help me decide on what firmware to put on my WRT54G..

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  1. import

    import [H]ard|Gawd

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    i know very little about this.
    i know i can install it and configure it..

    i just don't know what open source distro to use.
    i do like the idea of monitoring bandwith, i heard tomato uses that, but im not sure what's best.

    input?
     
  2. fluke420

    fluke420 Gawd

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    I believe Tomato works best on supported Linksys routers. The user interface is much easier to use also. DD-WRT works on more models of routers but the UI is somewhat confusing for noobs.
     
  3. fibroptikl

    fibroptikl [H]ardness Supreme

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  4. johnrhance

    johnrhance n00bie

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  5. Cobalt2112

    Cobalt2112 [H]ard|Gawd

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    You gotta check your router generation. I have a v6 WRT54G and supposedly Tomato won't load on it. So, I loaded DD-WRT v24 Micro
     
  6. supergper

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  7. QHalo

    QHalo 2[H]4U

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    Wouldn't the first question be what do the other firmware's provide that you're missing from the standard firmware? You haven't really provided us anything outside of you just want to put it on. What are you looking to gain?
     
  8. supergper

    supergper Gawd

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    Considering the factory firmware is a pile of crap, I wouldn't question anyones motives for getting rid of it. :D
     
  9. QHalo

    QHalo 2[H]4U

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    Upgrading simply to upgrade because 'it's a pile of crap' seems pretty silly to me. The OP stated 'i know very little about this.' So again, I restate my question, what are you looking to gain outside of factory firmware? Change/don't change doesn't bother me but if you're only changing because it's the cool thing to do, then just say so.
     
  10. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Try Tomato, try DD-WRT, try OpenWRT, try HyperWRT...see which one you like the best.

    Personally in trying some...I felt Tomato ran "quickest" for me back when I tried it. DD has a lot more features..but if you're not using those features and don't care about them....
     
  11. LoStMaTt

    LoStMaTt 2[H]4U

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    Also make sure any of these 3rd party firmwares are compatible with your WRT54G version.

    Usually ver 1-6 will work just fine. Anything above I am not so sure they are supported at this time.

    (Correct me if I am wrong)
     
  12. supergper

    supergper Gawd

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    I'm pretty sure DD-WRT supports up to V.8
     
  13. jcmuse

    jcmuse Limp Gawd

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    My input: be prepared to brick your router. it can happen, not likely though if you follow the directions carefully. just a word of caution. Also, these 3rd party firmwares are not w/o issues. i run dd-wrt on 3 different linksys routers and they do occasionally act stupid and require rebooting. that said, as long as this router isn't too critical, i'd install everything you can and decide for yourself! worst that happens is you lose $50... but again thats unlikely.
     
  14. Cobalt2112

    Cobalt2112 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Yep, happened to me... I bricked 2 routers... Adios $100+s/h

     
  15. IceWeasel

    IceWeasel [H]ard|Gawd

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    just use dd-wrt and tomato's sites to determine whether your router is compatible with their firmware.

    i upgraded my WRT54G v5 to dd-wrt because it wasn't compatible with Tomato, but i just picked up a WRT54GS v1 that I put Tomato on (it was compatible).

    figure out what version you have, then go from there. if you have v5-7 of the G, then you'll probably be forced to avoid Tomato and choose one of the other options. the process of actually upgraded is pretty simple, just follow a step-by-step guide online
     
  16. Bling

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    the whole problem with the table of tcp/ip connections being recorded for so many days and causing the internet to slow or halt requiring a reboot after using p2p is a big issue with the stock firmware and should be an obvius reason to upgrade firmwares.
     
  17. jtg1993

    jtg1993 Gawd

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    Thats true, I have a wrt54g v8 running dd-wrt.