Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


ZollyMonsta

2990 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted

#27562 30-Oct-2008 16:22
Send private message

Hi Guys (and gals)

I've decided to flash my WRT54GS with DDWRT tonight.  It appears to be having lockups of late so worth trying some different
firmware.

A couple of questions

  • Are settings retained when flashing with DDWRT (I gather not, and I'll have to do some screenshots so I can re-enter)
  • If I'm not happy with DDWRT, can I load an original Linksys firmware over top to return it to the standard firmware?
  • My router is a WRT54GS (V1.1 from memory).. Which would be the right bin file to download and instructions to follow?
  • What are the do's and dont's so I don't brick the router (apart from the obvious 'dont reboot it while flashing) ;)

Hopefully my port forwarding will still be able to be done as it's crucial to my home network enviroment.

Cheers,
Grant




 

 

Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz - Now on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio Garden

 

As per the usual std disclaimer.. "All thoughts typed here are my own."


Create new topic
AmooMan
307 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #174671 30-Oct-2008 17:04
Send private message

DDWRT is great !! you will love it

 
 
 

Trade NZ and US shares and funds with Sharesies (affiliate link).
Ragnor
8091 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #174677 30-Oct-2008 17:14
Send private message

I prefer the Tomato firmware myself
http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

blakamin
4431 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #174681 30-Oct-2008 17:24
Send private message

ZollyMonsta: Hi Guys (and gals)

Are settings retained when flashing with DDWRT (I gather not, and I'll have to do some screenshots so I can re-enter)

Nope


ZollyMonsta:
If I'm not happy with DDWRT, can I load an original Linksys firmware over top to return it to the standard firmware?

Yup


ZollyMonsta:
What are the do's and dont's so I don't brick the router (apart from the obvious 'dont reboot it while flashing) ;)



Can be reset inside if need be.


ZollyMonsta:
Hopefully my port forwarding will still be able to be done as it's crucial to my home network enviroment.



That and much, much more!



ZollyMonsta

2990 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted

  #174686 30-Oct-2008 17:41
Send private message

Ok, it's definately a ver 1.1 WRT54GS.

So, which file do I download?   One page on the DDWRT website refers to vintage firmware at:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/down.php?path=downloads%2Fv24%2FBroadcom%2FBroadcom+Generic%2Fvintage/

..according to the chart under 'supported hardware'.

However under 'download' there seems to be the latest version available (V24)

http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/downloads/stable/dd-wrt.v24 SP1/Consumer/Linksys/WRT54GS_v1.1

I understand I need to install the 'mini' version first, then the 'standard' version.





 

 

Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz - Now on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio Garden

 

As per the usual std disclaimer.. "All thoughts typed here are my own."


AmooMan
307 posts

Ultimate Geek


  #174703 30-Oct-2008 18:19
Send private message

Looking at

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

&

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series

Sounds like you dont need to load mini or macro first.. but it wouldnt hurt..
It would be safer to load mini on first.. then if you need the extra features upgrade to standard.

But.. i also recommend Tomoto firmware.
I use it on my WRT54G v3.1 here at my flat..
Its alittle more (user friendly/dumb down) than DD-WRT
and it has a really nice QOS system & port forwarding is a easy as..

You can find it here.
http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

ZollyMonsta

2990 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted

  #174711 30-Oct-2008 18:55
Send private message

I considered Tomato, but want to use DDWRT :)

dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt54gs.bin
dd-wrt.v24_std_generic.bin 

Hmm.. wonder if these are the right ones?




 

 

Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz - Now on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio Garden

 

As per the usual std disclaimer.. "All thoughts typed here are my own."


ZollyMonsta

2990 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted

  #174734 30-Oct-2008 20:56
Send private message

Ok.. took the plunge and it worked... after a few tricky moments..

Firmware: //DD-WRT v24-sp1 (07/27/08) mega"); //]]> DD-WRT v24-sp1 (07/27/08) mega Capture(share.time) Time: 20:55:10 up 40 min, load average: 0.52, 0.40, 0.19
I'm not sure if this is the latest software (I think it might be though).  Many cool features (especially the bandwidth monitoring!).
I didn't realise the router was so fast (216mhz) with over 30mb of ram!

