[lug] Home wireless router recommendations

Jeffrey S. Haemer jeffrey.haemer at gmail.com
Mon Sep 7 17:39:10 MDT 2015


I have this Buffalo router
which you can try if you want to see whether it'll do the trick. If so, let
me know and I'll bring it to the next BLUG meeting.  I think it does have
DD-WRT in it, but I didn't put it there, Buffalo did: it's their standard

Works fine, I'm just not using it.

For reasons too boring to explain, I bought a Macbook Pro, then thought,
"It's a real computer, guess I should back it up." I'd been sticking to
Chromebooks of late, which don't have that problem. ChromeOS is the Knoppix
of the 21st century.

I threw more money at an Apple Time Capsule ("You already spent $1M on
their computer, might as well spend $100K on their backup appliance."),
without bothering to read anything about it, then found out, when UPS
dropped it off, that it also contains a perfectly good router.

I switched out the Buffalo, pointed all my devices at a new SSID, and it's
all working fine. Meanwhile, the Buffalo router's just sitting, unplugged
and unused.

(If you love it and are okay with used, I'd even take some reasonable
offer. Amazon's selling them used for over $70, though, so if you find them
for $8-$13, buy one of those.)

On Mon, Sep 7, 2015 at 12:22 PM, Simos <blug at chinesetearoom.com> 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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