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I treated myself to a brand new router for my broadband connection. Since we moved I have a 2 MB cable connection and trusty old Belkin feels like crap. On Hanselminutes I heard Scott saying great things about it, so I picked up a Linksys WRT54GL with Linux based firmware. Later GregaS told me I should get the GS version that has more RAM, but it was too late.

In one night I went through three different firmwares and I decided to use DD-WRT. It is the friendliest of the powerful.

So why is it I like about this router with alternate firmware besides the price and limitless extensibility:

  • WoL - Not only in theory, I can connect to my router and really turn on any machine behind the firewall
  • QoSI gave laptop higher priority than desktop machines, Skype, HTML and other useful stuff higher priority than P2P and so on.
  • Bandwidth monitor right on the router – Now I can pinpoint what’s going on when my connection is as fast as it should be
  • Power boost – can’t really test this, but it should give more WiFi power if needed
  • more connections that don’t kill router when doing heavy P2P – probably biggest annoyance on Belkin
  • SSH for debugging – it feels so geeky when I can connect with PuTTY and do ls. I wish I knew how to do more.

Highly recommended if your buying a router for your home connectivity!

Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 11:17 PM | Filed under: Gadgets |


# Re: My new WRT54GL with DD-WRT 6/28/2006 2:14 PM Saso Erdeljanov
Kero verzijo hardware-a imaš? :)

# re: My new WRT54GL with DD-WRT 6/29/2006 8:34 AM David
WRT54GL v1.1

# re: My new WRT54GL with DD-WRT 7/3/2006 12:00 AM Jerry
Hm ja, GS je mel vec RAMa. Zdej k je v5 je isto k GL sam da DD-WRT ne mors gor dat.

# Gentlemen, update your engines! 9/13/2006 12:25 AM Bite my bytes

# re: My new WRT54GL with DD-WRT 9/8/2007 2:56 PM Ed
Hi, do you have a link on the tutorial you followed in changing the firmware to dd-wrt?

I found one for the WRT54G but I need one for GL which I'm also planning on buying.


# re: My new WRT54GL with DD-WRT 9/8/2007 7:40 PM David
You can follow instructions for G, they are identical to GL. I suggest you shell out for GS, though. And check out Tomato firmware, I later switched from DD-WRT to Tomato, it's even better, IMHO.

# re: My new WRT54GL with DD-WRT 5/27/2008 10:59 PM Install WRT54GL firmware
NEW FIRMWARE DD-WRT version 24 for WRT54GL / WRT54GS /WRT54G

Follow this tutorial:
Instalar dd-wrt firmware v24 en WRT54GL

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