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

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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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#376
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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.

Okay, I figured this out on my own and I'll share the solution in the event others encounter this problem.

On the 2.4Ghz band (which the printer communicates on), I had to change to 802.11b mode from 802.11g+n mode to complete the communication setup process. Once this was successfully completed I was able to switch back to 802.11g+n mode and the communication link remained. The printer is now printing just fine via wifi and I am able to use the n band with the computer.

Hope this helps!

Great router with OpenWrt
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Quote from egore View Post :
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.
yes, i have my wireless printer connected.

Check the security settings (WPA/2 or/and TKIP/AES) if still issues then try keeping SSID broadcast enabled.
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#378
So the last two days have seen multiple wireless disconnects (wired is fine). I think I'm going to try and install DD or Open. Is one better than the other if all I want is to have stable wireless performance?
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Was having disconnect on the N 2.4 band where my tablet couldn't get a webpage . Switched to DD WRT and for 2 days it's been stable. My Airlink usb thumb sized 300 mbps can only connect at 150 though. Anyone know why?
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So the last two days have seen multiple wireless disconnects (wired is fine). I think I'm going to try and install DD or Open. Is one better than the other if all I want is to have stable wireless performance?
Give them both a shot if you want. However if you are an Xbox gamer DDWRT should be off the table due to the previously mentioned issues with it connecting through this router w/ DDWRT to Xbox live.
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Was having disconnect on the N 2.4 band where my tablet couldn't get a webpage . Switched to DD WRT and for 2 days it's been stable. My Airlink usb thumb sized 300 mbps can only connect at 150 though. Anyone know why?
Either it doesn't support that second channel for 300 Mbps or you have interference or you don't have it setup properly on your config page.
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Either it doesn't support that second channel for 300 Mbps or you have interference or you don't have it setup properly on your config page.
What is weird is I ended up downloading the Realtek drivers for this USB wifi adapter. In the Realtek software it say Tx:150 mbps Rx: 300 mbps.

Would that mean that I transmit at only 150 and receive at 300 but since 150 is the slowest it only shows 150 mbps in Windows? In Windows I go to my network name in bottom right corner and right click and check Status. It always say only 150.

Maybe is there only 1 antenna to transmit in my Usb adapter? Still getting used to this MIMO stuff because I had the WRT 54G forever!

Also anyone with a link to rebate? Can't find it on the page.
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Give them both a shot if you want. However if you are an Xbox gamer DDWRT should be off the table due to the previously mentioned issues with it connecting through this router w/ DDWRT to Xbox live.
I installed Gargoyle. Interface is very...simply, but I like it. So far so good too. getting about the same range/signal strength (4/5) as the stock firmware so I can't complain. We'll see if there are any wireless drops over the next few days.
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Hi, I have a usb printer question. I switched to Cargoyle FW straight out box; everything works fine. Now I want to install my cannon MP210 printer. I followed the instructions on to connect to my printer on router's IP via HP JetDirect protocol by adding new port.

However, my laptop still shows my printer is offline. On the other hand Gargoyle founds my printer.
Any ideas, anyone?

Thanks in advance.
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Hmm still having problems with the N 2.4 GHZ with DD WRT. Can I just flash the Open WRT bin from the DDWRT gui page?
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Hmm still having problems with the N 2.4 GHZ with DD WRT. Can I just flash the Open WRT bin from the DDWRT gui page?
not sure what issue you have but from what i tested and read ddwrt isn't so good on this (atleast so far) instead use openwrt.

in my experience from ddwrt i went to stock FW then to openwrt
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not sure what issue you have but from what i tested and read ddwrt isn't so good on this (atleast so far) instead use openwrt.

in my experience from ddwrt i went to stock FW then to openwrt

Thanks for the info. I got the flash to stock bin file but after flashing it I was expecting to see the TP Link stock GUI. However it is still DD WRT. Do I need to flash this with the stock TP Link firmware?

Thanks.
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Either it doesn't support that second channel for 300 Mbps or you have interference or you don't have it setup properly on your config page.
brbubba,
Just installed OpenWRT after trying out DDWRT. It seems to handle my N connections much better. I was getting authentication errors with DDWRT on both N band connections.

I was wondering if you could answer 2 questions on OpenWRT. I can't find a place to change my IP address given by DHCP. Right now it is sending out fro 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.xxx. Where is the setting to change the range for this such as 192.168.3.100 to 192.168.3.xxx.

Also I used to use a DNS service (DynDNS.org) with ddwrt. I would enter my password and domain and I could have it forward to my IP cameras so I can view it on my phone. I don't see an option like this in the menu. Is there a setting or pkg I can install to get this?

Thanks
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Does it have an impact on speed?
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brbubba,
Just installed OpenWRT after trying out DDWRT. It seems to handle my N connections much better. I was getting authentication errors with DDWRT on both N band connections.

I was wondering if you could answer 2 questions on OpenWRT. I can't find a place to change my IP address given by DHCP. Right now it is sending out fro 192.168.1.100 to 192.168.1.xxx. Where is the setting to change the range for this such as 192.168.3.100 to 192.168.3.xxx.

Also I used to use a DNS service (DynDNS.org) with ddwrt. I would enter my password and domain and I could have it forward to my IP cameras so I can view it on my phone. I don't see an option like this in the menu. Is there a setting or pkg I can install to get this?

Thanks
If I remember correctly, I believe it's under interface management for LAN.

I've been trying to get dynamic DNS to work as well for openVPN with no luck. There's a LUCI package for it but it doesn't seem to update the dyndns service. It seems that it might be broken on attitude adjustment from my brief research. I'd be curious if anyone has found a way around this??? As a temp fix I know there are system clients that will do this. I may have my FreeNAS box do this until it's fixed. Haven't spent a lot of time on this as I've been busy with other projects.
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