Change onfiguration need to reboot to take effect ?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by etdonald, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. etdonald

    etdonald LI Guru Member

    I'm planning to buy a Linksys router but I would like to know Linksys WRT series router if they need to reboot once changed some of the configuration to take effect.

    I have a D-LINK DI-524 router. Whenever I change for 1 setting such as open a port, it will restart and redial as I'm using PPPoE connection. All exisiting connection to Internet will drop and reconnect again. It is trouble and create problem to internal network user.

    Therefore I would like to know if Linksys WRT series and which model do not need to reboot once changed the setting and operate smoothly ?

    Even not offically support, how about flashing with 3rd party firmware that is feaisbile to do so ?
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I know with my WRT54G V4 (now known as the WRT54GL), I don't have to restart to get new configuration settings to take effect.

    There are, of course, exceptions to that rule. For example, when making changes to wireless, quite often the wireless subsystem is restarted (this does not affect Internet routing or the Wired side of the router).

    But I can make QoS, port forwarding, and other changes of that nature and not need a restart. Of course, I'm on Cable Modem (standaard TCP/IP, not PPPoE), but I don't think that makes any difference.

    The WRT54GL takes HyperWRT Thibor (my preference) and other third party firmwares just fine. The older WRT54G and WRT54GS do as well. The newer WRT54G and WRT54GS do not, as they are not Linux-based any more.

    Another pretty exciting new router is the WRTSL54GS, which is a Linux based Linksys router with a USB port for Network Attached Storage (and, with the right third party firmware, darned near anything else you can do with Linux and a USB port - grin).
  3. etdonald

    etdonald LI Guru Member

    So can I use that USB port of WRTSL54GS as Print Server to map USB printer ? with 3rd Party firmware ?
    If so, it is very great that I can stack that USB port with a hub to share several USB devices such as usb printer and card reader
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    According to Linksys, the WRTSL54GS only supports "hard drive or flash-based USB storage devices".
  5. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Thibor has a print server running (from what I understand) on the USB port. He lacks a USB hub to try multiple devices, but I would imagine the USB port is a standard one, and could support it if you had enough memory for the drivers for the various devices.

    For Linksys stock firmware, no doubt they have limited it to USB storage devices, but under the covers this is a Linux based computer with a USB port. OpenWRT and HyperWRT (Thibor and I think Tofu) are working on different possibilities for the WRTSL54GS. Eventually, I may have to buy one just to see what it can do. ;)
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