3rd Party firmware comparison

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by crawdaddy, Oct 1, 2005.

  1. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    I know what the first response is going to be but....I am looking for a shoot 'em up and knock 'em down comparison of the various popular firmwares available for the WRT54G. I know that each one was made with a specific purpose in mind, but I'm sure some some of comparison page is avaialble. Thanks
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I have been working on this for some time now. though it is a very slow process, and most authors dont list ALL features that are withing the firmwares and newer firmware tend to increase features and its hard keeping on top of all new features.

    I'll try and get a quick feature list out soon.
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Ok I have run up a list now in the contents page.

    this is a list of features that are included in the GUI and not necessarily in telnet/SSH. I have not Included OpenWRT as the features are endless with IPKG packages.

    if anyone finds the feature list incorrect for one firmware or another, please PM me with the needed changes.

    sorry this took a long time but PhpNuke was giving me a large bug to work with since it didn't like tables.

    Anyway here is the link...

  4. habskilla

    habskilla Network Guru Member

    Impressive work!

    I appreciate the time you put into this.
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    no probs.. it was overdue anyway.
  6. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    I think I should also put in my gratitude, as that was exactly what I was looking for...now to figure out how dangerous and how hard it is to install dd-wrt as compared toa sveasoft firmware, which I've done... again, THANKS!
  7. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Great Job....Exactly what I was searching for. Mod should redirect all newbie to this thread.

    :cheer: :clap: :cheering: :thumb: :thumbup: :rockon: :drinking: :grin: :rofl: :D
  8. felixkat

    felixkat Network Guru Member

    :thumb: ________________________ :thumb:

    :thumbup: Great stuff. Excellent list. :cheer:

    :thumb: ________________________ :thumb:
  9. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    dd-wrt has now progressive port forwarding and triggering fields too
  10. Randy

    Randy Network Guru Member

    :clap: :cheering: :cheer: Fantastic chart!! It will answer allot of questions
  11. chojin

    chojin Network Guru Member

    Very helpful... :thumb:

    I just unwittingly bought a WRT54G v4 intending to use Talisman to make it my 3rd router in WDS. Guess I will try HyperWRT v2.1 or DDWRT v23b until Talisman v1.1 is out.

    Does anyone know if HyperWRT, DDWRT, and/or Talisman will successfully communicate with eachother using WPA over WDS?

  12. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    DD-WRT works with wpa/wpa2 in wds mode. it will not work with the current talisman version since this version does not support it. but it should work with hyperwrt.
    we'll see whats really new in talisman 1.1
    and possibly think about a change. talisman is not the solution for everything and since sveasoft is starting new bad flaming wars with lies about me, i think they are close to the ground now
  13. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    funny how their support site is now hosting your firmware brainslayer? perhaps they dont see you as a rogue anymore:) lmao
  14. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    to you mean the xxxg.net site?
  15. chojin

    chojin Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the suggestion BrainSlayer.
    I put DD-WRTv23 on my WRT54Gv4 and it is working great. :thumb:
    Using WPA (not WPA2) it is communicating with my other two routers using Talisman.

    So I have 3 routers using WPA over WDS! :cheering:

    I am going to monitor my traffic and consider switching the 2 Talisman routers over to DD-WRT.

  16. iansale

    iansale Network Guru Member

    Very handy information, indeed. Does anyone know if there is any 3rd party distribution for the BEFSR81??
  17. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    possibly dd-wrt in future
  18. iansale

    iansale Network Guru Member

    That would be huge!!
  19. Mr_X

    Mr_X Network Guru Member

    What does sveasoft say about you, Brainslayer?
  20. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    they call me "brainfailure" and someone was also demolating my wiki with replacements of brainslayer. that should say everything you need to know
  21. Paladin

    Paladin Guest

    not seeing Parental controls on the chart

    I have read over the comparison chart at http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=31
    and I am not seeing which firmwares support the Linksys parental control feature on the WRT54GS 1.1. I have been using HyperWRT (don't know the version right now) which supported parental controls in the release that I'm using. Does Hyper continue to support this feature? or is it offered in other firmwares?
    I am a power junkie (Uber Nerd) and use the controls to keep my Precocious 10 year old boy out of certain sites (virtual girl prompted this!)
  22. dt9394

    dt9394 Network Guru Member

    WTF! DD-WRT rock... i going to flash it on in wrt54gs v1.1 tonite... hope it wont brick... :rockon: :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: :cheer:
  23. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Re: not seeing Parental controls on the chart

