What Router should i get?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Deleted member 11179, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. That acts as a hardware firewall and also can handle heavy p2p and bittorrent DLs without hanging and making my internet screw up.

  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I like the WRT54GL. Works well for me, using P2P constantly, and the QoS in it is good enough to allow my Vonage VoIP telephone line and all of my computers to easily coexist with BitTorrent.
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    come to a primarily linksys forum and you will get linksys responses. Im sure you can find somebody whos had an bad experience with every product if your looking for them.

    so how bout the WRT54Gv4 ? :punch:
  4. if it has what im looking for, sure ill consider it. id rather have linksys, actually. just hear those models arent good for dling alot of stuff.
  5. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    I should have been more clear. The reason I recommend the WRT54GL (L = Linux) is because that specific router CAN take the aftermarket firmware they refer to (of course, their specific versions are very out of date, but they can be forgiven that).

    The WRT54G/GS/GL line with STOCK linksys firmware does have serious problems. Of course, many routers suffer from "NAT table overload", not just Linksys. The WRT54GL is aheadof the curve there because it can take aftermarket firmware that fixes the problem and adds really, really advanced features.

    WRT54GL + HyperWrt Thibor 14 ( http://www.thibor.co.uk/ ) = one SERIOUSLY powerful and stable router for the price!
  6. cool

    1)what are my chances of making my router a brick?

    2)is it difficult to apply the firmware?

    3)do i have to have linux to use it?

    4)what are the seriously cool features?

    thanks alot!
  7. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    1. Very low. I have flashed my WRT54G V4 (same as the WRT54GL) back and forth between several versions of Thibor, Tofu, and stock firmware with no problems.

    2. No. Download the Thibor build for the WRT54GL, and use the standard firmware upgrade tool on the router to apply it, then leave the router alone until it has rebooted on its own, and do a factory reset with the "clear NVRAM" option. At that point, all you need to do is rekey your settings.

    3. No. If you wanted to modify it and compile your sources, you need Linux, but Thibor has pre-compiled the firmware, just like Linksys does, so it's simply a matter of applying the firmware update to the router.

    4. See Thibor's page for a full list. My favorites are Static DHCP (ability to say that a certain MAC address ALWAYS gets a certain TCP/IP address), and the major enhancements to QoS. HyperWRT Thibor also has Wake-on-Lan (a user contributed piece), port redirection, access to the command line, startup scripts, and a lot of other little niceties.

    A few screenshots are on an article I wrote up for Vonage and P2P users on configuring QoS in Thibor 14: http://vonage.nmhoy.net/wrt54glqos.html
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