questionscan you recommend a new router?

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Have you considered looking into alternate firmware? It may be a cheaper alternative.

I use Tomato on my WRT54GL, but DD-WRT is another standard issue third-party firmware. They often offer expanded features, like quality of service, signal amplification, or port knocking, etc.

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I've got a recent Linksys (I'm not sure of the model, but I think it's comparable to yours) that I think can do it. I'll check the model when I get home.

Are you able to rename devices? That might be a better alternative. Is this something you would want/ need to change frequently or is a one time deal?

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I just looked at my home router (an Asus RT-N16 running TomatoUSB), and it does do exactly what you're asking for. You can provide names for devices when you set up DHCP reservations for them.

And it does have a great access control panel, and the devices list also gets names for most of my wireless devices from the devices themselves. I see names like Chads-iPod and EKG12345 (which I know is my printer - EK is Eastman Kodak).

It doesn't show the device names in the Access list page itself, but you can have two tabs open in your web browser to accomplish that.

Edit: The Asus RT-N16 is a nice, powerful router with 128MB of RAM. Under Tomato, it doesn't support anything above 150Mbps / 5GHz mode. It's come down to $68 after rebate on Newegg right now. There's a newer Asus model that's more powerful, but I can't imagine needing more than I have for now.

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I was not aware that I could run any alternate firmware on my router, I'll check into it, thanks!

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I bought the ASUS RT-N66U from Amazon about three weeks ago for $160.

It totally keeps up with me better than my old router (Belkin N+).

And it has a MAC filter along with a client list (it gives you a list of device names and MAC adresses connected to the router).

And it also has "parental controls" where you can allow certain MAC adresses to get internet on certain times.