DD-WRT Questions?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Private-Cowboy, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member


    I'm thinking of updating my WRT54G V3.1 to DD-WRT23SP1. Why? Because I hope to get better signal and throughput. Does DD-WRT do this?

    ATM I'm using the latest offical Linksys firmware and in my PC I've a WMP54G v4 with Ralink drivers. They give me a signal of 50-55dbm (Linksys drivers give 65dbm). This is ok most of the time but when steaming wmv-hd to my 360 it's just the edge and sometimes begins to stutter.

    I used a WUSB54GP but this one always died when heavy load was applied dropping connections constantly. My new WMP54G has not done it once but suffers somewhat from the suboptimal antenne position (behind the PC between the cables and blocked by myself etc.) giving me low 50s while my WUSB would get mid 40s (was positioned away from interference).

    So using DD-WRT, would this help the signal (no matter, if only a little bit) and throughput?

    Using the WUSB54GP offered great signal but was unstable when pusing massive amounts of data. The WMP54G is rock stable but not yet on par with the signal the WUSB offered. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S.: Are those latest betas of SP1 safe to use or should a newbie wait for the final SP1?
  2. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    Look at it this way - you can ALWAYS put the linksys firmware back in your router.

    Read the WiKi carefully regarding flashing - 99% of the time there are no issues but there is always the chance. You will have MUCH more control over your WRT - you should see improvement in the OS, drivers, GUI - just about everything.

    You also should be able to go directly to the latest SP. There has been alot of work in the SP1 builds - they have alot of improvments over the V23 release.
  3. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    And what are your observations in regard to signal and throughput?
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    you can boost the transmit power to the antennas wit the 3rd party firmware so that could help with the signal
  5. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    I just read that too. Nice idea, but has it a negative effect working the antennas with double the power? Like they could damage or something?

    Any idea when the "final" SP1 will be around?
  6. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Many people seem to mistakenly think the firmware is magically going to make a big difference on range of the radio. It doesn't usually.

    You want more range, put better antenna on the AP. It can be as simple as the home-made reflectors at http://www.freeantennas.com/ just click on the template links. Or many retail and online stores sell antenna also.
  7. Private-Cowboy

    Private-Cowboy Network Guru Member

    I don't expect to double the throughput with a different firmware or enhance the signal dramatically. But I found that it does hell of a difference using the Ralink driver for my WMP54G instead of the Linksys one signalwise giving me low 50s dbm instead of mid 60s dbm of signal strenght - and that just by changeing the driver and leaving the rest alone, no antenna changes made. So given the fact that Linksys software seems to suck (while the hardware is great) I'd say there may be some enhancements can be achieved with 3rd party fw over Linksys one. And if it gets the signal some 2-3dbm better I'm perfectly happy and achieving some 300-500k more throuput can make a lot of difference when you're streaming HDV over wifi meaning the difference between stuttering and fluid playback.

    Just like tweaking the hell out of your PC and installing different GPU drivers to get the few fps more needed to enjoy a certain game or something like that. It doesn't need a hardware change all the time nor antenna "enhancements" that may work wonder but look like shit - sorry to say that but I don't wanna turn my WRT54G (that sits visible to everybody in a shelf in the living room) into Frankenrouter.
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