[lug] Home wireless router recommendations

Maxwell Spangler maxlists at maxwellspangler.com
Mon Sep 7 16:47:49 MDT 2015

We've deployed some of the Asus WAPs recently with no problems.  I
think we used an RT-66U because that's all we needed.  Good specs on
the hardware, runs DD-WRT as customized by ASUS.  (This means you get
some polish and additional features, but the expectation that you could
switch to mainline DD-WRT if you wanted to later.)
This is what I'll look for in the future, but I'm sitting on about four
WRT-54Gs that are little workhorses and I've found that if you
patiently pop your head in at thrift stores you can find multi-band,
multi-antenna wireless-N equipment for between $7.99 and $12.99 :)  
On Mon, 2015-09-07 at 12:22 -0600, Simos wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm looking for recommendations for a wireless router for my home. I
> bought a
> Linksys WRT54GL a couple of years ago with the intention of
> installing one of
> the many Linux-based firmware flavors available but never got around
> to it.
> My requirements are pretty basic:
> - A decent configurable firewall with remote logging capabilities.
> For example,
> I should be able to block my kids from watching YouTube in the middle
> of the
> night from their tablets.
> - It should be secure, with some sort of notification or site to
> check when new
> firmware releases or security updates come out. The main thing that
> turned me
> off of DD-WRT, Tomato, etc. is that you have to constantly go hunting
> on forums
> to find the right release for your router, new security updates, and
> so on.
> - It can run either "commercial" or free firmware - I have no
> preference as long
> as it's stable. I have decades of Linux/Unix experience, so
> complexity is not an
> issue. I don't have any huge wireless performance requirements
> either.
> - Hopefully it should cost less than $100, but that's the least of my
> concerns.
> Any recommendations would be appreciated - thanks in advance!
> Regards,
> Simos
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