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Old 09-26-2008, 09:17 PM   #21
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Nah, all the advanced configuration is through a browser. Pretty little menus. A couple of the usual language translation issues here and there but nothing too frightening.

I've had to type ping a few times but I dont think I've ever had to bing.

You can go to the asus web site, to support, then documentation and put in the model # and read the user manual, see if its something reasonable looking.

Theres a lot of steps but if you follow the instructions it oughta work.

Only thing that looks challenging is that the USB storage only supports FAT32 and /ext file systems. FAT32 limits you to 2GB max file sizes. Making an /ext formatted file system on a flash drive might be a bit challenging for a techneophyte.
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Got my wl-500W (the N version) today. To get the router with Wireless N for $5 more seemed like a reasonable idea. Took me about 10 minutes to get it hooked up with Gabe assisting, which means 5 minutes otherwise
Still waiting for mine. Maybe tomorrow night. Does FedEx deliver on weekends?
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One of their delivery arms does saturdays (the 'home' version). I dont think the commercial version does.

Newegg should have sent you a shipping confirmation email with a fedex tracking number that should give a delivery date.

Its pretty cool. Has some orange LED's inside and those light up the inside of the whole case so it glows orange...thats worth $65 right there. Nice night light for the living room.
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One of their delivery arms does saturdays (the 'home' version). I dont think the commercial version does.
Newegg should have sent you a shipping confirmation email with a fedex tracking number that should give a delivery date.
Yeeeessss... welcome to Hawaii shipping.

See, "2nd day FedEx air", a $22 shipping "value", doesn't really imply anything other than "air". (Sometimes not even then.) NewEgg's tracking number claims it left them yesterday afternoon and departed FedEx's Oakland facility a couple hours ago. So today would've been day #1 in most space-time continua, with tomorrow (Saturday) being day #2.

Which according to NewEgg's tracker means that it'll be here Monday by 5 PM Hawaii time. Typical. I'm probably lucky that I'm not paying a $25 fuel surcharge.

No problem-- our kid'll be at school/work so we'll be able to smuggle it into the house and hide it until her birthday.

As far as those orange LEDs go... any Kill-A-Watt data yet?
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I havent put the kill a watt on it but I remember seeing somewhere along the line something in the area of 10 or 15 watts. Its pretty warm though...lots of air holes on the top and bottom. Cat would really like laying on it...

I just stuck a flash drive on it and a printer. The router configuration part took a few minutes to sort out and I had to read the manual for the first time. The disk/flash setup part is a little bit linux-y but not too serious. The printer was stupid easy.

Once I had them setup, using them was very easy with Vista. I clicked on Computer, then Network, then WL500W (the name is changeable) and the disk share and printer share were there. Just had to right click on the disk and map a drive to it, and the printer was easy to add to my printers.

I've got an external disk drive that I'm going to try on it tomorrow. It spins down when not in use. If the router doesnt keep looking at it, it'll spin off when I'm not accessing it...we'll see...that'd give me 300GB of ready networked storage.

The "direct download" stuff is cool. You can put in an http, ftp or bittorrent download and the router will download it directly to the external flash/disk drive. Theres a little status tool for windows that lets you look at the progress.

I did the QOS part too. Easy. Gives you four categories (games, downloads, web browser stuff and voip/video. You click on the apps you care about and it gives you little status bars to show which one(s) have the high and low priorities. My old router had a SpeedEngine chip in it that adaptively set traffic to prioritize real time stuff like voice/video/browser and play down any background stuff like ftp/p2p. I'm not noticing any major differences in snappiness.
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Speed wise, I just copied a GB of stuff to the flash drive over the wireless link and it took 10 minutes. Nowhere near as fast as having it plugged right into a computer but I'm not surprised.
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I ordered the N version too. Will replace my old netgear wireless and linksys router with one router. Plan to set up QOS for my vonage too, as well as an external USB drive and USB printer. Will replace the BT slave computer I set up on the basement too.

