What happened to DD-WRT ?!?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by leonk, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. leonk

    leonk Guest

    I'd like to make the following very clear first and for-most:

    - this is based on my experience of running with a v4 WRT54GS
    - this was tested using only the mini distro targetting this particular router
    - I use an IBM thinkpad (T40) with my WRT54GS in a 2 bedroom apartment (the max distance is about 10 meters!)
    - there are many happy DD-WRT users. If it works for you, more power to you!

    DD-WRT is the only 3rd party firmware I tried. Heck, I never even tried using the factory default. I went out and purchased this router with great expectations. But it seems problems followed me from the start.

    - The original DD-WRT v23 final had some kind of ACK bug in it that was only fixed in SP1 releases. So after using the v23 release for a few days, I switched to the Feb 23 version.
    - I've noticed right away dropping network connections. Extremly slow transfers, and overall bad performance.
    - Since I've switched to a newer release (Feb 27) and the problems just never went away.

    Today, I gave up and switched to the factory firmware. Am I ever sad about it. I miss so many great features (DNS server, static IPs and overall easy to use interface).

    But at the same time, the internet is now SUPER FAST on the wireless connection. No timeouts, the web interface config is very responsive, and changes are instantly in effect.

    But I miss static DHCP and worst yet DNS! (My 4 year old DLINK wired router had a DNS in it!)

    So my question is, has anyone else had as many problems as I did and went back to the factory firmware? Or did you find another 3rd party firmware that is as stable and snappy as the factory one?

  2. scotkb

    scotkb Network Guru Member

    DD-WRT seems to work well for many. I personally use Thibor 14 and it is stable for me (v4.70.8, Hyperwrt 2.1b1 + Thibor14 [Feb 25 2006]) available at http://www.thibor.co.uk/

    There are usually two versions for each release, one for upgrading most WRT54G/GS v1-4 and one for upgrading from stock linksys firmware on v4.
  3. ofbarea

    ofbarea Network Guru Member

    The list of fixes for DD-WRT 2.3 SP1 beta is a long one. After the 27-FEB there are a couple of two new releases :) . I have DD-WRT final installed in a WRT54G V2 and I will probably try the latest available release over the weekend.

    Thibor14 is a great firmware, I have tested it and it works just fine.

    List of DD-WRT changes since final release:
    Note: Before you upgrade to 03/01/06 (DD-WRT) build:
    cyberde @ DD-WRT discussion
  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    same with me but a good long reset button push seems to have taken care of it, mostly. but i do not use it much and cant really say for sure
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