Routers and exp with DD-WRT

So I decided to go out and buy a new router mostly because I wanted to get my parents a router that behaves well. The one my parents have right now is a terrible one. It is an el cheapo Linksys router but I don’t remember the model name. If the power goes out, and believe me it happens atleast once a day, the router would just hang in there once the power came back. We had to manual disconnect the power and get it back again. Least to say this was rather horrible. Then the router just stopped working and for the first time in my life I felt good when an electronic device died on me.

So I was researching what routers I could possibly buy and I opted for a Linksys WRT160N v3. Two reasons drove me to it – first it had to be reasonably cheap and second I wanted to check out DD-WRT. I must say that all these router manufacturers should make themselves a nice hot cup of tea and drown in it. How can something made by hobbyists be so much better than a product that people pay for (I am referring to the UI, behaviour etc;). Let me explain.

When I bought the WRT160N I did not want to flash the firmware as yet. So I switched my existing router and plugged this one in. Lo behold it worked, for exactly 6 hrs. Then it started acting up. Connections were dropping, the network was slow and I was not sure what happened. Being a man of patience (read: lazy) I tolerated it. Last night though it hit the peak and I was not going for it anymore. So when I woke up in the morning I did all the research and decided that it was worth a shot, even if I brick the stupid router. It would be rather light brick though.

I am posting this after having strained the router from over 6 devices, playing netflix, youtube HD, Hulu and a bunch of other things. Not a flinch. Not one thing. I am impressed. Well done Linksys you did the right thing by making a piece of hardware that others could make better.

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