I treated myself to a brand new router for my broadband connection. Since we moved I have a 2 MB cable connection and trusty old Belkin feels like crap. On Hanselminutes I heard Scott saying great things about it, so I picked up a Linksys WRT54GL with Linux based firmware. Later GregaS told me I should get the GS version that has more RAM, but it was too late.
In one night I went through three different firmwares and I decided to use DD-WRT. It is the friendliest of the powerful.
So why is it I like about this router with alternate firmware besides the price and limitless extensibility:
- WoL - Not only in theory, I can connect to my router and really turn on any machine behind the firewall
- QoS – I gave laptop higher priority than desktop machines, Skype, HTML and other useful stuff higher priority than P2P and so on.
- Bandwidth monitor right on the router – Now I can pinpoint what’s going on when my connection is as fast as it should be
- Power boost – can’t really test this, but it should give more WiFi power if needed
- more connections that don’t kill router when doing heavy P2P – probably biggest annoyance on Belkin
- SSH for debugging – it feels so geeky when I can connect with PuTTY and do ls. I wish I knew how to do more.
Highly recommended if your buying a router for your home connectivity!