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TP-LINK N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports (TL-WDR3600) EXPIRED

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Newegg.com has TP-LINK N600 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports (TL-WDR3600) for $68.99 - $15 w/ promo code EMCXVWL24 - $15 rebate = $38.99 with free shipping. Thanks Discombobulated

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Last Edited by The Debater March 20, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Update to latest stock firmware if not planning to use a 3rd party firmware (OpenWrt, DD-WRT). The latest stock version includes several important stability fixes:
http://www.tp-link.us/support/dow...version=V1

Note: flashing to a 3rd party firmware will void your warranty. Proceed with caution. If you follow the directions carefully, you will be fine.


Note also (unsupported 3rd party feature): 3rd party firmware does not currently support the hardware NAT feature of this router and probably will not any time soon. Flashing back to stock will restore this functionality.



This router is the cheapest router to get OpenWRT's newest branch, Attitude adjustment which implements CoDEL a new parameterless bufferbloat solution.

Bufferbloat = latency lag when network approaches full usage.

Example: VoIP, VidChat, gaming, latency sensitive apps start stuttering once that other dude in your house starts his NetFlix streaming. You cry and stop doing what you were doing until he's done. OR you can buy this and setup codel and be happy. ^^

Installing OpenWRT isn't necessarily quite as easy but it's straightforward. If you've installed dd-wrt or Tomato, I have confidence in you that you can install OpenWRT Wink
If you know someone who would probably struggle putting dd-wrt/tomato on a router... don't have them install this. They might mess it up.

Got mine and got OpenWRT installed, so far so good....

Here's what I did (Disclaimer, if you are technically challenged I do not suggest doing this or find the beta builds of DDWRT or Gargoyle):

Original link stopped working here's a new link, if it no longer works see below.
http://downloads.openwrt.org/atti...actory.bin

If that still doesn't work here's the path from the openwrt downloads page.
Attitude adjustment...
12.09-rc1...
Ar71xx...
Generic...
Openwrt-ar71xx-generic-tl-wdr3600-v1-squashfs-factory.bin

1.) Connect an ethernet cable to the LAN side of the router, navigate to 192.168.1.1 (It may be 192.168.0.1). Username is "admin" password is "admin".
2.) Rename your OpenWRT image to "factory.bin". Navigate to the firmware upgrade page and update the firmware with your OpenWRT image.
3.) Once upgrade is done, manually set your computer's IP to 192.168.1.X (whatever you want on 1.X subnet). this step wasn't necessary for me, I got an IP via DHCP right after flashing just fine
4.) Use Putty or some other program to telnet into 192.168.1.1. Type "passwd" at command prompt and set a root password. Type "exit" and get out of the telnet session.
5.) Connect an ethernet cable from your modem to the WAN (Internet) side of the router. The blue port. The router needs internet access for the next step.
5.) Reopen Putty and do an SSH session to the same IP, login as root with your new password. Type "opkg update" and return. Type "opkg install luci" and return. To enable Luci to start on boot, type "/etc/init.d/uhttpd enable" and return and then type "/etc/init.d/uhttpd start" and return. I would also install the Luci qos module, type "opkg install luci-app-qos" and return.
6.) You can now login to Luci via an HTTP interface at 192.168.1.1. Good luck with the rest, just make sure you enable your wifi interfaces and configure them.

NOTE: It has been widely reported that LuCi is already installed and running after the install of OpenWRT. After you do the initial upgrade try navigating to 192.168.1.1 to see if the LuCI interface is up and running. If it is not then you should run through the steps listed above.

7.) Optionally, you may change to a more user friendly interface by installing the bootstrap theme (now available from the software installation function built into the web interface).
Info about bootstrap theme: http://nut-bolt.nl/2012/openwrt-b...-for-luci/
To install: System --> Software --> search for bootstrap in available package --> click install
To activate theme go to: System ---> Language and Style ---> Design ---> Bootstrap Smilie

More info, including instructions for setting up Codel on OpenWrt: https://gist.github.com/petedoyle/4129668. (he does it in a bit more complicated way than necessary, if anyone has easier instructions, please update).
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Gargoyle install: (i.e. the easy way)
If you want the simple method and are ok with a simplified interface then download the gargoyle image here http://www.gargoyle-router.com/do...actory.bin and do the upgrade with that. It already has the GUI installed and running so you can go directly to 192.168.1.1.

