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Simplex3
04-04-2006, 10:14 PM
So I had this thing laying around the house. Wasn't even plugged in. I'm staring down the need to replace my WAP so that I can get one with WPA2 and has an increased range.

I go to a customer site and the guy is helping me get connected to their WAP. He tells me WPA2. I see the router is a freaking WRT54G. I ask him how that's possible. He points me here:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/

So I read up on it, seems this little f**ker is running a Linux kernel. Appearantly I had the coolest $50 WAP in the world sitting on a shelf. I install DD-WRT and suddenly my crappy little router is a badass WAP, broadcasting at nearly 3x the power it used to (28mW to 84mW) and capable of using a whole slew of security modes.

Just thought I'd let everyone know, just in case I wasn't the only one under a rock all this time.

ChiefsLV
04-04-2006, 11:07 PM
Buyer beware though. If you buy the newer version (version 5) of the WRT54G, you get like half the memory of previous versions, plus people have a lot of issues with that version of the router just in normal use. In that case, go for the WRT54GL, basically the continuation of the original WRT54G.

Bob Dole
04-05-2006, 08:51 PM
There's a nice 3rd party firmware comparison chart here (http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=31).

Boozer
04-06-2006, 08:04 AM
Is there any advantage for the casual user (i.e., myself) to install this? If so, what? Right now, I'm using WPA Personal, have the SSID broadcast disabled, and have a MAC filter.