Router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Hajime, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Hajime

    Hajime Senior member

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    Dear AT,

    I've been out of the network game for years. What I'm looking for is simple however. I want the best router with the following criteria:

    Sub-$200
    Dual USB ports (Pref 3.0) with Samba-or-similar sharing - This is a big one. If I can find a router that can do this at 100 MB/sec (~800mbps, my current wired network achieves this with a Linux box as a router, but I want to repurpose it) or even 75 MB/sec (~600mbps), it would be my dream router.
    Faster is better with wireless.
    Flashable - DD-WRT compatibility or similar.
    Gigabit ports. I'd vastly prefer 8, but I can make do with 4.

    The Asus Dark Knight seems to be everything I ever wanted in a router - sadly, it has USB 2.0 ports, but I have my doubts it can exceed the transfer rates of USB 2.0 over the network due to the relatively slow processor. I was wondering if there was anything better on the market?
     
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  3. kbp

    kbp Senior member

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    Asus RT-N66U - But USB 2 ^
    I use it to backup two computers (laptop/desktop) one being wireless to a drive caddy and have no complaints.
     
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  4. JackMDS

    JackMDS Super Moderator<BR>Elite Member
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    In general the Asus RT-N66U is probably the best.

    FWIW, the Asus RT-N65U has USB3.


    :cool:
     
  5. tyler811

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    I have the Asus RT-N16 with the two usb ports though it is usb 2.0 and I love it. I have my movies on two 1 TB HDD and stream them through the network flawlessly.

    I am looking at the 66 but cannot justify bying a new one since the one I have is working fine (knocking on woood)
     
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    Thanks for sharing. Interesting products, certainly.

    I was a little disappointed to read one of the newegg reviews, that claimed that they had a very small list of "qualified" external HDs that would work with these devices. User claim he had 10 different ones, and none of them worked. I supposed that could have been down to user error (not reformatting with Router/NAS filesystem), but you would kind of think you could just plug any external portable HDD into it and make it work.