Linksys EA8500 Wi-Fi Router

Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream™ AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi-router

Radiofrequenties: 2,4 en 5 GHz
Ports: Internet, Ethernet (1-4), USB 3.0, USB 2.0/eSATA

The EA8500 has a 1.4GH dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and 128MB of flash memory. The router has Qualcomm’s QCA9980 MU/EFX Mu-MIMO radio chip.

Peak 802.11ac Performance: 265 Mbps
Range in 2.4-GHz Mode: 50 m

The EA8500 has a 1.4GH dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and 128MB of flash memory. The router has Qualcomm’s QCA9980 MU/EFX Mu-MIMO radio chip.

TP-Link Archer C50

TP-Link Archer C50

4 10/100Mbps LAN Ports
1 10/100Mbps WAN Port

2.4GHz: Up to 300Mbps
5GHz: Up to 867Mbps

Encryption: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

firmware: 0.9.1 0.6 v0079.0 Build 171227 Rel.72331n(4555)

Hardware Version: Archer C50 v3 00000001

basic router functions and performance;  easy user interface

works well as additional Wireless Access Point with BBOX3 (Sagem), Netgear R6300 and wndr3700.

OpenWrt Techdata: TP-Link Archer C50 v3

OpenWrt installation information can be found here.

Solution when device’s (bricked) firmware has been corrupted:

Step 1: configure your PC or MAC internet adapter
set your internet adapter IPv4 Address to:
192.168.0.66 with subnet mask 255.255.255.0 and default Gateway 192.168.0.1
Connect your computer via ethernet cable to LAN Port 3 of the router.

Step 2: prepare the recovery file
After downloading the recovery file, rename the file to tp_recovery.bin and place it in the root directory of your TFTP Server client.
Start the TFTP Server client on your PC or MAC. MacOS Catalina users can opt for the PumpKIN client.

Step 3: restart the router to load the recovery file
power on the router and hold the reset button down until the computer LED on the router starts flashing, the router should start downloading the stock recovery firmware and flash it automaticallyGet a pen or whatever you use to push reset buttons and hold the reset button down until the computer LED starts flashing, you should see some activity on your computer screen and that should be the router downloading the stock recovery firmware and flash it automatically.

see also this video

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

nighthawkNetgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

AC1900 WiFi—600+1300 Mbps speeds

  • Simultaneous dual-band
  • Wireless AC, Wireless G, Wireless N
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) LAN Ports
  • 64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryption
  • SPI-Firewall, NAT-Firewall

Netgear Firmware Version V1.0.9.34_10.2.36
GUI Language Version V1.0.7.6_2.1.38.1


Firmware Version: DD-WRT v3.0-r39960M kongac (06/08/19)
Kernel Version: Linux 4.4.180 #666 SMP Sat Jun 8 11:15:19 CEST 2019 armv7l

thumb up excellent performance and coverage – performs extremely well with dd-wrt firmware

Netgear’s firmware has well advanced with extra features for convenience and VPN support however wifi connection issues randomly may arise


Upgrade to dd-wrt firmware

This router has been upgraded from Netgear Firmware Version V1.0.9.34_10.2.36 to a dd-wrt firmware.

Please refer to the dd-wrt.com site for the detailed documentation and instructions.

myopenrouterCheck also the articles on MyOpenRouter.com.

This R7000 model was initially flashed with the dd-wrt.K3_R7000.chk. Once this was succesfully completed and tested, it was upgraded to the Firmware Version: DD-WRT Kong Mod for NETGEAR R7000 (2018-05-31) (dd-wrt.K3_R7000_20180531). Subsequently the Kong Summer Update was applied (DD-WRT v3.0-r39960M kongac (06/08/19))

The dd-wrt firmware works stable and provides an equal perfomance as the stock firmware but with more features for wireless channel controls and use of VPNs. The user interface is the big drawback and is not recommended for novice users.

Read also the Tweaking4All.com article.


Wireless settings used, based on other user’s recommendations:

Basic Settings:
Regulatory Domain – BE (obviously change this to your country’s setting)
Regulatory Mode – off
TPC Mitigation Factor – 0
(2.4ghz)

Wireless Mode – AP
Wireless Network Mode – NG-Mixed
Wireless Channel – 1, 6, or 11 (use the least crowded in your area, see note1)
Channel Width – 20mhz
Optimize Multicast Traffic – enabled
TurboQAM – enabled
Explicit Beamforming – enabled
Implicit Beamforming – enabled
Airtime Fairness – disabled (this currently causes wireless dropouts over time)

(5 ghz)
Wireless Mode – AP
Wireless Network Mode – AC/N-Mixed (unless you have only AC clients or are still relying on wireless-A)
Wireless Channel – I use 104 (least crowded. DD-wrt exposes the middle frequencies under 149 and above 48 as selectable [per DFS preemption], see note1)
Channel Width – 80mhz
Extension Channel – Upper Lower (depends on the channel you use. lower lower for above 149, upper upper for below 48 )
Optimize Multicast Traffic – enabled
Explicit Beamforming – enabled
Implicit Beamforming – enabled
Airtime Fairness – disabled (this currently causes wireless dropouts over time)

note1: I use Auto Wireless Channel and weekly reboot the router to determine the free channels

Wireless Security:
WPA2 Personal with AES only (unless you run a RADIUS server or something, in which case choose enterprise..)