    Thibor's 19.10.05 build has parental controls.

    btw everyone... the comparison chart is updated some more now.

    if there are other features i have left out please PM me the information I shall try to added it.
  24. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Have you considered adding the Stock Linksys firmware to the chart? I think it would be a real eye opener to people new to the custom firmware scene and it should be easy to do since nearly every feature would be "No". :grin:

    Also eventually it would be nice to have each feature in the table link to a page with a description of what it does. Obvioulsy that would be a lot of work so maybe the descriptions could be kept in a Wiki... I'd volunteer to help fill in some of the descriptions.

    BTW I hope to have some more updates for you in a few days. Keep up the good work! :thumb:
  25. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member


    One thing I noticed in the chart is for TX/RX Antenna Selection you mention only Thibor & Tofu as having this feature. I thought the HyperWRT base firmware also incorporated this feature.

  26. trpted

    trpted Network Guru Member

    Suggestion to add info about what are all of the features

    I read the webpage 3rd Party Firmware Comparison: WRT54G/GS.

    :idea: This is just a suggestion to add info about what are all of the features. What do they do, why would an user want / need them for?

    Adjustable Xmit Power
    Wireless Channels
    Boot Wait Flash Protection
    Port Forward Fields
    Port Trigger Fields
    QoS Fields/Priorities
    QoS Optimize for Gaming
    Command Shell
    Startup/Firewall Scripts
    Uptime Yes
    Static DHCP
    DDNS Service
    Wireless MAC address clone
    WPA over WDS
    WPA2 Support
    Client mode WPA
    Client Bridge Mode
    Wireless Client isolation mode
    Remote NTP server support
    Site Survey
    Firmware upgrade Reset
    backup and restore
    Remote Ntop statistics
    Preamble Selection
    Remote syslog
    Samba FS Mount
    JFFS2 R/W Partition
    STP Enable/Disable
    AP Watchdog
    WDS Support
    WDS WatchDog
    Routed WDS
    kernel lzma compression
    Chillispot config GUI
    XBOX Kaid Support
    Multilanguage Support
    Reboot Button
    wireless access option
    MMC/SD Card support
    IPv6 support
    WMM/WME support
    Max Wireless Associated Clients
    TX/RX Antenna Selection
    Ad-hoc Mode
    L7 Filter Support
    Reboot Scheduler
    RFlow/MACupd Support
    BGP Routing
    PPTP Server
    PPTP Client
    Speedbooster on WRT54G
    Subscription Only
    Firewall Filters
    IPKG Support
    DNSMasq for DHCP
    VLAN Support
    GUI Styles
    HotSpot Setup in GUI
  27. Lazybones

    Lazybones Network Guru Member

    I would like to second this request.. Also in the number of port forward fields ect list the number of fields included in the limited firmware such as the Stock and HyperWrt. Extra doesn't mean much.. Progressive should be explained.
  28. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Network Guru Member

    Great chart. It really gives insight as to what firmware does what.

    I also wouldn't mind seeing the stock Linksys firmware listed on the chart either. It would make for a nice comparison. Plus, is there a chance we could see the chart reflect Talisman's newer 1.1 version?

    As for the chart, I think I saw a "reboot" button in HyperWRT's 2.1 version(at least in the latest build). You have it listed as not having one.
  29. Tjex

    Tjex Guest

    Re: Suggestion to add info about what are all of the feature

    GREAT idea as I'm still pretty new at all of this. But you got yourself a new convert! :)
  30. deanfam1

    deanfam1 Network Guru Member

    Great job

    I am new to WRT firmware upgrading and I was going to go with the Alchemy but I think DDWRT has more to offer... plus they have a walkthrough for us noobs.
  31. BtrGoneThanJail

    BtrGoneThanJail Network Guru Member

    Cheers! Add me to the list. Thanks for saving me from the sveasoft confusion. This comparison is the best I've seen in my perusing the web for some clear answers.

