3rd party firmware for WRT54GC ?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by punknoia, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. punknoia

    punknoia Network Guru Member

    Hi guys I'm new to the Linksys products and I just bought a WRT54GC.
    There's a 3rd party firmware for that?
  2. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    The GC is a great little router, isn't it. I've that one myself and really like it.

    The Firmware is not based on Linux and the source is not made public so there's no 3rd party FW atm and it's very unlikely there will be one in the near future.

    But what do you need that for anyway, isn't it working good enough?
  3. herbi_

    herbi_ Guest

    - telnet ?
    - multiple static ip's ?
    - disable nat ?

    I just recieved this small nice thing, but have technical problems setting my servers which where until now directly connected to the Internet, and from now on i have to put it behind router.

    i was looking solution on Internet till now, haven' t found anything and now i am in doubt if i should find another solution.

    i have static (public) ip range from x.x.x.49 - x.x.x.61, and my servers are on ip's 58,59,60,61

    is there solution? of course with wrt54gc
  4. punknoia

    punknoia Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your answer Cowboy...
    In fact my connection drops frequently and my signal is only "good" or 2 mbps...
    I'm not far to the router so i don't know what is causing this poor signal...There's no other 2.4ghz devices or microwaves
    Any suggestion to do in the configuration panel?
  5. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    Well we need to know a few things to solve this:

    1.) How far away are you from the router?
    2.) Anything blocking the signal (walls,...)?
    3.) How big is the antenna on you PC Wifi adapter?
    4.) What's weather like when the signal is low?
  6. punknoia

    punknoia Network Guru Member


    1) Something like 3 meters
    2) There's a wall, but from the living room I can see the router on my room
    3) No antenna. I'm on a laptop with a Wifi card IntelPro Wireless
    I have a Cable connection 2mbit/300kbit
    4) It's hot (I'm living in Brasil), but with clouds

    When I start my laptop, the signal starts in "Excellent" and 5 minutes later drops to "Good" an finally i lost my connection. In this case I tried to ping the router with no sucess. So i need to repair my connection an then back to the excellent signal.
    Sometimes the signal keep for a long time in good but always the connection drops :(

    Thanks for your help
  7. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I'll also note that you can't forward ports numbered above 32,767 in current firmware, it doesn't deal with numbers that large. Annoying bug since I need to foward BT and it's at 49152. Buying this thing for anything other than basic connectivity is a mistake I think.
  8. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    @vincentfox: You can change the ports used by BT inside you BT client. Just chose some blow that 32.767 - My BT Client (Azureus) is set to 6881 and is working as good as ever. Or set whatever you like. So there is no limit at all.

    @punknoia: Well, high humidity is causing pretty hefty signal problems. My signal dropped by 5db coming from a cold but dry day to one with rain and snow. The missing antenna is making the situation worse. I gained 6db by adding an external antenna to my router. You can by a cheapo $15 one with R-SMA connector, no need for the expensive Linksys one. I bought a cheap DLink 6db omni antenna and my signal got a 6db boost on my PC. And try fiddleing around with the router position. I gained another 3-4db by seting it up vertically (standing not laying) and turning the side with the Logo towards the receiving PC. The internal antenna is under there so you'll get the most out of it. You can't boost anything in the config itself here but fiddleing aorund with the hardware setup can help a lot.
  9. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member


    My BT client is connecting to a particular network that demands I use port 49152. I must abide by their rules. I gave up on the GC out and went back to a GS, which is a lot more flexible if not as pretty :)
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