Box was sitting on my front doorstep as I got home yesterday. As in my post last week, you may or may not know that I ordered a refurbished [amazon_link id="B003VY83GU" target="_blank" ]Cisco Linksys E2000 Advanced Dual-Band Wireless-N Router [/amazon_link]. The rebadged Fry’s router I had (a [amazon_link id="B000QD7B6W" target="_blank" ]D-Link DIR615[/amazon_link]) was starting to flake out on me as it dropped its wifi connection ever so often. It was time for a new one.
I took it in and cracked it open. , so I took it in and cracked the box open. Inside I had a Cisco Certified Refurbished product.
On the inside, it had everything that a brand new retail product would have – router, power adapter, Ethernet cable, and client setup disc.
The router was much smaller than I expected for some reason. Maybe not in footprint, but it’s a very slim router. There are also no external antennas, so it takes very little vertical space.
I played around with it a little and did get it setup for use, but have not put it in place to take over the AirlInk101 N router I have in now. I plan on moving my cable modem up to the living room and using the new E2000 there, since it will allow better coverage over the entire house. I am going with just one router from here on out and my pfSense gateway has been offline since Sunday.
I loaded DD-WRT up on the E2000, but ended up reverting back to the stock firmware. The only reason I really wanted DD-WRT was for the PPTP VPN setup, but it’s difficult to get going. I may try again later, but I have RRAS setup on my Win2K8 R2 Server and configured for incoming VPN, so I may just leave that be. It works.
Anyway, I don’t know when I’ll get all this in place, but I’ll update this post when I do. Maybe I’ll find time before the weekend, but there’s not telling what the week will bring. Check back soon!
Well, I did end up putting DD-WRT on this router afterall. I also did get the PPTP VPN tunnel up and running, but was having weird Internet connectivity issues. Some sites would work, others would not. So, for now, I’m just going to pass the VPN connection back off to the internal 2008 R2 Server as searches aren’t turning up much to help me out. Other than that, the router works great. I moved it and my cable modem to the living room entertainment center cabinet and the signal was quite good one floor up and on the opposite side of the house. I played a couple of hours of TF2 with >15ms ping over wifi. Good stuff.