    Great job! :clap:
  32. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    This is a very interesting comparison chart; however, I don't see any uPnP feature/option on the list or perhaps this feature isn't supported by all listed firmwares?
  33. bubazoo

    bubazoo Network Guru Member


    I too am new to the world of 3rd party firmware,

    I have the WRT54G router, but I have no idea what any of these 3rd party features do, or what there even used for.

    Do any of these firmware's add additional port forwarding options, like for example, if a port 80 is being forwarded to, and that machine at just happens to be offline at the momment, do any of these firmwares give me the ability to add an "offline" page of some sort? so that if I was using one of my computers as a server, and the server is down, the router can forward the user to a page telling them the computer is down.

    is this possible with any of these firmwares?

    I mean, otherwise I don't see a real need for any of this stuff really. I use WEP because my pocketpc doesn't support WPA modes, and I don't ever have to go into a command shell for anything, so what are the advantages of any of these?
  34. Geego

    Geego Network Guru Member

    any of the firmware offer VOIP and VPS together?
  35. plink0025

    plink0025 Network Guru Member

    just a suggestion, but i think it would be a good idea to add linksys' firmware to that comparison.
  36. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Re: Suggestion to add info about what are all of the feature

    are you volunteering for this job? lol

    my hands are tied with more important things like importing 100,000 users, 50,000 posts, into new database, not to mention running an ads server AND going back to normal work tomorrow.

    most newbies to the wrt54g wont need all these features, and should stick to the default firmware until they are ready to try things, whilst this is ongoing perhaps they could read the forums , for knowledge. I cannot write down everything including how to flash a firmware without taking excessive time to do all this. next there will be someone asking can i flash the wrt54g for them:)
  37. bigjohns

    bigjohns Network Guru Member

    Please define "extra", "advanced", and "progressive" as you use them in the table.

    I'd also love to see a great workup on how to effectively use QOS!
  38. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Why would anyone use anything other than DD-WRT??!!
  39. myrrhlin

    myrrhlin Network Guru Member

    great chart!

    but that table has WOL listed twice. also, some of the data about HyperWRT is out of date, if you are including current tofu/thibor builds. i'm still new to thibor 14, but i know it has ssh!
  40. Scottie

    Scottie Network Guru Member

    WRT54GS v 1.1 Frequent Internet Disconnects

    Dear BrainSlayer & Co,

    I have spent the best part of a year trying to resolve the issue of frequent internet disconnects with a WRT54GS v1.1 using firmware 4.50.5. Sometimes the Internet connection can remain steady for a couple of weeks and on other occassions minutes.

    I have given up the Ghost with Linsys Support and exhausted all other avenues. It would be very much appreciated if you could help me and suggest a fix.

    The settings on the router are as follows:
    Internet Setup: set to Static IP: Provider Cytanet in Cyprus
    DNS: & 102
    MTU set to manual : 1350
    Network Setup set to DHCP with Subnet default which differs from Internet Setup???
    Mac Address Clone enabled....cloning PC's Mac Address
    Wireless Advanced Setting:
    Authentication Type: Auto
    Basic Rate: 1-2 MBps
    Transmission Rate: 11MBps
    CTS Protection Mode:Auto
    Frame Burst: Enabled
    Beacon Interval:50
    DTIM Interval: 1
    Fragmentation Threshold: 2304
    RTS Threshold: 2304
    AP Isolation: Off

    Router set for Wireless G Only
    Channel: 11 but have tried them all
    Wireless SSID Broadcast set to enabled.

    I used to have hair....
    I used to have patience.....
    I used to have Faith in Tech Help.....
    I used to have confidence.......
    I aint anymore

    Kindest Regards....Scottie
  41. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    I am also new to this site and I also would like to know which firmware has options supporting VoIP.

    I wish I knew of this site before I bought a WRT54G version 5 back in January of 2006. But that box is currently being shipped back to Linksys for an exchange because it would not pass VoIP through it.

    I could make calls but not receive calls as the adapter and the soft phone, on laptop, would never ring.

    I guess one needs to have a sense of humor.

    WRT54G version 5 :rofl:

    UPDATE: Linksys sent me a WRT54GL version 1.1 :cheer: :cheering:
  42. meall

    meall LI Guru Member

    And what is Satori?


    Based on my reading of this post and the chart I think that DD-WRT is the best you can have.

    Like suggested, I'd like to have the Linksys default firmware added to the table.

