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So I still love my Asus, but looking to get into a AC router. Mine is getting older, just a N, but it also seems to be cutting out a lot more and more lately even though I am running back on stock firmware with the latest. It's been good but want to try something new. So I think I want a AC tri-band router with beam forming etc. I don't want a Netgear, even though their sky hawks look decent. Don't want another Asus, nothing wrong but want to try a new brand. So I have been looking at some of the TP-Link stuff. I have a extender from them and like it, plus I like their firmware. Also even looked at the new Linksys ones. Even though they sucked in previous years, some of the new ones look decent. Anyone picked up a new router lately that may have a recommendation?
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This topic is relevant to me too right now.  I still have the tried and true Linksys WRT54G router and it just started to have the cut out issues in the last year.  I bought it in late 2009, so I'm looking for a new one.  I tried different channels (1-11), but didn't seem to help.  I'm running the Tomato firmware, maybe I'll try updating to a LInksys firmware as I don't utilize the full potential as the tomato firmware offers and see if that helps any.
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If your running the original wrt54g router then you are going to be out of luck for the official firmware. I mean its going to be old and Tomato or DD-WRT are going to be your best bet for that. (Great router though, I have two in my closets still). Linksys did come out with some new WRT models lately. Trying to cash back in with the people that loved the first generation. They are decent and I have been looking at them too. I like how they still have the lights on the front for the LAN ports, which a lot no longer do. The firmware is decent looking to with the connected devices and even OOKLA speed test built into the firmware. But ya you are defiantly due for an upgrade @ryanator.
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If your running the original wrt54g router then you are going to be out of luck for the official firmware. I mean its going to be old and Tomato or DD-WRT are going to be your best bet for that. (Great router though, I have two in my closets still). Linksys did come out with some new WRT models lately. Trying to cash back in with the people that loved the first generation. They are decent and I have been looking at them too. I like how they still have the lights on the front for the LAN ports, which a lot no longer do. The firmware is decent looking to with the connected devices and even OOKLA speed test built into the firmware. But ya you are defiantly due for an upgrade @ryanator.

 

The WRT and Tomato firmware are dated 2009 while Linksys has one out in 2012 for the 1.1 hardware version I have.  Though I doubt it will help, since the issue has just started happening recently.

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One thing when looking at routers, is to go to their manufactures product page and look at their firmware updates. When was the last time they updated their firmware, and how many revisions are there. You can buy a fancy high end router and have crappy support and patches. I think I have my mind made up.
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One thing when looking at routers, is to go to their manufactures product page and look at their firmware updates. When was the last time they updated their firmware, and how many revisions are there. You can buy a fancy high end router and have crappy support and patches. I think I have my mind made up.

 

Could also mean they have broken junk that needs constant fixes...kidding. So what is your decision?

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So here is what I ran into tonight. If you run a newer official version of the Asus firmware you can no longer flash to aftermarket firmware versions. (I have been reading about this on some other routers also. Something to do with the FCC?). So you have to put your router in a restore mode which was a huge bitch to get it to flash. I went ahead and flashed to: Advancedtomato to try it out. Interface is nice, Has some neat stuff built in adblock, tor, BitTorrents, multiple vpns, just to name a few features.
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That sucks, seems to go that way often. Quality of shipping seems to have gone down.  Granted, there is always been shipping mishaps, maybe it's the increase in shipping to individuals today.  Hopefully you get that resolved.  BTW, my router seems to be working great after flashing to the manufacture firmware, I could try WRT, but will hold off since I wouldn't use any of the features except maybe being curious of download/upload stats.
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