Discussion in 'EWRT Firmware Project' started by rtau, Feb 13, 2005.
Thanks for that. i'll post on the front page about this...
Forum now added.
Let me start by saying I tested this on both 2.0 and 2.2 WRT54G models. The problems I noted were on the 2.2 hardware. I only quickly ran this on my 2.0 box as this is my home gateway and the wife and family get upset when the phones dont work!!!
EWRT .3 Final report - for now
After playing with EWRT on a couple Linksys WRT54G (V2.2) for a week or so, I finally fell back to a more stale build - DD-WRT
A couple problems nagged with EWRT.
First, the captive portal has a 'bug/feature' which requires it to do its IP mangling twice (and call the web portal twice) before the IP request is finally forwarded. I could live with this.
The big one has caused me to return one router - thinking the hardware gave out - but turns out to be something in the way EWRT configures the WAN in certain situations.
The WAN light on the front would flash VERY rapidly - not like the normal on/off you would see when it is connected to thecable modem..
I could not ping out the WAN interface either. Did not mattter if I assigned static values for the WAN or let DHCP do its thing. The only thing in common for these failed routers was EWRT.
I did factory resets - cleared NVRAM, used the linksys factory upgrade tool to re-flash 3.x.x, then put DDWRT back on and the device was OK again....
I spoke to Brian (DDWRT) - he is adding chillispot (another captive portal
thing) into DDWRT. He has a build but wanted to do more testing before he gave it to me.
I think the thing I like the most about EWRT is the R/W file system and the ability to have the captive portal web code local on the router. Chillispot will require an external web server. I am not sure if this has to be on the local LAN....
You have to love Open Source. Someone will put one together with all the features we want!! I wish I had the time and resources to do it myself....
Botttom line - for customer setups I will continue to use Hyperwrt - a pair is going out the door today all setup for WDS. For my own network, my 3 WRT54G's will all have DDWRT. The third router will continue to be my test bed for any new releases I want to try out.