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Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by g8m3rtag, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    i have a wrt54gs v1.1 router and i was going to upgrde the firmware to dd-wrt. mainly to up the wattage i think so that the signal is stronger/goes farther. because my dad uses the signal from or house at his business which is right next door to our house. i would probably say its like 400ft maybe from the router at the house to the computer at the business. would this be helpful, and can i fry the router or anything like that, cause my dad would kill me if i ruined this router.

    also i downloaded dd-wrt v22-r2 and it has like 6.bin files in it. which one am i supposed to use
     
  2. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    as for increasing range, I can't answer that definitavley b/c I don't have enough experience to give you a figure, but incresing the wattage will generate more heat, and if u have noticed, it get's pretty warm just by itself in stock condition.... add a fan on and u can push it farther. Hope this helps...
     
  3. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    i got a little off topic about the whole expanding range thing, by any risks i meant by flashing the new firmware. because i have seen some things where people have bricked their router.
    which of the 6.bin files am i supposed to use that come with dd-wrt v22-r2
     
  4. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    there's ALWAYS a risk that you can brick your router. However, follow the instructions listed in the DD-WRT wiki, and you should have a rather uneventful flash. As for which firmware version to use, there should be a version of the bin file that has wrt54gs or something of that nature in the filename. That would be your best bet, since it was compiled specifically with the gs model in mind ;) One more thing, what version of the router do you have? Hope it's not a v5......
     
  5. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    on the bottom by the serial number and stuff there is a v1.1

    ok i see the gs .bin file now, didnt see that last night or wouldnt have asked.

    um what is a wiki
     
  6. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    I don't remember what wiki stands for, but it is a manual type site the everyone can add and edit stuff on.

    http://wrt-wiki.bsr-clan.de/index.php?title=DD-WRT_Docu_(EN) is the dd-wrt wiki.
    http://wrt-wiki.bsr-clan.de/index.p...The_.22Right_Way.22_to_Flash_Your_WRT54G.2FGS Please carefully read the instructions in that link to have a problem-free or a minimum of problems flash. Also, don't let the possibility of bricking your router stop you from flashing, you can most always fix it with a little work ;)
     
  7. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    does it matter if i have other things hooked to my router besides my computer. like i have my xbox hooked to it and like 2 other cables that nothing are hooked to right now that are run places for the xbox.
    and does it matter if somebody is using the wireless signal, should i like disconnect everything except the power and the cable that connects it to my computer
     
  8. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    anybody know?
     
  9. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    You shouldn't have to worry about any of the other devices that are connected to the router, just make sure the computer you're doing the flashing from is connected to a LAN port on the router.

    Regarding which firmware to use, you'll probably want the dd-wrt.v22_wrt54gs.bin since the basic edition doesn't include the kaid feature for xbox.
     
  10. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    thank you, that was about the only thing i was waiting for confirmation on. ill probably do it as soon as im done with breakfast, youll know if i screw something up, im sure.
     
  11. pasys

    pasys Network Guru Member

    before you flash , just reset everything back to factory settings and then flash , sometimes bad settings can mess with DD-WRT..When flashing a frimware , always always always reset the rotuer to the factory settings first before flashing it !
     
  12. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    ok well i followed the wiki which means i did restore factory defaults, then i flashed it. while it was flashing it (still on the screen where you upload the file) i walked away from the computer for about 10seconds. nobody else used the computer or anything or touched anything during that 10seconds. when i came back aim had lost connection and it was on the update was successful screen, so i waited 5 or 6 minutes then i clicked continue, then restore factory defaults and then i made sure it boot wait was on and it was. so i tried to reconnect to aim and it wouldnt connect nor would anywebsite load, nothing. so i shutdown then unplugged router and modem waited a minute plugged everything back in started up and still nothing. the only thing i can get to is the router, it comes up like dd-wrt status and shows a bunch of information and it even showed the computer connected to that wireless signal but no internet on it either. so i chose something like gui or something and it asked me for the username and password so i typed in admin and i get access to all the options and whatnot. so should i try reflashing it with a linksys firmware and then try the dd-wrt one again. i have a v1.1 wrt54gs router. and yes i used the right bin file. dd-wrt.v22_wrt54gs.bin
     
  13. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    anybody know what i should do?
     
  14. whatsthedeal

    whatsthedeal Network Guru Member

    sometimes when i flash my router with different firmwares, i have to unplug the power to the modem for a minute and then plug it back in. also, if your internet is through comcast, make sure to disable STP on the main setup page (if the option is there). http://192.168.1.1/index.asp
     
  15. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    thanx that worked, now what is xbox kaid, is it like the xlink kai firmware built into the dd-wrt because i dont really understand what it is for.
     
  16. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Yes
     
  17. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    well how do i use it then i dont see anywhere like where i would put my xtag or password or anything, ill run it out of xbmc though is that where i put in the xtag and pass, i would check but im at school and i dont know what im supposed to put in the box under the option to enable it. it says something like console macs(must end with;)
     
  18. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    It sounds like you didn't print or write down your configuration on the router before wiping it out. Doubtless there is something about PPPoE or something else you have not yet configured. I would pursue that end of things. Even if you go back to Linksys firmware it will still be blank and need to have all the settings made, so no gain there.

    As to range, get better antenna if you want to improve range. Those 2.2 dBi duckys are about useless. The HawkingTech 6 dBi antenna were on sale for $5 after rebate where I live.
     
  19. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    um were you talking about the no internet going through the router or the xbox thing. i got the router problem worked out, i had to leave it plugged in and unplug the modem and plug it back in. i guess to send the router and ip or something. i have some linksys high-gain antennas on my router and a high-gain antenna on the pci card in the other computer and the xmit power at 251 now. my dad didnt complain about the internet being slow when i got home so i guess its working better.

    the xbox thing i have yet to figure out, i want to be able to run xlink kai on it, instead of the engine running on my computer. ill use xbmc to like choose arenas and stuff, but i dont know what i put in the box under the enable disable option for xbox kaid. it says console macs (must end with;) so what am i supposed to put there so that i can do that

    ok i figured it out, put the mac address in, and now in xbmc it shows games and stuff. now ill take the prob im having with that to the xlink forum
     
  20. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    If you have high-gain antenna, there is no need to increase transmit power. In fact, it's largely useless. WiFi is 2-way. So increasing transmit power on only one end of the link does nothing. It does little good if you can SHOUT LOUDER but cannot hear the whisper of your distant XBox because of it's likely 32 mW power levels. The fact that you can hear it, says the antenna on each end are doing their job of focussing available signal in right directions. Recommend to reduce power. At minimum, if you live in an urban area as I do, you are spewing signal all over the neighborhood creating interference for a longer distance. There are only 3 effective channels (1,6,11) in 802.11b/g we have to share them and be good neighbors so far as we can.
     
  21. g8m3rtag

    g8m3rtag Network Guru Member

    the increasse in the power wasnt for my xbox, it was for my dads computer which is at his business roughly 450ft from our router. i had high-gain antennas on the router and the pci card in his computer amd it still got a low signal, but now that i have upped the power it gets a good signal. i live in more of an industrialized area, our house is kinda in the middle of a bunch of business's. and im pretty sure the only one that would use a signal is my dads, ones a like moving company/thrift store, one is an auto-body repair shop, another is a church, another is a gas station, so not a whole lot of wireless activity where im at.
     

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