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  # 111392 18-Feb-2008 14:59
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truantsailor: Having tried a Checkpoint/Zonealarm Z100G firewall with no success I am now trialling a Linksys WRT54GL and it seems to have greatly reduced (if not fixed) the problem. No if it only had the configuration and logging options of the Z100G.


See the other thread (random disconnections) about this.  3rd party firmware seems to be the way to go.




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  # 111397 18-Feb-2008 15:05
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truantsailor: Having tried a Checkpoint/Zonealarm Z100G firewall with no success I am now trialling a Linksys WRT54GL and it seems to have greatly reduced (if not fixed) the problem. No if it only had the configuration and logging options of the Z100G.


WRT54G / WRT54GL routers with 3rd party software are rock solid and IMHO one of the bst devices you can buy for your money. 3rd party firmware is the way to go however and you can't get many more options than what are available in Sveasoft Talisman or DD-WRT which IMHO are the two best options. Maybe people don't like Talisman however due to their business model and the perception of Sveasoft "selling" Open Source software and not making their source available back to the community.



 
 
 
 


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  # 113142 26-Feb-2008 13:16
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Its back again today about every 5 mins my nets been dropping out for less than 10 secs

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  # 113147 26-Feb-2008 13:54
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http://img212.imageshack.us/img212/8730/iconzpingnk1.jpg
This is a trace i did over a 10 min period at 1.35pm to a gaming server as u can see by the big red bars thats when my net is dropping out 2x 10sec and 2x 2sec in 10 min. I tried to ring telstra but as usual there is a wait time of over an hour or they can get someone to call me back in 2-3 days. Is telecom any better though?

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  # 113186 26-Feb-2008 17:44
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I haven't been at home during the day today, but I'll keep an eye on mine tonight.
All the time I have been home though it's been rock solid.




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  # 113239 26-Feb-2008 22:28
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I've been away a bit lately but my connection is definitely experiencing brief outages quite frequently tonight.

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  # 113825 29-Feb-2008 17:40
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This happens to me alot in the evening, till about midnight, after that it goes away.

 
 
 
 


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  # 113829 29-Feb-2008 18:21
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Well, since getting the Linksys up and running, I've had no issues at all.
My flatmate dropped off connection once, but that's about it.




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  # 113831 29-Feb-2008 18:36
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i got a edimax POS router that im going to change out soon but i dont know which one to get im thinking either the Dlink DGL-4100 or Linksys BEFVP41. are there any others that have QoS?

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  # 113845 29-Feb-2008 19:53
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The WRT54GL will do QOS with the DD-WRT firmware.





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# 113872 1-Mar-2008 07:24
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BarTender: The WRT54GL will do QOS with the DD-WRT firmware.


Anyone would think this was a Linksys sponsored forum. 
Tongue out
But they do seem to work the best.




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  # 113874 1-Mar-2008 08:01
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geoffwnz: Anyone would think this was a Linksys sponsored forum.
Tongue out
But they do seem to work the best.


Funny you should say that (as I said that to someone else on another forum who was pro one product.. :).

I don't have shares in Linksys/Cisco, but I do high reguard for the WRT54GL running DD-WRT.  IMHO as a TCL customer you are already paying $30+ per month for internet access, and if you calculate your hourly rate to be more than $10 per hour.  The ammount of time spent talking about if this or that router will work, would be far in excess of the ~$150 or less you would spend buying a 54GL.

It's a shame that TCL don't recommend that router as the "best wireless router for TCL Cable", as another good friend of mine went from dialup to cable, and got the Belkin or Dlink POS that TCL sold with the deal which was something like $80, in the end he needed to get it replaced 3 times, the wireless kept on dropping out as did his internet connection... how much was spent in him and TCL messing around getting a router that is still sub-standard and unreliable.  Just not worth the knobache (that's a technical term, honest ;).

Just my 2 cents worth, and feel free to ignore me :)





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  # 113875 1-Mar-2008 08:02
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geoffwnz:
BarTender: The WRT54GL will do QOS with the DD-WRT firmware.


Anyone would think this was a Linksys sponsored forum. 
Tongue out
But they do seem to work the best.


You've hit the nail on the head - the earlier WRT54G and subsequent WRT54GL models are IMHO the best router you can buy at present. Sure you don't get Pre N for the faster speeds but if you want a rock solid router that when combined with 3rd party firmware such as DD-WRT or Sveasoft Talisman offers some great features you have to be crazy to buy anything else.

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  # 113877 1-Mar-2008 08:09
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Well, this forum is the reason I got my WRT54GL and installed DD-WRT on it.  Laughing
Very happy with the recommendation.




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  # 113933 1-Mar-2008 12:46
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Based on the recommendations of this forum I purchased a Linksys WRT54GL and found it greatly improved the problems I was having but didn't fix them completely.

In the hope of getting further improvement I read a bunch of on-line guides and installed the generic dd-wrt v22 following one of the guides. The upgrade told me it succeeded but I now have a brick.....

Have tried everything I can find to restore operations but it sits and flashes its power light at me about twice a second. Long resets at power on, shorting pin 16 of the memory chip at power on, tftp old firmware at power on etc.

Still hoping to resurrect it...

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