Best firmware for WRT54G, v.3??

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by delenca, Jan 17, 2008.


What's the best firmware for WRT54G, v.3?

  1. DD-WRT

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  2. HyperWRT

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  3. Tomato

  4. Linksys (Official)

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  5. Other

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  1. delenca

    delenca LI Guru Member


    I would like your opinion on the following issue/questions:

    I have problems with my WRT54G v.3 router. Basically the problems manifest themselves as a tendency for "things to break down" without rhyme or reason. What things? Well, the ability to access the router from outside, the breakdown of port forwarding, etc. Sometimes the whole device falls off the earth - i.e. lose the ability to access the internet from a wired computer - even thoug the device reports everything is hunky-dory. All of these issues are always resolvable by turning the router on/off and occasionally resetting the hardware device and reentering the settings (actually just loading the old settings works fine).

    So my first question is:

    1) Do you think these problems are most likely to:
    a) hardware problems
    b) firmware problems.

    If your answer is 1(b), could you recommend a stable firmware? I have already installed the most up-to-date official firmware revision (4.21.1). Stability has not improved. So I am ready to try DD-WRT or HyperWRT or whatever is considered "rock-solid". Note I don't really need fancy features. I would just like to do a few simple things - a little wireless network, the ability to connect to my home PC from work (port forwarding), etc... Note that I am mostly using Win XP SP2 (my wife's laptop has Vista on it).

    Any opinions greatly appreciated before I tear my hair out.

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    what do you use the internet for? do you use p2p applications that choke your router? do you host any web gaming server? or is it just general browsing. it sounds like the routers bandwidth is being choked, though hardware failure could occur as well, does the router get hot?
  3. delenca

    delenca LI Guru Member

    About temperature I have never checked. I don't think it should get that hot where it sits but I can try to give it some extra air from below. Is that a common problem for these routers? (I have v.3)

    As far as bandwidth, that's a good question. I really don't think I use much. Mostly general browsing. No web gaming server at all. And _occasionally_ some p2p. But the frequency of problems is much higher than the p2p use, I think. Hmm, actually come to think of it I use FolderShare pretty much constantly and Remote Desktop everyday. I suppose that could fit with the bandwidth concern.

    So if your first comment is on the mark, I suppose I would have to install one of the 3rd party firmware to twiddle with the router's bandwidth. Am I correct?

    Thanks a lot for the info!

  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    yeas QoS can help however if you have not limited your sharing at all, then anyone connecting to any type of file share will choke the upload stream and thus can kill the connection. This is not limited to speed, but the amount of connections you allow. so people don't realize that you can have 1000's of connections which will also kill the connection. if you can it is better to limit the amount of incoming connections on your client software.
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