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Promoted 01-15-2013 by yuugotserved 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

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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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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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#301
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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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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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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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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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Last edited by stopspazzing January 19, 2013 at 08:07 PM
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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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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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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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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.
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Last edited by thesedealsr4me January 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM
#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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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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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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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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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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