Advanced Settings (both bands):
Basic Rate – All
Transmission Rate – Auto
CTS Protection Mode – Auto
Frame Burst – Disabled

Advanced Settings (5ghz):
Beacon Interval – 100 (set this a bit higher to save mobile clients some battery. Not too high so that wireless client’s don’t drop out from missed beacons)
DTIM interval – 1 (can be set higher for battery saving of mobile clients, but since it works in tandem with beacon interval, it can cause drop outs if set too high as well, use 1 if beacon interval is set to 100)
Fragmentation Threshold – 2346
RTS Threshold – 2347
Max Associated Clients – 128 (Personal preference. Say you want to restrict a certain number of IP’s for wired clients only. This setting would prevent wireless clients from taking all the IP addresses in the address range from the DHCP server)

AP Isolation – Disabled
TX Antenna – Auto
RX Antenna – auto
Preamble – Short (Long is for compatibility with older wireless devices. Most everything within 15 years works with short)
Shortslot Override – Short (another compatiblity setting that affects G-clients in relation to older B-clients. Reduces the time in between sending packets to clients after collisions)
TX Power– Auto (This will change as needed for the client while obeying regulatory domain)
Bluetooth Coexistence Mode – Preempt (tells a bluetooth client which 2.4ghz channel the router is using to avoid transmitting on that frequency)
Wireless GUI access – enabled (else your wireless clients can’t configure the router)
Radio Time Restrictions – Disabled (personal preference)
WMM Support – enabled (Wireless-N and newer require this for higher transmission rates)
No-Acknowledgement – enabled (I use disable to avoid frequent throughput drops from a noisy wireless environment)


Configure a Guest WiFi network with dd-wrt firmware

Refer to the the tutorial: ‘Guest WiFi + abuse control for beginners

My objective of a guest network is to offer isolated, yet protected, access to the Internet. Guest users should not have access to my private LAN. This can be achieved with the following settings:
Wireless Basic Settings (‘Virtual Interfaces’): AP isolation enabled.
Network Configuration: Unbridged, NAT enabled.
You will need to assign a dedicated network range and enable DHCP.

read also Kong’s Guest Wifi Setup DD-WRT

LED Control was successful with the following commands:

# Disable WAN and LAN LEDs
et robowr 0x0 0x18 0x1ff
et robowr 0x0 0x18 0x0
et robowr 0x0 0x1a 0x0

# disable WPS button LED
gpio disable 14

# disable WLAN button LED
gpio disable 15
gpio disable 16

# turn off 2.4GHz LED
gpio enable 13

# turn off 5GHz LED
gpio enable 12

# turn off power LED white
gpio enable 2

3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem (TL-MR5250)

M5250-05TP-LINK 3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem (TL-MR5250)

Spain is notorious for its high internet tariffs. If you are staying on the Canary Islands without a free wi-fi service available, you may opt for a prepaid sim card. For convenient concurrent access with laptops, tablets and smartphones, you can install the sim card in a 3G router, like the TP-LINK 3G Mobile Wi-Fi Modem.

  • built-in 3G modem – HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GRPS/GSM
  • DL: 21.6Mbps, UL:5.76Mbp
  • Powerful 2000mAh battery
  • IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Supports up to 10 users simultaneously
  • Firmware Version: 1.0.1 Build 131015 Rel.39500n

works with simyo sim, Lebara sim, Euskaltel sim and DIGI mobil

esim

Settings for DIGI mobil (prepaid sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: enable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
APN: internet.digimobil.es
Authentication Type: CHAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

Settings for Lebara (prepaid sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: enable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
APN: gprsmov.lebaramobile.es
Authentication Type: PAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

Settings for Euskaltel Internet (contract sim) in Canary Islands

Dial-up settings:
Dial-up type: automatic
Data roaming: disable

Profile Management:
APN Type: Static
APN: internet.euskaltel.mobi
Username: CLIENTE
Password: EUSKALTEL
Authentication Type: CHAP

PIN Management:
SIM Card PIN disabled

NETGEAR R6300 Dual Band WiFi 802.11AC Router

AC1750 WiFi—450+1300 Mbps speeds

  • Broadcom BCM5300 chip rev 1
  • 5GHz: IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac
    2.4GHz: IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n
  • 2 USB Ports: one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port
  • 4 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
  • 64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK/ WPA2-PSK encryption

Firmware Version: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (04/17/14) kongac – build 23900M
Kernel Version: Linux 3.11.10 #109 Thu Apr 17 20:39:01 CEST 2014 mips

Works well with Windows XP and Windows 7 and 10 clients, OS X, Android, iOS, Blackberry and Playstations. USB keys may get hot when remained inserted for a long period. Supports three simultaneous networks, including a guest network. Great network performance for speed and coverage.

performs extremely well with dd-wrt firmware


Upgrade to dd-wrt firmware

This router has been upgraded from Netgear Firmware Version V1.0.2.78_1.0.58 to a dd-wrt firmware.

