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  • NetGear Nighthawk X10 As A High-End Home Router

    Phoronix: NetGear Nighthawk X10 As A High-End Home Router

    The past number of weeks I've been able to test the Nighthawk X10 router as my main home/office router and it's been working out great. This router is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and its wireless connectivity is great, but those interested in the device, it will set you back $450 USD.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=24532

  • #2
    That's an expensive router, here in sweden it's 5290kr which translates to $590.
    I think it's to much for a home router.

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    • #3
      Netgears are junk these days... the one we had at work wouldn't hold a connection with half the computers that tried to connect to it.

      And that was even after we excalated to engineering and they gave us a debug firmware (after a bunch of runaround...)

      If you need a large area covered... ubiquity routers
      My TP-Link is still serving me well so I would probably consider them in the future as well.

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      • #4
        We are well into the price range where it's cheaper and better to get some low-end x86 system and fit it with router-grade minpcie wifi cards.

        Or just get a single router and 3-4 access points.

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        • #5
          Good call on getting a multi node wifi system for a house - probably your best bet.

          I have the Nighthawk X8 - it does an absolutely excellent job once configured (the web interface is from the 90s and horrible). It does get quite warm though (passive heatsink and all) - do you have the same "getting really hot" issue on the X10 Michael?.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by boxie View Post
            Good call on getting a multi node wifi system for a house - probably your best bet.

            I have the Nighthawk X8 - it does an absolutely excellent job once configured (the web interface is from the 90s and horrible). It does get quite warm though (passive heatsink and all) - do you have the same "getting really hot" issue on the X10 Michael?.
            It doesn't get really hot and its fan only turns on occasionally.
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #7
              I use a Linksys WRT1900ACS with Gargoyle firmware. I think I'm pretty happy with it with the large drawback of losing ipv6. Not sure if that's the fault of openwrt or gargoyle though. I could probably manually get something working but doesn't work out of the box.

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              • #8
                Are you considering flashing the firmware to DD-WRT?

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                • #9
                  While the hardware itself looks interesting, I'd be very wary of any software coming from Netgear. This is no doubt true of many other vendors too but at work, we stumbled across a corker of an exploit on one of their pricier firewalls. It was a schoolboy error and you could trivially gain root shell access through their telnet login. We're not exactly security researchers so it wasn't hard to figure out. We didn't report it in the end as it was already fixed by the time we found it but I strongly suspect this was purely by accident. They'd changed much of the software stack and the old vulnerable script was still there, albeit unused. Between that and infuriating bugs like firewall rules becoming ineffective after reattaching cables, we decided to stop using them. I didn't like seeing them go to waste so I used the exploit to install OpenWRT, which took a little imagination to get around their boot-time checksum. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the weird network hardware (MIPS Cavium) to work properly.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by computerquip View Post
                    I use a Linksys WRT1900ACS with Gargoyle firmware. I think I'm pretty happy with it with the large drawback of losing ipv6. Not sure if that's the fault of openwrt or gargoyle though. I could probably manually get something working but doesn't work out of the box.
                    Did you try LEDE release on it? Afaik the people on that device didn't complain about lack of ipv6.
                    (LEDE=future of OpenWRT since most devs migrated there)

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