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WRT54GL: Cooling? DD-WRT or Tomato?

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I bought a new laptop, which arrived yesterday: an ASUS A52F-X3. In know, Intel HD Graphics are crap, but hey, that's why I have my desktop for gaming. :-p Side note, Minecraft really does NOT play well on this machine... mostly Minecraft's fault though.

Anyway. I have a Linksys WRT100 Wireless Router at home, and had my laptop connect to it. Worked fine for an hour or so, and then it started acting up. The router crashed. I spent a while troubleshooting it, and discovered that any time I tried to reconnect my laptop to the wireless network, the router would stop responding. I think it might be a heat issue. The router was fairly warm, and in an enclosed space (desk cabinet). Whatever, I figure it's time to toss it and get a new one.


So, I bought a WRT54GL last night. I have two main questions about it though. First, I'd like to keep it inside the same enclosed space as the current router (in my desk cabinet, on a shelf). Is heat an issue for this model of router? I saw a few modding threads, about adding cooling fans and heat sinks. I need help locating the optimal components though. What fan should I use (noise is my biggest concern)? Should I bother with a heat sink? If so, what heat sink should I buy, and what kind of thermal paste should I use (I read something about ceramic paste several years ago).

Second question seems to be a hot debate these days... DD-WRT, or Tomato? I hear Tomato is... more simple. I'm not scared of DD-WRT though, I think I flashed a router to use it once before. What are the Pros and Cons of DD-WRT or Tomato? Does Tomato have any features or functions that DD-WRT does not? Are there any performance differences between these two firmwares?
post #2 of 5
DD-WRT and you shouldn't have to worry about cooling it. Just make sure it has some air flow where ever you're putting it.
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I used DD-WRT on my neighbors router. She lost her internet and I let her use mine, but I had her give me her router since mine is terrible. That DD-WRT boosted the range of the wifi leaps and bounds. Along with the speeds. I'd say there was notable difference in every aspect from going to stock to DD-WRT. It was a very sad day when I had to give her back the router. I was literally just looking for a new router when I opened a new tab and clicked ocn lol!!

With the performance gains comes heat. Like mbudden said keep it in the open with some airflow. I had mine next to my computer so I just connected a spare molex powered fan and pointed it right at the bottom of the router. I wish I could've tried Tomato software, but I only opted for DD software. Now I can't remember why. Maybe ease of installation?

Anyways just keep it cool!
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People will say tomato i say tOmAtO this is better that's better....hummm anyway i've been using DD-WRT, love the options and signal boost. I personally like dd-wrt and will go nicely on that wrt54GL.
As far as keeping it in a enclosed space even with a fan is not a good idea, all your doing is recycling warm/ hot air over the router and when electronics get hot things start to happen. Maybe find a place where it isn't noticable but has plenty of circulation.
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generally the people who have used both will tell you tomato is better.

Me, i only used dd-wrt micro on a WRT54G and x86 version of dd-wrt, so i wouldn't know.
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