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Jetstream AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi Gaming Router with 1GB RAM and 800 MHz Dual-Core Processing $50 @ Walmart.com $49.99

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Good ram. Nice processor. Multi antennas and multi brand.
Wonderful deal. Open source compatible? Any one know?
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Good ram. Nice processor. Multi antennas and multi brand.
Wonderful deal. Open source compatible? Any one know?
Reviews seem to be not so good. Anyone?
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They are made by a Chinese company called Winstars [win-star.com] and are imported by a company called Ematic [zendesk.com], who rebags them and sells them under their own label.

In short, they are cheap Chinese crap based upon a Mediatech chipset that will probably never, ever have a chance to see 3rd party firmware support. And, you'll probably never, ever see a manufacturer firmware upgrade, either - neither Ematic nor Winstars have any firmware updates on their websites (even for the oldest models they sell).

In the router world, old junk firmware = junk router=waste of money and time.


At least, with all those antennas, you'll have plenty of places to easily grab it in order to slam it violently in the garbage bin when it stops working (that is, assuming it ever even works in the first place).
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They are made by a Chinese company called Winstars [win-star.com] and are imported by a company called Ematic [zendesk.com], who rebags them and sells them under their own label.

In short, they are cheap Chinese crap based upon a Mediatech chipset that will probably never, ever have a chance to see 3rd party firmware support. And, you'll probably never, ever see a manufacturer firmware upgrade, either - neither Ematic nor Winstars have any firmware updates on their websites (even for the oldest models they sell).

In the router world, old junk firmware = junk router=waste of money and time.


At least, with all those antennas, you'll have plenty of places to easily grab it in order to slam it violently in the garbage bin when it stops working (that is, assuming it ever even works in the first place).
you never know with the cheap chinese companies. Often times they are supported by openwrt, etc. I know some of the older mediatech chipsets support much higher bandwidth internet connections than most home user routers. I bought a cheap $25 router on ebay from china and the thing can push my 500/500 fios easy. My Asus AC1900 can't handle it nor can a few other routers I had.
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For $50, if you are in the market for a budget router, this is totally worth a try. A non-techy person could do a lot worse than this and end up spending even more money in the process. Worst case, you return this to Walmart. No hassle.
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Ddwrt?
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Ddwrt?
DD-WRT hasn't heard of either Jetstream or Winstars.

But who needs DD-WRT when you have a TURBO button? Even those fancy Nighthawk routers don't have a TURBO button.
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TURBO technology

We specially design this for your better Wi-Fi experience, just push TURBO button, your network will be optimized.
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For what it is worth, PC Mag [pcmag.com] rates this as one of the best routers for budget buyers.

However, you are likely to have no firmware support and probably no hope for ever getting OpenWrt support. Not great performance at longer ranges compared to other popular gaming routers (which is a bit of an unfair comparison since this prices at around 50% of its competitors). Performance is a bit less Netgear XR500, which runs around 200.

Definitely not for the tech savvy. But if you're looking for something cheap and tri-band to hold you over until WIFI 6 becomes standard in the devices you own (for most slickdealers, this would be in about 2-3 years since WIFI 6 just hit the flagship phones current model), this might be worth consideration.
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They are made by a Chinese company called Winstars [win-star.com] and are imported by a company called Ematic [zendesk.com], who rebags them and sells them under their own label.

In short, they are cheap Chinese crap based upon a Mediatech chipset that will probably never, ever have a chance to see 3rd party firmware support. And, you'll probably never, ever see a manufacturer firmware upgrade, either - neither Ematic nor Winstars have any firmware updates on their websites (even for the oldest models they sell).

In the router world, old junk firmware = junk router=waste of money and time.


At least, with all those antennas, you'll have plenty of places to easily grab it in order to slam it violently in the garbage bin when it stops working (that is, assuming it ever even works in the first place).
There is an elitist snob on how cheap tech = garbage in Every. Damn. Thread. Complaining about buying off-brand...on slickdeals...

I remember when this site crashed ebay's servers during The Great HP Touchpad Firesale of 2011 [cnet.com]. Those were the days...
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