A few questions before using 3rd party bios

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by zombietech, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. zombietech

    zombietech Network Guru Member

    My friend is using a wrt54gs 1.1 and just like everyone else, it simply shuts down and doesnt work every few days. I myself have a wrt54gs of a different version at home with the same problem, both of us use bit comet and im curious if this could be the issue. There are lots of rumors and whatnot floating around about why this could be buuuuuut ..... if i wanted to flash her router with a third party one can anyone advise me which one would best suit bit torrent?
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Torrent and Linksys stock firmware don't get along really well, as I understand it, because the Linksys firmware keeps "failed connections" in memory for FIVE DAYS. BitTorrent is basically all about failed connections, and hundreds of them an hour. So the memory just fills up.

    To fix this, you need to make one tweak in your router, to make the connections die after, say, 1/2 hour. To do that, you need to have support for startup scripts. Native firmware doesn't support startup scripts. So you need third party.

    For the WRT54G, I chose HyperWRT Tofu 10. No, this is not based on the fact that I've tried 10,000 third party firmware versions. This is the only one I've tried, and I'm happy.

    Rationale is up to you, and there's a sticky thread that describes all the differences around here somewhere. I chose HyperWRT Tofu (which is for WRT54G, WRT54GS has a slightly different version of HyperWRT) because it is the closest to the native firmware, with LOTS of added features and tweaks. But the HyperWRT folks stay very close to the stock firmware, and the stock look and feel of the browser interface.

    Some prefer a sexier interface. Some prefer GOBS of features like "DD" provides. Me, I just wanted to add startup script support, but I got SO MUCH MORE than I thought. But read up on it and decide, based on what YOU want to do, which firmware is best for YOU.

    When you get it loaded, here's the line for your startup script:

    echo "600 1800 120 60 120 120 10 60 30 120" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_conntrack_tcp_timeouts

    The "1800" is the important number. It is the number of seconds to maintain failed connections. 1800 seconds is 30 minutes.
  3. zombietech

    zombietech Network Guru Member

    thanks alot for the reply, i did read the comparison..since its a 1.1 she can use pretty much any version. Hyperwrt sounds like the one im looking for, im just a little spooked about making sure which bios i flash it with since it isnt my router.
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Sounds like you've done your homework.

    If it bricks it, a new one is $50 at Walmart or wherever, and you can use the serial number list here to make sure you don't get a V5. Avoid the WRT54G V5!!!!

    So the cost of bricking it is $50, if you absolutely and utterly destroy it. Which is pretty darned unlikely if you follow the instructions carefully. Compare that to the cost of NOT upgrading it, which gives you the useless router you have now.
  5. zombietech

    zombietech Network Guru Member

    so i grabbed my own router ( v2 gs ) and flashed it with hyperwrt, can you tell me where to add the information you gave me?
  6. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Which HyperWRT build?

    In my case, with Tofu, there's a button under "Administration"/"Management" marked "Edit Startup Script" Paste the line into it, and restart the router (there's even a button for that!)

    However, if you have a GS, you probably loaded Thibor, correct? I don't know about that one, but I assume it's pretty similar.

    In any case, there's almost certainly an "edit startup script" somewhere...
  7. zombietech

    zombietech Network Guru Member

    yeah there was an option there that states pretty much just that, my firware ver is v3.37.2 - HyperWRT 2.0. I added the startup script just as you gave it to em, i really appreciate all the help. And ill be using it to help a few other people with the same router.
  8. gaster

    gaster Network Guru Member

    wrong firmware, that's too old

    I know, you got it from the front page of the hyperwrt website. What happened is that the guy who originally wrote HyperWRT has had to back away for a bit from the project because he is busy or has a life or something.... :) ...so others have taken over and released new versions. The new guys don't however have the right or ability to change the main web page. To get the latest firmware you need to search these forums or the HyperWRT forums.

    There are two main branches for firmwares. Tofu firmwares are for the G units and Thibor is for the GS. Tofu's latest release is version 10 and you can even find it in these forums. see the hyperwrt forum for it.
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