WRT54G newbie with questions about PF and FW

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by DynamicLink, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. DynamicLink

    DynamicLink Network Guru Member

    Hi everyone

    I got the WRT54G today as replacement for my totally disappointing D-Link DI-604 (can anyone confirm this?) which before replaced an even worse Netgear 614 or so (anyone with similar experiences?). I hope this time I finally made the right choice. I picked this one because of the various 3rd party firmwares - I hope this will lead to more options in solving problems.

    I have some questions already now:

    - I was surprised the machine needed no port forwarding, neither for eMule nor for Bittorrent - is this normal? Some "UPnP" at work?

    - Which Firmware (by Linksys/by 3rd party) is known to be most solid? I don't even use WLAN yet and even then I'd prefer solidity over extreme performance. Of course, more port forwarding ranges etc. would be cool but after the experiences with dropping connections, not being able to access the router interface etc. with the other routers, it would be great if it just worked...

    From the serial I guess my router is version 2.2. Thanks for any hints!
  2. DevilStick

    DevilStick Network Guru Member

    Hmmm, why switch firmware as long as the official one has all wanted features. When your portforwardings get scarce, you can switch to HyperWRT. It's very close to the official one, stable and only adds some features like more portforwardings and hidden config options.
  3. DynamicLink

    DynamicLink Network Guru Member

    thanks! well, i already some slight timeouts here and there when loading web pages while running emule and azureus. there's some upload left, so this shouldn't be the problem. but at least this device's interface is still accessible when this happens. all in all it makes a better impression so far.

    i forgot one question (couldn't find it by searching although i guess it must have been asked 1000s of times): can i use any firmware on my german version, by linksys or 3rd party? on linksys.com it says i should download a european/german one. but usually translated versions are always a step behind, and especially when i try out a beta, it will most likely not be available in german/european, too?
  4. DevilStick

    DevilStick Network Guru Member

    To fix these timeouts, you should set up QoS and put file sharing services like kazaa, emule and co in a bulk group.
    With dd-wrt firmware it is pretty easy and works very well. I tested it and have it running, since I share my DSL with a beighbour and he uses eMule. So I set file sharing services in a bulk group, my internal firewalled lan to express and the IP of my viop phone to premium.

    IMHO you should be able to install official english firmware on german routers. But with 3rd party firmware, you have to be careful and check out which hardware revision they support and whether the work only on WRT54G or WRT54GS or on both.
  5. DynamicLink

    DynamicLink Network Guru Member

    Thanks, devil. In the meantime I flashed HyperWRT 2.1b1 (worked) which also offers QoS, but not grouping if I see it right (I'm no network pro). For now I only set HTTP to high priority. So DD-WRT offers 3 levels of priority (instead of 2 with HyperWRT) plus grouping? Is it one of the overclocking FWs and can I set the antenna power like with HyperWRT?
  6. DevilStick

    DevilStick Network Guru Member

    In DD-WRT you have 4 levels of QoS:
    - Bulk
    - Standard
    - Express
    - Premium

    You can apply it to tcp/udp ports, ethernet ports, subnets and MAC-adresses.

    You can set transmission strength from 0-251mW, but there is no overclocking feature.
  7. DynamicLink

    DynamicLink Network Guru Member

    Thanks again. As I said in the beginning I inititally didn't want to overclock anyway, but now I realised the device remains really cool (in comparison to DI-604 which you could use as coffee cup heater) so perhaps some day in the future I would dare doing it. For now I'll give DD-WRT a try, too, then.
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