New to WRT and thinking of using DD-WRT

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Cr0n_J0b, May 3, 2005.

  1. Cr0n_J0b

    Cr0n_J0b Network Guru Member

    Hey guys,

    sorry for the lameness of my questions, but I just bought my first WRT this week ($19 AR). I'm looking to flash in a 3rd party firmware pack and everyone is suggesting DD-WRT, so here I am.

    The questions I have are as follows:

    1) Is there a complete feature list somewhere? I can see change logs, but I haven't been able to find either a manual or a complete feature list.

    Since I don't have a list I was wondering about features.

    2) Does Pre4 support HotSpots?
    3) Does it support power boosting? I think that the sveasoft guys were saying that they could go up to 250mw...
    4) Can I do some type of packet shaping to control bandwidth for certain apps and certain people?
    5) Will this install over the stock firmware on a V2 router without too much trouble?
    6) Can I back out to the stock firmware easily without bricking the box?

    thanks and sorry for the basic questions.
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    try dd-wrt web site and read through the changelog for a list of features sorry

    2yes dd-wrt has chillispot built in. and supports ipkg so you could install the nocatsplash packages like openwrt

    3yes it goes upto 250mw

    4you can limit bandwidth for certain people and mac adress. and yes it does support limiting bandwidth to certain apps.

    5sorry dont know i heard about people that have rolled the firmware back and bricked there router but i heard it was becasue of human error too.

    6yeah i guess you can go back with linksys firmware with no problems
  3. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

    Be VERY careful when you upgrade to another firmware from DD-WRT. I bricked a new WRT54GS trying to do just that.

    If I were you, I'd wait for a stable/final release of the firmware -- especially if you've only one router.

  4. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    yeah be carefull. i have not run into any problems with dd-wrt pre5 or any of the dd-wrts. but i hear of people with a lot of problems
  5. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    My version 2 hasn't had any problems going to and from DD-WRT and Alchemy multiple times. I don't always bother to reset it either. I'm really not sure what causes a router to brick in this process other than the obvious things like it getting interrupted. I do always reset it before moving from DD-WRT to Alchemy or vice versa. Right now, though, I'm sticking with DD-WRT for the forseeable future.
  6. joshag

    joshag Network Guru Member

    There are things that are not mentioned on the changelog.
    Because it is a fork of Alchemy pre5a I assume most of the original features are still there but I'll ask anyway...................

    1. Does it work: WDS w/ WPA both TKIP and AES?
    2. Does the new Talisman 5 work on the WRT54G V2?
    3. If the answer to 2 is "yes" than where can I obtain this firmware? I had seen a brainslayer link but it no longer worked.

    If I missed the answers to any of these questions I am sorry.

    I have been lurking in this forum for some time but have been reluctant to move away from Sveasoft. I'm almost there, just need a push.

    This forum is better advertising then the home page.
  7. XCOM7

    XCOM7 Network Guru Member

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    Good Luck
  8. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    just to add something. all dd-wrt versions are running on V2 routers. every router revision is supported
  9. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    is this mean that wrt54gv1-v3 are all supported weather it is a "GS" or "G"
  10. joshag

    joshag Network Guru Member

    I would like to thank both jagboy and BrainSlayer for their replies. You have both done an exelent job with both prompt and personalized support.
    I will probably try the firmware this weekend.
    Don't let me give you too big of an ego trip. As the popularity of this firmware increases, so will the support questions and the complaints...............

    Thanx again

  11. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    your welcome. i dont have over 800 posts for nothing :D .

  12. Yalla-One

    Yalla-One Network Guru Member

    Thanks for all the informative Q&A's earlier in the thread - great help for a beginner such as myself. I have a few more questions though:

    1. Does DD-WRT support static DHCP mapping MAC address to name/IP ?
    2. Internal DNS server like Alchemy?
    3. How many concurrent sessions does DD-WRT handle, and how does it allow me to limit the number of concurrent sessions and NAT table entries from Peer2Peer programs (eDonkey2000) in order to be able to use the internet while downloading? (One thing is limiting the bandwidth, which is easy enough - another thing is making sure other connections can actually pass through)
    4. STABILITY - how stable is DD-WRT compared to Sveasoft's Alchemy or Satori images? (I don't intend to start a flame war, but from what I see here DD-WRT was forked from Alchemy, and it's somewhat hard to find out how and why this affects the end product)

    Thanks much for your time and patience!
  13. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    1) Yes
    2) Yes
    3) Don't know
    4) It's very stabile on my static IP LAN connection. I haven't had any problems with it at all and I've been using it for about two weeks now.
  14. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

    I didn't know it had a DNS server. Is it on by default?
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