Believe it or not, after only 2 official days of having this router (WRT 350N). I now have to RMA it back t Newegg. I knew something was fishy when i tried to flash the firmware to the latest update which fixed some critical issues. Apparently after it got to 90% it failed. Thinking nothing of it and that there was some sort of failsafe in place..the router still functioned…until i restarted it today. My worst nightmare had just come true, not only did the flash fail but the router was now a 150 dollar brick. After trying multiple times to get it to respond by hard resetting it, and tftp into it…all hope was lost. I sadly put my newly purchased gigabit wireless N router back into the box, requested the RMA information from newegg and is now packaged up and ready to go to california to be replaced….
Lessons learned from this experience:
- Linksys firmware is crap..
- wondering why theres not a failsafe back up like motherboards have now…seriously can it not be put on a router?
- DD WRT is by far the best firmware and i should have flashed it with that instead of the linksys update.
Good thing my wife is understanding…and realizes it wasnt entirely my fault.. but she did give me this funny look after i told her my router was broken…oh well..now to wait on a replacement
UPDATE: Well some great news! No need to RMA it , i figured out a way to Un-brick it and it worked… *Stupid linksys firmware*
After much consideration I decided to retire my old Linksys WRT54G v2 . After numerous firmware updates and years of reliability I tried to extend the life of the little guy using DD-WRT’s astounding firmware. I noticed this past week though that I lost my connection all together on my wired connections with my connection speed reading 0kbps and no packet activity. I looked all over at best buy and circuit city and found that they had taken it off the shelves, (not everyone can afford a $180 router) and had replaced it a very peculiar looking WRT310N which looks nothing like a router but more like a baby pod like thing. So I’m sure your excited so lets look at the features this little guy packs.
4 Port Gigabit Connections & 1 USB for NAS
256-bit encryption and support for WPA2.
3 Antenna’s that support MIMO technology
So many of you are probably wondering…Ryan are you going to leave the Linksys firmware on there? Heck no! After running DD-WRT on my old WRT54G, I am waiting for them to release USB support for the Storage Link, and even then I might still jump on board before that. I have to say I am quite pleased with this router, I was definitely uneasy about getting it seeing as there are reviews floating around giving it only 3 stars. So far I have seen my internet speed shoot up to 20mbps on Cable! Which I was sitting around 13mb. My wife’s signal went from a dismal two bars to five. If you’re in the market for a new router, DO NOT pass this one up. It’s well worth the investment.
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