ADSL2MUE Firmware Advice

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by StevenAFC, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. StevenAFC

    StevenAFC Addicted to LI Member

    Hi All,

    I recently switched from cable to o2 Access ADSL as Virgin Medias Traffic management was driving me insane.

    I have a belkin N1 router (which is a POS, but is working well right now) and the ADSL2MUE.

    The standard firmware on the ADSL2MUE didnt have the abilty to set the DMZ, which is something I strongly require. So I found an alternative firmware:

    Product Information
    Model Number AR7RD
    HW Revision Unknown
    Serial Number none
    Ethernet MAC N/A

    Software Versions
    Gateway 2.17-TI
    ATM Driver
    DSL Datapump Annex A
    SAR HAL 01.07.02
    PDSP Firmware 0.49
    Boot Loader

    This works perfectly, however it drops my internet connection ALOT, and the only way to remedy it (sometimes), is to restart the modem.

    I just wanted to check with you guys whether or not the firmware could be the cause of this disconnects? Also am I using the best firmware out there? I know there are newer versions of the original firmware do they support DMZ? Or are there any third party firmwares you would recommend?

    Sorry for all the questions!! Actually is there another modem which you would recommend? I only got this one for 1 year at uni as it was cheap!

    Thanks alot!
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    The DSL drivers in 2.17Ti are ADSL1 only and very old.

    Later drivers are ADSL2+ enabled but some users find the Linksys 5V1A power supply is under-rated 5V2A is better.

    See for recent 3rd party firmware, which you will see is a development of the Ti codebase, not the restricted GUI that Linksys put on it.
  3. StevenAFC

    StevenAFC Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for the responce, I will give that custom a go as soon as i get home. I didnt realise how old 2.17 was!!! Lucky we havent been put on ADSL 2 yet! I just assumed it supported it!
  4. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Linksys 4.22 had V4 drivers which were ADSL2+ enabled, latest are now V7.

    See other threads re modem only, I assume you are stuck with PPPoA since you ask about DMZ, with PPPoE you can use full bridge mode on the modem. With PPPoA you are faced with the horrors of double-nat + dmz or half-bridge mode.

    As to best modem, there is no universal solution, you really need to find what's best for you on your line. SpeedTouch 5x6 (latest are V6) are often cheap on ebay, they have a Broadcom chipset rather than Ti chipset and do seem to do the DSL job well!
  5. bovirus

    bovirus LI Guru Member

    You can use the mod fw (based on Acorp structure that you can download here):


    Most intersting are

    Also you can use the RouterTech 2.80 that you find here:

    Before to upgrade the fw (via web interface), set the LINK_TIMEOUT variable to have more time to link to the bootloader for future recovery

    You can setup it via telnet with

    echo LINK_TIMEOUT 10 > /proc/ticfg/env (setup the value)
    cat /proc/ticfg/env | grep LINK_TIMEOUT (check the value)

    It's true if the variable section is /proc/ticfg/env

    In this way you have more time (10 sec) to connect to the bootloader in reecovery.
  6. paped

    paped LI Guru Member

    Not sure if this will do what you want but may be worth a look

    I think "Toxic" (and others) has just updated the ADSL2MUE 4.18 original firmware - the 4.22 EU beta works well and is stable for me but I just use the modem in bridge mode and have a WRT54GL with Tomato firmware doing all the clever stuff.
  7. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Did you check the year of the firmware post!

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