Cheers,
Grant





 

 

Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz - Now on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio Garden

 

As per the usual std disclaimer.. "All thoughts typed here are my own."




sbiddle
30853 posts

Uber Geek

Retired Mod
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  #174738 30-Oct-2008 21:30
Send private message

I've become a DD-WRT convert now. I used to use Sveasoft Talisman but found it was starting to fall behind feature wise.

ZollyMonsta

2990 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted

  #174739 30-Oct-2008 21:36
Send private message

Yeah it looks pretty cool... A lot of features I have no idea what they are :)  All set up now with port forwarding and secure. :)

I note you can schedule it to reboot the router automagically too.. shame it doesn't have a monthly option.




 

 

Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz - Now on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio Garden

 

As per the usual std disclaimer.. "All thoughts typed here are my own."


rphenix
979 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #178530 18-Nov-2008 10:47
Send private message

I prefer openwrt but I like a good GUI so a nice compromise:
http://x-wrt.org/

openwrt with webif2 pre loaded into the packages.  What I like about X-WRT is its open source, and will remain that way with no  "activation" or other dodgy practices.  I realise the base firwmare of DD-WRT is distributed under GNU license but considering some of the most important parts of it arent distributed under GNU I dont consider it opensource.

Athlonite
1828 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  #179349 22-Nov-2008 05:04
Send private message

hmmm i wonder if there's a firmware for a Huawei SmartAX MT882 out there anywhere

ZollyMonsta

2990 posts

Uber Geek

ID Verified
Trusted

  #179360 22-Nov-2008 08:42
Send private message

Been on DD-WRT for a few weeks now... Haven't had any problems since :)  (up 22 days, 12:27)




 

 

Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz - Now on iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Radio Garden

 

As per the usual std disclaimer.. "All thoughts typed here are my own."


dolsen
1448 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #179367 22-Nov-2008 09:30
Send private message

ZollyMonsta: Been on DD-WRT for a few weeks now... Haven't had any problems since :)  (up 22 days, 12:27)


Yes - it's very good, lots of cool (stable) features. I was having a few problems with the standard firmware, but once I moved to dd-wrt, all of the problems disapeared.

Unfortunatly, I wanted to move to fusion, so, I had to get a new router with ata ports, however, the dd-wrt router is still on my network - now acting as a wireless bridge to a network printer and spare computer I can't be bothered puting network ports close to.

I don't think the standard firmware supported running the router as (just) a wireless bridge - but I'm not sure.

rphenix
979 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #179598 23-Nov-2008 12:12
Send private message

dolsen: [
Unfortunatly, I wanted to move to fusion, so, I had to get a new router with ata ports,


Why didnt you just buy an ATA and keep using the openwrt router? I have a linksys SPA ata it works great.

Create new topic





News and reviews »

Synology Introduces BeeStation
Posted 23-Feb-2024 14:14


New One UI 6.1 Update Brings Galaxy AI to More Galaxy Devices
Posted 23-Feb-2024 10:50


Amazon Echo Hub Available in New Zealand
Posted 23-Feb-2024 10:40


InternetNZ Releases Internet Insights 2023
Posted 20-Feb-2024 10:31


Seagate Adds 24TB IronWolf Pro Hard Drives for Multi-user Commercial and Enterprise RAID Storage Solutions
Posted 19-Feb-2024 16:54


Seagate Skyhawk AI 24TB Elevates Edge Security Capacity and Performance
Posted 9-Feb-2024 17:18


GoPro Releases Quik Desktop App for macOS and Introduces Premium+ Subscription Tier
Posted 9-Feb-2024 17:14


Ring Introduces New Ring Battery Video Doorbell Pro
Posted 9-Feb-2024 16:51


Galaxy AI Transforms the new Galaxy S24 Series
Posted 18-Jan-2024 07:00


D-Link launches AI-Powered Aquila Pro M30 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Systems
Posted 17-Jan-2024 20:02


Newest LG 4K Lifestyle Projector Doubles as Art Objet
Posted 9-Jan-2024 15:50


More LG Smart TV Owners Set To Enjoy the Latest webOS Upgrade
Posted 9-Jan-2024 15:45


Panasonic Announces the Z95A and Z93A With Fire TV Built In
Posted 9-Jan-2024 15:30


Amazon Echo Pop Review
Posted 8-Jan-2024 14:22


Samsung Tab S9 FE Review
Posted 17-Dec-2023 08:26









Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.







Backblaze unlimited backup