WRT54GS v4: What firmware to use?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by hyolee, May 21, 2006.

  1. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum :)

    I've been doing some research myself and I just recently bought a Linksys WRT54GS Version 4! I've already updated the firmware to the latest one released on the Linksys website. The problem is that when I run bittorrent, my internet will crap out after a while and then I'll have to either wait for the router to reconnect or just restart the router manually. I use Bitcomet as my bittorrent application by the way.

    I was wondering if it could be because of the firmware I am using or could it be my modem? Sometimes, my internet speeds become so crappy that I have to restart the MODEM too for it to turn back to normal! Or, if there are any specific settings I need to set up on my router or on BitComet.

    Also, if u guys suggest me to use 3rd party firmwares, can you please provide me clear instructions? I'm not too good at these things :(

  2. the_sly_dog

    the_sly_dog Network Guru Member

    hi hyolee

    welcome to this great forum,

    there is many great 3rd party firmwares to use with your wrt54gs v4

    and it should also stop your router bugging out on p2p connections solved all my issues :rockon: :rockon: :rockon:

    here is one many users will recommend is hyperwrt thibor 15c

    or u could also try dd-wrt 23 sp1 final us the MINI version first then u can use the standard or voip version


    either one is great,

    i personally use hyperwrt 15c for my wrt54gs v1 and is the best firmware ever

    BUT REMEBER TO RESTORE FACTORY SETTINGS IN THE GUI BEFORE U USE EITHER of them firmwares !!! and a quick 30 seconds reset holding the reset button on the back of the router AFTER the firmware is completed (clears the nvram)



  3. blackcobra85

    blackcobra85 Network Guru Member

    I would think that going to a 3rd party firmware is the way to go because that is why I did it yesterday and today :D

    I made this thread on how to flash it because the Wiki was not clear enought. So just follow my post (the first one) and all should be good. Linksys firmware to DD-WRT v23 SP1 Final

    To download the firmware : DD-WRT
    Download v23 SP1 mini and v23 SP1 std. Both in the .zip archive.

    I'm too slow, the_sly_dog replyed while I was typing...
  4. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    haha, What if i want to flash it to the hyperwrt thibor 15c, do i still have to flash it to the dd-wrt mini version first?
  5. blackcobra85

    blackcobra85 Network Guru Member

    The original Linksys firmware as a limit of ±3.0mb for the firmware file that you upload to it. In the case of DD-WRT, the mini is ±2.5mb and the full one (std) is ±3.5mb. This is why if you go with DD-WRT that you have to flash it twice. Because it will not work if you upload the std version first.

    I'm not sure for the file size of thibor firmware, so you should check that before trying to upgrade it.
  6. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    Ok thanks blackcobra, do you know a site that will provide me with this info?
  7. the_sly_dog

    the_sly_dog Network Guru Member

    u can flash straight to hyperwrt thibor 15c
    from stock linksys firmware
    the filesize is 3.24mb


    u want thibor 15c wrt54gsv4 file
  8. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    Ok, thanks so much the_sly_dog, but I still have one more question if it's not too much to bother :p hehe

    I already upgraded my firmware the day I bought htis router which was like 3 days ago. I upgraded from the stock version to the latest firmware provided on the Linksys website. Can I still flash straight to the hyperWRT thibor 15c firmware?

    Help greatly appreciated.
  9. the_sly_dog

    the_sly_dog Network Guru Member

    hello hyolee
    of course u can,

    first go to

    reset factory settings

    then upload thibor 15c firmware PLEASE WAIT 5 MINUTES AFTER FLASH BEFORE CLICKING CONTINUE on the page just to make sure router has finished flashing,

    then go back to
    default password will be admin

    then to Administration and clear nvram / restore factory settings

    that will clear the nvram and any old stuff left behind,

    that should all be done then.

    please dont try to flash over a wireless connection !!!!!
  10. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    Okay, thanks a bunch guys! I'm going to try it now and I'll post my feedbacks soon!

    BTW, is BitComet a good BT client?
  11. the_sly_dog

    the_sly_dog Network Guru Member

    all should go very smooth :drinking: :drinking:

    bitcomet is good client,

    haven`t used it in awhile :eek: :eek:

    good luck and hope u like thibor15c

    its much more smoother than stock firmware and much more features :thumbup: :thumbup:

    :cheer: :clap:
  12. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    Ok, thanks so much :) if I end up having any problems, i'll be sure to post back here :)
  13. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    IM BACK!!! haha, I just flashed to the HyperWRT Thibor 15C firmware and it seems to be up and running perfectly! But I have some questions on opening ports. It may sound like a stupid question but I honestly don't know how. I've already tried and the ports still seemed to be closed. These are the following ports that need to be opened:

    Steam: 1200 (UDP), 27000-27015 (UDP), 27030-27039 (TCP)
    World of Warcraft: 3724, 6112, 6881-6999 (All TCP ports)
    Bittorrent: 6881-6999 (TCP) and 5555 (TCP)

    I also have a question on QoS for this HyperWRT Thibor 15C firmware... what exactly does it do?

  14. the_sly_dog

    the_sly_dog Network Guru Member

    hi hyolee

    glad u like it mate execellent firmware :thumbup: :thumbup:

    here is a little read about what qos ( quality of service ) is http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/cisintwk/ito_doc/qos.htm

    as for your ports u can port range forward them under applications & gaming setting in the router

    that should open them up ok
  15. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    I heard that I have to assign a Static IP to my computer though... is that true?
  16. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

  17. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    You forward ports to an IP address so you don't want your gaming PC address to change.

    The easiest way to do this is with the Static DHCP setup in Hyperwrt Thibor. Then when you boot your PC the router gives it the same automatic IP and the rest of the settings every time.

    BTW Azureus and uTorrent (at least) both support UPNP so if you have it enabled on your XP machine and the router they can automatically setup the port forwarding. Some people have security concerns over UPNP so only use if your happy to take the risk!
  18. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    No BitComet is NOT a good client!

    P2P software is like a hunger-crazed dog, it will eat greedily eat all the food in the bowl and leave none for anyone else. If you limit it at the $2,000 PC end, you will have better luck than trying to limit it at the $50 router end.

    Recommend Azureus or uTorrent. Also recommend MUZZLING your P2P beast! Set some limits on number of connections it makes at once, and limit download to 70% and upload to 50% of bandwidth. Every P2P software should have a FAQ with information about good settings for a residential connection so you don't destroy your VoIP connections and other traffic. Yes you can fiddle with things on router and make some difference. Better to spend some time checking out the config on your P2P also and make sure it's set to sensible limits though!
  19. hyolee

    hyolee LI Guru Member

    Exactly how do I assign static ip to my own computer? I don't want to assign a static ip to my WAN though, because everytime i restart my modem, I get a new WAN IP and I like it that way :) So the question is... how to assign static IP to my LAN computers?
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