Although very functional, Gargoyle is kind of ugly by default, so if you care about that sort of thing, install a theme Smilie

NOTE: Gargoyle does not have all the options that LuCi does, it was designed this way. It has QOS and Codel installed by default. If you don't know why you want all the options available in Luci, then you probably don't need them.
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Here are some other helpful links that I used: bimologist
DDNS Client: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto...using.luci
OpenVPN Setup: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/vpn.openvpn
Guest WLan: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/recipes/guest-wlan (non Luci) (I could not get the Luci directions to work)
Guest WLAN via Luci (does not work for some): https://forum.openwrt.org/viewtopic.php?id=34092

Instructions for setting up QoS and CoDel for OpenWRT peeps:

Pulled from OpenWRT forums:
Quote :
First of all, the values to enter in the qos configuration are your maximal net bandwidth minus some headroom that qos needs to be effective (I hink this is no longer true for the post-backfire codel-based qos). Especially the upload value needs to be lower than the maximum you observed empirically.
I have a "up to" 16Mbit / 1Mbit line. The observed actual net rates are for me about 12Mbit and 950 kbit respectively. I hence entered this in the qos config
option download 12000
option upload 800
Since you cannot control downstream in a meaningful manner I left it at 12000, but upstream needs the headroom and through testing with simultaneous saturating upload traffic and pings I settled on 800.

I also have this stanza
onfig classify
option target "Express"
option ports "22,5190,5060,5222,19295,19301-19310
where the 19xxx ports are for Google voice and video chats, 5060 is supposed to be VoIP, but I have a hunch that this is only the port for negotiation not payload data. 5222 is XMPP instant messaging.
I’m not sure you can successfully prioritize Skype because Skype hides on port 80 and port 433, which are the usual HTTP(S) ports.
Also see, https://gist.github.com/petedoyle/4129668

To add a USB flash-drive to expand the capacity of your router, follow: http://klseet.com/index.php/tl-mr...ap-extroot

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#16
So its safe to say for a reliable router that you dont want worry about using 3rd party firmware, the Asus is the way to go? (Granted its 4x the price)
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Note that it's now a manufacturer's rebate, not a newegg rebate.

So how are Tiplink rebates?? Any chance of getting back?
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If it supported Tomato, I'd be in.
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So its safe to say for a reliable router that you dont want worry about using 3rd party firmware, the Asus is the way to go? (Granted its 4x the price)
As an FYI - I've been using this router for almost 2 months now on stock firmware, and have had no problems. Granted, my apartment is very small, so I can't comment on the range.
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Last edited by CoBrA2168 February 19, 2013 at 07:10 AM
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Do u need a compatible network card for dual band? Can u disable one of the bands?
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As an FYI - I've been using this firmware for almost 2 months now on stock firmware, and have had no problems. Granted, my apartment is very small, so I can't comment on the range.
It is 4 * rated on newegg and Amazon. Many of the bad reviews are old ones when it shipped with bad firmware. I see most people telling that once you update the firmware it is very good.
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Do u need a compatible network card for dual band? Can u disable one of the bands?
According to one of the reviews, yes you can configure the router to disable one of the bands. The 5Ghz is usually the sucky band that people might want to disable it.
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I have DD-WRT on one of these routers. It's still buggy but it works for the most part at this point (using the latest nightly builds).
I had wireless issues on DD WRT where the either the 2.4 or 5 Ghz band would not show up. It was usually the 2.4 Ghz band which most devices used. Also would get slow connections sometimes randomly.


