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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

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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I just received my router today. I'm honestly very disappointed. I was averaging 25/20 on my FIOS router and I bought this because of the USB ports to run an external hdd and a printer and have dual band capabilities. I clocked this router at 3.96/1.77 which is absolutely HORRID!

I've installed openwrt on routers in the past but I don't know how much of a difference it will make with my speeds. I'm going to toy with it for another day and then return it. Probably the worst router I've tried...
25/20 and 3.96/1.77 what? Is that your Internet test speed?
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Got mine today, easy set up a lot faster than what I had before. So far so good! Thanks!shake head
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25/20 and 3.96/1.77 what? Is that your Internet test speed?
I spoke too soon. I did a hard reset on both my routers and started over. I'm now getting proper speeds.
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Does this support a 3TB drive on the USB ports?

No,it does not
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No,it does not
The TP link stock firmware did not recognize my 3TB drive. It did recognize the 500GB drive though.

Not sure how it will work with other FW options.
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The TP link stock firmware did not recognize my 3TB drive. It did recognize the 500GB drive though.

Not sure how it will work with other FW options.
Next, I am planning to make my 3TB drive into smaller partitions and see if it will recongnize it then. Will let you know soon.
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Using OpenWRT on this router, has anyone been able to wirelessly connect a printer? I'm trying to connect an Epson Artisan 837. The printer is seen and the MAC address is listed as it tries to connect, but it always fails.

Any tips? Thanks.
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Next, I am planning to make my 3TB drive into smaller partitions and see if it will recongnize it then. Will let you know soon.
Ok. I split up my 3TB drive into 3 1 TB partitions. Still no go.
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Did anyone got 300Mbps working on 2.4G radio, if so what firmware and settings?

So far i got 150M on 2.4GHz(g&n) and 300M on 5GHz(a&n) radios working fine
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Did anyone got 300Mbps working on 2.4G radio, if so what firmware and settings?

So far i got 150M on 2.4GHz(g&n) and 300M on 5GHz(a&n) radios working fine
Did you do a site survey for 2.4ghz band?
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Did you do a site survey for 2.4ghz band?
yes i did, am i missing somethign?
btw i have openwrt. I also have 40Mhz 2nd above under HT mode for 2.4 radio.
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yes i did, am i missing somethign?
btw i have openwrt. I also have 40Mhz 2nd above under HT mode for 2.4 radio.
So were there other 2.4ghz signals in the area overlapping with yours?
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So were there other 2.4ghz signals in the area overlapping with yours?
yes...quite a lot of those..
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yes...quite a lot of those..
That would likely be your issue. Change the channel to something that no one is on, if possible. The non overlapping channels are 1, 6 and 11. However, each channel is only 22Mhz wide so using 40Mhz in this case will likely cause interference or receive interference from another channel. It's really only recommended if you have little to no interference. Bottom line, don't expect 300Mbps out of the 2.4Ghz spectrum, which is why my 5Ghz is so much faster.
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Hello all, sorry for the repost but hoping someone can help in case they missed it earlier:

Using OpenWRT on this router, has anyone been able to wirelessly connect a printer? I'm trying to connect an Epson Artisan 837. The printer is seen and the MAC address is listed as it tries to connect, but it always fails.

Any tips? Thanks.
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