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#1 RandyC

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 15:45

I've got my ISP supplied D-link DIR-615 (D) at the moment which is working ok however it doesn't support forwarding to a broadcast address (needed for WOL/WOW over the internet) and can't be upgraded(?) to use a dd-wrt firmware unfortunately.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a good wireless router that supports forwarding to a broadcast address? I don't need more than 4 ethernet ports.

Also as 802.11ac is being finalised this year is there any routers out there now worth upgrading to?

Many thanks.


#2 HSoft

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 15:53

I'd be interested in recommendations as well. In the market for a new one. Was initially looking at the latest Linksys line as have read bad reports about the d-link ones.

#3 sc302

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 18:33

I think the asus routers come installed with dd-wrt. You could always check the dd-wrt website and see if you find any available ones that are supported.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 19:43

You could also buy dumb switch and try to find a different firmware for it, Or you could buy an EOL managed one. By the same logic you could buy a dumb router and try to find a different firmware for it, Or you could buy an EOL managed one.

Cisco gear will wipe the floor with consumer crap custom firmware or no custom firmware any day of the week and their first gen 802.11N gear has already reached EOL and can be found for under 200 euro online.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 19:44

"that supports forwarding to a broadcast address"

Good luck with that.. But what you do is use a router that supports static arp, and then then just assign and unused IP the broadcast mac FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF

Then just forward to that IP. Another work around is just to vpn to your router and then send your WOL from the router or whatever vpn box you have up that is on 24/7/365 you can access on your lan.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 19:45

if you want something with dd-wrt but without the hassle, check out Buffalo Routers. they're good routers and they come with dd-wrt on them

and as far as ac goes, i don't know of anything that's in a reasonable price range as of yet personally

#7 hjf288

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 19:52

http://routerboard.c...2011UAS-2HnD-IN

Not 802.11AC nor Dual band but it provides a damn good 2.4GHz signal and is very configurable and stable..

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:18

World Of Warcraft doesn't need anything fancy with forwarding for it!!!!

#9 RaulMR

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:42

TL-WDR4300

http://pt.tp-link.co...odel=TL-WDR4300

With gargoyle-router Firmware, this works on top of OpenWRT

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:50

I am a Netgear fan, there hardware has never let me down both Cable and ADSL based connections. So there that's my two pennies worth :-)

#11 remixedcat

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:10

I own an Amped Wireless R10000 router though if you wanna know.

It's been awesome for me. (:

#12 OP RandyC

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:18

World Of Warcraft doesn't need anything fancy with forwarding for it!!!!


Hehehe … so many acronyms especially in IT and Finance!

One of personal favourites is SPOF - Single Point of Failure :)

#13 OP RandyC

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:49

"that supports forwarding to a broadcast address"

Good luck with that.. But what you do is use a router that supports static arp, and then then just assign and unused IP the broadcast mac FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF

Then just forward to that IP. Another work around is just to vpn to your router and then send your WOL from the router or whatever vpn box you have up that is on 24/7/365 you can access on your lan.


Good idea. I was thinking of these options as well but was also thinking I may as well upgrade the wireless router seeing as 802.11ac is coming out soon ... seems the market isn't fully of pre cert routers unlike before 802.11n was released.

Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I'll have a look into them.