Linuksys WRT54GL

(5 comments)

Daniel, I also recently installed a WRT on the Linksys WRT54GL. But I used DD-WRT instructions - went to http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database, entered my model number and got direct download links to the firmware along with a README.

One very important points in flashing these routers is to clear the NVRAM by doing a hard reset BEFORE and AFTER an upgrade to a different type of software on the device. Also, starting with a micro build is strongly recommended.

In any case the hardware looks to be very solid, especially if you don't need gigabit ethernet and n wireless, but might need some advanced networking features.

Currently unrated

Comments

Claudio 7 years, 8 months ago

I know there is a readme, but can you tell me why did you do the firmware change? I have the same device and it is the first time I am happy with an original firmware. Wifi connection is stable and the router can handle lots of torrent connections, etc. Something in particular that makes the "upgrade" worthwhile?

Link | Reply

aigarius 7 years, 8 months ago

Well, I bought the hardware specifically with the purpose of using DD-WRT on it. I am used to it and happy with it working as DNS-cache, stable IPs given via DHCP, uPNP support, easy traffic priority scheduling and it is smaller leaving more RAM for all the connection info and such.

Link | Reply

Timo Juhani Lindfors 7 years, 8 months ago

Btw, those DD-WRT instructions seem to install the non-free Linux-2.4.x-only wlan driver.

If you want to use free software you can build openwrt from svn and get Linux 2.6.x with free driver. Here are my notes:


# my hardware is wrt54gl v1.1

svn co svn://svn.openwrt.org/openwrt/trunk/ openwrt
# On 2009-11-21 I got revision 18459

# alternatively you can use git clone git://nbd.name/openwrt.git openwrt-git

# choose "# Broadcom BCM947xx/953xx"
# make

# hit enter twice (a bug, asks about kernel options but the question is not visible)

# flash bin/openwrt-wrt54g-squashfs.bin to the device

Link | Reply

Timo Juhani Lindfors 7 years, 8 months ago

Whoops, sorry, I meant the instructions on Daniel's page. I have no idea which driver DD-WRT is installing.

Link | Reply

yonkeltron 7 years, 8 months ago

I actually run tomato on my router but I know others like other things. The hardware is really solid!

Link | Reply

New Comment

required

required (not published)

optional

Recent Posts

Archive

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005

Categories

Authors

Feeds

RSS / Atom