Side by side comparison

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by techmanblues, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. techmanblues

    techmanblues Network Guru Member

    Is there a tabulated list of features that are offered by the various alternative firmwares to the Linksys WRT54G(S). I am confused as to what does one firmware offers that the others do not. A tabulated comparison would be a useful visual reference to see the "big picture."
  2. matthiaz

    matthiaz Network Guru Member

    Just use DD-WRT. No need to do further comparings. If you're a linux geek maybe take a look at OpenWRT. But that's it...

    And as far as this posting goes: why are you posting this in the DD-WRT area? It's like a global question and it doesn't really belong here...
  3. techmanblues

    techmanblues Network Guru Member

    I posted here because it seems like this is the most popular alternative firmware. I am sure it is popular for a good reason. But I am confused as to why there are so many others if DD-WRT is all encompassing in terms of features? Do the other firmwares have a subset of those of DD-WRT and therefore faster? Is speed is the reason for the existence of the other firmwares?
  4. matthiaz

    matthiaz Network Guru Member

    Why are there so many car manufactures...? Isn't one car enough...?
  5. Magus255

    Magus255 Network Guru Member

    Some people prefer the smaler firmwares that don't have features they don't use. dd-wrt seems to have pretty much everything I've seen or heard of in the other firmwares execpt maybe openwrt.
  6. hkazemi

    hkazemi Network Guru Member

    Featurewise I'd consider DD-WRT, OpenWRT, Alchemy, and Talisman to be relatively close. OpenWRT is command-line only; a drawback for those who want a GUI/web interface. DD-WRT was a fork of the Alchemy project, lead by BrainSlayer, and I believe has everything found in Alchemy and then some. Talisman is the successor to Alchemy and latest beta firmware under development at Sveasoft (run by James Ewing with a lot of devteam coding by Jesse Brown (aka wolf) ).

    Whether to choose DD-WRT or (Alchemy or Talisman) really depends on how you view the political situation in the WRT54G community, as the drama has unfolded over the past 18 months. The forum archives and testimonies and postings across the web will give anyone unversed in these politics a good background. (mostly its about interpreting the GPL, sales and marketing methods, responses to situations, bad feelings, flame wars, and miscommunication).
  7. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    dd-wrt is based almost on the openwrt core now. there isnt much left from alchemy. i do my own stuff since many months
  8. techmanblues

    techmanblues Network Guru Member

    I think you people are doing a great job at advancing routing technologies, at making these advanced features available to the average person. This is a classic example of labor of love.

    If DD-WRT and other features-laden firmwares are so advanced, why do people need to use these expensive Cisco routers?

    If Cisco routers have more horse power and therefore can handle more traffic going through them, then why can't people use alternatives like SmoothWall and M0n0Wall? After all, these routers use powerful CPUs of desktop PCs as their hardware?

    Has the playing field gotten so even now among Cisco and alternative home-grown routers that the only reason people use Cisco is due to personal preference and not technological? Are Cisco routers still more secured?

    Has there any formal testing on the security robustness of these alternative firmwares? It seems to me the number one focus on these firmwares is adding more and more features. "Bugs" that were reported by the community are mostly about when some features do not work. Correct me if I am wrong, but I have not seen an instant where a bug was reported because someone intentionally discovered that he can do something that he should not, something like able to bypass some implicit restriction. For example would be the ability to establish VPN without a password?
  9. JmJ17

    JmJ17 Network Guru Member

    Perhaps speed?

    I only have 2 computers in my LAN (plus some other devices) and when I'm using emule or azureus, receiving lots of connections, I've noticed in my WRT54G wiht DD-WRT v23 full a really slow down.

    Is this caused by the full featured firmware? With Alchemy I didnt' notice that. Is this firm too much for this hardware? Perhaps in the WRT54GS Model this problem will be less noticiable?

    Despite of my problems, BrainSlayer, thank you for your work.
  10. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    The wireless performance in DD-WRT v23 is much improved over Alchemy. It seems that performance problems with p2p apps ususally boils down to configuration issues. Not trying to point fingers but did you reset your router to defaults after the upgrade to v23 as is required??? Additionally remember that currently DD-WRT v23 is still Beta firmware!! ;)
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