Noob can/can't do?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by ken2, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. ken2

    ken2 Network Guru Member

    Just starting here and wanted to clarify somethings before I brick my junk. I basically want to use DD-WRT to increase the signal strength/range and improve performance during torrents. Is it wise to use it in this way or should I just stick with the generic firmware. Keep in mind that I'm not too wireless network experienced. My friend said that he's tried the Sveasoft version to change the function of his router (not sure what he meant by that) and wasn't too sure if the DD-WRT could do what I was looking for. Little help?

  2. callous

    callous Network Guru Member

    yes it can do both.

    part a)you still need a card that can transmit back to the router at reasonable strength - having strong signal single way is pointless

    part b)you can add settings in the nvram to keep the router table from beign overloaded when using bittorrent programs.
  3. ken2

    ken2 Network Guru Member


    So now the question becomes should I do it? Can these things be done easily by someone who has limited experience with this software and wireless network set-ups in general. The most complicated thing I've ever done was some port forwarding and turning on WEP.
  4. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    ken2 -

    DD-WRT is an excellent piece of software. DD-WRT is the most feature rich of all of the firmwares, and that's saying a lot. BrainSlayer has basically rebuilt the firmware from scratch and added GOBS of cool stuff.

    If you are looking for "simpler", you may want to look at HyperWRT Thibor or Tofu. They offer signal strength adjustments and have P2P/BitTorrent fixes built in. More significantly in your case, HyperWRT is built to look and act very much like the native firmware, with the addition of new options, but no major changes to the screens.

    Of course, given that all of them are free, you can load one, and move to another if you decide it's not for you. Then when you find "the one", be sure to pay the developer a few bucks for all his time and trouble (and to keep him writing new features), of course.
  5. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    this is correct without the proper card or some good antennae for the router your signal will only succeed in interfering with your neighbors cordless phone
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