WRT54G v6 streaming video issues

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mmumford, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. mmumford

    mmumford LI Guru Member

    Hey all, if this issue has been addressed in another thread please let me know as I could not find it.

    Problem: I had a WRT54G v1 connected to my comcast cable modem for several years with great performance and streaming content. A couple months it finally died so I went to my local tech store and bought a new WRTG54 v6 and noticed that certain websites with streaming video where jerking now, while on others everything was fine. I tested my connection at places like speakeasy and get between 10 - 12mb down and 700k up so I assumed the websites themselves where acting up. I did some troubleshooting and found it was NOT the websites acting up. I also ran a direct cat 5 from the cable modem to my laptop and got perfect performance. I then tried to run the cat 5 from one of the WRT54G v6 ports and got the jerking performace, so both wireless and wired connections to the WRT54G v6 have performance issues at certain sites. I upgraded to the official linksys firmware 1.01.1 and the issue is still there.

    Anyone heard of this? Should I go to a 3rd party firmware?

    Thanks Matt
  2. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    Yes, others have posted at the Linksys.com forums having the same issues with version 5 and 6. I think alot of the issues have to do with the VXWorks operating system along with the low RAM and Flash Memory. Thats my personal opinion tho, because so many people with versions 5 and 6 have the same problems.
  3. mmumford

    mmumford LI Guru Member

    Mastec, I think you are correct. I did some more research on the net and found that many people with v5 and v6 went to a 3rd party firmware. I came home early from work and downloaded DD-WRT v23 SP2 and followed all the directions...GUESS WHAT? everything is streaming and performing as it should now. Looks like linksys needs to rework thier VXworks OS.
  4. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    HA HA HA HA I was going to come in here to see if you replied and suggest you upgrade to DD-WRT. No need for that now... I am glad to see you followed the instructions. So many people get in a hurry and try to rush it with the final result being an expensive paperweight. Then they kick and scream about how the firmware screwed up their router.

    Glad to see its working for you... Congrats.

    I have a WRT54GL v1.1 w/DD-WRT v23 SP2 standard and a WRT54G v3 w/DD-WRT v23 SP2 Standard running a wireless bridge from downstairs to upstairs. No hiccups, no lag, no drops, runs so smooth. I was so glad to find DD-WRT as well months ago.
  5. mmumford

    mmumford LI Guru Member

    WRT54G v6 is running like a champ with DD-WRT v23 SP2 on it. So my home setup now is: comcast HSI modem to the WRT54G w/DD-WRT with PS3 hardwired to one of the ports in the living room, then I have a linksys WET54G bridge in my home office attached to a linksys linksys EZXS55W that has my main PC, Laser printer and VOIP ATA hardwired to it. I was given another WRT54G v1 and I wanted to know if I should use it as the bridge in my home office and scrap the WET54 and EZXS55W setup? Would I get any better performance or bennefits?
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