Do i really need a GS? OR will G work okay?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by unbreakable98, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. unbreakable98

    unbreakable98 Network Guru Member

    I currently have a WRT54G v2 and decided to go pick up another one now since i know most stores will eventually only sell the V5's. This time i got a 54G v4. I was thinking after i bought it, would i have been better to get the GS model? Will there be any big advantage when running the dd-wrt firmware? Or any other 3rd party firmware?


  2. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    the only difference is biger RAM. However i believe that the v3.1 and v4 possibly has the same amount of RAM as the GS however they are reduced by Linksys in the NVRAM.

    If you build yourself a JTAG cable (like i did) and Make some configuration changes in the CFE.BIN file, then flash your touter, you could enable all 32MB of RAM in the G unit. I can tell you how if you are interested.
  3. Aq_lynch

    Aq_lynch Network Guru Member

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWW Please show me

    I have the WRT54G version 4 please tell me how do I enable access to the 32mb ram? Will this make the router faster? What are the benefits of enabling the full 32MB please show me how to accomplish this task. Thank you so much .... this site ROCKS!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
  4. SteelersFANinMA

    SteelersFANinMA Network Guru Member

    The WRT54G v4 is an interesting breed. danielhaden found that they come with the same motherboard as the GS. To make sure this is true for your v4, hold it up to a light source and look through the vent holes. If you can see light, then you have the L shaped mobo that comes with the GS versions. There is a process where you can load GS firmware on the G v4. You'll need to first load a version of DD-WRT. (something like v23 basic) and then you'll be able to load Thibor's Hyperwrt GS firmware. Do a search either in the forums or the forums for v4 danielhaden and I'm sure you'll find his posts on exactly how to load GS firmware onto your G v4. Good luck! :cool:
  5. Aq_lynch

    Aq_lynch Network Guru Member


    hey sounds :clap: :thumbup:

    Can you tell me how to do this. I have built the cable although in order to build the cable I had to cut an opening in the front of my router cosmeticly it looks horrible but it works. I will dress it up and post some photos later. But can you please show me step by step how to enable the RAM thank you so much :clap: :clap: :thumbup: :clap: :thumbup:
  6. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    assuming that you have done all the usual JTAG preparation, then you need to download this utility called WRTCFE.exe and find a suitable CFE.bin file for your router.

    you can then change the following parameters to a new CFE.BIN and then re-flash it to open
    up all 32MB as useable memory:

    16MB Parameters 32MB Parameters
    -------------------- --------------------
    boardflags=0x0188 boardflags=0x0388
    sdram_init=0x0000 sdram_init=0x0008
    sdram_config=0x0032 sdram_config=0x0022
  7. unbreakable98

    unbreakable98 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the replies. I managed to find a great deal on a WRT54GS V2.1. I was the same price as the G model.

    Thanks again for the feedback.

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