WRT54GS Bittorrent troubles: I need new router, any advice?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Troyus, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Troyus

    Troyus Network Guru Member

    I've been having alot of problems with my Linksys WRT54GS v.1.0 (CGN1) wireless router. It worked perfectly for the first 6 months I had it, but now whenever I go to use Bittorrent, or any other P2P network for that matter, It freezes up causing network wide slow downs...resulting in disconnections. In order to fix this I need to manually reboot the router (I can't even access the router's Home Page to reboot it there, thats how bad the network gets!).

    This is nothing new....It happened to my WRT54g (not GS) a year ago, after which I thought it must have broken down, so I bought the GS version....I loved it, great router...But once it started having these issues again....I can't stand it. If I merely turn on Bittorrent, without any active downloads, I imediatly experience network wide time outs when accessing the internet, or network resources.

    I've done everything I could to fix this problem. Upgraded to the latest firmware, tried 3rd party firmware (HyperWRT, which is great!), lowered the MTU (to even 1200 at one point, no improvements). I know its the router, because as soon as you reboot it, it works perfectly. Even when it has the problems I described above, signal strenght is full....so thats alright, but access to the internet is impossible (almost no packets are received).

    This problem is not limited to the wireless computers, but affects those on ethernet and wi-fi alike. I have around 2-3 on wifi, and 3 on ethernet, but even when I had less connected, I had the same problems.

    Now I need to buy something new, I've reached a point where I really just want these problems to go away. Does anyone know of a good router out there? The main PC which I use, uses a Linksys WMP54GS network adapter (PCI). I'm sure it should be compatible with any router, and if the router doesnt support speedbooster, thats OK, because SpeedBooster support is not available in the x64 drivers (I'm using Windows XP Pro x64 Edition).

    Right now I'm either going to try my luck with another Linksys router, maybe the WRT54GS again? Are the newer versions better than the version I have (I think version 4 is the newest right?). And I heard I should stay away from version 5 of the WRT54G (but I may as well stay with the GS, since my card is GS). If I went with, a standard WRT54G or GL, would it be the same as a GS because my drivers don't support speedbooster (they are the broadcom ones built into x64). Also are any of the new Linksys routers good with bittorrent and P2P? Even though my drivers won't support the MIMO (or my card for that matter) they should still boost perfeormance right?

    So basically I was wondering if anybody could recommend a good wireless router which can handle the use of P2P. Which routers do you recommend or use? Price isnt too much of an issue, as long as it lasts over a year i'll be happy! And I'm a Linksys fan, but if another copany has something better...let me know. And now I like using third party software, so thats always nice to have support for.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    BitTorrent opens LOTS of connections, and by default those connections stay open in Linksys (and most other) routers for 5 days. This will bring your router to its KNEES in a matter of hours.

    Look into the latest HyperWRT, which I think contains a fix, or add a startup script line as follows:

    echo "600 1800 120 60 120 120 10 60 30 120" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_conntrack_tcp_timeouts

    Restart your router and it should work fine.

    EDIT: And, no, the newer ones are NOT better. They stripped out half the memory, and left them the same otherwise. You have a better unit than the newer ones. The WRT54GS V4, WRT54G V4, and new WRT54GL are the EXACT SAME router except for a little firmware tweaks to disable Speedbooster in the G V4 and the GL. But aftermarket firmware brings it right back.

    The WRT54G V5, well, don't get me started. It's not even Linux, and can't run any third party firmware yet, and has so little memory it'll be tough to pull it off.
  3. brucebeh

    brucebeh Network Guru Member

    use dd-wrt firmware.

    change max ports to 1024

    and tcp/udp timeouts to 1800 seconds

    Works PERFECTLY with my wrt54gs v2, i have 3 computers, all 3 running bit torrent, been running all 3 computers on bittorrent for a full 24 hours now, all downloading, web browsing and everything still blazing fast.

    Give it a shot and let me know how that goes.

    Make sure you port forward your bit torrent clients, it helps a lot
  4. Troyus

    Troyus Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the advice, I'm definetly going to try what you said, beats having to buy a new one ;).

    NateHoy: Thanks for that start up script, I just added it now and I hope it will solve my problems. Are there any other scripts I should know? And thanks for the info on the different model numbers. I had originally though a company would improve a router as time goes on...I suppose they do in a way, by making it cheaper to make they can improve their profits.

    brucebeh: I'm going to remember your advice as well, and if what I'm doing doesnt solve my problem I'll try that out. Thanks.

