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WRT54GS v1 non linksys firmware questions

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by LeeSC, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. LeeSC

    LeeSC Guest

    First post guys- found this forum while searching for info on my linksys router.

    I have a good deal of computer knowledge but limited Networking knowledge. I can set up a basic PnP wired/ wireless network.

    Anyway, I live in a nice upscale neighborhood and have had an unsecured (I know:)) linksys wireless network at my home. My primary router is a WRT54GS (high gain ants) v1 with newest firmware with a WRE54G v1 newest firmware expander. The reason I use the expander is that my cable modem/ router is located in my FROG. Since my home's HVAC system/ venting is located in the attic, I was getting poor wireless signal to the majority of my home. The WRE54G alleviated this problem.

    So, I recently was looking through my router and found that some neighborhood kids and some unknown folks had been hitting my wireless network. I went ahead and secured both the WRT54GS and the WRE54G with WEP. I know WEP isn't the best security right now, but for a home network I think it should be sufficient.

    Now, to my question. While trying to get my WRE54G to work with WEP, I stumbled onto the non Linksys firmware (Tomato and others) for the WRT54GS. Should I consider eliminating the WRE54G and load different firmware that allows me to increase my WRT54GS's signal strength and give me full use of my router (instead of half speed through the WRE54G). Any recommendations on what type/ version of firmware to use? Any other recommendations/ warnings?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Tomato is a great first step into 3rd party firmware - but don't forget you can only turn up the transmit power of the router, this will not increase receive sensitivity or make your other devices transmit "louder" - you already have high gain antennas which does improve both.

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