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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 04-06-2013 at 12:35 PM View Original Post
Newegg has TP-LINK N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports (TL-WDR3600) for $68.99 - $24 off promo code EMCXSXR62 = $44.99 with free shipping. Thanks Discombobulated

Price Research: Our research indicates that this TP-LINK TL-WDR3600 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports is $15 lower (25% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $60 to $95. - yuugotserved

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For those interested (Amazon currently has it for $68.99 [amazon.com])
Still a good deal for those who missed out and don't want to deal with rebate hassle

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another famous junk router
If you have a better option you are free to suggest how one can spend their money wisely.
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This may sound dumb - but what's a dual band router? I just got a new comcast connection and need a WIFI router. Thinking of getting the motorola modem from newegg. Should I buy this router or look at something else?
You normally get what you spend when it comes to quality. So it is difficult to decide if the quality is good enough here. When a router fails you have to spend time figuring out what went wrong as well as buying a new router. This is an affordable router which normally works reasonably well. I would install openWRT or Gargoyle. If I needed something bulletproof I would go higher end...It is all just a math game.

I believe in this cause dual band means it can run 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz radios at the same time.

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thanks evil.. I also heard gargoyle is good also .. anyone know if openwrt or gargoyle?
They are close you can't go wrong with either but gargoyle would be my choice.
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another famous junk router
care to tell use more?
i am about to order this one. unless you provide us some reliable sources to prove it.
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Can't answer with custom firmware, but with the most recent stock firmware the range is not very good. My old WRT-54G that it replaced had better 2.4ghz coverage, and with the TP-Link I had dead spots in areas of my house I never had with the old Linksys. Maybe with custom firmware the signal is better.

For what its worth after only 1 month I also started having connection issues with two cellphones in the house. They had no problems with other networks, and worked perfectly for first month, but then intermittently couldn't find the router and it would require a reboot to function. Other devices seemed to not have a problem, only phones. I tried dropping signal to 20hz as recommended on some forums, but had no luck.
doesn't sound good. wrt-54g infact gave a very short range. i replaced it with ATT 2wire and my range got improved like 200%. ATT 2wire is one of the worst modem/router ever with horrible reviews. however, i have not found any better wireless router to replace it, even the recently $50 western digital dual band router from bestbuy.
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Maybe if you have no idea how to use a router. Flashed with OpenWRT this thing is absolutely amazing.
Iagree

With OpenWRT, best router I've had.

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care to tell use more?
i am about to order this one. unless you provide us some reliable sources to prove it.
Don't listen to him. Been running this router with OpenWRT for two months now, not a single reboot or hiccup. Also the new CoDel support built in blows everything out of the water when using SKype.

Quote from kwaigonegin View Post :
thanks evil.. I also heard gargoyle is good also .. anyone know if openwrt or gargoyle?
Gargoyle is a distribution of OpenWRT. Difference is mostly the GUI, which is supposed to make it stupid simple to use.
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Iagree

With OpenWRT, best router I've had.



Don't listen to him. Been running this router with OpenWRT for two months now, not a single reboot or hiccup. Also the new CoDel support built in blows everything out of the water when using SKype.



Gargoyle is a distribution of OpenWRT. Difference is mostly the GUI, which is supposed to make it stupid simple to use.
besides running reliable, what i care most is its range. my house was built back in the 70s. bricked walls are everywhere, including patio, bathroom, garage,..from my experience, DDWRT doesnt do anything on the range even you have the option to increase mW on the attenna. people said that they got bad range on this router, even after using openWRT. i believe it because i know what it's like when increasing mW. it does nothing.
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besides running reliable, what i care most is its range. my house was built back in the 70s. bricked walls are everywhere, including patio, bathroom, garage,..from my experience, DDWRT doesnt do anything on the range even you have the option to increase mW on the attenna. people said that they got bad range on this router, even after using openWRT. i believe it because i know what it's like when increasing mW. it does nothing.
You are correct, increasing mW does very little for the range. In my experience the range on this has been comparable to other routers I've used, Netgear WNDR???, Asus N16, Asus WL520GU, and Linksys WRT320N. Did I do scientific testing, no. Also the 5Ghz range is obviously much lower than the 2.4Ghz range, that's to be expected. Worst case scenario you could test it and flip it for little to no loss if you had to.
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#38
It is going to be hard to find a router which can magically break the laws of physics. Radio waves have trouble with certain materials. Even the best in class routers like Asus/Cisco might only help a little. So you can try to work around issues or try to power through them.

You could try a directional antenna or new higher gain omnidirectional. You could work around the issue with repeaters or various similar work arounds. As mention before you could always buy this test it and resell it easily. You could also save it for a backup or maybe use it as a wireless Ethernet bridge or repeater. Another idea is to have two networks in the house connected by a wired connection. This way your devices will pick up the stronger network and you should not normally lose connection.

Every solution will have some problems. I would not expect this unit to have best in class range, but I would expect it to be a solid stable unit with opensource firmware.
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In general, if you don't need the newest/fastest/best wireless router, would anyone happen to know if $45 is considered pretty cheap for a wireless router nowadays? I haven't bought one in years. TIA!
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In general, if you don't need the newest/fastest/best wireless router, would anyone happen to know if $45 is considered pretty cheap for a wireless router nowadays? I haven't bought one in years. TIA!
IMO, Yes. This is a great deal for anyone looking for a budget router, and its especially sweet once you install dd-wrt or openwrt. High end functionality and budget hardware. If I didn't already have one, as well as two other TP link routers with custom firmware, I would jump at this deal.
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It is going to be hard to find a router which can magically break the laws of physics. Radio waves have trouble with certain materials. Even the best in class routers like Asus/Cisco might only help a little. So you can try to work around issues or try to power through them.

You could try a directional antenna or new higher gain omnidirectional. You could work around the issue with repeaters or various similar work arounds. As mention before you could always buy this test it and resell it easily. You could also save it for a backup or maybe use it as a wireless Ethernet bridge or repeater. Another idea is to have two networks in the house connected by a wired connection. This way your devices will pick up the stronger network and you should not normally lose connection.

Every solution will have some problems. I would not expect this unit to have best in class range, but I would expect it to be a solid stable unit with opensource firmware.
people said this router gives less range than even the 7-year old linksys router. i dont expect we will break any physics laws. but this is a newer model with wireless N and such. can't we expect it will have better range (at least with a poor G router linksys 54g)?

selling router on craigslist is not easy. router is not flippable on craigslist. either people do not look for it or they will lowerball it.
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I have the wnr-2000 v2 on dd-wrt.. Is it worth the upgrade? I have a fairly big home, haven't had any issues with signal loss. Only my computer's airlink drops connection.
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#43
Needed a new router. Good price for it. Hopefully it will work better than the crap one I got from Verizon. Thanks OP.
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#44
in for one also.
my internet is 100mb and my old trusty e1000 ddwrt is slowing me down at only 60mb
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I'm running this on the latest stock firmware and it has been rock solid. I tried using the USB port to plug in an external HDD, but this thing will not recognize a 4TB HDD. 1-2TB should work fine. Range is also very good for me. I also had the Linksys WRT54g ? and could only go as far as my garage. with this thing I can go out to the side walk and still get a good signal.
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