View Full Version : DD-WRT router firmware, anybody use it??

09-18-07, 03:40 PM
I currently have a Linksys WRT54GS v5 and it sporadically looses wireless connection. Now as a way to solve it, I came across DD-WRT firmware. It looks pretty cool from screenshots, but does anybody else utilize this custom opensource firmware on your wireless routers?

If so, what are your experiences vs. the OEM Linksys firmware? Is there any real performance benefit to DD-WRT?

09-18-07, 03:43 PM
Do not use it. Instead, consider using OpenWRT with X-WRT. I use x-wrt OpenWRT and am active in the development community. I've actually had a few patches merged into the webif^2. The X-WRT guys are quite nice.


DD-WRT is based off OpenWRT and is in GPL violation for failure to distribute the source code. DD-WRT also uses several money making schemes such as feature suppression in the 'free' version.

Read more about it at http://www.bitsum.com/about-ddwrt.htm, but basically, if you're using DD-WRT I'd look at using Tomato or OpenWRT with Webif^2 from X-WRT, something in the spirit of F/OSS and not a self-proclaimed developer selling other's code.

OpenWRT: http://www.openwrt.org
X-WRT: http://www.x-wrt.org
Tomato: http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato[/QUOTE]

09-18-07, 06:06 PM
Thanks for the reply. I looked but unfortunately it says it doesn't support the WRT54GS v5 or v6.

09-18-07, 06:12 PM
That likely means DD-WRT won't either due to the limited flash space of 2M.

09-18-07, 06:36 PM
Actually they have a Mini version which is only 1.7MB and works. It just seems this particular model, the v5 and v6, are crap compared to the other revisions.

09-18-07, 06:55 PM
Ah, thanks for the correction, I guess you're pretty limited in your choice then. :(

09-20-07, 07:36 AM
I used the mini version before and it was okay until I bricked the router.