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Official linksys firmware & unofficial firmware...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SAPo57, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    I trust using official firmware for my linksys routers because they're certied by the company, and its' developers guarantee it'll work properly with the product.

    Im not too sure about unofficial firmwares like HyperWRT...,etc. because I don't know about the company or if the developer made it a trustful application to use in a router.

    Can anyone hit me up on some facts and tell me if these unofficial firmwares can increase the performane of my router --- speed, functionality, flow control,etc.?
  2. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I know that HyperWRT (Tofu's version, and now Thibor's version) has improved the useability of my WRT54G V4, because with the stock firmware, I cannot use it for what I want to do. It seems pretty darned fast, but I can't compare it to the stock Linksys firmware, because I didn't stay with it long enough. The router was crashing too often for me to bother doing a benchmark. ;)

    Tofu and Thibor have both identified various bugs and defects in the stock firmware and corrected them. They tend to respond FAR faster to bug and security issues than Linksys itself does. So factor that in your "trust equation". Many Linksys bugs have been out there for a long time.

    As far as "trustful application", well, both Linksys and the various HyperWRT developers (Tofu, Thibor, etc) make their source code available to anyone who feels like downloading it. If trust is a big issue, you are well advised to opt for Open Source projects, since you can review the code for yourself (assuming, of course, you have the time and knowledge to do so).

    The whole router firmware is simply a version of Linux with a GUI to manipulate the various functions for routing, prioritization, etc.

    HyperWRT, for all that it provides, is simply an "overlay" to the stock Linksys firmware. You can look at each of the sources HyperWRT replaces and compare them with the readily available stock sources from Linksys, and see if you like the change or not.
  4. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    I only find most unofficial linksys firmwares for the WRT routers. Is there any firmwares for other models like the RT41-BU routers (wired)?
    I've noticed a couple of bugs that this model has compared to other models.
  5. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    Now I would like to know, which firmware would be better to install?

    I checked out all the firmwares for my router and came up with two of the best that I think I'll use. DD-WRT and HyperWRT

    I never used these firmwares or any other not from the actual linksys corporation.

    I would like to know before I install one of these firmwares, which is easier to intall? What are the risks, if any?

    If the flash process gets messed up can I turn back to my orginal routers' firmware? If so, how can I do this?

    Is there any guarantee the firmware may work properly?

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