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thoughts on D-Link Xtreme Wireless N300 Gigabit Router (DIR-655) $49.99 @ BB now

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thoughts on D-Link Xtreme Wireless N300 Gigabit Router (DIR-655) $49.99 @ BB now

Just looking for a router under $50. Is this the best one out there now?
Best Buy DIR-655
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southnam wrote:
Nov 25th, 2012 10:57 pm
Just looking for a router under $50. Is this the best one out there now?
Best Buy DIR-655
I'm not an expert by any means, but I would consider this one and PM it at Best Buy here in order to get it for $47.99. I believe this one has dd-wrt support but it seems a bit flaky at the moment. The D-Link doesn't have the ability to run dd-wrt.
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I have had the DIR-655 ... eventually replaced it with a TP-Link flashed with DD-WRT ... http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=026991 ... now have sold that to a friend at work.

I just ordered the one from Amazon to replace that: http://www.amazon.ca/Tp-Link-TL-WDR4300 ... 952&sr=8-1

This one will run both 2.4 and 5 GHz at the same time, and supports DD-WRT if I want to flash that in the future.
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Is it easy to flash to DDWRT?
This one will run both 2.4 and
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I have had the DIR-655 ... eventually replaced it with a TP-Link flashed with DD-WRT ... http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=026991 ... now have sold that to a friend at work.

I just ordered the one from Amazon to replace that: http://www.amazon.ca/Tp-Link-TL-WDR4300 ... 952&sr=8-1

This one will run both 2.4 and 5 GHz at the same time, and supports DD-WRT if I want to flash that in the future.
thanks the tp link 1043nd was also recommended. I think I will get that one or the N600 posted above instead as I'm trying to keep it under 50.
Now which one is a better one though?
I can pm the 1043nd at BB or FS and save another few bucks to get it for $37.99
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For most people, the basic DIR-655 is good enough without DD-WRT. Unless you're running a network that requires specialized QoS & routing, it's hard to beat the 655 for $45. WHSv1 actually works out of the box, unlike my rt-n66u that doesn't do upnp properly...
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I currently use this router, it does not support DD-WRT.


Ive had it for 3wks. Bought it from NCIX for ~60. My advice, dont buy it.

Ive had no issues with my WRT54GL w DD-WRT, its been rock steady but this router isn't anywhere close to consistent. It seems to have DNS issues every 36-48hrs. I wouldn't recommend it, but if anyone has suggestions to how I could fix it and keep the signal issues at bay, its great past that. I'm already looking for an Asus-branded N router.
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My suggestions is to down grade to 1.21NA.
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So choices then are:
$45 Dir-655 @ CC
$39/37 TP Link 1043nd @ CC or pm at BB/FS
$35 Linksys E1550, Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost @ CC

Need to buy one today.
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I'd personally go with the TP-Link, I've had one for the past year and have been very happy with it. I'm actually going to CC now to pick up another one as well as a TP-Link modem.
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N750 seems rather nice. Got the shipment next day (ordered on Friday, got here today) on super saver shipping. It helps working close to Concord/Mississauga since Super Saver Shipping uses UPS =D

I'm going to test it out for my purposes, then post a review/update.

Yes, i want QoS and certain other features. the default firmware seems pretty clean and straight forward too. might buy a second to ditch my CellPipe 7130 wifi crap and use it for the PPOE and get gigabit networking too.
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southnam wrote:
Nov 26th, 2012 1:11 pm
So choices then are:
$45 Dir-655 @ CC
$39/37 TP Link 1043nd @ CC or pm at BB/FS
$35 Linksys E1550, Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost @ CC

Need to buy one today.
Just curious. Why did you rule out the TL-WDR3600 at $48?
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Actually didn't exclude on purpose. Was just about to head out so rushed a post. Would you. A better option?
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Nov 26th, 2012 5:17 pm
Just curious. Why did you rule out the TL-WDR3600 at $48?
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southnam wrote:
Nov 26th, 2012 7:32 pm
Actually didn't exclude on purpose. Was just about to head out so rushed a post. Would you. A better option?
I ordered the TL-WDR4300 and from the basic research I've done, it seems that the TL-WDR3600 looks to be the same as the TL-WDR4300 except for the extra antenna. I have no first hand experience but I was looking for a reasonably priced router with 2 USB ports/Gigabit/dual band that could possibly run third party firmware for a good price. It seemed that this router was the best bang for the buck unless I wanted to risk a refurbed E4200v1 that I'd have to wait for to go on sale. I may have made the wrong choice but the reviews are good and I've had good success with TP-Link dsl modems in the past so I figured it was worth a shot. From what I've heard, the dir-655 is rock solid but is missing some features I'm looking to get. Plus, I've had some horrible D-link products in the past so I'd prefer to get something from another company all things being equal.
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