    Thanks again, if anyone has more advice for improvements, let me know! :)
  5. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    There are a few other commands. Tofu has them up on his home page:


    HOWEVER: I can tell you that, running BitTorrent for a solid week, my router has been perfectly stable with the one-line change I gave your earlier and HyperWRT Tofu. Use the other settings at your own discretion/risk (as with everything in the mod world) LOL!
  6. Troyus

    Troyus Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the link, I'll check it out. And you mentioned you're using HyperWRT Tofu? Is that another addition? I'm using "Firmware Version: v3.37.6 - HyperWRT 2.1b1" I don't think I have the Tofu varient. Whats the difference and where can I get it? Thanks.
  7. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Tofu (for the WRT54G) and Thibor (for the GS) are both HyperWRT variants based on much newer stock firmware.

    For example, Tofu 11 is based on Linksys firmware 4.30.1, which is a SLIGHT step up from the 3.37.6 that your HyperWRT is based on. ;)

    Tofu and Thibor both merge the best of the new Linksys firmware, the changes that were done for HypwerWRT 2.1b1, and their own special sauces to "makea da spicey meataball froma you router". (grin)

    Look in the HyperWRT thread here for "Tofu 11"
  8. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Coming a bit late to this thread, but wouldn't a simple solution be to strictly limit the number of incoming connections to something reasonable? I find I don't really benefit from 1,024 simultaneous connections anyhow...... Most clients have a setting page somewhere to limit connections, bandwidth, etc.

    I also use Azureus and have just a single forwarded port, not a whole range.
  9. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Yes, but the problem is not current connections with this bug, it's old ones. By default, Linksys WRT54G* units "remember" connections for *five days*.

    Before loading Tofu, my router could go about a day with BitTorrent if I limited my connections to something under 30. Then it crashed and had to be rebooted. I tried 4 connections once, and got a whole blistering 3 days, in which just about nothing downloaded because three connections isn't enough to do anything. Then the router crashed.

    The "patch" makes it so that connections are cleaned up every 1/2 hour, and there are reports of people setting that timeout even faster than 1800 (1/2 hour) and getting good results.

    Currently, I have my timeout set at 1/2 hour, with 1,000 max connections on my BitTorrent client and 2,048 max connections on the router, and I am approaching seven days of uptime, and I installed it last week.

    Of course, I download TV shows and Open Source software, so the number of simultaneous connections in the real world for me is WELL under 1,000 - closer to 100. If I downloaded pirated music or pirated software, or pr0n, I'd probably be USING 1,000 ports.

    I'm sure other number combinations would work, as long as the Linksys has plenty of connections available and the old ones get flushed out fast enough.

    But the Linksys defaults won't work well for anyone using lots of connections.
  10. Troyus

    Troyus Network Guru Member

    Ok I have the WRT54GS, so I just found Thibor's release of HyperWRT and I'm going to load it on now. Is there anything I should know about Thibor's? Different start up scripts maybe?

    I limited my connections to 100....and it was still crashing alot, but now that I've used the start up script you gave me, its been fine for the whole day :) I will be testing it out more, and add the Thibor firmware release.

    I don't download that much, so I don't think the issue was using too many ports, it must have been what you said about the ports remaining open.

    Thanks for the help so far, its been great!
  11. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Oh I see, gotcha about the connection table on the router.

    One reason not to default it too short though is then idle connections get dropped. I've seen threads where people like to leave ssh sessions open and complain when the router drops the session. You can't win. But as long as it's configurable.....

    I guess I haven't had to deal with this problem much lately so I'd kind of forgotten. I've got in the habit of using Linux PC's with 512 megs of RAM as house routers so I guess it's harder to overflow that. I just use the WRT as fancy bridges and AP's not for their routing functions usually.
  12. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Yup. It's a fun balance. Of course, 5 days is just a BIT much. (grin)

    The other trick is to increase the number of connections available. I have no idea how many the WRT54G can support, but the recommendation is 4,096, which you can combine with even a 1-2 hour timeout and get a decent balanced setup.
  13. Troyus

