Posted by: Anthony Drewery | January 20, 2006

Alternative firmware for Linksys WRT54G router

I use a Linksys WRT54G router (pronounced ‘rooter’ here in Blighty) on my home network. Lately I’ve been having issues with poor Internet speeds and the router becoming unavailable, both of which are usually fixed by a reboot. I suspected it was due to my use of Bittorrent and some Googling seemed to confirm this. First I configured Azureus (my Bittorrent client of choice) to optimise my download speeds. I then looked at ways to optimise my router and to configure some Quality of Service options. This led me to some posts that suggested I would be better served by replacing the default router firmware. I had heard this was possible but had never really given it much thought. It wasn’t something I was interested in doing ‘just because I could’. However, I headed over to http://www.linksysinfo.org to see what it was all about. Using their comparison guide I decided to try DD-WRT. Some of the points that attracted me were:

  • A reboot button on the web interface (the Linksys firmware doesn’t have this).
  • Scheduled reboots (just in case I continue to have problems).
  • A ‘mini’ version of the firmware is available without all the bells and whistles. They have a standard version as well as VPN and VOIP versions if I want more functionality in the future.
  • It supports DDNS.
  • It’s free.

There’s a whole bunch of other features and functionality but it’s a little over my head. They’re aimed more at people like my friend and Linux weenie Ben Stokes. Installation was well documented and very straight-forward. The basic process I followed was this:

  • Connected via Ethernet (don’t try this over WiFi!)
  • Noted down my existing settings.
  • Backed up my existing config.
  • Reset the unit to factory defaults
  • Updated the firmware via the router web interface.
  • Reset to factory defaults.
  • Updated configuration with my settings.

The only other changes I made were to the IP Filter settings as recommended in a post that I didn’t bookmark. I changed the Max Ports to 4096 and the TCP & UDP Timeouts to 120. So far, so good but I’ll need to run it for a week or so to see if it has really improved things. [tags]Azureus, Bittorrent, Linksys, Router, WRT54G[/tags]


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  3. Hacking your Linksys WRT54G – Changing to 3rd party firmware…

    First off, if you don’t have a stateful packet inspection firewall/router protecting your broadband connection, you should get one.
    For those needing wireless support and want good security, I highly suggest the Linksys WRT54G family of wireless rout…

  4. I have a few questions I surely bet you can help with. I currently have satori 4.0 on two wrt54g routers, on one end there is a wrt54g and a wap54g, on the other end is a wrt54g and wap54g. There are two 12.5dbi line of site antenna’s to link the two together. I can get the internet from the wrt54g wired to the cable modem but not wireless, the 12.5dbi antenna is connected for tx/rx and the AP is is wired to the wrt54g and supposed to give the client an IP but it isnt working, any Idea’s? and is there a better firmware than Satori ?

  5. John, make sure to configure the wireless settings of your devices same as the wireless settings of your main router. And also please try check for the IP addresses.

  6. This is one of the best tools so far..

    First off, if you don’t have a stateful packet inspection firewall/router protecting your broadband connection, you should get one.
    For those needing wireless support and want good security, I highly suggest the Linksys WRT54G family of wireless rout…

    Nice tip

  7. Thanks so much for the information. 😉

    Don Lapre Fan
    bob@computerfanatic.net
    http://www.computerfanatic.net

  8. Now if only DD-WRT could have a great firewall config interface a la SonicWALL. Right now it’s a very primitive system; you can only delete the last rule you added, so if you have 10 rules and want to delete number 6, you guessed it, you need to delete #10, 9, 8, and 7 first.

    It’s actually motivating me to learn dev skills so I can make DD-WRT better.

    Other than that, DD-WRT has been out for years, so it’s WAY more stable than the stock firmware. Imagine if Linksys updated its firmware for 5 years straight per model…

  9. Just to note for anyone who stumbles across this, the website for dd-wrt has changed; it is now http://www.dd-wrt.com.

  10. Great information but this is no longer free. One has to buy this. Please update your post to indicate that this is no longer free.


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