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Linksys Router Recommendation

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I just wanted to know what do you guys recommend for the most bang for your buck on Linksys Routers? I currently do a lot of streaming of video from one room to the other so Dual Band wireless N is a must have. I would also need something with the AC format once they finalize that if they haven't already, so that I have room for future devices. My current setup is a wrt54g router but the wifi isn't used much. For the other rooms I currently use a Linksys powerline setup for the Mac mini that acts as a media center that streams to an apple TV. I have 2 other built Windows 8.1 pcs that are overdue for wireless card upgrades (so any Linksys recommendations there are appreciated too). Lastly is flashing to DD-WRT worth it?

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Lastly is flashing to DD-WRT worth it?

I haven't been keeping up-to-date with the newest routers out there currently, but I personally wouldn't buy a router that does not support DD-WRT.  Maybe the newest ones are better in terms of firmware, but from my experience you can do so much more with DD-WRT (or any other 3rd party firmware, really).

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Cisco use to be pretty lenient when it came to flashing the Linksys Routers...

But Cisco no longer owns the Linksys brand (Forgot who they sold the product line to), and I'm not sure if the new owners of the brand, are as flexible...

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They sold to Belkin.

Cisco use to be pretty lenient when it came to flashing the Linksys Routers...

But Cisco no longer owns the Linksys brand (Forgot who they sold the product line to), and I'm not sure if the new owners of the brand, are as flexible...

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One the most affordable and feature packed routers out there is the TP-Link WDR4300. It has concurrent dual band and gigabit ports. I'd take into in account. I have one with DD-WRT and works very well.

DD-WRT will make the router more stable when transferring video or large files often. The only downside of DD-WRT is that at first you will spend sometime trying different builds until you are satisfied with the stability, range and speeds before settling with one.

I've tested DD-WRT on dual band routers and it degrades the 5GHz range a little compared to the stock firmware (TP-Link and Netgear). The 5ghz band still has less range than 2.4ghz anyway so if you're streaming from one room next to another it will be fine.

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The only issue with DD-WRT and new routers is that the Hardware NAT option is not supported so if you have Google Fiber or anything faster than 150Mbps for an WAN connection, DD-WRT will slow you down. Luckily i have neither of those problems so can't complain :(:no:

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