    Troyus Network Guru Member

    Nice advice again...I was just at Tofu's site under the P2P tricks section, and I noticed he has the start up script you gave me, but its longer. What do the extra lines do?

    echo 4096 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_conntrack_max
    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts
    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_ignore_bogus_error_responses
    echo 512 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/default/gc_thresh1
    echo 2048 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/default/gc_thresh2
    echo 4096 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/default/gc_thresh3
    echo "600 1800 120 60 120 120 10 60 30 120" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_conntrack_tcp_timeouts

    And should I use them all? Thanks :)
  14. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    The first one is useful - it expands out the total number of ports in the tracking table. The rest - I don't know. The ICMP Echo blocks PING attempts, which is a setting in the GUI, so what's the point? Blocking bogus error responses is good, but that is probably on by defaulot (can't hurt). The others are cleanup thresholds - 512 is the minimum number of used connections before cleanup even starts, the 2048 is the number of connections to target, and the 4096 is the "do not exceed" number.

    I'll have to restart my router tonight to do some site surveys. When I'm done, I'll load this script and see what happens.
  15. Troyus

    Troyus Network Guru Member

    I'm now running "Firmware Version : v4.70.6 - HyperWRT 2.1b1 - Thibor " with the start up script you gave me:
    I've fully tested it, and its working great! I can download without disconnecting, and I can share again! It's been running for 3 days without any problems and I've transfered quite alot of data in that time. I also found that with this firmware version UpnP actually works, and works well :D.

    So yeah, just wanted to thank you for all the help, You saved me from having to buy a new router. I might test the extra scripts, but for now it's working perfectly!
  16. ethanx

    ethanx Guest

    I have a WRT54G version 2.2, firmware version 4.20.7. I´ve been experiencing the same problems when using P2P software. I´ve tried a lot of different things to sort it out but none of them has worked, when the router crashes due to the huge amount of simultaneous connections, the only way to get it to work again is to reboot it. I´d like to test your method but I have no idea about where and how I have to add that line of code . Could you please help me?
  17. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    @Troyas: you don't actually need that startup script, the timeout setting is 600(instead of your setting of 1800)
  18. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    ethanx -

    Welcome to the world of Third Party Firmware. ;)

    Seriously, there is no way to enter the startup script in the default Linksys firmware. You will have to load a third party. Take your pick. I chose HyperWRT because it is VERY similar to the stock Linksys firmware, with gobs of new features. Including starup scripts, but as Thibor (who writes one of the current HyperWRT builds) mentioned, you probably don't even NEED a startup script once you are on HyperWRT because it gets rid of the silly Linksys default.

    In any case, for the WRT54G, if you want HyperWRT, you probably want Tofu. Read all about it here: http://tofu.polarcloud.com/

    And be sure to read the "Tofu 11" thread on this forum, under "HyperWRT", to learn more before you leap.
  19. Troyus

    Troyus Network Guru Member

    Oh so you've integrated the start up script into the actual furmware (or I should say you've fixed the Linksys default). Linksys should hire you! :) OH and yeah, so I suppose I won't really need to have any start up scripts then right? Or are there soem you recommend and havent integrated?

    When I have some time I'm going to write a guide on how to switch over to using third-party firmware and what to do exactly. It's really not hard, it's just that it's tough to find all of the information, it's all in different places. I'll post that when I'm done with it :)
  20. enzo_m

    enzo_m Network Guru Member

    Got my crappy WRT54G

    I have a BEFSR41 router for years and never had a problem. Only picked up the WRT54G because of the qos feature. I am still unable to get the qos to work. But a bigger problem at the moment is the Bittorrent issue. This router craps out after a few minutes of running Bittorrent. Was on the phone with linksys support for over an hour trying to solve the problem. They have concluded it's an defective router and have offered to RMA it.

    It's great that guys are out there hacking this products and making them better. However, companies like Linksys should release good quality, well tested products. Hopefully, they'll send me one that works. Until then, I'll keep RMAing this router until they get it fixed.

