Cheapest router that can run DD-WRT?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:54    Post subject: Cheapest router that can run DD-WRT? Reply with quote
I had an original gangster Linksys wrt for a while and have really been missing it recently. I've been getting by with one of the new Linksys ashtrays, which is comparable to a second router that I have, a Tenda W268R. I keep switching them out because I can't decide which one runs worse. Both do various things with various amounts of crap but have gotten me online so I've sucked it up and survived.

But I've gotten damn tired of it, and I want a dd-wrt back.

That being said, I don't have an extra $100 lying around, or to be realistic, I'd rather buy a router and a copy of Halo 4. The best I've noticed at the moment is the Asus RT-N10+, which are going for less than $30.

I'm personally only interested in the standard (4MB required) installation, but by all means feel free to wax philosophic on other 'cheapest-in-class' if you'd like.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:22    Post subject: Reply with quote
Airlink 101 Ar670w Wrls-N 300Mbps 4-Pt Router sells for $29.99 canadian dollars. Works on DD-WRT. Tested by me.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:49    Post subject: Reply with quote
That's got 802.11n instead of just g, has it been very stable for you, and all standard features work fine?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
I saw a TP-Link refurb on newegg recently for $16.99

Right now I see a WR740N going for $17.99 and a couple of other really cheap ones.

I like TP-Link as their routers have amazing Wi-Fi performance, at least on the ones I've tested.

Give 'em a shot.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:12    Post subject: Reply with quote
There are refurb linksys E-series are around $30, the E900 is $17, one of the better deals i have seen is the E2500 refurb for $34. Look around on ebay for ciscolinksys's store if you want to find them, they got some good deals.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 21:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
Also, consider buying a used one "like new" on ebay for maybe less than $25 - some people buy a router, then find out it does not fit their needs and resell it for half the price. I made some deals like that and never had any broken or malfunctioning part.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 23:38    Post subject: Reply with quote
Cisco refurbished store is great, I have a E2500 on the way for $35. A bit more expensive, but the 8 MB of flash will be fun to work on.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:39    Post subject: Reply with quote
Like new manufacturer refurbs on Amazon I'd do but I'd be weary of like new used stuff on eBay as it might have instability issues or even though it's like new it might have ran hot for months or longer and have half worn out capacitors.

I suppose you could ask the seller how long it was in service if you trust the answer will be truthful.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 20:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
this is good info that should be folded into the Best router thread.

personally, I am looking for good performing, stable, trouble free routers running DD-WRT and Optware that I can use for mass deployment. inexpensive would be key here. the difference between a 20$ router and a greater than 65$ router would be note worthy.

the key features would be dual radio N, USB ports, 8 mb flash, atleast 32 mb ram or more , somewhat decent processor, gig ports. As I have researched, there is none that has all those features yet. but the search continues.

Please state what make and model router plus the build number and type of DD-WRT you are using. Screen prints and a network diagram can are also helpful. Before you create a new post, use the search function. Chances are your issue has happened to someone else.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:48    Post subject: Reply with quote
TP Link got the cheapest router in town and I believe they got what you are looking for.
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