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Which firmware is best for me?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Dethredic, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. Dethredic

    Dethredic LI Guru Member

    Ok, I just got my WRT54G v3 router. I would like to change the firmware, but with so many choices, it is hard to choose. I have 2 wireless connections, and 1 wired.

    I mainly will only be using the port forwarding are, I want to boost my wireless signal strength, and I download a lot (torrent, p2p etc) as well as game seriously. I don't know if any of the firmwares are better for stuff than others. Viewing bandwidth and stuff would be nice, but I would prefer speed.

    Looking at the 3rd party firmware comparison, there is a lot of stuff that I have no idea what it is, which is why I posted here. I am sure a couple would suit my needs, but having some opinions wouldn't help.

    What are your suggestions?

    Also is it best to go upgrade the firmware using the Linksys built in option?

    So you know, this will be my first time flashing
  2. Dethredic

    Dethredic LI Guru Member

    hmm, I am thinking tomato, and other ideas?
  3. Dethredic

    Dethredic LI Guru Member

  4. Dethredic

    Dethredic LI Guru Member

  5. thepianobar

    thepianobar LI Guru Member

    I use dd-wrt, it's worked well for me. My guess would be that the three most popular in no particular order are: Tomato, DD-WRT and HyperWRT.

    Now for you.. any of them will be fine, they really have pretty comparable feature sets. The features you're asking for aren't all that advanced and could probably be serviced just as well by the standard Linksys firmware.

    Network devices are supposed to "just work" with no daily administration, so unless you see a feature that 3rd-party firmware offers that you would like you're just as well off with the stock firmware. For me, I use dd-wrt mainly because it offers a pptp server and DDNS for zonedit.

    As far as the actual installation goes, I would use the forums/wikis/documentation for whichever firmware you decide to go with. I know dd-wrt has some pretty extensive advice on their wiki when it comes to flashing WRT54G's with their firmware.
  6. Dethredic

    Dethredic LI Guru Member

    well the main feature was the boosting the wireless strength.

    Also if I have a torrent program on all day, my internet becomes very choppy, and I have to unplug/replug in my router to restore the speed. Finally it doesn't forward the ports very well, so that is another issue.
  7. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    Tomato. It's fast, lean, and will do everything you described above. DD-WRT will as well, but it's not nearly as stable as Tomato is. My uptime on Tomato has been upwards of 100+ days. Only downtime being because of a power outage. I've never had any lag issues or lockups due to too much P2P.

    Tomato will do you just fine mate! :)

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