I see Jack recommending the refurbished E2500-RM routers at the Cisco homestore for only $35, and mentioning dual-band support, and DD-WRT support.
Well, color me surprised to find out, upon purchasing four of them, and flashing one of them with DD-WRT (according to the version listed in the wiki), that DD-WRT DOES NOT support the dual-band aspect of this router!
That's right, no 5Ghz WDS mode, nor any other kind of 5Ghz support, with DD-WRT (yet).
Someone commented on the DD-WRT forums that "Tomato" DOES support 5Ghz on this hardware.
So I'm off to find some DD-WRT-to-Tomato flashing guides, and some recommendations on Tomato versions for the E2500-RM.
And, unfortunately, a big thumbs-down to Jack's recommendations, because they don't have a disclaimer that DD-WRT doesn't support 5Ghz yet. (Sorry Jack, gotta tell it like it is.)
Edit: I guess I owe an apology to Jack. I looked over a few threads that I had participated in, and while he did recommend that router, I don't see where he ever recommended it with DD-WRT in the same sentence.
I did, however, find this gem.
Originally Posted by s44
(btw, Shibby's Tomato should work on the E2500 refurb)
Off to search the Interwebs.
Looks like that version isn't quite finished either. Guess I'll just store these routers for now, and hope in the next six months they get 5Ghz support worked out.
Edit: Seems well-supported in Tomato. Check here for more info: