General Sveasoft Questions

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by clemon79, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. clemon79

    clemon79 Network Guru Member

    I'm not exactly a networking newbie, but I just learned about the Sveasoft firmware and I'm interested in many of the functions, but I had some questions about it that hopefully those with experience with it would be willing to take a minute to chime in on:

    (For the record, I have a Linksys WRT54G, whose wireless features are primarily used with a Dell Inspiron 5160 laptop with built-in wireless card. The router is in my living room of my one-bedroom apartment, the laptop is usually in my bedroom.)

    1) I've read that the "Internet Connection" icon that UPnP provides disappears under the Svensoft firmware. Is that true, or is it no more flaky than under the regular firmware/Windows? I actually do use UPnP functions a lot, so I'd like to still be able to access it.

    2) I noticed with this new router that the signal strength isn't what I was getting on my old B wireless card and my BEFW11S4 v2. (From the usual spot in my bedroom, I'm getting about -90 noise and -65 to -70 signal, I think....I was getting around a -45 signal on the old card and router) Will taking advantage of the signal boost option help make this a little more stable?

    3) Are most of the "extra" features that the Svensoft firmware provides disabled by default? I guess what I'm asking is, if I only want to use a couple things (to wit, the power boost and DDNS, since it appears to support my name server), will the router work more or less the same as it is now provided I only tweak the stuff I've tweaked now? Does that make sense?

    4) If it turns out I don't like it, is it possible to revert back to the stock Linksys firmware?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
  2. Lazybones

    Lazybones Network Guru Member

    1) Not sure. I only tested UPNP for a short time, the app that supported it didn't work correctly if there was more than one person on the network with that app, so I disabled UPNP and went back to forwarding ports.

    UPNP should work.

    2) Turning up the power should make the connection a little more stable.

    3) For the most part it work's exactly the same by default. Just make sure you properly install it and 100% reset the system to system defaults.

    4) Yes, you can go back the the linksys firmware.
  3. clemon79

    clemon79 Network Guru Member

    Is there a trick to doing it, or do you just flash the firmware you want right over the top like you would any other firmware switch?

    Thanks for the replies!
  4. ChicoByte

    ChicoByte Network Guru Member

    Just flash it, no trick.
  5. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Flash the router then do a full reset on your router by pressing the reset switch for 30 seconds.
  6. clemon79

    clemon79 Network Guru Member

    Okay, I'm sorry if I'm getting repetitive, but I want to make sure I understand this: the 30-second full reset only erases the router settings, not the firmware, correct? The firmware will still be whatever I last flashed?
  7. Lazybones

    Lazybones Network Guru Member

  8. clemon79

    clemon79 Network Guru Member

    Okay, so what happens if the firmware flash is somehow goobed such that the router is not left in a flashable state? Or is that possible? Someone mentioned to me that the Sveasoft firmware has a five-second lag or something before it loads for just this purpose. Can someone expand on that?
  9. Lazybones

    Lazybones Network Guru Member

    If things go really bad there are several ways to attempt to recover.. One iinvolves uploading a file with Tftp quickly while the router is in its inital boot state.. Not sure what the details are.. Even then there are ways to short a jumper in the units to whip them and try again. As I understand it, all flash / firmware problems can be corrected some how, its only if you have a hard ware failure that you are totaly out of luck.
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