    Just my 2 cents.
  21. vibe666

    vibe666 Network Guru Member

    as a little addition to all this, i've been on to linksys about including this in their new firmware, given that the issue has been present in their routers since the year dot, but i haven't gotten very far.

    my suggestions have been passed on to the linksys firmware developers who will take it into consideration, but we will not be able to help you further than that so you will just have to keep an eye on the linksys website for updates. loads of help anyway.

    i tried to explain that this has been a big problem for a lot of users for a long time, but they were adament that nobody had ever heard of it before. i explained that startup scripts in 3rd party firmware is the only way to fix it at present, but all i got was 'not supported, void warranty, etc.' from the phone monkey on the line.

    anyway, there may or may not be something coming from it, but i guess we'll never know until it happens.

    my main problem is that I've bought a wrt54gx since my wrt54g died, and so i'm completely screwed for 3rd party firmware now.

    I think I'll sell it on ebay and get a wrt54g again. anyone reccommend the best model wrt54g to get for running a 3rd party firmware (thibor or tofu)?

    I also still have my old wrt54g which is now well and truly bricked. weird too, it was working fine for months and just died after a reboot (quick flashing power light). i managed to re-load the default linksys firmware with their updater after shorting pins 15-16 but it made no difference, even though i was getting an ip address and the firmware loaded completely from the updater. i'm now thinking about either going the jtag route or adding a serial port and trying it that way, but have no idea where to start with either.

    the router itself is dead right now, so afaics it's not going to get any deader by me experimenting with it, especially as I already have a (albeit crappy) replacement for it in the shape of a wrt54gx. i've had a look at some of the guides, but i don't know which would be betetr to try, the jtag or the serial port.

    any help would be grately appreciated.
  22. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I'm partial to the WRT54GS v1.0 units, but these days you are most likely to find WRT54GS v4.0 units. Work great, I have one with uptime 92 days now. Good luck!
  23. 25jai

    25jai Network Guru Member

    i am also having the same problem, where i'm thinking that too many connections are connecting thru the router... before i used the wrt54gs, i used befsr41, and having torrents on worked like a charm, no slowing down browsers...until the stupid thing just didn't work, thats y i had to buy the wrt one. ok ne ways, i was reading this thread and i've decided to upgrade the firmware to dd-wrt, since mine is ver.4, so dd-wrt is the only one that supports it (and its v23 beta build 12/21). and i'm still not sure how to fix the torrent problem, cuz when i have a few torrents on and downloading (they're not at full speed, so i still have some bandwidth so that my browser can still load pages), my browser, obviously, goes HELL slow, sometimes just can't even load the pages. how do i fix it with dd-wrt firmware?
  24. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Sorry, just a side point. DD-WRT is an excellent firmware, and a fine choice. But it is not the only firmware you can use.

    A WRT54G V4 can accept just about any of the firmwares out there, including HyperWRT Tofu or Thibor, which are built to be much closer to the stock firmware and a little more user-friendly.

    I'm not dissing DD-WRT, it is one seriously advanced piece of routing firmware. Heck, it's all goodness from heaven compared to the stock stuff (grin).

    HyperWRT Thibor and Tofu have fixes for BitTorrent built in. Load them, rekey your configuration settings, and you're done.
  25. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Google for:

    linux ip_conntrack_max hashsize

    Found one thread here on OpenWRT about this that looked interesting:

    You'll see the ip_conntrack_max size in recent kernels is based on the hashsize. So if hashsize for the conntrack module is set to 1024 then ip_conntrack_max would come out to 8192 since it's usually 8 times that value.

    Now, I have to wonder if artificially raising ip_conntrack_max without also increasing the value of hashsize, is a good idea. I'm not deep enough into this netfilter kernel stuff yet to say, but on surface it seems like a too-small hash table is going to lead to some issues. In desktop linux they recommend the cleanest method is just set so module ipconntrack hashsize is increased to a higher value on next boot, and then the ip_conntrack_max will follow along and also be larger.

    Not sure how to apply this as regards to WRT firmwares yet, but thought it worth reading for some of you.

    I wonder why we just don't request some of the firmware authors to set even higher default values? I mean the typical Linux kernel values are good for a desktop but are recommended to be raised for a firewall box, which is precisely what we are dedicated to with the WRT.....

    Also, just looked on some GS v1.0 (32 meg RAM!) units and looks like default of 512 connection, and same 512 value on GSv4 (16 meg RAM) units. Unless I've made a mistake units with more RAM are not getting more connection-table allocated as I would have expected to happen with a normal desktop Linux PC.

    Another fun thing to do, log into your router and do
    cat /proc/net/ipconntrack

    You can see the table entries!
  26. 25jai

    25jai Network Guru Member

    Sorry, just a side point. DD-WRT is an excellent firmware, and a fine choice. But it is not the only firmware you can use.

