JesterEE Posted January 23, 2020 Share Posted January 23, 2020 So it's time to upgrade. I have an ASUS RT-N66U Dark Knight that I have been using since 2013 currently on a 01/2019 version of DD-WRT. It's been a good workhorse, having lots of firmware flashed to it over the years (Asuswrt-Merlin, Shibby Tomato, BrainSlayer DD-WRT) but it's starting to show it's age. It has 256MB RAM, so it handles a lot of concurrent connections well in the routing table, but something in DD-WRT isn't behaving and it drops network connectivity after about a week of up-time till I (hard) reboot it. It's on the fringe of active firmware support being so old, and honestly, I don't want to be bothered trying to fix it flashing yet another firmware. I think I got my moneys worth by now 🤣. I'm looking for community recommendations (please)! I don't need anything crazy, just stable. I toyed with the idea of a small pfSense box + TBD WiFi AP, but for me, right now, that is SUPER overkill. That route quickly approaches $400+ for a "tiny" solution. That's like 3x what I want to spend, plus, it would have the WiFi AP decoupled from the router which is not ideal for me. Also, I only need about 1000 sqft. of WiFi coverage and I have a centrally located location for the router, so really, any router will be fine for coverage; no need for a mesh. Here's my want list: <$150 new or used. Lower is obviously better. Stable! Maybe a scheduled soft reset once a week. Great stock firmware. Bells and whistles included! Standard stuff like static port mapping, port forwarding, and DMZ More advanced stuff like VLANS, bandwidth monitoring, traffic logging (RFLOW), blocklists, WiFi "client mode", etc. Standard sized residential oriented router no virtualized solutions, no re-purposed PCs 4+ port GbE switch 1 GHz+ dual+ core CPU Fair amount of RAM (128 MB+) Dual band 2.4 GHz 802.11n and 5 GHz 802.11ac support The newer 802.11ax [WiFi 6] is good too, but I don't need it and don't really want to pay the early adopter tax MU-MIMO WiFi Not needed, but it's good tech ... I'd like it if possible. Basically, a solid 2018-2019 router: ASUS RT-AC series, Neargear Nighthawk series, TP-Link Archer Series, etc. I haven't personally used any of their firmware, so it's hard to know what boxes they all tick even if the hardware specs are good. And you can only troll so much YouTube looking for hints in year old videos. Anyone have experience with any pro-sumer router equipment that likes it and wants to throw out a recommendation? Thanks -JesterEE Quote Link to comment
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