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3rd Party Firmware Comparison: WRT54G/GS

Discussion in 'Articles' started by Toxic, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Sveasoft:
    Talisman firmware is feature packed and support more routers, however this is at a price. $20 subscription per year to the Sveasoft forums. this then gives you access to talisman which is mac address locked to your specific router. Also many people who have questioned Sveasofts methods or spoke up against their tactics will find themselves banned from the forums and you will loose your subscription. you may get a refund, however you also might not.

    DD-WRT: this was
    an early version of Alchemy v5.3a which has now had many integrated features from the OpenWRT scene. v23 SP2 is the latest build and this has the most features for the WRT54G/GS. It comes in separate firmware's for WRT54G and WRT54GS and there is 3 distributions

    mini - minimal base firmware
    std - contains all features
    voip - all features + sipath for sip voice over ip routing

    HyperWRT Thibor15c
    This firmware stays as close to the Official source code as possible. it has a number of features but less than DD-WRT and Sveasoft firmwares. Tofu and Rupan had released separate build of the HyperWRT v2.1.b1 (WRT54G) with added extras. Thibor has released a newer builds of HyperWRT for the WRT54G/GS v1-v4 GL v1.x and the WRTSL54GS which has additions from Tofu's builds as well as his own code.

    Tomato Firmware
    This fairly new firmware is amazing. QoS Classification is more advanced (in WebGUI) than anything else, and realtime Bandwdth monitoring is awesome.

    <table id="table1" bgcolor="#dee3e7" border="1" cellspacing="1"> <tbody><tr> <td bgcolor="#808080">Features</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">Thibor15c</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">Tomato v1.09</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">DDWRT v23 SP2</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">Talisman v1.05</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">Remarks</td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54G v1.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54G v2.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54G v3.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54G v4.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54G v5.x Support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>DD-WRT micro only</td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54G v6.0 Support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>DD-WRT micro only</td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54G v7.0 Support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>No 3rd party firmware support</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="22">
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    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54GL v1.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
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    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54GS v1.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54GS v2.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54GS v3.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54GS v4.x Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54GS v5.x Support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>DD-WRT micro only</td> </tr> <tr> <td>WRT54GS v6.0 Support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>DD-WRT micro only</td> </tr> <tr> <td height="23">
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    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Adjustable Xmit Power</td> <td align="center">Yes¹³</td> <td align="center">Yes²</td> <td align="center">Yes²</td> <td align="center">Yes²</td> <td>¹ 84mW via GUI / ² 251mW ³251Mw via cli</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wireless Channels</td> <td align="center">14</td> <td align="center">14</td> <td align="center">14</td> <td align="center">14</td> <td>1-11 US / 1-13 EU / 1-14 JAPAN</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Boot Wait Flash Protection</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Port Forward Fields</td> <td align="center">Extra</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Progressive</td> <td align="center">Progressive¹</td> <td>¹Includes port forward and port range forward</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Port Trigger Fields</td> <td align="center">Extra</td> <td align="center">Progressive</td> <td align="center">Progressive</td> <td align="center">Progressive</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Port Redirection</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center"> Yes
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    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>QoS Fields/Priorities</td> <td align="center">Advanced</td> <td align="center">Advanced</td> <td align="center">Advanced</td> <td align="center">Advanced</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>QoS Optimize for Gaming </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Command Shell</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Telnet</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>sshd</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Startup/Firewall Scripts</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes²</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>¹ Inclusive in GUI ² in Run command</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Uptime</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Static DHCP </td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>¹ Progressive</td> </tr> <tr> <td>DDNS Service</td> <td align="center">1,2,3</td> <td align="center">1,2,3,4
    </td> <td align="center">1,2,3</td> <td align="center">1,2,3</td> <td>¹ DynDNS ²TZO ³ZoneEdit 4Numerous types of DDNS
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wireless MAC address clone </td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WPA over WDS </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WPA-TKIP/AES </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WPA2 Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">v1.1</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Client mode WPA </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Client Bridge Mode</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">?</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wireless Client isolation mode </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Remote NTP server support </td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>¹ via command line</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Site Survey </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>¹ Join Button in Survey Window</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Firmware upgrade Reset</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>backup and restore </td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>¹ Linksys Own Backup (unsafe)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>SNMP </td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Remote Ntop statistics </td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Preamble Selection</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">?</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Remote syslog </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wake-On-Lan </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Samba FS Mount </td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes
    </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#808080">Features</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">HyperWRT v2.1</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">Tomato v1.09</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">DDWRT v23b</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">Talisman v1.05</td> <td align="center" bgcolor="#808080">Remarks</td> </tr> <tr> <td>JFFS2 R/W Partition</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>STP Enable/Disable</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>AP Watchdog</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">N/K</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WDS Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WDS WatchDog</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">N/K</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Routed WDS</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">N/K</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>kernel lzma compression</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">N/K</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Chillispot config GUI</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">N/K</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>XBOX Kaid Support </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">N/K</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Multilanguage Support</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>¹ Built in from linksys</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Reboot </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>wrt-radauth</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>wireless access option </td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>MMC/SD Card support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>IPv6 support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>WMM/WME support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Max Wireless Associated Clients</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>TX/RX Antenna Selection</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ad-hoc Mode</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>L7 Filter Support</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Reboot Scheduler </td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>RFlow/MACupd Support </td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>BGP Routing </td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>PPTP Server</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>PPTP Client</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>GUI UPnP</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">
    </td> <td align="center">
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    </td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Cron</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Speedbooster on WRT54G</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Subscription Only</td> <td align="center">Free</td> <td align="center">Free</td> <td align="center">Free</td> <td align="center">$20 per year</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Firewall Filters</td> <td align="center">Extra</td> <td align="center">Extra</td> <td align="center">Extra</td> <td align="center">Extra</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>IPKG Support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>DNSMasq for DHCP</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>VLAN Support</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Loopback</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>GUI Styles</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>HotSpot Setup in GUI</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">No</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Syslogd</td> <td align="center">Yes¹</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td align="center">Yes</td> <td>
    </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    Note: Some Features maybe present in the firmware using Telnet/ssh but not in the GUI console. The above is a list of known features, however if more are available please inform Toxic via PM or email admin (at) linksysinfo.org with any changes or updates that may need to be added or changed.

    thanks also to 4Access and anyone else for that matter for the helping with the updates...

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