WRT54G u.s. firmware releases way ahead of internat releases

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Anonymous, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    the only difference is the amount of wireless channels available.

    i have said this dozens of times.

    us = 1-11

    eu = 1-13

    jp = 1-14
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    So sorry...

    I'm so sorry to have used your precious forum for such a stupid ignorant question - could have told myself that! It won't happen again, rest assured of that!
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I've seen the same question being posed in other forums. To many it is a valid question since they don't know it is a "minor" difference.

    Perhaps we can add a quickie article on this topic to our FAQ? I'll write one if you like 8)
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Linksys says "different chipset"

    Interesting, and that's what i thought too. But just to be sure, i asked the same question from support-at-linksys-dot-com. The person on the other side claimed that the WRT54g-US has a different chipset from the WRT54g-EU router, and that's why you shouldn't install the US firmware on an EU box. Yes, i was surprised too.

  6. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I posed the same question over a year ago to their UK support and I got a different reply - OK to update US firmware to an EU router (and I've done that too).
  7. Avenger20

    Avenger20 Network Guru Member

    Re: Linksys says "different chipset"

    I think this linksys support man has too much fantasy :)

    Hardware of wrt54g-eu and wrt54g-us is 100% the same.
    Only difference is the wireless channels in the firmware.
  8. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Firmware 3.01.3-US on EU router

    Inspired by this forum, i installed the 3.01.3 firmware on my WRT54g with no problems at all. What really surprised me was that it didn't forget my previous settings and that i didn't even have to reboot the box (perhaps it rebooted itself for me :) ). Now that's Linux!

    OK, so i might have lost a few channels in the operation, but hey, i wasn't using them anyway.

    But the real reason for upgrading was that i wanted Quality of Service on the router. Sure there is QoS on the 3.01.3 fw, but it isn't nearly as aggressive as i'd hoped. I have a cable modem with really weak uplink speeds, so nonimportant stuff like Bittorrent really needs to yield when i'm on the phone (SIP, VoIP). The sound is still jittery. I guess it's better than before, but it's nowhere near acceptable.

    I guess i'll have to go with OpenWRT or WiFi-box, as soon as i figure out which distribution i want and how i shall configure Wondershaper better. As an alternative, what is Linksys' QoS based on? Maybe it can be configured to be more aggressive over a commandline (Batbox).


  9. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    It is of no surprise at all.

    Every time I update the firmware as is, the router would retain its previous settings and it would not reboot by itself - that has to be done manually, and a hard reset is recommended to clear any remnant of the previous firmware.
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