Remote SSH Connections Dropping on WRT54G v5 & More

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by bedouin, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. bedouin

    bedouin LI Guru Member

    My Netgear router died the other day (due to my cat -- long story) and I had been reading for some time about how hackable the WRT54 series is and decided to pick one up -- before checking out this site. Unfortunately I ended up with the v5 and all its limitations.

    I'm having a few problems, but the most irritating is that I cannot idle from work while logged into my machine at home through SSH. After about 10 minutes the connection is dropped; I'm running the latest firmware (1.00.9) which claims to have resolved this issue. Local SSH sessions last for days however. I've tested this from two different locations, and it did not happen with my Netgear router previously. Also, though I haven't tested this thoroughly, it seems that remote SSH sessions made from behind the router also eventually disconnect while idle.

    Secondly, and not incredibly major, I noticed that if I use Yahoo's Mac Messenger client I'm disconnected after maybe 5 minutes; this does not happen when using Adium (a multi-protocol client for Macs based on libgaim). Also, I'm no longer able to send files over AIM to iChat users, despite forwarding all appropriate ports. Any ideas?

    If these two issues could be worked out I might appreciate the router a bit more, even though the lack of statc DHCP addresses like my Netgear router was a big letdown.
  2. bedouin

    bedouin LI Guru Member

    A temporary workaround for this was to set a keepalive time in each of my SSH clients. However, I decided to move my SSHD port to something non-standard (other than 22) -- now it disconnects again every 30 minutes. I hate this router more each day.
  3. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    You could always return the v5, and get a WRT54GL.

    I prefer the WRTSL54GS myself, more RAM and flash, but no DD-WRT for it. HyperWRT and OpenWRT work fine though.
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