Sunday, July 5, 2015

New router

My old Linksys E2000 router has been playing up a bit lately, giving me some funny lag and slow response from time to time, and needing to be powercycled a bit more than I think it should do.

Not quite sure what's going on, it's been fairly reliable since I flashed it with DD-WRT (the stock firmware was horribly unstable and slow) but I wonder if 4 years of more or less continuous uptime has some of the componentry starting to cook a little.

Anyway, I decided to shout myself a Netgear R7000 Nighthawk, which looks like a cross between a stealth fighter and a cyclon attack cruiser or something.

Apart from the funky diversity antennae (required for AC beamforming), it's got a twincore 1GHz processor so it's pretty much impossible to bog it down - I had a bleeding edge laptop in 2007 that was only just that fast.  Also, a couple of years ago I though Drayteks were cool for having a whole 2MB of RAM allocated for the NAT table - pretty awesome for flogging the poor thing with multiple TCP streams due to P2P, when you consider the ADSL router modems at the time generally had around 8KB for the table.

Best thing is that it's totally DD-WRT capable, and in fact Kong, the prime developer of the OS, has been using one of these as his home router for a couple of years - so you'd expect the build to be pretty stable.

Zero issues flashing it, all up and running in less than 10 minutes from opening the packet and wondering where the hell the OS image file directory was, and compared to the Linksys which simply didn't have the grunt to move more than about 67Mbps of traffic, it's quite sprightly.

The funniest thing though was the preassigned wifi details, I swear you couldn't make this stuff up if you tried.

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