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Choosing a Router and VPN setup please

fujirio 1,860 716 September 11, 2015 at 10:09 AM
Hi everyone, I am moving to Cricket Wireless and I just returned my router to T-MOBILE.

I have two questions

1) Which router should I get for range and speed
TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750
TP-LINK Archer C8 AC1750
ASUS RT-AC68U
or ASUS RT-AC66U?

2) How would I go about installing Tomato or DDWRT?

3) how would i add a VPN to the router and which would be the best VPN service?

Most of my friends recommend the ASUS RT-AC66U because its more than i'll need but I wanted to get other peoples feedback.

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Too bad your moving services. Tmobile had great deal on the Asus 68U.

The two asus routers will be your best bet for VPN due to the types of processors in them. You might see my thread http://slickdeals.net/f/8069752-pulling-the-trigger-on-a-new-router and here http://www.snbforums.com/threads/...ice.26672/ I kind of went through the same thing here. Right now I didnt buy anything instead moving my router and its ok. I will likely upgrade before the end of the year after I found out I am getting Time Warners MAXX service in my town here and will want AC by then. Back to the VPN thing though, are you looking to just setup a vpn using the router so when your away from home (Say at a hotel) you can route your traffic through you house ? Or are you wanting to route all your traffic from home through a VPN before it goes onto the internet. 2 Totally different things.

2) You follow the directions Smilie Tomato itself is kind of a dead project. There are 2 builders who keep it going for that processor type. Shibby is the guys name. Merlin is the firmware people seem to like for the Asus routers here. It's modified stock thats based of one of the WRT versions I think. Tons of info out there on this.
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Too bad your moving services. Tmobile had great deal on the Asus 68U.

The two asus routers will be your best bet for VPN due to the types of processors in them. You might see my thread http://slickdeals.net/f/8069752-pulling-the-trigger-on-a-new-router and here http://www.snbforums.com/threads/...ice.26672/ I kind of went through the same thing here. Right now I didnt buy anything instead moving my router and its ok. I will likely upgrade before the end of the year after I found out I am getting Time Warners MAXX service in my town here and will want AC by then. Back to the VPN thing though, are you looking to just setup a vpn using the router so when your away from home (Say at a hotel) you can route your traffic through you house ? Or are you wanting to route all your traffic from home through a VPN before it goes onto the internet. 2 Totally different things.

2) You follow the directions Smilie Tomato itself is kind of a dead project. There are 2 builders who keep it going for that processor type. Shibby is the guys name. Merlin is the firmware people seem to like for the Asus routers here. It's modified stock thats based of one of the WRT versions I think. Tons of info out there on this.

haha, glad I found someone in the same boat as me with routers.

I guess I'll go with the ASUS 68U ,is the asus 68W the same thing? The reason I ask is because its $10 cheaper than the black model. And as for the VPN I'm wanting to route all my traffic from home through a VPN for a more secure network. Do you sign up for a service ?
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2) You follow the directions Smilie Tomato itself is kind of a dead project. There are 2 builders who keep it going for that processor type. Shibby is the guys name. Merlin is the firmware people seem to like for the Asus routers here. It's modified stock thats based of one of the WRT versions I think. Tons of info out there on this.
I wouldn't really call Tomato dead. The original maintainer has left, and there will likely never be another official release called simply Tomato, but the project itself is alive and well. There are a number of active committers to the code base. Shibby's builds are the way to go though. He seems to focus more on stable releases than experimental features.

A bit of trivia: Asus's official firmware is a fork of Tomato, now called AsusWRT.
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I wouldn't really call Tomato dead. The original maintainer has left, and there will likely never be another official release called simply Tomato, but the project itself is alive and well. There are a number of active committers to the code base. Shibby's builds are the way to go though. He seems to focus more on stable releases than experimental features.

A bit of trivia: Asus's official firmware is a fork of Tomato, now called AsusWRT.

I ended up with the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 (R6700)

is there any good open source software for this router?
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I ended up with the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750 (R6700)

is there any good open source software for this router?
Looks to be supported by dd-wrt, but I don't know much about netgear routers or current dd-wrt builds, so I couldn't tell you much about how well it might work. I _think_ that for an arm based ac router, Kong's dd-wrt build are the place to look, but do your research before flashing anything.

It's apparently very similar to the r7000, and there's been a lot of work on that router, so it could work well.
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Looks to be supported by dd-wrt, but I don't know much about netgear routers or current dd-wrt builds, so I couldn't tell you much about how well it might work. I _think_ that for an arm based ac router, Kong's dd-wrt build are the place to look, but do your research before flashing anything.

It's apparently very similar to the r7000, and there's been a lot of work on that router, so it could work well.

thanks +rep
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ASUS RT-AC66U I use it for my business and never had any problems.
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