[kwlug-disc] Benefits of using alternate firmware on Linksys WRT54G

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Wed Dec 9 11:28:57 EST 2009

For routing performance, you will probably see an improvement with
alternative firmware.  And you'll have a lot more flexibility in tuning
the device to make it work.

At the Ontario Linux Fest, a couple of the routers (WRT54GL with
OpenWRT, open wifi) had ~20 wireless users for much of the time. There
did not appear to be any problems. 

On Wed, 2009-12-09 at 11:13 -0500, Adam Glauser wrote:
> Lori Paniak wrote:
> > Are you talking about wireless performance?  If so, I doubt you will see
> > much, if any improvement with alternative firmware.  The most stable
> > wireless packages in alternative firmware for Linksys devices are based
> > on the Broadcom binary blob - same as the proprietary firmware.
> Good to know.  I'm talking about routing performance in general.  I 
> suspect the main problem is with a strange network configuration on the 
> ISP's end which is losing packets.  However, connection problems seem to 
> increase with number of users (both wired and wireless), so I am 
> suspicious that our router might be playing a part in our problems.
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