Just built a Vista media center PC, so having fun.
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I did the QOS part too. Easy. Gives you four categories (games, downloads, web browser stuff and voip/video. You click on the apps you care about and it gives you little status bars to show which one(s) have the high and low priorities.
So does this mean that I could re-configure my VOIP from this:

Signal flow top to bottom -

ISP
v
[VOIP BOX]
v
[WL ROUTER]
v v v v v
<multiple computers>


to this:

ISP
v
[Fancy new WL ROUTER]
Ethernet port............ Antenna
v ........................... v v v v v
[VOIP BOX] ............. <multiple computers>

and then configure the router with the browser to give very high priority to VOIP? Currently, a heavy DL on the computer will chop up the VOIP pretty bad. I don't care if I get a slow DL when the phone is in use, I want the phone to have top priority.

Seems the VOIP box should already do this (they do tell you to put it first in line), but it doesn't seem to do a very good job of it. It's the D-Link AT-DVG-5102S that I got with CallVantage.

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Got it last night.

Very nice. Took about five minutes this morning to get it running, and the range is impressive-- whole-house coverage all the way to the bedrooms and out to the gazebo. A laptop in the next room is no problem. Since the router is in the back of the house, the signal is pretty much gone by the time the laptop gets out to the driveway.

So the router's all boxed up and hidden for the kid's birthday, when I'll let her take over the setup & configuration. Meanwhile I need to read up on invisible modes and MAC filtering again so that I can sound like I know what I'm talking about...
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Played with mine for a few days with the stock firmware and then flashed it with dd-wrt.

That would have gone better, except when I first logged in and entered a new default password for the router I mistyped and then had locked myself out. So I had to reflash it.

I like the dd-wrt feature set. Some nice charts and graphs on current usage and usage over time. Now I can see how close I'm getting to that Comcast 250GB per month limit.

Very nifty 3d 'site survey' tool that shows all the AP's and clients within range, what they're associated to, what direction they're in and about how far away they are.
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Mine will be here tomorrow. Should be a fun night playing with it!
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We're so nerdy.

Mine already gave me a valuable piece of information. My Roku netflix box sucks down a lot more bandwidth than I would have thought.

6.5Mb/s steady stream with SD content and "four dot quality" level.

I'd have been surprised to see it was half that much. I'm not going to bump into Comcasts 250GB/month limit, but I wouldnt be surprised to hit 150 at my usage rates.

Once (if) netflix offers HD content, I hope theres a better compression scheme available for the Roku box or I'll go right over that 250GB limit.
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cute_bunny,

I just got my wl500w and intent to flash it with dd-wrt. Which version did you flash yours with? 24 or 24sp1 or eko NEWD.

BTW, can you outline the flashing steps?

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I pulled up the wiki installation section and there was a couple of paragraphs specific to the wl-500w.

Installation - DD-WRT Wiki

I know who Eko is, but didnt look at any of his specific builds. I used mega v24sp1.

I think if I was going to use the USB storage and printer stuff a lot and wasnt real familiar with linux, or if I wanted tech support, I'd stick with the asus firmware. Otherwise the ddwrt stuff just has a ridiculous amount of power, features and little feature boxes that I can barely keep from checking.

I've never been able to check free memory, cpu utilization and watch bandwidth curves on a $60 router before.
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Hehe, wonder if CiscoWorks or similar network management suite will report stats on it?
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Simple Network Management Protocol - DD-WRT Wiki

Looks pretty plausible.
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Got my router, plugged it in, its good to go. I clicked the QOS for VOIP/Streaming button. Is that all I need to do to set up QOS for my vonage? Or do I need to specify the Vonage adapters IP and port number, along with metric?
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Should be no need. The QOS manager should recognize the VOIP packets and give them precedence.

If you're still not getting good results, then set it up by the mac address (I thought it was by mac, not IP?) and give it the highest priority.
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Seems to work fine, a bit better sound quality- less of an echo, which I got sometime. Vonage adaptor must tag IP packets as VOIP, or does the router read the IP header?
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I pulled up the wiki installation section and there was a couple of paragraphs specific to the wl-500w.

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Thanks cute_bunny. I flashed mine with the eko TNG mega (pre-sp2). Networking part works great now. I am going to work on the USB storage sometime this weekend.
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