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(requesting?) new Beta Linksys-type firmware

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by sj__1, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. sj__1

    sj__1 LI Guru Member

    Is there some way/method/procedure to request Linksys
    (or anybody, I don't care) to add a feature or make a slight
    change to official Linksys firmware, then issue a resulting
    Beta version?

    Specifically, I would like to change/upgrade my BEFSR41
    (v1 or v2) to have a class-B netmask (say

    When I look at the 1.46.02 firmware I see a variable
    "netMaskStr" which seems to be set to "255.255.255.%d"
    (presumably to allow you to set the final octet with the
    choices in the mask menu), so I would think it should be
    easy for somebody who knows how to change it (say to
    "255.255.0.%d" just to leave it simple).

    How can I request that of Linksys? Or can anybody here?

  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Change to an obsolete 5 year old router - I doubt it!

    Credit to Linksys that they kept updating the firmware 'til a couple of years ago, but I don't expect them to do so ever again!
  3. sj__1

    sj__1 LI Guru Member

    Well, I hope you've guessed incorrectly. Perhaps some
    insider at Linksys will read this and take pity on me, for

    Or perhaps somebody who knows can tell me how to do
    such a patch myself (as I suspect there may be a CRC or
    checksum involved, something of that sort).

    I am not asking for some officially-supported firmware
    version to be created, Beta or anything else. I just am
    hoping to somehow have a class-B LAN netmask. It
    lets me create a class-B LAN address just fine, right now.

    And as far as its being obsolete, there are lots and lots
    of BEFSR41 routers on the used market. Whenever I
    glance at EBay there are over a hundred listed. I have
    four and like them. I am happy to keep on using them,
    since I don't have wireless hardware. It's a big world;
    there's room for all of us.
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Firmware delevleopment would have finished by now for this router, unless there is a major security hole.

    they will NOT just drop everything to add class B subnetting. it costs money to develope more firmware something linksys wont do just for your needs.

    since the firmware is not under GPL licencing you'd be better off buying a firewall router that supports this feature or using an old PC with a load of network cards and m0n0wall.

    better still use a WRT54G/GS/GL with a 3rd party firmware that suports a better subnet structure.

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