Need help, and opinion on firmwares WRT54G

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Samst0r, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Samst0r

    Samst0r Network Guru Member

    Well i have aol braodband, Wired connection running PPPoE to connect on a V2 / (CDF5 = WRT54G v2.0 / ADM6996L Chipset / CPU 200Mhz). :: I do have some wireless connections too.
    However when i host a game on CS-Source or use bittorrent it tends to disconnect the internet and then waits about 10 seconds or so and reconnects. Another thing i noticed is that it seems to be the upload speed that makes it disconnect as it lasts longer with a upload speed on bittorrent capped at 3k.

    Any help with this would be appreciated.
    I also noticed that there is alot of custom firmwares here, I use
    Linksys Firmware Version : v4.20.7. Should i get a custom one? or is there no need.

    Sam :sadbye:
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Dropping connections or connection overload on BitTorrent is a VERY common problem with the native Linksys firmware. HyperWRT Tofu 11 has a fix built in. See any of the myriad BitTorrent or P2P threads for a detailed explanation, but the short version is that the Linksys firmware tries to keep idle connections open for 5 days, and the connection table just can't handle the load.

    Look in the HyperWRT section for the Tofu 11 announcement.

    Lots of other firmware will also do the trick, but HyperWRT sticks as close as possible to the native firmware, it's free, and it works VERY well for me. Tofu is the latest build for the WRT54G models.
  3. Samst0r

    Samst0r Network Guru Member

    Okey Dokey, Ill try using Tofu I guess, If there any mirrors for it because the tofu website is incrediably slow to download from. Also can i just use the firmware upgrade thing on the Linksys firmware to upgrade to Tofu?

    Thanks for the speedy Reply

  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Some people seem to have trouble downloading from Tofu's site, for some reason. I never do. If you still have trouble, post an email address and I'll send it to you from my gmail account.

    What I would do is reset the router to factory defaults in the native firmware, restart the router, and use the upgrade tool on the WRT54G's web interface. Obviously, do this on a WIRED connection, while not connected to the Internet or with any other clients connected, preferably with the router and computer both plugged into a battery backup power supply. When it appears to be done, give it a few minutes to make SURE the firmware is completely in place, then restart the router and re-enter your configuration manually.

    In other words, standard instructions for a firmware upgrade. ;)
  5. Samst0r

    Samst0r Network Guru Member

    w00t I now have said that tofu has a fix for my problem built in, will i not need that startup command ive seen on other threads then?

    Alllsoo Thanks for the help :D

  6. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Yes, the timeouts for active but idle connections is set to 1/2 hour (rather than the 5 day Linksys default). You can configure this to suit your own preference with a startup script, but I'd try the Tofu defaults first.

  7. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    are there any commands I can do with the stock firmware to get around that problem? I get disconnected from the net 3-4 times a day, most probably because of that exact same problem.
  8. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member


    You need a startup script or access to a command line. Believe me, before I resorted to loading Tofu, I tried. No dice, at least nothing I ever found. Maybe there's a way, but I'm too dense to find it.

    Now that I'm on Tofu, it improves so many other things, I'll never look back. Working UPnP, working and effecive QoS, just .. insane amounts of improvements.
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