Weekend Open Forum: Who makes your favorite networking gear?

By Shawn Knight ยท 56 replies
Mar 1, 2013
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  1. CryVer

    CryVer TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    Asus RT-N66U with Tomato (by Shibby) Firmware. Been using it since the summer of 2012, and have not experienced a single issue yet (not even a crash).
  2. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    Cisco routers for business clients. D-link dumb switches. D-link for average & small homes. Amped for larger homes that need high-coverage for wifi.
  3. Dyson Parkes

    Dyson Parkes TS Enthusiast Posts: 17   +8

    WRT54GL running DD-WRT for wireless.
    2x LevelOne FGP-2410 for cabled connection. PoE, Gigabit, and un-managed.
    Raspberry Pi running RaspBian with DNSMasq and DHCP3-server to control network addressing.
  4. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 3,073   +97

    I have and old Belkin router and a Trendnet provided by my ISP. They both suck so I just bought an Asus RT-N66U which is arriving on Wednesday. I've read many good things about this router. Almost bought the new AC version but found this on discount so it was $50 less and I probably won't have any AC gear for a couple of years - plus I used wired Ethernet for things like my Xbox, NAS, Apple TV.
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    D-link, though I might consider Asus when my current router wears out.
  6. I've used many adsl router brands and now stick with TP-Link.
    Option rich.
    I have seen several of mine and my friend's, they all working very well as far as I know.
  7. fraggleki

    fraggleki TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Cisco? Didn't know there was any competition? Haha
    But seriously Cisco/Linksys

    Business Cisco for sure! No Competition
  8. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    I used to use D-link and linksys, but my last purchase was an Asus RT-N56U and it works better than any previous router I've owned.
    I think the worst one I 've owned was a trendnet. Took a full minute and a half to process any changes in the interface. And I mean EVERY single change. 10 portforwards, 15 minutes! Drove me crazy.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Me too - - great devices and easy to configure
  10. DigitalDowntown

    DigitalDowntown TS Rookie

    Cisco Linksys
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I have a lifetime warranty on my N600 so I can get a new one whenever I need it haha
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Too bad they were bought out by Belkin...
  13. AccordXTC

    AccordXTC TS Rookie Posts: 23   +12

    I took have this router, amazing unit, even better if you use the merlin build on this router. Opens up a lot of features.
  14. I don't necessarily have a favourite. Although, it will probably end up being Cisco as I'm going into enterprise IT.
  15. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 156   +34

    Ubiquiti unifi's for access points.
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  16. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    I like Tenda from Micro Center because it's free.
  17. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +31

    Linksys and tp-link
  18. Sphynx

    Sphynx TS Enthusiast Posts: 41

    I have been using a Vizio XWR100 dual-band wireless router (my first router) for about two years and it's never given me a single problem.
  19. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +65

    I can't say the manufacturers are a favorite of mine, but right now I've got a Belkin N600 HD. I haven't had any major issues with it so far. I've been told this isn't a router for Mac users, for reasons I no longer remember.
  20. Brought a billion 9700n a couple years ago, never had a dropout that wasnt the fault of my isp :) superfast and able to handle multiple connections/streams/torrents with ease.
  21. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 231   +14

    Right now im using using a ASUS router with the newest version of DD-WRT and its working great. LOVE IT
  22. ROBO731

    ROBO731 TS Rookie

    I usually go with Netgear, but I've never tried anything else.
  23. pmkrefeld

    pmkrefeld TS Member Posts: 44

    I'm surprised noone mentioned AVM, but maybe because its an american site. I really think they make best HW in this industry.
  24. Gamuholic

    Gamuholic TS Rookie

    Per Hansson
    Have you tried IPFire? I find it to be just as stable, but it is kept up to date and has many more features. It has a package manager, so installing addons is WAY easier. It was originally a fork of IPCop, but the development is completely independent now. I have it running 3 networks right now, soon to be 4.
  25. Meraki for the AP always and SonicWALL TZ or Juniper SRX for the firewall and Cisco for the switches at home. Off lease or end of life Cisco gear is so cheap used.

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