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Has anyone tried both OpenWRT and DD-WRT on this router? I've used DD-WRT on all of my routers, so it makes sense for me to put that on this router. However, I've heard mixed results from both sides.
I used both so look above for DD-WRT results. I switched to OpenWRT and it's been much better with wireless. I did have issues with the 2.4Ghz band disapperaring when I was trying to change settings such as 20 or 40Mhz and channel. I think the problem is that you need to know which channels has a 20 or 40 mhz band. Not all channels 1-11 can do it and if you choose one of these channels the router will just disable the wireless. It kind of sucks cause you need to get to your hardwired PC to fix it.

As for OpenWRT it's more lightweight than DDWRT. You need to install packages to get things you want. I needed a DDNS service so you go to software section in the routers gui and download the DDNS package. If you need the Qos then you download the Codel package. There are torrent and usenet packages although I didn't install it. Once you set it up then you should back up your firmware with the settings you like.

Quote from dealmonkey View Post :
So its safe to say for a reliable router that you dont want worry about using 3rd party firmware, the Asus is the way to go? (Granted its 4x the price)
If you don't like to mess around with flashing I would go Asus. I read great things about stock firmware although there are custom firmwares out for that router also. I looked at the Asus but couldn't bear to spend $180 for the AC version. I decided to try this out for only $40 and flashed it to OpenWRT.

Flashing is very easy. I used the version and instructions from the Wiki from the last deal.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5793456-TP-LINK-TL-WDR3600-N600-Wireless-Dual-Band-Gigabit-Router-39AR?v=1

I switched from a DDWRT Linksys wrt 54g and so happy I made the change to OpenWRT. I am now able to stream 1080p MKV wirelessly on the 5GHZ band and 2.4ghz most of the time. My phone and iPad mini have the 5GHZ bands which makes streaming so much consistent.
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No Tomato for Atheros-based routers, such as this one.
nm. google lied to me.
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I used both so look above for DD-WRT results. I switched to OpenWRT and it's been much better with wireless. I did have issues with the 2.4Ghz band disapperaring when I was trying to change settings such as 20 or 40Mhz and channel. I think the problem is that you need to know which channels has a 20 or 40 mhz band. Not all channels 1-11 can do it and if you choose one of these channels the router will just disable the wireless. It kind of sucks cause you need to get to your hardwired PC to fix it.

As for OpenWRT it's more lightweight than DDWRT. You need to install packages to get things you want. I needed a DDNS service so you go to software section in the routers gui and download the DDNS package. If you need the Qos then you download the Codel package. There are torrent and usenet packages although I didn't install it. Once you set it up then you should back up your firmware with the settings you like.
Hmm...interesting. I might have to mess around with this and see what I can do.

How do you know what packages are available, and which ones will I need? All I really want is a router which can reliably do Ethernet and WiFi (both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz). Wireless security is a must.
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So, is the signal strength reliable? I don't want a router that constantly drops or slows randomly
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In for 1 , I know SDers love N66. It is too pricey for me . Just got the ATV2 from newegg for 89 and now this . yay !
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Does this support IPV6? I dont see it on the specs page.
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According to one of the reviews, yes you can configure the router to disable one of the bands. The 5Ghz is usually the sucky band that people might want to disable it.
Yes, you can disable a band or just not use it, but you're wrong about 5 Ghz being "sucky." Yes, the range is lower with the higher frequency band (can't beat physics here), but there is much less congestion and interference on 5 GHz as compared to 2.4 GHz, so the speed tends to be much faster. This will vary depending on whether you live in an apartment or a house, in the city or in a more rural area. Don't forget there are also cordless phones, bluetooth, and good old fashioned microwaves in the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

If you don't have a dual band wireless adapter in your laptop (or whatever), then you only have 2.4 GHz available and the choice is simple.
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Hmm...interesting. I might have to mess around with this and see what I can do.

How do you know what packages are available, and which ones will I need? All I really want is a router which can reliably do Ethernet and WiFi (both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz). Wireless security is a must.

I go to the router gui and go to the software section. The have a couple of pages list that is in alpahbetical order. You can search it also. Then you choose download or install option and then in a few minutes it's on your router. As for security I am using WPA2 AES on both bands. I gave each band it's own SSID so I know which I am hooked up to.
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