Please refer to the dd-wrt.com site for the detailed documentation and instructions.

myopenrouterCheck also the articles on MyOpenRouter.com (Downloads are here).

The key to a successful upgrade is to reset the router before and after each step. Hence,  after each step, the router will restore its default values. This  R6300 V1 model was initially installed with the  Kong K3-AC  version. Once this was succesfully completed and tested, it was upgraded to the Firmware Version: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (10/06/14) kongac – build 25015M-SP1. Later I tried with DD-WRT v3.0-r40672 giga (08/17/19) but found it unstable and returned to DD-WRT v24-sp2 (04/17/14) kongac.

The dd-wrt firmware works stable and provides an equal perfomance as the stock firmware but with more features for wireless channel controls and use of VPNs. The user interface is the big drawback and is not recommended for novice users.

Read also The Silicon Underground articles about DD-WRT settings recommendations.


Wireless settings used, based on other user’s recommendations:

Basic Settings:
Regulatory Domain – EUROPE (change this to your country’s setting)
Regulatory Mode – off
TPC Mitigation Factor – 0
 
wl0 (2.4ghz)
Wireless Mode – AP
Wireless Network Mode – Mixed
Wireless Channel – Auto (a weekly reboot selects the best for the area)
Channel Width – 20mhz

 

wl1 (5 ghz)
Wireless Mode – AP
Wireless Network Mode – AC-Only
Wireless Channel – 108 (DD-wrt exposes the middle frequencies under 149 and above 48 as selectable [per DFS preemption])
Channel Width – 80mhz
Extension Channel – Upper Lower (depends on the channel you use. lower lower for above 149, upper upper for below 48 )
Optimize Multicast Traffic – enabled
Explicit Beamforming – enabled
Implicit Beamforming – enabled
Airtime Fairness – disabled (this currently causes wireless dropouts over time)

Wireless Security:
WPA2 Personal with AES only (unless you run a RADIUS server or something, in which case choose enterprise..)

Advanced Settings (both bands):

Basic Rate – All
Transmission Rate – Auto
CTS Protection Mode – Auto
Frame Burst – Enabled

Beacon Interval – 100 (set this a bit higher than 100 to save mobile clients some battery. Not too high so that wireless client’s don’t drop out from missed beacons)
DTIM interval – 1 (set this higher for battery saving of mobile clients, but since it works in tandem with beacon interval, it can cause drop outs if set too high as well)
Fragmentation Threshold – 2346
RTS Threshold – 2347
Max Associated Clients – 128 (Personal preference. Say you want to restrict a certain number of IP’s for wired clients only. This setting would prevent wireless clients from taking all the IP addresses in the address range from the DHCP server)

AP Isolation – Disabled
TX Antenna – Auto
RX Antenna – auto
Preamble – Long (Long is for compatibility with older wireless devices. Most everything within 15 years works with short)
Shortslot Override – Short (another compatiblity setting that affects G-clients in relation to older B-clients. Reduces the time in between sending packets to clients after collisions)
TX Power- Auto (This will change as needed for the client while obeying regulatory domain)
Bluetooth Coexistence Mode – Preemption (tells a bluetooth client which 2.4ghz channel the router is using to avoid transmitting on that frequency)
Wireless GUI access – enabled (else your wireless clients can’t configure the router)

Radio Time Restrictions – Disabled (personal preference)

WMM Support – Enabled (Wireless-N and newer require this for higher transmission rates)
No-Acknowledgement – Disabled (disable this if you are getting frequent throughput drops from a noisy wireless environment)


Configure a Guest WiFi network with dd-wrt firmware

Refer to the the tutorial: ‘Guest WiFi + abuse control for beginners

My objective of a guest network is to offer isolated, yet protected, access to the Internet. Guest users should not have access to my private LAN. This can be achieved with the following settings:
Wireless Basic Settings (‘Virtual Interfaces’): AP isolation enabled.
Network Configuration: Unbridged, NAT enabled.
Enable Forced DNS Redirection and fill in the Optional DNS target field.
You will need to assign a dedicated network range and enable DHCP.

