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Noob needs DD-WRT help

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Private-Cowboy, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    Hi

    I'm using the standard Linksys firmware atm on my WRT54G v3.1 and I'm not so happy with it. It drops the wireless network from time to time (annoying to say the least when relying on it to stream video from PC to Xbox360).

    I saw that DD-WRT has the most features and seems the most powerful. Or shall I use HyperWRT?

    And if DD-WRT, which version? I'd say start with the latest stable - is that v23 from late December?

    Please help...
     
  2. reber

    reber Network Guru Member

    Howdy,
    DD-WRT v23 Stable (25dec05) is the best one to use until futher notice. I think another stable version will apear near the end of the month. And v23 comes in different flavors--but the mini works for most users.
    DD-WRT v23 Mini

    Also consider Tofu's HyperWRT. It's plenty powerful and familiar looking.
    Tofu13c

    Don't forget to donate a few bucks to whichever project you choose to use!
     
  3. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    I will if I get it to work once I finally descided to flash it. Tofu is based on HyperWRT and that has way less features than DD-WRT ones. I'm not really that demanding, all I want is a stable and fast (as fast as it gets - for HDV streaming) network with some added features the stock FW cannot provide - like controlling the antenna power etc). I'm not sure if I need DD-WRT for my "moderate" whishes or if Tofu's is actually better for me.

    I also saw DD-WRT comes in different flavors. Are they optimized towars certain things (like VOIP in the VOIP version?) or do the have different feature sets too? I would use the standard one, not the mini. Why would you use the mini anyway? Is it better? Faster?

    Looks, that brings me to another point. Is there any site where you can see some screenshots of those firmwares (DD-WRT or Tofu), just too see how they look like ui-wise?
     
  4. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    Go to www-dd-wrt.com and click on the wiki (documentation) link

    or

    http://wrt-wiki.bsr-clan.de/index.php?title=DD-WRT_Docu_(EN)

    Many of the guides have screen shots
     
  5. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    Oh thank you, very nice.

    Maybe this is not the place to ask that but would you prefer DD-WRT or HyperWRT (Tofu) for a fast and, most important, stable network.?
     
  6. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    I prefer the DD-WRT.

    The others are basic clones of the Linksys firmware. DD-WRT has updated the Linux kernel as well as many of the add-on packages that make up the firmware.

    As for fast, fast is a tough definition. With DD-WRt there are alot more tuning parameters available as well as choosing between a smaller image (mini) or full featured (std). Linux is a multi-tasking operating system so fast can be determined by how many processes are running.

    try it - you might like it
     
  7. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    Oh I will try that for sure. But I'm not really sure how to do it. I know I need to flash the mini generic first but don't know which one then because I found no explanation of the differences between the VOIP, VPN, Mini and Standard version. And besides I read very different stuff about the clearing of the NVRAM you've to do inbetween flashes - some sites say pressing reset button for 15secs, some say the same but for 30secs and some only use the "reset to defaults" in the router menu. So with that kind of dissension I'm hesitation ...
     
  8. characterzero

    characterzero Network Guru Member

    i've loaded the mini, but can't get the VPN one going. the first time i tried it screwed up and i had to "recover from bricked". all the other times i've tried it it just fails... wonder what i'm doing wrong...
     
  9. reber

    reber Network Guru Member

    I haven't had problems upgrading to the VPN version from the GUI, but there's another way to do it.

    While you still have the mini version in place, make sure the bootwait features is enabled.

    Then tftp the correct firmware during the brief window as the router starts up. This is when the file names are important. BrainSlayer recommends that you use the generic if you're uploading from the GUI, but use your make/model specific when tftp-ing at boot.

    If you're not familiar with tftp, check out the discussion toward the end of this thread.
     
  10. characterzero

    characterzero Network Guru Member

    got it!

    i finally got it to work. i upgraded to the standard, then went to the vpn and it worked fine. guess you can't go directly from mini to vpn using the GUI (at least i couldn't) i tried tftp before, but didn't realize it needed to be done while the router was booting up...
    thanks.
    -aaron
     

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