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Topic # 111727 13-Nov-2012 12:40 Send private message

Hi all

I need to replace my WAG-54G as it has decided it will operate in wireless AP isolation mode no matter what I do. I'd like to add some rudimentary NAS as well. I have some specific requirements I'd like to address:
- Respectable & reliable ADSL 2+ performance over POTS

- Reliable wireless B/G/N (with multiple SSID’s preferred). Max range is not critical.

- Wireless devices can actually see each other!

- 4 LAN ports or more

- Support for USB powered HDD and file sharing

- Firewall with some port forwarding configurability (nothing too fancy needed)

- Hardware power switch (or recovery to ‘On’ in the event of a power failure)

- 2.4Ghz compatibility

- Under $200

- Good out-of-the-box VPN support e.g. supporting 2 VPN clients (one Microsoft, one Cisco) behind the router and other devices must not lose their internet connection when VPN is running (unlike the now returned Orcon “Genius”).

- Ability to set up at least 10 access restriction rules with the rules checking MAC address of source (e.g. devices A and B have internet access only 8am to 8pm, other devices are not restricted).

I would have thought something around $150 could do the above e.g. Netgear DGN2200 or Linksys WAG320N although research indicates that people seem to have wireless problems with both of those.

I see the TP Link-WR1043ND has supporters on these forums and they are good value at ~ $100.

 Also some "nice to haves" if cheap enough:

a)    Gigabit LAN and WAN for fibre (?)

b)    USB printer support (on a second USB port)

c)    A built in ATA (not likely on my budget!)

d)    Built in usage monitoring with a UI (do any of them do this? I see the TP-Link has Gargoyle option)
Thanks for any feedback you can give Smile
-Chasio

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  Reply # 716546 13-Nov-2012 16:31 Send private message

Ahem... Just noticed the TP-Link TL-WR1043ND is purely a router without a modem. I guess I could use the WAG-54G for the DSL connection but it is easily 5 years old, so it may be due to play up even more. Also an all in one solution would be preferable as space is at a premium.

Your thoughts on the TP-Link TD-W8960 or other suggestions are very welcome. Thanks.

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  Reply # 716550 13-Nov-2012 16:39 Send private message

Just as an aside, if you have access to another power adaptor, try that on the WAG. Older Linksys gear seems to have a habit of the power supplies slowly failing, sometimes with very strange symptoms, such as what you are seeing.



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  Reply # 716552 13-Nov-2012 16:50 Send private message

Thanks, hadn't heard of that. I'll see if I can dig one out that is to spec. It might also explain why the ethernet works for a few days, then won't for a few days, then works again, with a few restarts along the way...



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  Reply # 717120 14-Nov-2012 15:31 Send private message

I am currently leaning towards a two box solution of Dynalink RTA1320 or TP-Link TD-8840 with a TL-WR1043ND flashed to Gargoyle.

Has anyone run storage and a printer off the single USB port using a hub?

If anyone thinks I am off track, please let me know :)

P.S.  I'd prefer a TP-LINK TL-WR2543ND for dual band at a good price, but there is no Gargoyle firmware in the list.

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