What is currently the most fool proof device to run Gargoyle?
I’ve been reading the forum carefully and find a lot of old and/or contradicting information so any fresh take on this subject will be most welcomed.
The following devices seem to be the most talked about:
- WR1043ND v1.0
Which of these units would the forum experts recommend? Any other unit I should be considering? My needs are basic: USB port (to share a HDD preferably via SAMBA), wireless N and 10/100/1000 are a must.
Going one by one I have the following questions:
1- I can source a WR1043ND v1.0 very cheaply but I’m a bit wary of investing in a device that seems to have been discontinued in favour of the v2.x. It’s also the slowest and has the least RAM from the 4 mentioned. I have also read quite a lot of contradicting info regarding its performance under Gargoyle where some swear by it while other’s stick to Gargoyle 1.5.x versions due to Wi-Fi dropouts on 1.6.x and 1.7 builds. What’s your take?
2- The WR1043ND v2.1 seems to be a no brainer, I can get a v2.1 as cheaply as the old v1.x, has a faster CPU, more RAM and it’s actually “endorsed” by Gargoyle as this particular unit is sold on the webshop. But there’s one thing bothering me, most of the times I notice people recommending you avoid choosing routers marked as “trunk” on the OpenWRT wiki. Well this particular device has a “trunk” status. So is this really something I should be worried about?
3- The WDR3600 seems to be the most recommended unit in the forums. It’s slightly more expensive than the WR1043ND’s but the fact that it has 2 USB ports is quite appealing. But like the WR1043ND v1.x the reviews are inconsistent. Some swear by it and some seem to have nothing but problems be it slow speeds or Wi-Fi drops. How does it rank against the other units?
4- The WNDR3800 is the best of the bunch regarding tech specs but it’s also prohibitively expensive in my corner of the world so it’s really not an option.
I'll add one more question, is any of these units more easily recoverable from a bad flash than the others? The d-link DIR-615's I'm currently running are bullet proof in that sense, recovering one is as easy as invoking the emergency flash screen. Having to go through custom built cables or soldering the board is not really my cup of tea.
So what's your say?