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Lots of negative reviews, but not sure which model the negative reviews are on.
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Pretty risk free price here if you need a very basic router.
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Seems like a good price for what it is.
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I have this from 3 years ago, it is a crappy router with no firmware updates since 2014. It frequently needed restarts. That said i use it as an access point with a ubiquiti erx and I get decent ac speeds and haven't faced any issues so far.
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fwiw, it's been $24.99 for some time now. I bought it at $24.99 on Nov. 7th.
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realtek.. https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Belkin_F9K1123_v2

I'd recommend buying broadcom based routers for best 3rd party firmware support.

10/100 lan ports.

Work ok as a basic router but honestly I routinely raid my local thrift store for dual band gigabit "N" routers for 1-3 dollars.
Even though this has the newer 5ghz AC wifi it's less capable then a thrift store broadcom based router running tomato.

I don't recommend belkin routers unless you can load tomato, dd-wrt, or openwrt on them.
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realtek.. https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Belkin_F9K1123_v2

I'd recommend buying broadcom based routers for best 3rd party firmware support.

10/100 lan ports.

Work ok as a basic router but honestly I routinely raid my local thrift store for dual band gigabit "N" routers for 1-3 dollars.
Even though this has the newer 5ghz AC wifi it's less capable then a thrift store broadcom based router running tomato.

I don't recommend belkin routers unless you can load tomato, dd-wrt, or openwrt on them.
My local thrifts have slipcovered furniture, bodice-ripper novels in cracking yellow paper, and ten copie of Monopoly.
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sucks to be you.. Just picked up a netgear wndr3700v4, and wndr3400v3 for 1.50 /ea couple days ago.. loading firmwares on them right now actually.

They had more but I only buy Broadcom and Atheros routers.

Look for another thrift store they're not all created equal but pretty much all of them in my area have electronics just some are higher than others.
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My local thrifts have slipcovered furniture, bodice-ripper novels in cracking yellow paper, and ten copie of Monopoly.
Actually I just checked Amazon

They have Netgear wndr3700's used for around 15 shipped
Personally think it's a better router than the Belkin, It's "N" not "AC" on the 5ghz but it's more powerful and has gigabit lan.

Just make sure you contact the seller, I'd avoid V5 hardware it's medatek.. no good firmware support.

V4 has 128mb flash and ram, It's Atheros based so no Tomato but can run DD-WRT on it.

I think v2 was broadcom.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-l...dition=all
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Just looking around at other places, It's sold cheaper on eBay.
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Actually I just checked Amazon

They have Netgear wndr3700's used for around 15 shipped
Personally think it's a better router than the Belkin, It's "N" not "AC" on the 5ghz but it's more powerful and has gigabit lan.

Just make sure you contact the seller, I'd avoid V5 hardware it's medatek.. no good firmware support.

V4 has 128mb flash and ram, It's Atheros based so no Tomato but can run DD-WRT on it.

I think v2 was broadcom.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-l...dition=all
Thanks, I'm going to look into that before jumping, but my existing router might be enough.

I have a Linksys E3000, stock, never got around to flashing it. On the stock firmware, the E3000 max throughput is something around 50 Mbps. Reviews gave much higher numbers but that's what I'm getting. Think Tomato can fix that?
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Had it for a week and returned. Require many reboot s.
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Thanks, I'm going to look into that before jumping, but my existing router might be enough.

I have a Linksys E3000, stock, never got around to flashing it. On the stock firmware, the E3000 max throughput is something around 50 Mbps. Reviews gave much higher numbers but that's what I'm getting. Think Tomato can fix that?
Oh ya the Linksys E series, good series of routers the models vary quite a bit, I don't think I have a 3000 though.

To be honest I never really compared speeds under different firmware's
I always flashed them for the features over stock.

Like running openvpn on the router and to protect your entire internet connection, or what I call the "mad max" setup running the WAN as a client wifi connection and then providing a virtual AP.. This is a great setup if you're traveling and hooking into unsecure wifi especially coupling it with openvpn.

Internet <-> Public Wifi <-> OpenVPN <-> Router <-> Virutal AP <-> You

The E3K looks like a pretty capable router though
https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Linksys_E3000

You can run tomato, dd-wrt, openwrt on it.

My personal preference is tomato shibby.. a little bit more buggy than dd-wrt but it really packs in features, very user friendly, good UI.

dd-wrt is better I think for trying to setup long range links, little more stable.

Openwrt I don't use very often but it's sometimes a saving grace on some routers that won't run either dd-wrt or tomato (Tomato is broadcom only)
Openwrt is probably the hardest to use it set's up the flash like a computer you can read and write and add and subtract features at will.. not the easiest interface, more technical than either dd-wrt, or tomato, but I suspect the most powerful of the 3 if you really dive into it.

if I was you I'd flash that 3000 to Tomato Shibby and try it out before plunking down money for a new router.. It's definitely the type of router I'd pick up if I seen it at the thrift shop.
I don't know if it will increase your speed but I can guarantee you it will open up a lot new features and functions you might enjoy.

http://tomato.groov.pl/

You can always revert back to stock if you don' t like it but I can't imagine you would want to after trying it.
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Oh ya the Linksys E series, good series of routers the models vary quite a bit, I don't think I have a 3000 though.

To be honest I never really compared speeds under different firmware's
I always flashed them for the features over stock.

Like running openvpn on the router and to protect your entire internet connection, or what I call the "mad max" setup running the WAN as a client wifi connection and then providing a virtual AP.. This is a great setup if you're traveling and hooking into unsecure wifi especially coupling it with openvpn.

Internet <-> Public Wifi <-> OpenVPN <-> Router <-> Virutal AP <-> You

The E3K looks like a pretty capable router though
https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Linksys_E3000

You can run tomato, dd-wrt, openwrt on it.

My personal preference is tomato shibby.. a little bit more buggy than dd-wrt but it really packs in features, very user friendly, good UI.

dd-wrt is better I think for trying to setup long range links, little more stable.

Openwrt I don't use very often but it's sometimes a saving grace on some routers that won't run either dd-wrt or tomato (Tomato is broadcom only)
Openwrt is probably the hardest to use it set's up the flash like a computer you can read and write and add and subtract features at will.. not the easiest interface, more technical than either dd-wrt, or tomato, but I suspect the most powerful of the 3 if you really dive into it.

if I was you I'd flash that 3000 to Tomato Shibby and try it out before plunking down money for a new router.. It's definitely the type of router I'd pick up if I seen it at the thrift shop.
I don't know if it will increase your speed but I can guarantee you it will open up a lot new features and functions you might enjoy.

http://tomato.groov.pl/

You can always revert back to stock if you don' t like it but I can't imagine you would want to after trying it.
Glad we're thinking along the same lines. Between the time I posted and now, I settled on and downloaded Shibby. I'm still wary, so much of the documentation is in Polish (I think). Last time I flashed Tomato (to a wonderful Asus) everything was written out clearly.

The VZ router is working for now, but I want QOS back under my control so Tomato on E3000 it will be.

Thanks for help and advice.
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