Comparing Asus N66U DDWRT – Netgear R7000 Stock – Netgear R7000 DDWRT 23550M-R01 Wireless Router Speeds

                     

Decided to upgrade router to Netgear R7000 AC1900 router due to good newegg deal and I tested the speeds on iPhone 5S, 13″ Macbook Pro and Hackintosh Desktop. I used speedtest.net for all measurements. Tests were done in Phoenix, AZ with Cox Internet in apartment complex (lots of interference). I tested 2.4 and 5.0 GHZ for all + Powerline on Hackintosh

Some errors to point out – for some reason forgot to test 2.4GHz on Asus N66U DDWRT

First going to start with Netgear R7000 – DDWRT 23550M-R01

Hackintosh 2.4GHz

Hackintosh 5.0GHz

Hackintosh Powerline

iPhone 5S 2.4GHz

iPhone 5S 5.0GHz

Macbook Pro 2.4GHz

Macbook Pro 5.0GHz

Next Netgear R7000 Stock – V1.0.3.24_1.1.20 (Latest firmware)
Hackintosh 2.4GHz

Hackintosh 5.0GHz

Hackintosh Powerline

iPhone 5S 2.4GHz

iPhone 5S 5.0GHz

Macbook Pro 2.4GHz

Macbook Pro 5.0GHz

Lastly, Asus N66U with DDWRT installed

Hackintosh 5.0GHz

Hackintosh Powerline

HTPC LAN

iPhone 5S 2.4GHz

iPhone 5S 5.0GHz

Macbook Pro 2.4GHz

Macbook Pro 5.0GHz

I then put all the data into Graph. For some reason stock R7000 2.4GHz were much faster than others. I rarely use 2.4GHz and the options of DDWRT are necessary for my setup so I will stick with DDWRT on R7000. I don’t have any AC devices to test that function yet.

How to Install DDWRT on Asus RT-N66U

This guide is upgraded due to process being much much simpler than it used to be to install DD-WRT on Asus N66U.

1. Download the files here. (taken from wiki)

The new K3.x Builds seem to take all the complexity out of the equation on what build you have and the CFE issues. The reason I had to reinstall DDWRT was due to Asus needing to be constantly turned on and off from internet connection issues. I thought it might be Asus issue so I went through process of returning to stock firmware (which isn’t fun and took hours of experimenting). From stock firmware it was super simple upgrade to select right K3.x build that picture above explains. The actual problem was due to modem SB6141. I read on some forums that Comcast was upgrading firmware and causing internet connection issues so I thought Cox might had done same to me. Sold the modem and got a Zoom, first one I have owned, and problems went away.

2. Do the 30/30/30 reset – Note for this router don’t use reset button, instead replace reset with WPS button

3. Go to http://192.168.1.1 and login to router that now has DDWRT installed!
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4. Done