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Linksys E2500 Versus Linksys E3200 Running With Tomato

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by marcbkk, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. marcbkk

    marcbkk Reformed Router Member

    I am thinking about upgrading from my E2500 v1 to a E3200 as I have been having some stability issues with more than 4-6 wireless connections at a time on my E2500 router. The problems appear to be hardware related and a reboot of the router always fixes it eventually, but having to reboot all the time isn't the ideal solution.

    I will probably just buy a second hand used one and at first I had thought about getting an E2500 v3 since I understand they are more stable than the older v1 I have. But then I realized that a used E3200 can be had for the same price as an E2500 and would be newer generation hardware than just getting a never version of an E2500. The E3200 doesn't appear to be that much different though than the E2500 in terms of overall specs, just has more internal antennas I believe, which might send out a bit of a better wireless signal as well.

    I was wondering if there are any major disadvantages or general problems that anyone is aware of when running Tomato on an E3200 versus an E2500 and if I would perhaps see much better performance and stability on an E3200 over an E2500 if I upgrade?

    Many thanks...
     
  2. Jose C

    Jose C Reformed Router Member

    I had one e3200 with tomato shibby, overall everything works as it should (considering the capabilities of this router). The one thing that failed consistently was the 5ghz band I think is because the way the 5ghz antennas is implemented hardware level.


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  3. marcbkk

    marcbkk Reformed Router Member

    Thank you Jose. In the end I decided the E3200 would not be much of an upgrade from the E2500. Not enough speed and I think it will struggle if you have 6-8 wireless devices connected at once. My E2500 also drops the 5GhZ band sometimes and requires a reboot to get it back. If you are still running the E3200 with Tomato then try adding the following code in the Tomato settings to Administration - Scripts - Init:

    for line in `nvram show | grep =$ `; do var=${line%*=}; nvram unset $var; done
    nvram set partialboots=1
    nvram commit

    After I added the above code I don't think I have had any problems with the 5GhZ band as the code reduced my NVRAM Usage to under 45%. Before I added the code it was at 50%.

    On Friday I ordered an Asus RT-AC66U from Amazon, which is an AC1750 router. Hopefully I will have it soon and hopefully I don't have problems flashing it with Tomato.
     

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