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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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Quote from ysert View Post :
jcwy999,

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.

Thanks for the advice!! I will definitely upgrade/update to the new firmware immediately after the install.

P.S....I just realized that this router comes with a two year limited warranty period.....sweet!
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Last edited by jcwy999 January 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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Quote from cubsoxbull View Post :
Try a different browser, I couldn't get it to work with Chrome, but Mozilla worked fine.
Worked with IE...
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#48
I bought the 4300 during thanksgiving and as mentioned earlier, the strength on the 5 GHz
band is not that strong. I also had issues running the t-mobile @home (voip) router behind this router - the calls would connect but then drop after a minute or so.
I also have had wireless connections drop off a couple of times for no reason.

I am running stock firmware as DD-WRT is officially not supported yet. I am hoping
DD-WRT will fix most of these issues.
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#49
Ordered one because 2 usb for printer and hard drive.
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I am running stock firmware as DD-WRT is officially not supported yet. I am hoping
DD-WRT will fix most of these issues.
http://www.gargoyle-router.com/do...actory.bin

Can someone please test run gargoyle! There has to be someone out there already running this.
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#51
I bought this router at Thanksgiving. Straight out of the box it had a serious problem, after a few hours it would no longer serve dhcp requests and so had to be reset.

I put DD-WRT on it and I'm super pleased with the result. It's rock solid, it has been up for 45 days according to the control panel and I've never had to reset it. The wireless transfer speeds are excellent and unlike some people on the DD-WRT forums I can connect to the 5GHz band fine (although my laptop tends to default to the 2.4ghz radio).

For this price I would 100% recommend it so long as you are happy to flash DD-WRT.

EDIT: For reference I have a complicated network with 15 active wired/wireless devices. I'm currently running BT on one device and downloading via steam on another and the router is using something like 10% of its total RAM.
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#52
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I bought this router at Thanksgiving. Straight out of the box it had a serious problem, after a few hours it would no longer serve dhcp requests and so had to be reset.

I put DD-WRT on it and I'm super pleased with the result. It's rock solid, it has been up for 45 days according to the control panel and I've never had to reset it. The wireless transfer speeds are excellent and unlike some people on the DD-WRT forums I can connect to the 5GHz band fine (although my laptop tends to default to the 2.4ghz radio).

For this price I would 100% recommend it so long as you are happy to flash DD-WRT.
I have linksys160n flashed with DD-WRT. Am happy about DD-WRT working solid on my linksys.
I purchased this TP Link to have a dual band capacity. Would you recommend to put DD-WRT or OpenWRT.
Also I am planning to do a wireless bridge between this router and my old DD-WRT linksys router.
Please help me, which one to go for?
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#53
Quote from brbubba View Post :
http://www.gargoyle-router.com/do...actory.bin

Can someone please test run gargoyle! There has to be someone out there already running this.
See previous thread: http://slickdeals.net/f/5525498-TP-LINK-TL-WDR3600-N600-Wireless-N-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router-w-2x-USB-Ports-39-after-30-rebate-Free-Shipping?v=1
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Quote from sdprabha View Post :
I have linksys160n flashed with DD-WRT. Am happy about DD-WRT working solid on my linksys.
I purchased this TP Link to have a dual band capacity. Would you recommend to put DD-WRT or OpenWRT.
Also I am planning to do a wireless bridge between this router and my old DD-WRT linksys router.
Please help me, which one to go for?
I bought the TP Link to replace the exact same router (Linksys 160N) which I was running DD-WRT on also. My Linksys would very occasionally glitch (overheat?) and I'd have all the lights synchronised flashing. As for DD-WRT versus OpenWRT, I can't say, I haven't tried OpenWRT. But if DD-WRT runs great (which it does) and it does everything you want to you might as well go with that.
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I bought the TP Link to replace the exact same router (Linksys 160N) which I was running DD-WRT on also. My Linksys would very occasionally glitch (overheat?) and I'd have all the lights synchronised flashing. As for DD-WRT versus OpenWRT, I can't say, I haven't tried OpenWRT. But if DD-WRT runs great (which it does) and it does everything you want to you might as well go with that.
thanks repped.
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was on the wall, finally bit it
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I would have bit on this too if I hadn't got the Rosewill RNX N150 a few days ago. I too think the price point is good for this router with DD-WRT. No MIR could have made it better !
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Try a different browser, I couldn't get it to work with Chrome, but Mozilla worked fine.
It works in Chrome, just page down and you'll see the -$10. It doesn't show it on the product line.
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Does anyone have a link the the dd-wrt firmware for this router?
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