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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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Have in cart ready to pull trigger....would love to know the answer to this question. It's the only thing I'm concerned about....I don't care about tomato's etc...Stick Out Tongue
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People who want to buy more than 1. You can get 2 per person (rebate).
But, the promo code only works once, so you have to buy both all at once.
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Last edited by junhao123 January 11, 2013 at 09:27 AM
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This one's 5Ghz antenna only has 2x (so technically 5x). I made a post a while back where I found a bunch of wireless adapters with similar generation chipsets and asked people to try it out.
Thanks for the information - when you say it has 2x, technically 5x... how does that compare to the EA3500 which claims "Antennas: 6 Internal." Does that mean only one less antenna or four less?

Or, does it the number of antennas matter for ~ 8 devices?

Thanks again for the helpful information!
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For people wanting dual-band speeds reaching the theoretical maxes, you're going to be disappointed no matter what router you get. All the standards are still up in the air, causing results to vary.
The only way you will get the actual theoretical max that makes full use of all antennas is to buy similar chipset from same company wireless adapters and routers.

The process by which dual-band pairs is still not fully standardized, so different models and companies use different algorithms which end up even hurting speeds. You'll see complaints about the WDR4300 because of this.

Note: This does not explain the issues people are having with the WDR3600 or when not using wireless. I'm not sure why this is the case, since this unit has CPU/RAM much higher than comparably priced models.

I'd imagine that all these standards are created and tested in rooms with zero wireless frequency interference which is pretty much not attainable in the real world.
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I picked up the Tenda N60 that has been on sale for $39.99 at Newegg for at least a week. Dual band and gigabit router. It sounds like this TP Link can use open source firmware, but I know the N60 cannot at this time. Otherwise, seems to be a great price with no rebate required. Any other differences that make this TP-Link better than the Tenda?

Link to Tenda N60 @ Newegg [newegg.com]
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[QUOTE=yazyazoo;56783720]How is the speed on this for wireless? I want to get one but the Amazon and Newegg reviews scare me. There are a lot of 1 or 2 stars saying the router doesn't work.


I've been looking & researching for a new router to replace my old Netgear wrg614 for the last few weeks. Almost all of the routers out there, regardless of brand & price, there were always some scary 1 or 2 stars reviews. I came very close in buying the refurb Linsys EA2700, TPlink WR1043nd & TPlink wndr4300, but each time after reading the reviews from various sources, I back out of it.

The reason I just pull the trigger on this router is because I realized that there is "no perfect" router out there. You just have to go by what your expectations are & a decent review. For me, it is based on Price, Decent Reviews, Dual Band & Gigabit port.

Since I'm not technical savy, I hope this will work right out of the box without having to doing any changes/updates to it. This way, I don't have to worry about any Tomatoes, Potatoes, Carrots, or Open-source, Hot-Sauce.......:Confused

P.S. I have to pay tax of $4.13 in N.J.
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Quote from TheYoz View Post :
Might jump on this and use an E2000 as a bridge... i hate not having simultaneous dual band.
I bought the 4300 on black friday and have my e2000 sitting in a box now... where can I find info on how to use my e2000 as a bridge?

Thank You
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I bought the 4300 on black friday and have my e2000 sitting in a box now... where can I find info on how to use my e2000 as a bridge?

Thank You
It's pretty east if using DDWRT...

Change the router IP to 192.168.1.2

Set the same SSID and password as main router... then there is a setting where you have to "join site" which you will pick your main router. I am at work so that's how I did mine in a nutshell
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I have 40% off coupon from cisco store (homestore.cisco.com). PM me if anyone want to trade for Amazon gift card?
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Just got a EA2700, looks good to me. Had several Tenda or other WiFi routers and can't cover my small home. But this one works great.
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Seems dead now. I rang it up for $61 AR and coupon Mad
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Seems dead now. I rang it up for $61 AR and coupon Mad
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You're doing it wrong! Works just fine. Shows up as $38.99 AR.
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jcwy999,

I am technical but kind of same with you when it comes to hardware. I've been reading all about routers for past 2-3 months and as you said there is no perfect one but the reviews for this seems pretty good. The ONLY thing you/we should remember that we'll upgrade/update the firmware right after installation. That seems to fix many complaints about this router. I am in one and hopefully it'll work great.

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The reason I just pull the trigger on this router is because I realized that there is "no perfect" router out there. You just have to go by what your expectations are & a decent review. For me, it is based on Price, Decent Reviews, Dual Band & Gigabit port.

Since I'm not technical savy, I hope this will work right out of the box without having to doing any changes/updates to it. This way, I don't have to worry about any Tomatoes, Potatoes, Carrots, or Open-source, Hot-Sauce.......:Confused
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Anyone actually have this router with gargoyle installed? How's the experience been?
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Seems dead now. I rang it up for $61 AR and coupon Mad
Try a different browser, I couldn't get it to work with Chrome, but Mozilla worked fine.
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