Memorial Day 2011

I would like to thank all the soldiers that have given their lives with courage to fight for our freedom. I also thank all of the soldiers serving today willing to give their lives so that we may live free and without fear. May God look over you and your families and friends.

Netgear N600 installed

I intended to replace our Linksys WRT54g with the Netgear N600 WNDR3700v2 but I didn’t have the success I wanted with dd-wrt and the stock firmware doesn’t offer the features like DNS, static DHCP, etc that Tomato and dd-wrt have.

I asked myself “where do we use the wireless the most?” The answer is downstairs. I decided to host the Netgear router downstairs in the home theater cabinet. Finally I turned off the wireless on the WRT54g and keeping it as our router. Now the Mac Book Pro and the Thinkpad get 104+Mbps vs the 5Mbps I was getting before.

Netgear N600 WNDR3700v2 and dd-wrt

Since the default Netgear firmware doesn’t have DNS built in, I flashed the WNDR3700
with dd-wrt. But I was thoroughly disappointed with the performance even after following the settings from the wiki for the Atheros wireless settings.

netgear wireless n (5Ghz) 2ft ddwrt 78.2539s 6.9 MB/s 55.2Mbps
netgear wireless n (2.4Ghz) 2ft ddwrt 61.0922s 8.8 MB/s 70.4Mbps
netgear wireless n (5Ghz) 2ft ddwrt turbo mode 51.4871s 10.4MB/s 83.2Mbps
netgear wireless n (5Ghz) 2ft ddwrt turbo mode + tuning 52.51s 10.2MB/s 81.6Mbps
netgear wireless n (5Ghz) downstairs ddwrt turbo mode + tuning 272.237s 2.0MB/s 16.0Mbps
netgear wireless n (2.4Ghz) downstairs ddwrt turbo mode + tuning 226.537s 2.4MB/s 19.2Mbps

Clearly the tuning didn’t actually help, and the fastest I could get was 83.2Mbps but I got 123.2Mbps with the stock firmware. I reset the router back to factory defaults and was able to get 104.8Mbps which is still slower than it was before but it’s way better than dd-wrt.

This is definitely disappointing since I had such great success with Tomato firmware on my WRT54G.

Netgear N600 WNDR3700v2

I bought the Netgear N600 WNDR3700 router to replace my aging Linksys WRT54g.

I used jbowes method of performance testing. I ran nc on the server:

nc -v -l 2222 > /dev/null


Then on the laptop I connected to the server via Netgear 2.4GHz, 5GHz, Linksys G, and wired running

dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024K count=512 | nc -v $SERVER_IP 2222

. For a baseline here is the gigabit wired connection.

wired via gigabit 4.62219 s 116 MB/s 928Mbps

Here are the preliminary wireless results with no tuning.

Netgear N600 2ft 5GHz 34.9444 s 15.4 MB/s 123.2Mbps
Netgear N600 2ft 2.4GHz 49.4792 s 10.9 MB/s 87.2Mbps
Linksys WRT54g 2ft 206.399 s 2.6 MB/s 20.8Mbps

Now I go downstairs to test again, noticeable difference:

Netgear N600 downstairs 5GHz 129.832 s 4.1 MB/s 32.8Mbps
Netgear N600 downstairs 2.4GHz 103.783 s 5.2 MB/s 41.6Mbps
Linksys WRT54g downstairs 308.374 s 1.7 MB/s 13.6Mbps

Now I’ll play around with some settings to see if it makes any difference.

Clutch plays

Tonight, Adan had his first baseball game of the season. His team was down 4-3 in the last inning (top of the hour). Adan gets his first hit of the night (1-2) which he turns into a double. His team mate gets a hit, the other team throws the ball away. Adan (ignoring the third base coach) heads home to tie the game at 4-4. Adan’s team brings in 2 more runs to win 6-4.
After the game, Coach gave Adan the game ball for starting the game winning rally. YAY! 🙂