    A WRT54G V4 can accept just about any of the firmwares out there, including HyperWRT Tofu or Thibor, which are built to be much closer to the stock firmware and a little more user-friendly.[/quote]

    i'm using wrt54gS SSSSSSSSSS, not just g, so only dd-wrt supports it
  27. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Cheesh. OK, I missed the "S". Sorry, my mistake - but it doesn't matter... You can still have HyperWRT or most of the other firmwares.

    WRT54GS can be supported by HyperWRT Thibor instead of Tofu as I recommended. Tofu for G, Thibor for GS. By the way, the WRT54G and GS V4 are identical hardware, so you can choose which version you want based on whether you want SpeedBooster.

    So my WRT54G could BECOME a "GS" by simply loading Thibor. Your "GS" could become a "G" by loading Tofu. The GL is really a G V4, but could become a "G" or a "GS". All the V4's run the same harware, only the Linksys provided firmware differentiates them. Once you load third party firmware, there's no difference.

    Again, choose DD-WRT if you want. It's great stuff, and I'm sure you'll be happy if you do choose it.

    But it's not the only firmware your unit will support. The WRT54GS V4, the WRT54G V4, and the WRT54GL (which are IDENTICAL ROUTERS) all support HyperWRT, and just about EVERY other firmware written.

    You are artifically limiting your choice based on misinformation. Which you are free to do if you choose, of course. Just trying to help out...
  28. 25jai

    25jai Network Guru Member

    oh so thibor's hyperWRT can be put onto GS v4 rite? it will still have the SpeedBooster function rite, it wont erase it?
  29. dr_watzone

    dr_watzone Guest

    There is no docu about the HyperWRT Thibor Release. From my point of view I will give Sveasoft with their Talisman a try.
  30. swinn

    swinn Network Guru Member

  31. r69med

    r69med Network Guru Member


    ok i have some real issues....i've loaded TOFU 11 on my WRT54G V4....router still crashes like crazy with bittorrent after little to no time at all. i dont know what settings to change or anything...i cant find the max connections/timeout settings on the client page...really confused and frusterated...if anyone could help i'd appreciate it...losing my mind right now
  32. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member


    First, did you erase NVRAM and restart the router, then do a "reset to factory settings", then manually rekey all of your settings? That's an important step sometimes because it makes sure that no bad data remains in memory.

    If you've done that, Tofu 11 should not be having that problem. However, there is a startup script that adjusts a few settings. Try pasting the following into your startup script, then restarting the router:

    echo 4096 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_conntrack_max
    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts
    echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_ignore_bogus_error_responses
    echo 512 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/default/gc_thresh1
    echo 2048 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/default/gc_thresh2
    echo 4096 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/neigh/default/gc_thresh3
    echo "600 1800 120 60 120 120 10 60 30 120" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_conntrack_tcp_timeouts

    If you search around, I have a post somewhere (need to retype it and see if I can get it made sticky) that explains what each one does. The two most significant are the first, which increases the number of connections the router can keep open, and the second number in the last (1800), which specifies how long, in seconds, the router will maintain an active, but idle, connection.
  33. r69med

    r69med Network Guru Member

    :eek: yeah so i definately did none of that before installing tofu..but entering the script should fix all that?

    well i'm a pretty visual person...after adjusting the startup script and resetting the router i've looked at all the settings again and it seems nothing has changed. is this normal? if so then why the hell doesnt linksys provide an easier way, without having to write code to adjust the allowable open ports and other such settings?

    should i still clear nvram and restore factory default settings? my only issue is i'm afraid i wont know what to manually key in

    well anyawys thanks alot, i really appreciate it...and yes you should make it a sticky, it'll probably help a lot of confused ppl like myself
  34. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    That, my friend, is one humdinger of an excellent question. If they just fixed the "idle connections" issue and brought the timeout down to a reasonable time period, most people wouldn't even NEED the third party firmware.

