Nice specs for the price plus USB and DD-WRT compatibility is awesome for $18. No external antenna's is kind of a bummer and the reviews are terrible but those are probably people using stock firmware.
Posted: Sun May 04, 2014 9:45 Post subject: Belkin F7D3302 v1 on DD-WRT
Yes this is not a bad starter router foe vpn and to tell you truth it runs better on DD-WRT that stock firmware. I have started using DD-WRT on 4 routers now this one Asus-N66u which is super fast, an old D-link 615 it was a disappointment because it lack Open VPN bummer.. All in all your Belkin will keep you happy..
I've had that same model for 3 years now. The first one started having hardware issues within 9 months: wifi dropping off every few hours, sporadic speed issues where it would run full speed for a few minutes then slow down and lose connection, then reconnect a few minutes later to restart that cycle. The LAN ports seemed to connect fine to the router itself, so it was wifi/WAN side having issues. It even did it with the stock firmware so I knew it was hardware related. Then ran into same thing almost a year later with second one.
Both times I was able to reflash to stock firmware and send back to Belkin under warranty where they sent me a new one (Serial # changed). That third one has been working fine now for the last year, but now I also unplug the power for 10-15 minutes every 3-4 months to allow it to rest and recycle.
Luckily it is just a side router for Wifi and an HTPC so it is not my main critical whole house router (which is WRT54G with dd-wrt).