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Date:      Fri, 8 Apr 2011 13:24:51 -0500
From:      "Bryan H." <lists@galador.org>
To:        Chuck Swiger <cswiger@mac.com>
Cc:        FreeBSD <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Linksys-E4200 Wireless N-router
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On Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM, Chuck Swiger <cswiger@mac.com> wrote:
> On Apr 7, 2011, at 3:19 PM, Bryan H. wrote:
>> If you're just looking for a new router, I would highly recommend the
>> Linksys WRT160NL. =A0I got mine refurbished from Cisco's store[1], and
>> flashed it with dd-wrt[2] (which was incredibly easy, just search for
>> the router in dd-wrt's "router database", and follow the directions),
>> and I'm very satisfied with the performance.
>
> While you're mentioning a solid wireless router with a good history, it's=
 no longer being manufactured. =A0The replacement is an Linksys E2100L, whi=
ch is very nearly the same thing as a WRT160NL, but has twice the RAM:
>
> =A0http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=3D73986
> =A0http://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/linksys/e2100l
>
>> Perhaps my only complaint is that the wired ports are not gigabit.
>> Not a major problem for me at the moment, but it may be a deal-breaker
>> for you.
>
> Agreed, a good point. =A0To get gigabit, I believe you'd need to hit up e=
ither the E3200L or E4200 mentioned in $Subject....
>
> Regards,
> --
> -Chuck
>
>

Ah, I was unaware that it had been discontinued, perhaps that's the
reason for the (relatively) low cost.  ;-)

As for dd-wrt, I personally find the extra features (like the built-in
OpenVPN client and the xbox-kaid) to be useful for my own personal
needs.

If the stock firmware fills your needs, then there's no reason you
would *have* to flash with a third-party firmware.  Although, flashing
that particular model was, in my experience, about as obtrusive as it
would have been flashing the router with an updated firmware from the
manufacturer.  Very easy to do.

Thanks,
Bryan



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