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I've heard about this thing a lot, but could someone give me a direct, concise definition of what it is, besides saying it's custom firmware for routers. I'm on OCN, I don't need that basic. Just something to convert me over to it.
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I've heard about this thing a lot, but could someone give me a direct, concise definition of what it is, besides saying it's custom firmware for routers. I'm on OCN, I don't need that basic. Just something to convert me over to it.
DD-WRT is an alternate operating system that you can run on many household broadband routers. It is a community-based, Linux-driven project that aims to make the router you already have better, for free. It supports many advanced features such as DNSMasq, adjustable wireless transmit power, overclocking, and much more. It is also said to be more stable than the stock firmware that your router comes with. From the DD-WRT homepage:

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DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems. The main emphasis lies on providing the easiest possible handling while at the same time supporting a great number of functionalities within the framework of the respective hardware platform used.
You can check whether your router model is supported by going here. The official list of DD-WRT features is here. Please note that the list is not exhaustive. DD-WRT truly has a lot to offer.
Edited by OC Me - 4/6/10 at 8:30pm
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Will it help to make my connection faster? I know that my internet speed is much faster than what I actually get. Speedtest gives faster speeds than say Steam does, or any download source for that matter.
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Will it help to make my connection faster? I know that my internet speed is much faster than what I actually get. Speedtest gives faster speeds than say Steam does, or any download source for that matter.
I've heard people say it made their connection faster, but it doesn't actually increase the speed of your DSL/cable/fiber/etc. DD-WRT would only make your connection faster if your router's old firmware was somehow reducing speeds. Speedtest is faster than your regular downloads because it works under optimal conditions. Many places you download from have throttles on how much bandwidth they can allow you.
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I only ask since I've downloaded from Steam on another connection and got 1.1 or higher, compared with 760 or so at my house. Granted it's different connections.
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I only ask since I've downloaded from Steam on another connection and got 1.1 or higher, compared with 760 or so at my house. Granted it's different connections.
Well, it certainly won't make your connection slower. Many people find that it manages connections better than the stock firmware. For example, when multiple applications or devices are using the network at the same time, DD-WRT can speed things up. It does this mainly by allocating traffic with QoS.
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I only ask since I've downloaded from Steam on another connection and got 1.1 or higher, compared with 760 or so at my house. Granted it's different connections.
Where it shines against stock router firmware (other than raw features and tinker value) is when you're running hundreds to thousands of socket connections. It's not so much the total bandwidth that a router has a problem with. It's things like torrent that open 2000 socket connections. That can destroy a stock router in some cases.

Even over performance, you can do things like run a proxy server on your router (squid might be a bit rough on slower hardware), and QOS helps a LOT if you have VOIP. I set my QOS for torrents to bulk and my gaming sockets to high. I can be seeding and downloading isos AND fragging in TF2 like nobody's business.
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I installed DD-WRT on my WRT54G last week. For the most part, I like it. i enjoy the capabilities and features (i.e.: bandwidth monitoring). However, It seems as though it likes to crash whenever I do certain things. For instance, the day after I installed it, i went to muck about with QoS and it crashed: I lost my IP address and had to do a hard boot of the router (30-30-30). Then, a few days ago, I was doing something else and it did the same.

i've left pretty much all settings the same "out of the box" except I overclocked a bit to 225. Also, the GUI seems a bit sluggish.

I'm fairly certain I installed the latest non-beta, but I am at work and will have to check tomorrow morning and post that.

+10 for OCN woot!
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I installed DD-WRT on my WRT54G last week. For the most part, I like it. i enjoy the capabilities and features (i.e.: bandwidth monitoring). However, It seems as though it likes to crash whenever I do certain things. For instance, the day after I installed it, i went to muck about with QoS and it crashed: I lost my IP address and had to do a hard boot of the router (30-30-30). Then, a few days ago, I was doing something else and it did the same.

i've left pretty much all settings the same "out of the box" except I overclocked a bit to 225. Also, the GUI seems a bit sluggish.

I'm fairly certain I installed the latest non-beta, but I am at work and will have to check tomorrow morning and post that.

+10 for OCN woot!
Which WRT54G are you using and definitely post back exactly which build you installed.
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