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Old October 11, 2008, 11:55 PM
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i dont mean to hijack...

just curious... why update firmware of non-factory?

i owned wrt54g and did update it to lastest version of factory...

is non-factory firmwire something to improve greatly?
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Old October 12, 2008, 12:15 AM
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The biggest problem with the factory firmware is how poorly it handles large amounts of connections. The impact is especially noticable when using Bittorrent, which can use hundreds of connections. The later revisions of the WRT54G do not have much onboard memory and the factory firmware also does not release half-open connections very quickly either, both of which compound the issue further.

The 3rd party firmwares suggested remedy this issue by providing much improved connection management and memory management, so you're less likely to experience slow-downs and disconnects. In addition, you get MUCH more control over various features of the router, including antenna power, QoS, security, parental controls, etc.

Overall, the most popular 3rd party firmwares are hands down better than the factory firmware Linksys provides, although it does void your warranty and, if you do it wrong, you can brick your router (Follow the instructions and you shouldn't have a problem).
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I've yet to see a dual-band router actually receive good reviews across the net outside of the Apple Airport Extreme (which, from personal experience, ended up sucking balls).

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interesting... if it will improve bittorrent then i will.

do you know good site of how-to?
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I've yet to see a dual-band router actually receive good reviews across the net outside of the Apple Airport Extreme (which, from personal experience, ended up sucking balls).

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Hrm well TBH I haven't seen any N router really get raving reviews yet since it's still not a set standard.

Just going purely by marketing BS, having 2.4GHz and 5GHz sounds like the best but who knows how different it really is in RL.
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I'll probably flash my firmware to Tomatoe tonight
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Hrm well TBH I haven't seen any N router really get raving reviews yet since it's still not a set standard.

Just going purely by marketing BS, having 2.4GHz and 5GHz sounds like the best but who knows how different it really is in RL.
Well, if you look on say Newegg.com's user reviews, there are a few Wireless N routers that receive positive (more than 75% 4 or 5 star) ratings.

For example,

D-Link DIR-655 - 80% Positive (462 ratings)
D-Link DGL-4500 - 79% Positive (109 ratings)
D-Link DIR-625 - 88% Positive (66 ratings)
Netgear WNR2000 - 89% Positive (10 ratings)

That's basically all I could find that was better than 75% and had 10 or more ratings. Most of the N routers were between 65-75% positive, though.

On the other hand, with dual band routers with more than 10 reviews:

Apple Airport Extreme - 90% Positive (21 ratings)
Linksys WRT610N - 49% Positive (29 ratings)
Netgear WNDR3300 - 55% Positive (11 ratings)

I will admit the wireless portion of the Airport Extreme worked very well, it was very stable, and it was easily the best looking router I've ever owned, but Apple forcing software down my throat pissed me off and, even worse, the software that they forced down my throat couldn't even do the most basic of tasks that even the stock firmware on my WRT54G could do, plus it had almost nothing as far as features go.

uPNP = Nope
QoS = Nope
Apply settings to IP range = Nope
Website filtering = Nope
DMZ = Nope

I could go on, but you get the point. Unless your goal is to make your Mac wireless with as little effort as possible, it's best just to avoid the Airport.
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My DIR-655 has been essentially perfect for me. I dont use the wireless often, but it works. 3 Machines on gbe and it holds its own. They just released a new firmware to allow the usb port to be used as a print server as well as a network storage link for USB harddrives.
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i've got a linksys wrt600N and it works good. I think i had some heat issues before, but hasn't happened in 2 months, so yay! Its got 4 pcs wired into it, and handles 3 laptops + an xbox 360 and everything works nicely
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