset. I was unable to go back to OpenWRT at that point. But I found that I could go back to the stock FW using a DDWRT to stock firmware update.

I was switching FW back and forth trying to figure out why my router was not connecting to the internet. Only the stock FW was working. I eventually found out that my internet router was possibly causing a conflict using a similar set of address as my TP-Link router. So i just changed the TP-Link address to something other than 192.168.1.1 and that worked.

Some reference links.

OpenWRT FW
Gargoyle FW
DDWRT FW
DDWRT to Stock ONLY FW [dd-wrt.com] last post at the bottom of the page.

http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/view...265#735265

I tested all of the FW's you have posted, with similar results. Smilie

Re-flashed back to stock, then to OpenWRT because can do some heavy modifications with the 'opkg' installer allowing me to remove everything but what I need.
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#307
Can I switch from Gargoyle FW to stock FW directly, using the FW from TP-link website (TL-WDR3600_V1_120820 (http://www.tp-link.com/us/support...rsion=V1)? I am using the Gargoyle FW, but i don't know how to configure the USB storage, and let me see the USB flash drive in Windows 7 easily. Thanks for any response.
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#308
Quote from strobe2000 View Post :
I was switching FW back and forth trying to figure out why my router was not connecting to the internet. Only the stock FW was working. I eventually found out that my internet router was possibly causing a conflict using a similar set of address as my TP-Link router. So i just changed the TP-Link address to something other than 192.168.1.1 and that worked.
Make sure your DSL or Cable modem is set to bridged mode, that could explain the IP conflict. This is important, as you don't want both your WDR3600 and the modem to be routing.

Did you still have to do the telnet thing to set the initial password before going into LuCi??? I'll update the wiki with that info.
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#309
Quote from brbubba View Post :
Make sure your DSL or Cable modem is set to bridged mode, that could explain the IP conflict. This is important, as you don't want both your WDR3600 and the modem to be routing.

Did you still have to do the telnet thing to set the initial password before going into LuCi??? I'll update the wiki with that info.
Essentially that was the problem, there was an IP conflict between the cable modem and router. With all my other modified routers I never had an issue, so it never dawned on me that it would be an issue.

I did not have to telnet to set the password for LuCi. It took me to the GUI log in screen and I could setup the password. I've flashed it twice to OpenWRT and both times it has taken me to the GUI.
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#310
Hi,

I am on TPLink FW and seeing frequent momentary drops in wireless connections. I just have to refresh a few times and it gets connected.

I want to try OpenWRT. The wiki gives a complicated procedure. You seem to say that I can load OpenWRT from the TpLink's Firmware upgrade page? is that correct? Can I use the OpenWRT version you provided in this link?

Thanks in Advance.


Quote from strobe2000 View Post :
Just wanted to share my experience for those that are on the fence about making the switch to custom FW. I have been able to switch between DDWRT, OpenWRT, Gargoyle, and stock without any issues. In my experience it is way easier than is described in the wiki. But YMMV. Note proceed at your own risk, modifying your FW incorrectly can result in a bricked router.

Out of the box I uploaded OpenWRT FW using the stock interface. It already had the Luci GUI loaded and was ready to put in my settings.

I tried Gargoyle next. Loaded the Gargoyle FW in the FW update option and loaded without a hitch.

Next I went and loaded DDWRT. After loading DDWRT I needed to do a 30/30/30 reset. I was unable to go back to OpenWRT at that point. But I found that I could go back to the stock FW using a DDWRT to stock firmware update.

I was switching FW back and forth trying to figure out why my router was not connecting to the internet. Only the stock FW was working. I eventually found out that my internet router was possibly causing a conflict using a similar set of address as my TP-Link router. So i just changed the TP-Link address to something other than 192.168.1.1 and that worked.

Some reference links.

OpenWRT FW
Gargoyle FW
DDWRT FW
DDWRT to Stock ONLY FW [dd-wrt.com] last post at the bottom of the page.
Last edited by thesedealsr4me January 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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#311
For anyone that is interested, on the TP firmware, under "Status" (default page when you login), at the bottom there is a section for "Traffic Statistics". Simply convert the "bytes" # to GB and that will give you an idea of bandwidth. This is extremely helpful since we may be facing a bandwidth cap in the near future.
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#312
Quote from thesedealsr4me View Post :
Hi,

I am on TPLink FW and seeing frequent momentary drops in wireless connections. I just have to refresh a few times and it gets connected.

I want to try OpenWRT. The wiki gives a complicated procedure. You seem to say that I can load OpenWRT from the TpLink's Firmware upgrade page? is that correct? Can I use the OpenWRT version you provided in this link?

Thanks in Advance.
I used the exact link in my post to update my FW. For me it was easy as going to the TPlink FW update page and uploading the new FW. But you should be prepared to do the hard way in case it doesn't pan out.
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#313
Quote from strobe2000 View Post :
I used the exact link in my post to update my FW. For me it was easy as going to the TPlink FW update page and uploading the new FW. But you should be prepared to do the hard way in case it doesn't pan out.
Thank you. I hope it works in the easy way for me also.
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#314
Quote from eastriver View Post :
Can I switch from Gargoyle FW to stock FW directly, using the FW from TP-link website (TL-WDR3600_V1_120820 (http://www.tp-link.com/us/support...rsion=V1)? I am using the Gargoyle FW, but i don't know how to configure the USB storage, and let me see the USB flash drive in Windows 7 easily. Thanks for any response.
I am also interested in the process of going from Gargoyle FW to stock FW.

I installed Gargoyle straight out of the box, and all of my devices (e.g. home computer, laptop, ipod touch, work computer) connected to the router and internet flawlessly EXCEPT for my XBOX 360. The Xbox can connect to the router and internet via the ethernet cable, but wirelessly, the Xbox will find the router but it will not connect or establish an IP address. I have no idea if this issue is related to Gargoyle or if there are settings that I need to tweak, but I just want to know if there is an easy way to go back to stock firmware to test or perhaps put another custom firmware on it.
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#315
Quote from eastriver View Post :
Can I switch from Gargoyle FW to stock FW directly, using the FW from TP-link website (TL-WDR3600_V1_120820 (http://www.tp-link.com/us/support...rsion=V1)? I am using the Gargoyle FW, but i don't know how to configure the USB storage, and let me see the USB flash drive in Windows 7 easily. Thanks for any response.
I have flashed from Gargoyle to DDWRT 30/30/30 reset and then to stock using a special stock build. Shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to do.
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