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Cheap wifi router to install open firmware?

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Hi - new to this site; looking for some input.


I'm looking for a new wireless router to extend the range in my house. We now have a G router and it really does the job well in a 2 story house, but I do a lot of surfing and little gaming/streaming. Right now the wifi doesn't reach my patio, and I'd like to extend the reach for a budget of $30. There is a lot of info out there about wifi AC routers that are way out of my price range and it is hard to tell what will really do the job.


I can get a wifi repeater for under 30, but I think my money is better spent on a new router because I'd like:


1. guest access features

2. parental controls


I'd like to try buying a cheap router and installing Tomato or DD-WRT on it, and see if it does the trick. Any advice on which router to buy?


Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Hello Friedav... and :welcome:



While a repeater would work, you are correct in thinking it's best to get a new router.  Though, $30 is a pretty tight budget.  A good reliable router will most likely cost $30-$50.


Just keep in mind that you ultimately want an N router.  (A/B/G/N are your options)

You also want one with plenty of solid reviews (4+ stars, ideally).


I've never used Tomato or DD-WRT, and would probably advise against it, unless you just know what you're doing and/or have a particular reason for it.  I have had THIS router for many years with no problem.  I know it may be slightly out of your price range, but maybe it can assist in your search for the perfect router.


Good luck!

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