Which firmware will do it?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by MrEvil, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. MrEvil

    MrEvil Network Guru Member

    Hey guys, I'm really new here and have been trying to flash my WRT54G v4 with some of the third party firmware on this site. I was wanting to play with the different firmware types and see if I can find one that'll let a WRT54G work as an AP Client. I have an Xbox and Color Laser printer located in a part of my house far away from my Cable modem and router.

    At this point I have about 80' of Cat5e running along the baseboard to connect them (I trade the cable between the Xbox and printer). I know a WAP54g coupled with a switch would get the job done, but I don't want to buy a switch...I'd rather modify a WRT54G to run as an AP client (Much cheaper than a WAP54G and switch). I know there's firmware out there, but which kind? My Router's firmware is so new it won't accept most of the third party stuff. I want to buy another router anyway, so I'd like to know what I need to look for in the serial number and which firmware to use.
  2. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    Hyperwrt--Thibor version for the GS will work for you. See the forums at hyperwrt.org for some tips on installing it in your V4 router.

    Don't forget to set "factory defaults" before you start loading firmware onto it.

    The Version 4 router will brick if you load a bunch of different types of firmware to play with it.
    It is very easy to brick it.

    DD-WRT V23 Mini Generic is compatible
    Thibor's HyperWRT (my favorite) is compatible
    Not much else is compatible.

    Buying another router? Okay, just avoid models that have serial numbers starting with CDFB. The serial number is printed on back of the box.
  3. PrimalScream

    PrimalScream Network Guru Member

    Agree with danielhaden on HyperWRT.

    Also, note that he is using a GS and you're using a basic G like myself, so use tofu's version of HyperWRT.

  4. OldeBill

    OldeBill Network Guru Member

    Best to do the 'homework' and visit hyperwrt.org

    The WRT54G V4 is a tempermental little box as alluded by danielhaden. And, as PrimalScream notes, the tofu variant of HyperWRT is ordinarily the best fit.

    The V4, in addition to being picky about accepting firmware upgrades, seems to be capable of being updated to a WRT54GS, i.e. the version with SpeedBooster, by following instructions and using HyperWRT Thibor.

    Good upgrading!
  5. MrEvil

    MrEvil Network Guru Member

    Well, I managed to find a place with a New Old Stock WRT54G V3 (the only one they had, rest were 4s) Anyway, I flashed Tofu's HyperWRT to the router, but I am having trouble getting it properly configured how I need it. Do I need to set it as a Wireless Bridge? Or set it as a STA: Client?
  6. MrEvil

    MrEvil Network Guru Member

    Well gents, I am pleased to report that my WRT54G v3.0 is now a Wireless Ethernet bridge, the Computer I currently have it connected to gets an IP from my DHCP server just fine and I am able to post through it. Thanks for all your help! :rockon:
  7. murphbrown

    murphbrown Guest

    reloading wrt54g wireless g

    Guys, I am trying to reload this with anything that will work. does have the cdfb at the begining of the serial, what does that mean. anyway when I can get it up and it wishes to load a file it did say invalid code, now I can't even get to the router.
    Thanks for your help
  8. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    CDFB is version 5. You can return that junk to your vendor or exchange it for a GS or GL. Sorry for that news.

    Currently, Versions 2 through 4 "G" can use thibor's HyperWRT and gain the speedbooster features.
    *For a high-speed WDS link that uses speedbooster, issue the following commands:
    nvram set afterburner_override=1
    nvram commit
    from the commands feature on the administration page.

    All versions of WRT54G/GL/GS can use Tofu's version eleven or higher for the fast Internet and automatic WDS featuers (without speedbooster)

    WRT54G versions 2 through 3.x need the following commands issued:
    nvram set afterburner_override=1
    nvram set clkfreq=216
    nvram commit
    This is done from the "commands" button on the administration page. It is necessary to make this small adjustment for GS firmware to run properly on "G" hardware. Each time the NVRAM is cleaned, a hard reset is done, or a "factory defaults" is done, the commands have to be re-entered into the memory.

    The new V4 "G" "GS" and "GL" can all use either version of HyperWRT. Take your pick.

    More information on the loading and maintenance of HyperWRT is found in the forums of hyperwrt.org
  9. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    If you do get a "GL", a good thing to remember is starting with Tofu 11 it uses the official Linksys WRT54GL firmware as the base firmware -- Linksys 4.30.1 (GL) code base + HyperWRT 2.1.b1 + Tofu 11 features/fixes + some Thibor features(ie, Added Client, WET, and WDS modes).
  10. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Are you sure about that? Thibor said it wasn't possible...

    BrainSlayer has NOT gotten them working together to the best of my knowledge.
  11. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    Well, my WDS did greater than 3 megabytes per second while running WPA+AES and speedbooster.
    It has been reported working by some if given the command nvram set afterburner_override=1. That was a while back and there's been no news since then. All I know is that it makes a darned fast WDS link. ;)
  12. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    You're right 3+MB/s is more than you would usually expect to get from a normal 802.11g connection... How were you measuring the speed? What speeds were you getting before setting the nvram variable? Who discovered this nvram variable? Can you point me to other threads discussing this?

    Sorry for all the questions. :)
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