Archive for February, 2008

“New” Router

February 24, 2008 Leave a comment

For a couple of months now my Linksys WRT54G wireless router has been effectively dropping connections. It seems to loose its settings, even though in the web UI I can see them. I continually have to perform a hard reset and restore the settings. Then someone told me of an open source project, DD-WRT, to replace the firmware of most modern routers. I restored the factor settings as necessary, then uploaded the generic mini firmware, v23 SP2. Using the web UI, you must upload only the generic mini firmware. I also had to do a hard reset to enable the web UI. But already I was noticing improvements in performance as well.

I can now log into the more advanced web UI and even log in using SSH. The router runs a Linux host on a compressed read-only file system, storing settings in nvram that I can view and modify however I want. It has advanced capabilities, effectively turning my $60 router into a $600 router. I now have a DNS server on our home network, and can even install additional services. My Xbox 360 is once again happy with an Open NAT, and I look forward to the continued performance and flexibility of my "new" router.