    But, hey, at least they were smart enough to build their routers (except the *phtooey* V5) on Linux AND release the source code for the firmware. That way, fine upstanding people like Tofu, Thibor, BrainSlayer, Avenger, Rutan, and a host of others I know I'm not mentioning can actually make these little $50 jobbies into serious routing powerhouses, at least within the physical limits of a $50 device.
  35. r69med

    r69med Network Guru Member


    ok i'm officially hating linksys right now. or atleast my ability to configure the damn thing. after loading up the suggested startup script as well as tofu i'm still experiencing router disconnect every 4 hours or less. i dont know wat to do at this point. if anyone can give me a step-by-step what-to-do-to-fix-this-mess i'd greatly appreciate it.
  36. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    r96med -

    OK, put down the sledgehammer. Put it down. Gently, now, and not on the router at high velocity. I can see it in your eyes...

    Anyway, tell us a tale of your configuration. What kind of Internet connection do you have? What kind of modem? How many computers? How is everything wired? How is the router configured? What BitTorrent client do you use? How many files are you loading at once? What are your average upload/download speeds on Torrent? How many connections do you maintain? Do you eat your broccoli? Don't hold anything back, it might be important. :)

    Seriously, answer all but the last question.

    Excerpt from my router, running BitTorrent 100% of the time, and my Vonage VoIP line frequently:

    Uptime : 15 days, 09:47:39
    WAN (rx/tx) : 22.73 G (25.69 K/s) 23.70 G (23.58 K/s)

    It IS possible - I'm living proof, unless your ISP is cutting you off, or unless you have a configuration problem. Don't ignore the obvious ones, like a flakey patch cable. Check the signal levels on your modem. Do speed tests, with and without the router.

    Worst case, if you live anywhere near Maine, bring a 6 pack of Sam Adams and we'll get it fixed. ;)
  37. r69med

    r69med Network Guru Member

    i'm pounding a sixer now just thinking about it :drinking:
    ok so im running on a comcast cable connection w/motorola surfboard sb4200. computer directly linked and two laptops wirelessly.

    after discovering Azureus ive realized it is the single greatest torrent client ever...yet i cant let loose on it just yet...before the router, down speeds could reach 500k+ on a busy day. its currently set to top out at 400 max connections which shouldnt be a problem considering the startup script you gave me begins port cleanup a little after 500. 40k upload is pretty much my max in that area.

    running a linksys wrt54g v4. as far as the router config goes...well i guess there's too much to write down here....but if you ask any specific questions i can get you wat you need or take screenshots...right now i'm just ready to take the damn thing outside for a little batting practice or completely wipe out the vram and restore default settings.

    thanks for helpin me out. broccoli is the food of champions

    -=OK NEW EDIT=-

    BEfore all this router tweaking, P2P worked just fine. no issues whatsoever....now, 5 minutes, i repeat, 5 FREAKIN MINUTES INTO DL AND THE ROUTER CRASHES.... :argue:
  38. Valmor

    Valmor Network Guru Member

    I used to have a Belkin router. Pretty much it was crap, and I had read lots of good stuff about the WRT54G and custom firmware, that I decided to pick it up. Of course I get v5.0 and discover that they dumbed it down. Any chance of Linksys fixing this with new firmware or should I order the Linux version?
  39. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Sorry, I never noticed your edit on here until just now.

    Ummmm.. I'm not sure what could be going on. I'd most certainly try a complete NVRAM wipe, followed by a factory reset.

    Tofu 10/11 (same difference, basically, except for a few WRT54G 1.x compatibility tweaks) is solid firmware.

    I know from personal experience...

    Uptime: 20 days, 00:34:00
    LAN (rx/tx) : 32.16 G (18.86 K/s) 24.63 G (21.94 K/s)
    WLAN (rx/tx) :649.12 K (0.00 K/s) 5.55 M (0.00 K/s)
    WAN (rx/tx) : 33.53 G (28.14 K/s) 33.19 G (20.05 K/s)
  40. enzo_m

    enzo_m Network Guru Member


    Got my router RMA'ed. Have a new WRT54G v.5 which works perfectly. Even the QOS functions flawlessly. I can't run non-linksys firmware, but the router is good enough for me as it is.

    Linksys phone support was not bad, email support was ok as well. They both said the router was defective and offered to replace it. Got the new router in only a few days. The online support is terrible. The agents take forever to respond and they seem to only have a three word vocabulary, “ok†and “I seeâ€. The conversation mysteriously go dead leave you yapping to yourself. Linksys definitely needs to fix that weak point or get rid of online support entirely.
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