My aging DI-524 had to go for the following reasons:
- I was having really patchy WiFi connectivity on the second level at less than 5mbps stable and near zero signal on the third.
- The LAN ports cannot be configured as switched WAN port for my MioTV connection to work.
- It does not come with VPN gateway feature for road warrior access.
- It does not do WPA2 for WiFi security. (lesser concern but heck, I needed more reasons)
Oh, and 802.11n is out too as both router and adapters (all my client machines will have to upgrade to 802.11n capable WiFi adapters) are very expensive at this point hence making it the most costly option.
My choice of replacement is really limited due to the fact that I want to run DD-WRT on it. It boils down to a second-hand Linksys WRT54G (newer versions that are available for sale over retail channels are not compatible due to changes in hardware architecture) or a new Buffalo WHR-HP-G54. I chose the latter (only S$99!) for its built-in amplifier which technically should help to reduce the number of dead-zones in the house.
Now that the easy part is over, its time to get it set up in my environment: