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Should I keep my DD-WRT firmware for my router?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by SAPo57, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    I was beginning think that I really have no use for the DD-WRT v.23 SP1 firmware except use it for overclocking the cpu.

    Does the regular linksys firmware support most of the advance wireless settings as in the DD-WRT firmware? I would like to know before I revert back to the original linksys firmware for my WRT54GS v4.
  2. Reiper

    Reiper LI Guru Member

    If you don't want all the extra features of dd-wrt and want a good firmware that is very similar to the Linksys version try HyperWRT Thibor 15c. Much better than the stock firmware!!

    However, in answering your question no, the regular linksys firmware doesn't have any of the advance wireless settings (i.e. power levels, WDS, etc.) but Thibor does!
  3. n3tfury

    n3tfury LI Guru Member

    why bother going back now? big deal if you don't use the extra features, it's there if you ever decide to use them. better than flashing and re-flashing your device.
  4. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    Yeah, but what bothers me is that everyone is saying that the regular linksys firmware gives more wireless signal than the DD-WRT firmware and that is what I need most right now as I don't have another AP to connect to for long-distance connections.
  5. sonarman

    sonarman Network Guru Member

    I have not had that experience, In fact, with the xmit power adjustment, I get significantly more range than with the stock firmware.

    If it aint broke......
  6. n9lya

    n9lya LI Guru Member

    Wow... I must contest... NOT EVERYONE...

    I certainly do not agree with that statement.

    Here is my setup...
    I have one wrt54gsV4 as my Router Running DD-WRT V24 Beta 80-30-06
    Settinsg for power etc..
    9dBi Antennas Mounted on rear of unit.
    Power 251mW
    CPU 250 MHz
    I use a lot of the special features.. And have the Version specific to this router.. I no longer have any dropped links My Signal went from 60% to 85% Thats going thru two walls. and into a room two rooms away.
    I do not think I could ask for a better setup.. Most stable mopst reliable.. Connection Speed is 99% running at 54MBs
    My other router used as a AP only is a WRT5GS V1.1
    Running Same Version of DD-WRT except it is the model specific one for this Router.
    7dBi Antennas indoors on rear of unit
    Power 251mW
    CPU 240 MHz
    Same signal reliability and strength...

    Both units have Heat Sinks on the chips and fans to keep them cool..

    Long Live DD-WRT....

    I Have only been doing this for about two months maybe less... I havea WRT300N also running DD-WRT But it is a low profile unit just to play with and see what firmware canmake it work better...

    I have flashed and reflashed it... But again why risk your router just because of hearsay...

  7. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    See, your comparing the wireless signal with your house. I'm talking about a wireless network for a corporation or office which is about 2 acres in area. I think I'm going to have to buy a BELKIN wireless router to accomplish that.
  8. n9lya

    n9lya LI Guru Member

    Your original posts never tell us that fact,.. Thanks for clearifying...

    First Linksys Firmware will do you no favors either..

    If you are talking commercial interest and reliability... You would best get a cisco Commercial Router and not even consider these Home Networking Devices we are talking about here... Of course you could still use These if you just increased your antenna and power.
    Say a pair of good outdoor high gain omni or beam antenna feed with the 251mW out from the router into an AMPlifer to get you to 1 to 5 Watts output would give you the coverage you require...
    Or simply use range extenders where need for additional coverage... Lots of options for your business needs.. Yea each one comes at a price... Commerical gear being the most expensive...

    5 watts of 2.4 Ghz RF is also especially expensive..

    The range Extenders may be your best bet.. Get your system installed with High Gain antennas mounted on a roof then go aroudn and see where you have and do not have coverage... Then add range extenders where needed..

    The original Linksys Firmware will buy you nothing now that you say you need to cover 2 acres....

    But I bet you could with DD-WRT increase the power and add better antennas and a few range extenders....

    Just my 2 cents... Hope it gives you some ideas and avenues..


    Hey let us know what you decide and how it works for you... :thumbup:

  9. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    n9yla, apparently you have never worked with external amplifiers, or you would not have said "antenna feed with the 251mW out from the router into an AMPlifer to get you to 1 to 5 Watts output". Putting that much power into the input stage of a wifi amp would destroy the input stage of the amp. Running the linksys router at 251mw is not a good idea regardless because of the immense noise you are generating from running such a high wattage in the radio. That noise floor rises dramatically when you get about say, 100-150mw. For covering a 2 acre campus, I would suggest using at least 2 access points, with ither Yagi antennas, or sectorized antennas, depending on your mounting location. I would then suggest getting somewhere around a 500mw to 1 watt external amp for each. That should give you a good start to figure out just how many APs you need. Wireless networking is a vry touch-and-go thing, dpending on building location, construction of the buildings, mounting locations and heights, types of antennas used, etc, can make a dramatic effect on the performance of the network. hyperlinktech is a very good source of wireless equipment, other than access points. Jsut a word of caution though, I believe that hyperlinktech only deals with liscened companies, but I do believe they have a consumer side where you can purchase most of the same equipment. Hope this helps.
  10. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the idea crawdaddy. Now I can picture in my mind all the things I need to buy and setup correctly.

    I was thinking about buying a Central Extender T/R AP, you may not of heard about it (because it's not sold in public areas), but I think it's worth it for covering 5 miles in area.
  11. n9lya

    n9lya LI Guru Member

    Maybe thats the problem... the amp I have several of but just not using yet are a 2.4 Ghz commercial amp and is very beefy ... Input power rating is 100 -400mw, and Output is 5.5Watts It is made of mostly descrete components and was built about 15 Years ago.. Using Stripline technology.

    Yes it may be wrong to feed 251Mw into it especially if noise is a factor... But the wrt54GS can be adjusted accordingly via DD-WRT firmware..

    BEsides he stated he wanted a Firmware solution to his problem.. As he does not have another AP... Now he wants to buy equipment... Which is good since there is no way Firmware alone would solve his problem...

    Your way sounds good too.. Not much different then mine just more specific on parts.. That he did not originally want.. Thats why I gave a vague description of a working solution..

    Thanks... Jerry :thumbup: PS added later.. The manual on my example Amp states Typical input pwr as ~1/4 Watt. Remmeber even thou these were commercialy built, they are amateur radio built amplifiers.. And were used heavily in the early 90's..

    SAPo57 Stated

    Yeah, but what bothers me is that everyone is saying that the regular linksys firmware gives more wireless signal than the DD-WRT firmware and that is what I need most right now as I don't have another AP to connect to for long-distance connections.

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