Is it worth updating the firmware?

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by scorpy, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. scorpy

    scorpy Network Guru Member


    I've got a WRT54GS v1.1 and it's using the 3.37.2 firmware version. Now I've not really had any probs so far so I'm happy to leave it as it is.
    But would it be worth updating the firmware at all. I think the newer firmware version is 4.70.6.
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I would do so yes. the fact it there are some security issues that should not be overlooked in upgradin to a new version. plus added features

    Firmware 4.70.6
    - Resolves issue with setup wizard
    - Updated wireless security tab
    - Resolves issue with port based QoS
    - Resolves security issue with WPA encryption

    Firmware 4.50.6
    - Adds SecureEasySetup push button support
    - Resolves large file transfer issues
    - Resolves issue with enabling TKIP after enabling WEP
    - Updated QoS features
    - Resolves issues with multiple Access Restrictions policies
    - Resolves issue where multicast breaks when MAC filter status changes

    Firmware 3.37.6
    - Supports version 2 hardware
  3. scorpy

    scorpy Network Guru Member

    I'll update then. Thanks Toxic :thumb:
  4. scorpy

    scorpy Network Guru Member

    Before I set out to update the firmware I thought it best to double check that I had the right firmware version. Anyway I noticed I was on the Linksys U.S site so changed it to U.K but I cannot find my router version now.It jumps from v1.0 to v2.1 and no v1.1 anywhere...What do I do?
  5. scorpy

    scorpy Network Guru Member

  6. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Well, you could always load HyperWRT Thibor or DD-WRT and REALLY start seeing some new features and enhancements. ;)
  7. scorpy

    scorpy Network Guru Member

    I have thought about trying out HyperWRT Thibor and DD-WRT but I just wouldn't be able to decide on which one would be best for my router/setup. Christ! I can't even sort out an official firmware version to use.... :(

    Thanks for the reply NateHoy.... :thumb:
  8. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I'm not sure how to get the latest official firmware for UK. Did you try the online chat at Linksys? They've been very helpful the few times I've needed them.
  9. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    PS: As far as DD-WRT versus HyperWRT, c'mon! Take your pick! :)

    You'll get rabid fans of both, and people who prefer either. I like HyperWRT because it is closest to stock firmware. DD-WRT is certainly the most feature rich.

    But, no matter how you slice it, dice it, or cook it in a stew, EITHER of them is light years ahead of the stock firmware.

    So, just get out a coin, heads HyperWRT, tails DD-WRT, and flip the damned thing! Then let us know how it turns out. I think you'll like it.... ;)
  10. scorpy

    scorpy Network Guru Member

    So if I chose, say, HyperWRT :D would I have to set up my WPA settins and ISP configurations again....? Or could I import the config file..?

    Sorry if this question sounds daft but don't forget I am a complete newb!
  11. DoC_DaR

    DoC_DaR Network Guru Member

    Best policy is to do factory reset by holding the reset button for 30 seconds. Update to your choice of firmware. After router is up default, do another factory reset and set up all manually. This will give you a better experiance and head off many problems. I personnally am currently running DD-WRT v23 SP1 on my WRT54GS v2.0. I also occasionally flash to the latest Thibor HyperWRT. I really like both DD-WRT v23 SP1 and Thibor 14. I would never consider going back to linksys official firmware as it is soo very limited. :thumb:
  12. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Yes, you want to rekey the settings. If you import an old config file, some bad settings can come along for the ride. ;)

    The effort is one-time and worth it. Believe me.
  13. scorpy

    scorpy Network Guru Member

    Well I did it guys :D

    HyperWRT GS Thibor14 is installed,configured and running.
    Your right about the xtra options and enhancements...Outstanding!

    Within 10 minutes of setting all my pc's up I thought offical firmware...blah!...What was I thinking.I suppose I was just afraid of ending up with a brick.

    Anyway do you HyperWRT veterans have any handy tips...

    ps.Just want to thank NateHoy, DoC_DaR and Toxic for showing me the right path....thumbs up fellas.
  14. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

  15. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

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