Buffalo WHR-HP-54G FW version recommendation

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by dMuse, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. dMuse

    dMuse Serious Server Member

    Been running an old version of dd-wrt since Jan. 2007: DD-WRT v23 SP2 (09/15/06) std

    Recently I've had bad performance on even ethernet connected PC -- audio dropouts every 4 min. 50 sec. approx. in live Webex streamed videos, halting or dropped downloads of large files. I'm hoping a flash/reset or something will bring the router back to good performance. The firmware I'm running is quite old and I think even if I stuck with dd-wrt, I should upgrade.

    I'm thinking of:

    1. Reverting to Buffalo firmware, presumably the newer of the two versions, 1.40 and 1.20.

    2. Some form of Tomato

    3. Some form of dd-wrt

    I am not sophisticated about networking and most of the lingo is lost on me. My house is mid-sized, not small, which is one reason I got this router -- it's reputation for good range.

    I've been recommended Tomato and by others to stick with Buffalo firmware.

    I'm told that going to Tomato from where I am would be a lot easier than going to Tomato from Buffalo firmware, but I realize that this isn't probably a major concern. Certainly going to Buffalo is an easier decision, seems like a no brainer to just use version 1.40. But deciding on a version of Tomato or dd-wrt is a somewhat daunting task. I just downloaded tomato-ND-1.28.8754-Std.rar, which I believe is a standard v2.4 and also tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR1-104-PL-MiniIPv6.trx, which someone suggested. I suppose the latter might give me IPV6 support. Never heard of that before yesterday, seems like it might be necessary down the line ... I don't know. AFAIK, IPV6 is not supported in the Buffalo firmware.

    I'm not really a tweaker, maybe I would be if I knew the terrain.

    Here's a thread I started at Anandtech Forums Networking Forum:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=34405273

    Please, what do you think? Thanks for suggestions.
     
  2. Engineer

    Engineer Network Guru Member

    Welcome to Linksysinfo Muse. :)

    Can anyone comment on the state of K26 on MIPSR1 processors? I think I had read that the K24 versions were better at one point but that was a few years ago using Teddy Bear's firmwares. How are the K26 versions on the MIPSR1 processors now? Are they as stable as the K24 versions? I would think that they offer more functionality like the mini IP6 version that i had recommended at AT?

    Thanks for any help and Merry Christmas! :D
     
  3. Badders44

    Badders44 LI Guru Member

    I've got the following setup for friends and just checked their uptime:
    Code:
    Router            Uptime    Firmware
    ------------------ -------  -------------------------------------------------
    Linksys WRT54GL    66 Days  Shibby tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR1-097-Mini
    Buffalo WHR-HP-G54  4 Days  Shibby tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR1-062-Std
    Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 58 Days  Victek Tomato RAF Firmware v1.28.8515 _RAF ND Std
    Buffalo WHR-G54S   71 Days  Shibby tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR1-101-Mini
    They all seem reliable. Well, put it this way, they haven't been calling me with any problems :)
     
  4. jed_99

    jed_99 LI Guru Member

    I'm currently using a MIPSR1 24 version of Shibby - been bulletproof stable.
     
  5. Engineer

    Engineer Network Guru Member

    Which version of Shibby (i.e. 101, 102, 104, etc?)
     
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I would always recommend 2.4 for this router. 7633.3 has been running rock stable at one of my sites on UPS since I flashed it many months ago.
     
  7. dMuse

    dMuse Serious Server Member

    Would that be WRT54GL-1.28.7633.3.rar for my WHR-HP-G54?
     
  8. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    tomato-ND-1.28.7633.3-Toastman-IPT-ND-Std
     
  9. dMuse

    dMuse Serious Server Member

    Thank you, Toastman. I'm running a really old version of dd-wrt. Redhawk at dd-wrt forums indicated that it's pretty easy to revert to Buffalo firmware if I want to (I'm considering it). Question: If I flash that Tomato FW you indicate in the quote here, would I be able to revert to Buffalo FW at some point if I want to? Thanks again!
     
  10. zavar

    zavar Networkin' Nut Member

    I have been running Toastman's recommended version on the same Buffalo router that you have for quite some time and its been very stable. I always setup my routers to do an automatic reboot once a week and have never had stability issues (I would rather reboot before something goes funky instead of wait for the family to say something isn't working).

    I personally haven't tried to revert back to the Buffalo firmware, however my understanding is that the procedure is the same whether your running dd-wrt or Tomato.
     
  11. dMuse

    dMuse Serious Server Member

    Well, dd-wrt has an update feature within the Administration tab. Does Tomato also allow you to update FW from inside? Is it possible to flash to dd-wrt or Buffalo FW from within the Tomato GUI? I'd think so, but I'd like confirmation before taking the leap. I sure have to flash something soon, the router (I think it's the router) has been acting badly for a long time.
     
  12. zavar

    zavar Networkin' Nut Member

    You can flash from within the GUI, go to the Administration/Upgrade menu.
     
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