VPN added to the 2.4 GHz wireless network

N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router – TL-WDR3600

TL-WDR3600-UN-V1TL-WDR3600 – N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

  • 5GHz: Up to 300Mbps
    2.4GHz: Up to 300Mbps
  • 2 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 4 10/100/1000Mbps LAN Ports
  • 64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK/ WPA2-PSK encryption

Firmware Version 3.13.31 Build 130320 Rel.55761n

Works well with Windows XP and 7 clients and iOS and Blackberry. Connectivity issues may occur with some Android versions. USB device control is not very flexible. Supports three simultaneous networks, including a guest network.

This router can be used with a  Netgear WNDR3700 or with the ZTE Home Station to extend your wireless coverage at home.

CastleNet CBV38Z4EN

CastleNet CBV38Z4EN

The CastleNet CBV38Z4EN is a cable router used by SFR (previously Numericable) in France to offer triple play services to domestic users. The modem specifications can be downloaded from the CastleNet website.

Both data and voice services work seamlessly with this device. Good voice quality for local and International calls.

The wifi settings can be easily configured to control the security and the access credentials.

Works well with Windows XP, however IPv6 should be disabled on Windows 7 clients. Works well with Android and iOS.

Beware of the Firewall Features settings on this router, which you can change in ‘WAN Network Configuration’, Services:

Low = no port restrictions

Medium = allows the services below

AIM/ICQ 5190 5190 TCP
DHCPv6 546 547 UDP
DNS TCP 53 53 TCP
DNS UDP 53 53 UDP
FTP-S 989 990 TCP
HTTP 80 80 TCP
HTTP ALT 8080 8080 TCP
HTTP-S 443 443 TCP
IMAP 143 143 TCP
IMAP-S 993 993 TCP
IPSec NAT-T 4500 4500 UDP
NTP 123 123 UDP
POP3 110 110 TCP
POP3-S 995 995 TCP
RADIUS 1812 1812 TCP
RADIUS 1812 1812 UDP
SMTP 25 25 TCP
SSH 22 22 TCP
SMTP-S 465 465 TCP
Steam 1725 1725 UDP
Steam Friends 1200 1200 UDP
Telnet-S 992 992 TCP
XBOX Live 3074 3074 TCP
XBOX Live 3074 3074 UDP
World of Warcraft 3724 3724 TCP
World of Warcraft 3724 3724 UDP
Yahoo Messenger 5050 5050 TCP
Port for stb 8184 8184 TCP
Port for stb 8184 8184 UDP
VoWIFI 500 500 TCP
VoWIFI 500 500 UDP
VoWIFI 4500 4500 TCP
VoWIFI 4500 4500 UDP

High = allows the services below

DNS TCP 53 53 TCP
DNS UDP 53 53 UDP
HTTP 80 80 TCP
HTTP-S 443 443 TCP
IMAP-S 993 993 TCP
IPSec NAT-T 4500 4500 UDP
NTP 123 123 UDP
POP3-S 995 995 TCP
SSH 22 22 TCP
SMTP 25 25 TCP
SMTP-S 465 465 TCP
Port for stb 8184 8184 TCP
Port for Stb 8184 8184 UDP
VoWIFI 500 500 TCP
VoWIFI 500 500 UDP
VoWIFI 4500 4500 TCP
VoWIFI 4500 4500 UDP

D-Link DIR-600 Wireless N Gigabit Home Router

D-Link DIR-600 Wireless N Gigabit Home Router

The D-Link DIR-600 Wireless N Gigabit Home Router is good value for money and works fine with PCs and MacBooks. This basic router can be added to your cable modem to provide better wireless performance.

 The D-Link DIR-600 Ethernet Broadband Router device offers:

  • an Internet sharing through Network Address Translation (NAT),
  • a Firewall, with optional DMZ,
  • a DHCP Server for automatic IP Address alocation,
  • a Print Server over IP for a parallel attached printer,
  • a 10/100 Base-T switch for up to four LAN connections,
  • Support for WPA™ and WPA2™ for wireless security,
  • Configuration management through a web interface. The default address of the router is http://192.168.0.1 (factory setting)

D-Link DIR-100 Ethernet Broadband Router

D-Link DIR-100 Ethernet Broadband Router

The D-Link DIR-100 Ethernet Broadband Router is good value for money and works fine with PCs and Network Attached Printers. This basic router can be added in a plug-and-play mode to create a virtual network in an open office building network.

 The D-Link DIR-100 Ethernet Broadband Router device offers:

  • an Internet sharing through Network Address Translation (NAT),
  • a Firewall, with optional DMZ,
  • a DHCP Server for automatic IP Address alocation,
  • a Print Server over IP for a parallel attached printer,
  • a 10/100 Base-T switch for up to four LAN connections.
  • Configuration management through a web interface. The default address of the router is http://192.168.0.1 (factory setting)