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Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Wifi Router (Certified Refurbished) Linksys via eBay $89.99 + FS

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This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day warranty.
Tri-Stream 160 technology doubles bandwidth and the fastest dual-band of any router*
MU-MIMO technology provides blazing-fast Wi-Fi speeds to multiple devices all at the same time, same speed
Open-source ready with OpenWrt and DD-WRT® for complete flexibility and customization
256MB Flash and 512MB of RAM Memory delivers improved data transfer speeds allowing you to do more at faster rates

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In for 1. Thanks OP
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This seems like a crazy good deal, but...

If internet comments are right, this isn't stable with the open-source DD-WRT firmware. I found that kinda unbelievable since that's the point of the router, but the consensus seems to be "It's a good router as long as you don't use an open-source firmware".

And this comment thread is interesting: https://www.amazon.com/gp/custome...QCPQ0PHYO/

In the reply to the review, someone claims that a new hardware revision is coming out very soon. So maybe that explains why these models are going for crazy-low prices -- this current version will soon be abandoned.

* I don't know any of this first-hand. Just passing along what I learned while researching this model (and what prevented me from pulling the trigger).
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This seems like a crazy good deal, but...

If internet comments are right, this isn't stable with the open-source DD-WRT firmware. I found that kinda unbelievable since that's the point of the router, but the consensus seems to be "It's a good router as long as you don't use an open-source firmware".

And this comment thread is interesting: https://www.amazon.com/gp/custome...QCPQ0PHYO/

In the reply to the review, someone claims that a new hardware revision is needed to make it stable with open-source firmware, and that revision is coming out very soon. So maybe that explains why these models are going for crazy-low prices -- it's the old version that will soon be abandoned.

* I don't know any of this first-hand. Just passing along what I learned while researching this model (and what prevented me from pulling the trigger).
yeah the wifi drivers are still being worked on for dd-wrt. LEDE seems to be the most stable for this router at the moment david502's builds in particular you can follow the project here: https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=64949
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Who needs these crazy fast speeds? I have 30 Mbps Internet. I ended up turning off the 5ghz band on the router. It certainly is much weaker signal strength. Maybe when I order 500 mbps service I will turn it back on, but that will be a while from now.
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crazy fast speeds? do not worry you wont get it, unless you hook up every of your device to one of these directly, and WDS bridge them together. There is literally no client / adapter capable of doing the full speed, plus even at full 'spec' speed, you wont ever get above ~700mbps real throughput, most likely you'd get ~300mbps if you are lucky.

well if you think 300mbps throughput is 'crazy fast' then worry about it LMAO

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Who needs these crazy fast speeds? I have 30 Mbps Internet. I ended up turning off the 5ghz band on the router. It certainly is much weaker signal strength. Maybe when I order 500 mbps service I will turn it back on, but that will be a while from now.
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Who needs these crazy fast speeds? I have 30 Mbps Internet. I ended up turning off the 5ghz band on the router. It certainly is much weaker signal strength. Maybe when I order 500 mbps service I will turn it back on, but that will be a while from now.
its more for internal networking to a file server/ media server/ sending large printing job over wifi etc. If youre just connecting to the web then the 2.4ghz band is more than enough.
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The hidden value in this is it's processor. quick research will point out that this will give you >100MBps speeds using on router OpenVPN. That alone is worth the price, as almost all other consumer routers (aside from the newer WRT routers) can only do ~ 10MBps.
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The hidden value in this is it's processor. quick research will point out that this will give you >100MBps speeds using on router OpenVPN. That alone is worth the price, as almost all other consumer routers (aside from the newer WRT routers) can only do ~ 10MBps.
it's the reason i got a couple of them. 1.8ghz dual core. i figure i can use an AP for wifi until that bit gets sorted out. but even with stock firmware its a really nice router for the price.
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Even better deal after you apply the $15 off $75 code (PSHOPSAVE15), that is available today only👍🏽
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Thank you, bought it with $15 off $75 code (PSHOPSAVE15).
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Hi,

Full disclaimer, I work for Linksys. I talked to the Product Manager in charge of the WRT series about the DD-WRT issue with the WRT3200ACM and this is what he said:

"There is full open source support for the the WRT Series in both OpenWrt and DD-WRT, with open source CPU, switch, and wi-fi driver source code available on OpenWrt. Although the WRT hardware is open source-ready, Linksys does not control or distribute the code that is used in those open source distributions, so please direct inquiries and bug reports to their respective forums."

If you still need technical assistance please get reach out to our support team at linksyscares@linksys.com they would be happy to help!

Thanks!
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They bumped the price to 119. SD effect.
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LinksysUSA,

Thanks for joining the boards. Good to see companies taking part in these discussions.

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Hi,

Full disclaimer, I work for Linksys. I talked to the Product Manager in charge of the WRT series about the DD-WRT issue with the WRT3200ACM and this is what he said:

"There is full open source support for the the WRT Series in both OpenWrt and DD-WRT, with open source CPU, switch, and wi-fi driver source code available on OpenWrt. Although the WRT hardware is open source-ready, Linksys does not control or distribute the code that is used in those open source distributions, so please direct inquiries and bug reports to their respective forums."

If you still need technical assistance please get reach out to our support team at linksyscares@linksys.com they would be happy to help!

Thanks!
Of course, this is the expected answer, but it sounds a lot like: "Our best feature is not really a feature because we left it to volunteers to pick up the ball and run with and it and they didn't get it done."

As a result, high-end users are unsatisfied with the product, and when people like me see "open source compatible", they'll be suspicious, and no longer willing to buy on faith.

This seems like a big hit, and with the benefit of hindsight, I suspect there are people inside Linksys who think "We should have funded some of this work ourselves to be sure it was done right and on time"

* By the way, I'm not involved in these open-source communities. I'm just a guy who was happy with his ea7500 until I realized I needed more functionality, and was surprised and disappointed when the obvious replacement -- the WRT3200ACM -- wouldn't get me there.
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