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http://lifehacker.com/393093/open+so...dd+wrt-updates

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Free router firmware DD-WRT, which we used to show you how to turn your $60 router into a $600 router, updates to version 24. The update features several new advanced features and the same excellent features—like Wi-Fi signal boosting—as earlier versions. If DD-WRT isn't your bag, check out the alternative Tomato firmware, with twice the eye candy.
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If you have a comparable router, there is no reason not to run this firmware.

I think this has been posted before, however this is such a great item, and solves a great many problems people frequently post here, that it is just one of those things that needs to be posted about. I think "Flash to DD-WRT" is recommended at least 5-6 times a week for peoples networking issues.

I had a Netgreat (1 antenna) G router, was using this for 2 computers wireless on a 750 kbit connection, and it felt extremely slow just surfing the net (it seemed to be 56k speeds), I swapped it out with a DD-WRT flashed WRT54GL, and things couldn't be better.
    
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How do I tell what version my router is?
Its WRT54G, and it has the easy-setup button on the front.
    
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How do I tell what version my router is?
Its WRT54G, and it has the easy-setup button on the front.
It should say the version number on the bottom of the router.

I need to get DD-WRT on my router...I just don't want to mess it up.
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Upgraded last week. It adds ACK Timing for wireless, fixes bugs here and there, and adds a NIFTY little internet Usage Per Day/Month Its really awesome. Those stats can also be exported im pretty sure for when you run out of space.
    
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If I don't know about/use any features except port forwarding is it really worth it to go to DD-WRT? I bought the WRT-54GL specifically so I could flash to DD-WRT if I wanted/needed to, but after reading up on the extra features I'm not sure I would even use them. Or will I notice a transparent performance increase by doing nothing but flashing?
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If I don't know about/use any features except port forwarding is it really worth it to go to DD-WRT? I bought the WRT-54GL specifically so I could flash to DD-WRT if I wanted/needed to, but after reading up on the extra features I'm not sure I would even use them. Or will I notice a transparent performance increase by doing nothing but flashing?
You can overclock the CPU (aids in file transfers) boost signal strength, and it has a ton of other features

This is as easy as patching a program, seriously.

This is a very well put togather guide for it. Also, note that you need to flash it twice, once for the basic, then from the basic to the top version.

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You can overclock the CPU (aids in file transfers) boost signal strength, and it has a ton of other features

This is as easy as patching a program, seriously.

This is a very well put togather guide for it. Also, note that you need to flash it twice, once for the basic, then from the basic to the top version.

Link
My router (WRT54GS v.5) seems to be one of the harder routers to flash/setup. Is it still worth it? Do you get any more performance for wired devices (another computer) hooked up to? Both of my computers are hooked up to the router (and the printer).
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i have one wrt54gl running dd-wrt, one running tomato, and a wrt54gs v2 running Coova... it's specifically for running your own all-in-one hotspot built on open-wrt. Tomato is pretty, but it's not nearly as functional. they are all vastly more stable than the default firmware though.

if you guys wanna try this stuff out, hit up the dd-wrt forums. there's a lot of really knowledgeable people there.
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My router (WRT54GS v.5) seems to be one of the harder routers to flash/setup. Is it still worth it? Do you get any more performance for wired devices (another computer) hooked up to? Both of my computers are hooked up to the router (and the printer).
no. it's doesn't give you better performance. they just let you do more, and if you don't need to do beyond normal things, don't worry about it.
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