An electrical surge apparently fried my ASUS RT-N16. I plug it in and the pretty blue lights come on for about half a second and then shut off.
Does anyone have a router they are really loving? I had DD-WRT installed on my ASUS router which not only allowed me some pretty fancy routing options, but also let me connect a network printer and storage via USB. It was pretty awesome until it died. Also worth noting is that, although old, my Linksys WRT54GL survived the power surge and a factory reset and is still working smoothly.
I am not sure a) what the latest wireless protocols are that I should support (802.11ac?) and b) what open source router firmware might be easiest to set up and configure. DD-WRT was a pain in the ass as I recall but entirely necessary because the ASUS RT-N16 firmware was complete garbage. I know there are others like TomatoUSB, etc., but suspect that some are easier than others and that some routers are friendlier to certain distros, etc.
If anyone has a success story regarding routers, I'd surely appreciate it. Some features I shall need:
map a consistent LAN ip address onto a particular MAC address
route WAN traffic from some subnet (e.g., WWW.XXX.YYY.0/24) on a particular port to some machine on my LAN on some other port -- e.g., public visitors to my IP address on port 1234 might be routed to port 80 on my dev server.
DynDNS configuration. I.e., login to NO-IP.com when my ISP allocates me a new IP so that my domain will point to the new IP address.
should be linux-based
USB support so I can attach network storage and a printer for use by all computers on the LAN