    But my question is: what is Satori? I heard of possible firmware update to my WRT54G last year and the first I heard about was Satori, but I don't see it in the table. Anyone can share some light on this?

  43. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    satori is very old and does not support most versions of the WRT.
  44. meall

    meall LI Guru Member


    I was under the impression that Satori was the latest to become alive!!!

    Thanks for the precision!

    By the way, if I go with DD-WRT and I'm not satisfied, can I go back to the default firmware from Linksys without problems?

    Also, changing from Linksys to DD-WRT, do I have anything special/recommended to do before doing the upgrade?

  45. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    yeas you should be able to move back between different firmwares.

    just reset the router to default by pressing the reset button for 30 seconds. The ruter will loose all your configured settings but clear nvram for the new firmware.
  46. EdWaugh

    EdWaugh LI Guru Member

    Could you add a supports wag354G row? I know none do yet but it would be cool if thery start to so I can see when they come out...


  47. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    support for a WAG ? no the comparison is for WRT54G's

    and who do you mean by "They" exactly?
  48. Acid-drop

    Acid-drop Network Guru Member


    what about a comparison of Thibor 15c with its biggest opponent : dd-wrt v23 SP1 ?
  49. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Well volunteered, i'll look forward in reading your comparison article...

  50. HughR

    HughR LI Guru Member


    Why did you choose not to cover OpenWRT?
  51. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    because it is one of the lesser used firmwares from any of our surveys,
  52. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member


    Thanks for the review of DD-WRT v23. I enjoyed reading it.

    Will there be a review posted about Thibor?
  53. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    From me on the WRT54G/GS? no. I do not own one any more:)

    I may do one on the WRTSL54GS however.
  54. CreativeSkillz

    CreativeSkillz Network Guru Member

    The link on the first page no longer works. States that this module is not active.
  55. CreativeSkillz

    CreativeSkillz Network Guru Member

    If it is indeed still there, an someone please make the module active or if it's been replaced with something better, can someone send me the link?
  56. mw1001

    mw1001 Network Guru Member

    I'm also searching the chart, but isn't available with the new site.
    I did looked at all areas (articles, reviews, tutorials, etc), but no luck.
    Also noticed that other articles are missing, like the WRTSL54GS's autopsy, and WRT54GC's review.

    Probably the new site is giving a lot of work to administrators (keep the great work guys! This site rocks!).

    Like I said, I'm interested in the chart too (in time: splendid chart!!). There is another link?

  57. lbdwag

    lbdwag LI Guru Member

    has the chart been kept update to date? I'm trying to find which firmware that I am going to try...

    (btw, this is my 1st post; so Hi everyone)
  58. BadBoy86

    BadBoy86 Network Guru Member


    after all these posts, can anyone recommend a firmware for my router WRT54G v2.2 (and maybe a link to download)

    Thank You!
  59. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  60. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  61. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member


    First of all I want to say thank you for the compairison list. :)

    Second: under

    WRT54GL v1.x Support

    You have in the Remarks:

    DD-WRT micro only

    Was this a mistake or can I only use the micro build on my WRT54GL v 1.1?
  62. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    no, i dont now:) thanks.. been updating it a bit lately. the Thibor15c needed a few additions to the list.

    if anyone have any info or thinks something should need updated please let me know.
  63. heidnerd

    heidnerd LI Guru Member

    :help: The comparison link broke with the recent linksysinfo.org updates....
  64. solomatrix

    solomatrix Guest

    Yeah this is broken... any way we could get this back up? Extremely useful!
  65. KamaloPSU

    KamaloPSU Guest

  66. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Yes, that's it. Toxic has also updated his post with another URL but they both point to the same article.

    You can also navigate to the article manually:
    LinksysInfo Forums > LinksysInfo News > Articles > 3rd Party Firmware Comparison: WRT54G/GS
  67. handyaswan

    handyaswan Network Guru Member

    tomato firmware, what category?
  68. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    No Comparison

    Tomato is in a category all it's own !
  69. gatorback

    gatorback LI Guru Member

    Kudos! This was very helpful.
  70. inc188

    inc188 LI Guru Member

    awesome...thanks... exactly wat i was looking for
  71. besonen

    besonen LI Guru Member


    nice work. thank you.

    is there any chance you might have the time to update this chart with the latest firmware versions.

    -- david
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