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Asus RT-N16 and Tomato?

Hey,

I'm curious to hear opinions on the RT-N16 with Tomato. Would this be the router for me, or anything newer that's better?

I have a spare external USB HDD; if I can get it to download torrents when my computers are off; that'd be great.

Moreover, to act as a share drive over the network. Obviously it'll be slower than a true NAS, but what kind of speeds can I expect?

Would I be able to use it as a backup solution?
Can I stream a 1GB 2hr video file?

A quick search tells me people get anywhere from 4-10MB/s .... not too shabby if I can get 4+MB/s consistently. The first backup will be annoyingly long but subsequent backups should be okay.

Or maybe I should just grab a DNS-320 and a couple of 3TB drives .... $$$.
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I use the RT-N16 with Tomato USB and its been really solid, and the QoS is way better then ddwrt. I do have a small usb drive attached to the router and get about 7.5-8mb/sec sustained transfer rates. I doubt there would be any problem streaming 1gb/2hr video from it you could probably stream a lot higher quality from it without an issue.
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zonetbh wrote:
Jan 15th, 2013 11:06 am
I use the RT-N16 with Tomato USB and its been really solid, and the QoS is way better then ddwrt. I do have a small usb drive attached to the router and get about 7.5-8mb/sec sustained transfer rates. I doubt there would be any problem streaming 1gb/2hr video from it you could probably stream a lot higher quality from it without an issue.
Thanks. 7-8MB/s is awesome! Do you ever torrent to it? What client do you use? Thanks,
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KevC wrote:
Jan 15th, 2013 11:33 am
Thanks. 7-8MB/s is awesome! Do you ever torrent to it? What client do you use? Thanks,
No sorry, I don't do any torrent activity on my residential connection so I wouldn't have any experience with torrent clients in tomato.
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N16 is a good router. Not the newest one out there, but not a bad one. If looking for Dual-band you'd have to get something newer like the E4200 or N56/N66, but if you don't need it then you're good. The cheapest I've seen was $55 at NCIX.
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I bought both e4200 and rt-n16 and after testing kept the rt-n16. It is easier to put tomato on, better coverage in my house and has been running solid for 4 months without a reboot and I have it hooked up to three switches with almost 15 clients. QoS is awesome.

The 5Ghz range on e4200 uterrly useless
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fatestkid wrote:
Jan 15th, 2013 3:37 pm
I bought both e4200 and rt-n16 and after testing kept the rt-n16. It is easier to put tomato on, better coverage in my house and has been running solid for 4 months without a reboot and I have it hooked up to three switches with almost 15 clients. QoS is awesome.

The 5Ghz range on e4200 uterrly useless
I find the only time when 5Ghz is needed is with apartments or townhouses with huge amounts of interference and lots of networks. Otherwise 2.4Ghz is fine for throughput and better for range.
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Scycotic wrote:
Jan 15th, 2013 3:41 pm
I find the only time when 5Ghz is needed is with apartments or townhouses with huge amounts of interference and lots of networks. Otherwise 2.4Ghz is fine for throughput and better for range.
I'll be moving into an apartment soon .... maybe 5GHz is worthwhile?
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KevC wrote:
Jan 15th, 2013 9:18 pm
I'll be moving into an apartment soon .... maybe 5GHz is worthwhile?
In that case, quite possibly.
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infamouskid wrote:
Jan 15th, 2013 10:23 pm
dont be too hasty on that yet.
once you move in. run inssider to see what your location is like first.
then buy a 5ghz router if you need it.
you can download the app here.
http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/
Also to add to that, while you will have more interference in an apartment, you're also talking about a much smaller space/distance than in a house where you might need coverage from the basement to the 2nd floor etc.
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At the same time, if OP is planning on buying it now, might be worthwhile to get the dual-band in case, rather than buying a second router after the move. Unless OP can wait until the move to purchase a router.
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personally i would just wait it out.
i mean no point in buying a cheap router now only to find out he may need something bigger later to replace that.
Scycotic wrote:
Jan 15th, 2013 10:35 pm
At the same time, if OP is planning on buying it now, might be worthwhile to get the dual-band in case, rather than buying a second router after the move. Unless OP can wait until the move to purchase a router.
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Thanks for all the input (ladies and) gents.

Glad to know that externalHDD to router is a decent solution; just not ideal.
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