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2014-09-08 04:47 PM
ExDilbert Just about anything but a D-Link is better. Asus has some very nice routers. The RT56 and RT66 models are good performers and have lots of features. I don't see any scheduling options for the RT-N66U in access point mode. It probably has them in router mode (which is what you want) but it's worth checking out. It will also flash with DD-WRT firmware which definitely does scheduling (and lots more.)
2014-09-08 04:36 PM
Want schedule similar to DIR-655

I liked the WiFi schedule that was supported by the D-Link DIR-655, but always hated the router because it required rebooting all the time. We have the Rogers router now which doesn't support schedules, so I want to put it in bridge mode and buy a separate router that supports WiFi scheduling.

I am gun-shy re: going back to a DIR-655, because I want a router that doesn't require constant rebooting.

Any suggestions?
2013-03-04 01:58 PM
Tikker Wired is wired as long as it can load a webpage

It also has USB port, can do some basic dlna streaming
2013-03-02 06:13 PM
Rezzer thanks Tikker. I've been on ASUS website and looked at the UI and it seems easy to use.
The RT-N56U is less expensive than the Airport Extreme and seems to have all the features (ie 4 wired ports, printer port) that I need.

Since I'll have the radio off for periods of the day, I'll have to use one of my wired Windows servers to go in and turn it back on outside of the timer schedule.
I didn't see Mac OS as an option on their download site so I'm going to assume I can't use my wired iMac to access the UI.

2013-02-28 10:31 PM
Originally Posted by Rezzer View Post
The trick is that when the wifi is off, I'd still like the wired ports to be providing Internet access.
I've got an asus RT-N56U that you can schedule the wifi radio easily as well. the neat part that I liked, is that you can do it for each radio independently (2.4 and 5.0 ghz )

This way I put all the kids on the 2.4 radio, the adults on 5.0 and can independently cut their internet access at bedtime

Wireless - Professional (2.4GHz)
Wireless Professional Setting allows you to set up additional parameters for wireless. But default values are recommended.
Enable Radio? Yes No
Date to Enable Radio: Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Time of Day to Enable Radio: : - :
2013-02-26 12:27 AM
John Koenig I have two D-Link routers (DGL4100 and 855 ) and they both support Wi-Fi radio togglef on schedule. I have enabled this feature on both units to extend the life of the radios ehich tend to loose both in range and speed after years of continuous duty.

May not be the case with other brands but it certainly is noticeable with D-Link.
2013-02-25 11:38 PM
blueroomelectro The Apple AirPort Extreme can schedule the WiFi only.
2013-02-25 09:59 PM
disabling the wifi broadcasting as opposed to blocking users

Tikker is correct - I am looking for a solution to turn off the wifi radio transmission based on a schedule, and possibly with a button.

The trick is that when the wifi is off, I'd still like the wired ports to be providing Internet access. This is why options that shut off the router completely are not ideal. I already have that now with the simple timer on my Linksys WRT54G but that of course kills the wired ports as well.

I'm going to look into the ASUS N66 johnnyCanuck suggests.
2013-02-21 09:58 PM
JohnnyCanuck I have an Asus N66 and can turn the radios off with a push button on the router as well through custom firmware (both by schedule or toggle).

As well, I have Netgear I'm using as an access point that is running DD-WRT and can do radio scheduling there as well. Any DD-WRT compatible router should be able to do it.
2013-02-21 09:06 PM
Tikker I don't think hes looking to "block"wifi access, but rather actually shut the wifi radio completely off
2013-02-20 07:34 AM
Bplayer Do you have any devices that support 802.11N? If not, upgrading to a new modem will not provide you with any immediate improvements. OTOH, you could install DD-WRT on your existing modem to get the time block function you are looking for (and lots of performance improvements)
2013-02-19 02:57 PM
techman TP-Link routers can also do schedule out of the box if you don't want to go thirdparty firmware via dd-wrt/gargoyle(openwrt)/tomato.
I imagine other vendors are similar.

Here's a link to an online simulator of the TP-Link router web admin interface:
Link to TP-Link simulator
  • Schedule can be found under Access control.
I'd also scout reviews on smallnetbuilder to make sure whatever router you choose an support the internet speeds you have or wish to upgrade to.
2013-02-19 01:03 PM
57 You can run with the Surfboard D2 modem connected to the Airport Extreme. I did that for years. The Surfboard is just a modem, not a router. You will be stuck at the lower speeds/caps. I'm not sure if Rogers still sells the SMC, but it doesn't really matter what you get from Rogers if you get a D3 gateway to put in bridge mode. I found the additional download and upload speeds associated with D3 to be worthwhile and I don't even download that much. The difference in download is a factor of 2.5 now.
2013-02-19 12:45 PM
is keeping my D2 a viable option if I add Airport Extreme?

thanks gents for the very helpful links and guidance. I've read much more and slowly learning the technology and options. I still have a Motorolla Surfboard SB5101 which I understand is "D2" and therefore I'm going to be gated at 10 Mbps on my Rogers Express.

In summary what I learned:
- Rogers doesn't offer a standalone D3 modem
- Rogers gateway devices are not the best options as routers
- Airport Extreme is a very intriguing option for my reqts since it has wired ports, timer sw feature to disable wifi, printer port.
- get Rogers to put your gateway device in bridge mode after you set it up

I'm inclined to follow 57's lead and buy the SMC D3 (N), put it in bridge mode, add Airport Extreme.

I'd like to ask if it is feasible to stay with my Motorolla D2 and still replace my Linksys WRT54G with the Airport Extreme ? Can the D2 be placed in bridge mode ? (I realize in this setup I may still be stuck at 10Mbps speed).

2013-02-19 10:45 AM
Tezster Look for routers that are compatible with the DD-WRT (3rd party) firmware - it allows you to create time-based rules to deny internet access based on local IP, MAC address, etc... I think the policies should be flexible enough to accomplish what you're looking for.
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