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  1. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    i'm looking into the best way to setup my playbook to connect w/ my pc,,, it's hardwired so i have to go to a local hotspot to do basic wifi things like AppWorld, etc.,,, i really don't want to put out the $20/mo for a 9850 hotspot so it's either a VPN, (http://forums.crackberry.com/blackbe...ection-780987/), which i'm not sure will work, or break down & just get a router,,, i know there's apps to connect, but i'd rather go thru a router if i have to make that choice,,, what i'm looking for specifically is: security, speed & ease of use/setup, reliability,,, thanks...
    03-12-13 03:31 PM
  2. howarmat's Avatar
    03-12-13 04:46 PM
  3. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    this looks like exactly what i've been looking for,,, lotta bang for the buck,too,,, from the sound of it, i can access anything from pretty much anywhere,,, how's the range??? can i set up a VPN w/ this???
    03-12-13 07:07 PM
  4. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    reviews are shakey & no VPN...
    UPDATE: looks like they may have updated firmware to support VPN...
    03-12-13 07:17 PM
  5. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    03-12-13 08:41 PM
  6. howarmat's Avatar
    im not sure on the VPN but you can load firmware to allow it i would think. Range is fine, i get a signal throughout my house. that would be 80 feet from one side to the other maybe
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    03-12-13 08:45 PM
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    03-12-13 09:41 PM
  8. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    a good friend recommended Airport extreme, (cringing @ thought of buying red fruit product), from the looks of it, it's also a powerhouse but i'd rather not get locked into whatever untold slaveware is involved,,, ain't cheap either...
    03-13-13 04:09 PM
  9. howarmat's Avatar
    the apple router is fantastic also i have heard. Many people buy them.

    The 66U isnt worth the $80 more IMO. its good but i dont think enough seperation between the 56u to the 66u for $80
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    03-13-13 04:14 PM
  10. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    yeah,,, i'm hearing that, too,,, how'd you change your screen name like that??? is that a new thing or just for geniueseseses (geni??? )???
    03-13-13 04:35 PM
  11. howarmat's Avatar
    its new. Mods get a green color, admins red
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    03-13-13 04:48 PM
  12. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    can i get blue when i hit 1k??? ,,, read somwhere they used to give out goodies for that mark,,, probably happens too often now to do it...
    03-13-13 04:51 PM
  13. skoenig's Avatar
    Ha funny you mention the AC66, had huge problems with the early firmware on that bad boy.

    Dropped 'down' to the Asus RT-N66 - $163 Amazon I cannot recommend that enough and that's coming from the venerable Netgear 3700 v1. Here's the reasons why I chose it:


    • Great Smallnetbuilder review and follow up
    • It's still top of their charts in speed a year later
    • It's been around a year so many many of the typical firmware issues are ironed out
    • It's not cutting edge (because there aren't many 11ac adapters in play anyway)
    • Good reviews from people that sound like they know what they're doing
    • Active 3rd party firmware including Merlins which is based on enhanced Asus firmware
    • Tons of ram in case you go off reservation with DD-WRT or Tomato..


    Having got it I'm a solid 4/5 bar throughout the house on 5Ghz and solid 5 on 2.4Ghz out to across the street - the 3700 had problems maintaining a 5Ghz N connection in places.

    Anyway get it. Put Merlin's firmware on it. You'll be golden until they sort out the 11ac penetration and interoperability problems.

    I have a few 3x3 clients (Mac Mini 2012 and some media streamers...) they connect at anywhere from 300-360 Mbs with one only 'managing' 168...

    You'll end up keeping it for several years because to date I've had to reset it once (thats in a several months) apart from firmware updates, which is how it should be. You'll forget it's there.

    ~Steph
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    03-21-13 02:49 AM
  14. leafnstion44's Avatar
    reviews are shakey & no VPN...
    UPDATE: looks like they may have updated firmware to support VPN...
    I just bought a router last night. It's a d-link amplifi N+ 300 dlna cert. Media streaming. Model No is dir-645 price is $75 lots of good features great signal I have attached a picture of the box hope this helps you.
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    Posted via CB10 from my Z10
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    03-21-13 03:07 AM
  15. 3hb78ftg's Avatar
    I just bought a router last night. It's a d-link amplifi N+ 300 dlna cert. Media streaming. Model No is dir-645 price is $75 lots of good features great signal I have attached a picture of the box hope this helps you.
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    Posted via CB10 from my Z10
    I was considering buying this router the other day. Please provide feedback on this especially on the signal coverage. I have a really big house and don't want to use repeaters.
    03-21-13 08:50 AM
  16. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    Ha funny you mention the AC66, had huge problems with the early firmware on that bad boy.

    ~Steph
    i ended up getting the "AC66",,, saw the reviews mentioning instability but the latest firmup fixed some of it,,, i know there aren't many, if any, devices running AC but one of the things that sold me was ram, which is double,(256mb ram), anything else out there,,, & there's a ton of features & a great command console,,,there were also complaints about customer service but the guy i dealt w/ during setup,( i like to tweak out all my gadgets ) was on the ball & knew his stuff,,, he even sent me a youtube vid on VPN setup, which i'm pretty much clueless about,,, out of the box this thing is a BEAST!!! my pc was hardwired 'til now & based on my latest speed test, my PlayBook is now a MONSTER that is a great 1-2 punch w/ my pc, & is faster than some pc's out there,,, see the results here--->>> http://forums.crackberry.com/blackbe...3/#post8163642 ,,, i'm gonna give ol' Merlin a try once i get my VPN up,,, that's lookin' pretty sweet,,, as far as range goes, i live in a 2nd story apt & in the farthest corner away from the router, ( maybe 30-35 ft thru 1 wall), there wasn't even the slightest drop in bars,,, i went outside last night & down the road about 50 yrds & thru brick & walls i only dropped 1 bar on the playbook & 3 on my 9850,,, this morning in my garage downstairs, down 2 floors inside my car, the pb was @ full & phone dropped 1 bar,,, it'll be interesting to see how this thing holds up over time as they firmup & iron it out,,, the AC66 ain't cheap,(gotta love federal & state tax refunds, ), but so far it's worth the cash...
    03-21-13 12:33 PM
  17. skoenig's Avatar
    Great you're going to have fun! I used to love poking around in routers and replacing the stock firmware....

