Re: Linksys Router
Mark Neidorff wrote:
A while ago I got a Linksys wrt54g router. I was going to put it into place,
What is the hardware version of this router? This will matter should you
want to get the open source firmware.
then I noticed that the soft/firm-ware on it is open source linux based.
After a bried search, I discovered that "openwrt" (also X-Wrt) is a
replacement on the net for the default linksys software in the router.
Why would I want to replace the software in the router with openwrt/X-Wrt?
What shortcomings in the router software are overcome with openwrt/X-Wrt?
If I have the need to replace the software, is openwrt/X-Wrt the best
replacement to use?
I think with this particular model, you may have to go for dd-wrt Micro
firmware. These open source firmwares give you some additional features.
One of the most important for me was the ability to fix an IP address
for a LAN machine but via DHCP. You also get better wireless encryption
options than the factory firmware. And one also gets QoS, port
forwarding rules (limited only by available memory on the router as
opposed to fix number available in the factory firmware), bandwidth
monitoring and I guess in general the open source firmware is more
robust than the factory one. However, the standard disclaimers apply: YMMV.
Finally, if you are not in need of these kind of additional features and
are nervous playing around flashing a firmware that may void the
router's warranty, you are maybe better off with the preinstalled firmware.