[rescue] OT wireless bridge

John Hudak jjhudak at gmail.com
Sun Jan 28 19:52:11 CST 2018

I've been using a number of WRT54G V2/V5 (or similar) wireless routers
exclusively with DD-WRT for many years- Both as replacement to my ISP
furnished router and as a AP.  Excellent firmware - much better than any
companies product.
The Linksys WRT54's are very well supported with DD-WRT
Been through Dlink, Netgear, Linksys, and Asus 'stock' firmware - all
second or 3rd class compared to DD-WRT.
I currently have 2 WRT54G V2 (the ones that support the maximum RAM/ROM
possible)  as hard wired range extenders to my verizon supplied accutec
router.  Works flawlessly.
IIRC, Linksys didn't have QoS on their stock firmware for quite a
while..DD-WRT did, along with the capability to boost the RF signal by at
least 30%..I measured it with my field strength meter.
Been running it at 90% power for 3+ years and not one hickup.
I gave my son a WRT54G V2 for his use in his college apt to use with his
smart TV and his friends xbox.  No problems over 2+ years of use.
FWIW, any router I get in the future will be based on it having a DD-WRT
upgrade.  I've had enough bad experiences from 'real companies' products
(router lockups, drop outs, poor signal, badly behaved QoS, lousy BW) that
DD-WRT has solved very well.  Understanding the versioning and flashing it
can be a bit tricky, but I've found the forums to be very helpful.  Haven't
bricked the 5 routers I've upgraded.
As they say, YMMV, but I've been very happy with it.

On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 6:45 PM, Peter Stokes <peter at ashlyn.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi All
> I guess for a lot of you this may be old news, but if it helps someone,
> then
> hopefully the rest will not shout at me too much.....
> Background - I have just moved house to a much smaller house which has no
> separate office building as I am cutting down work significantly. So space
> is
> at a premium. My broadband connection is a standard BT Fibre wifi Hub
> which is
> located in the small 3rd bedroom my wife uses as a work room. She has a
> laptop
> and a photo/colour printer and there is no room for the b/w Dell laser we
> use
> as the main workhorse for general work paperwork e.g. Delivery notes etc. I
> have the attic which is nice work area, but no direct connection other than
> wifi to the hub and the attic is where the Dell is living. The Dell is
> hardwire only, i.e. No wifi, but is also the only printer which supports
> the
> air print from the IPads. I also have been playing with a non wifi
> Raspberry
> and wanted internet access from any Sun system I fire up.
> So I needed a multiport hub connected to the BT wifi hub. After coming to
> terms with the words I needed to search on, i.e. Wifi bridge and ignoring
> all
> the links to wifi extenders etc, the most interesting links were to the
> website https://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index. Having read a bit, I went on
> the
> hunt for a suitable cheap router to use with it. Ebay revealed any number
> of
> BT, Virgin et al routers, none of which appear in the DD-WRT database, so I
> approached it the other way and looked on the database for the most likely
> type to hunt for. The Linksys range looked like a huge range to look for,
> so
> back to Ebay and a B#15 ($20) WRT54G V5 was ordered and arrived promptly.
> Updating the firmware was as per the instructions and after a couple of
> goes
> at configuring it (again following detailed instructions) I had a working
> bridge and air print etc is now available.
> As I mentioned I hope this is of use to someone here.
> Peter
> Sent from my iPad
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