    One thing the RT-N66 has that I haven't played with yet - AC66 has one too - is a hidden micro-sd card slot inside.

    was-n-nu: Internal MicroSD slot working on Asus RT-N66U running stock firmware

    Might try that our with a 64 GB card.. if you don't want to go full linux I've read elsewhere it auto-mounts if it's fat32 formatted.



    ~Steph
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    03-21-13 02:08 PM
  18. southlander's Avatar
    This does it all. Any kind of VPN end point you want (I use IPSEC). Wireless N, G, etc.

    It is NOT easy to set up -- has an object oriented config interface. Complex but powerful.

    Amazon.com: ZyXEL ZyWALL USG20W 802.11n Wireless Internet Security Firewall with 4 Gigabit LAN/DMZ Ports, 2 IPSec VPN, SSL VPN , and 3G WAN Support: Electronics
    03-21-13 02:13 PM
  19. leafnstion44's Avatar
    I was considering buying this router the other day. Please provide feedback on this especially on the signal coverage. I have a really big house and don't want to use repeaters.
    I will keep you posted

    Posted via CB10 from my Z10
    03-21-13 05:19 PM
  20. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    Great you're going to have fun! I used to love poking around in routers and replacing the stock firmware....

    One thing the RT-N66 has that I haven't played with yet - AC66 has one too - is a hidden micro-sd card slot inside.

    was-n-nu: Internal MicroSD slot working on Asus RT-N66U running stock firmware

    Might try that our with a 64 GB card.. if you don't want to go full linux I've read elsewhere it auto-mounts if it's fat32 formatted.

    ~Steph
    pretty cool having an sd slot,,, not sure it would be useful for me tho as i have an 8gig mem stick & another 4 gigger in a 3.0 card reader that i can plug into the usb slot,,, don't think i want to void my 2 day old warranty yet either,,, ,,, the only thing i didn't like from the get go was that the AC66 has 2.0 usb's,,, a beast like that should be up to date,,, i'm definately gonna give Merlin a shot tho,,, i can always reload stock firmware if it's flakey,,, what does Merlin address as far as fixes/upgrades??? also a range update::: i did a range test this afternoon & i got a line of sight signal w/ my 9850 from 581 ft away in my car!!! the router is positioned near a window & only had to go thru that 1 wall,,, i lost it as i went around a curve in the road that took me behind a building,,, i got a good reading using GPSpeed, a great app,,, the range on playbook should be even better...
    03-21-13 07:17 PM
  21. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    This does it all. Any kind of VPN end point you want (I use IPSEC). Wireless N, G, etc.

    It is NOT easy to set up -- has an object oriented config interface. Complex but powerful.

    Amazon.com: ZyXEL ZyWALL USG20W 802.11n Wireless Internet Security Firewall with 4 Gigabit LAN/DMZ Ports, 2 IPSec VPN, SSL VPN , and 3G WAN Support: Electronics
    looks slower, (300mb), & the way i read it you need to license the firewall (1 yr),,, do you have to pay to renew??? also the asus can run 300k sessions vs 6k,,, i stopped there...
    03-21-13 07:23 PM
  22. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    Great you're going to have fun! I used to love poking around in routers and replacing the stock firmware....

    One thing the RT-N66 has that I haven't played with yet - AC66 has one too - is a hidden micro-sd card slot inside.

    was-n-nu: Internal MicroSD slot working on Asus RT-N66U running stock firmware

    Might try that our with a 64 GB card.. if you don't want to go full linux I've read elsewhere it auto-mounts if it's fat32 formatted.



    ~Steph
    if you have any good tweaks, let me know,,, sounds like you're very familiar w/ these,,, should i enable jumbo frames,,, the way i read it is larger chunks of data are sent this way,,, i have it enabled now & speed isn't affected,,, i'm in there naow poking around & i'm holding of on changing anything that isn't obvious...
    03-21-13 09:38 PM
  23. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    looking into vpn now,,, any tips???
    03-21-13 11:22 PM
  24. inked18's Avatar
    I'm rocking the RT-N66U haven't had many problems with it the range is great I get good reception everywhere in the house and about half way down my drive way. The only issue I have is that it does not like to play well with my WD HDTV live media player while streaming blu-ray. But that is probably more to do with the media player that things the biggest pain in my ***!!! Me thinks it's time to dump some money into a full on HTPC
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    03-22-13 01:57 AM
  25. SEAWARRIOR's Avatar
    I'm rocking the RT-N66U haven't had many problems with it the range is great I get good reception everywhere in the house and about half way down my drive way. The only issue I have is that it does not like to play well with my WD HDTV live media player while streaming blu-ray. But that is probably more to do with the media player that things the biggest pain in my ***!!! Me thinks it's time to dump some money into a full on HTPC
    yeah,,, in my very limited experience, so far, these things are pretty impressive & i'm not easily impressed,,,
    03-22-13 11:42 AM
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