Networking

Gallery: $60 router + DD-WRT = high-end wireless router

This is the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 router that sells for as little as $60 at all the local electronics stores like Circuit City, Best Buy, and Fry's or it can be ordered online. The WHR-G54 sells for as little as $50 and is virtually identical except for the fact that the WHR-HP-G54 has a receive side amplifier which helps the router hear faint laptops coming in on long-range connections. This particular router can run DD-WRT using this specific upgrade procedure. DD-WRT can turn this cheap device in to an enterprise class product with enterprise features normally found in devices costing hundreds of dollars more.

15 comments
van33
van33

I'm a newbie with DDWRT. I recently installed it and lost the connection to my wireless printer. I was wondering if you could help me with it. I have a linksys wrt160n and my printer is a lexmark 6675 with a push button method or a pin method wireless connection feature. Thanks.

bob.glynn
bob.glynn

This model of Buffalo router is being discontinued. Those that still have them in stock have been increasing the price (as high as $80). Too bad, as I have installed several of these with DD-WRT and they work great.

Oktet
Oktet

on eBay the same exact the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 is selling for in between $120.00-$132.99 as the "Buy It Now" price; however, newegg.com seems to have it for less than $80.00 dollars. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Description=Buffalo+WHR-HP-G54&x=20&y=35 I guess if you have a Linksys WRT54G v5, v5.1, and v6 or any other supported Router you can flash DD-WRT on to your WRT54G router for a cost of about $43.00-$95.00 depending on how much you paid for your WRT54G, and assuming all the instructions on flashing the Router are followed precisely. Overall I love the features offered by DD-WRT for a moment i thought I was looking at Cisco router-OSPF and BGP; in addition, to an intergrated switch and VLANs, and to top it off a Command Shell. I wonder if you can actually define ACL's via the Command Shell or you are only limited to the Access Restrictions tab?

g0dFather
g0dFather

I use DD-WRT on my Linksys WRT54GS and I'll never go back to the default firmware. I had no choice when torrent, MySpace, etc would lock up my surfing because the Linksys wasn't dropping dead connections & packets fast enough. The default firmware has no settings to resolve this, but DD-WRT does!

cmarron
cmarron

Anyone knows if DD-WRT works on any version of the Linksys WRT54GS? What version is yours?

dwrichards
dwrichards

While DD-WRT is a great option, they are starting to turn commercial and developing for the commercial side first. Visit http://www.bitsum.com/about-ddwrt.htm I started out using DD-WRT but then changed to open-WRT with the gui upgrade. Both of the WRT products are very stable but the Open-WRT seems to have more community support.

NormF
NormF

I'm curious... If you were to select your preferred router to apply the DD-WRT or OPEN-WRT upgrade, which router would you purchase?

mb.techrepublic
mb.techrepublic

The screen shots show excellent functionality, although I didn't see syslog logging in there (perhaps on a screen not captured). The main issue (aside from warranty) I can see would be stability of DD-WRT "firmware". Anyone any experience with it?

EriccS
EriccS

I've been using DD-WRT for quite a while now, and have found it to be rock solid. Most of my deployments (a dozen or so) have been in Linksys WRT-SL-54GS units because I wanted the 266 processor and 32MB of RAM for some of the router based applications I was running, along with room for a LOT of logfiles. I've also done some work with the more pedestrian WRT54 series, but I avoid those nowadays because they have less RAM with every "update" from Linksys. My current high profile installations are using the very model of Buffalo shown in this review. In mobile tour applications, as soon as the touring road crew parks the semi trailers and the satellite dish goes up I can securely remote in from my office on the other side of the country to check health of all the kiosk machines and update them as needed. I can also use DD-WRT to run an RF audit to look for potential interference from other networks in the vicinity of our displays, then change our channels accordingly. This saves us from having to keep a full time IT person traveling on the tours. Security has been sterling; more than one client has run penetration testing on our gear (since we flow information in their name, including credit cards) and we have always passed with flying colors. The caveat to all of the above is that, much like MS servers vs. Linux boxes, it is extremely easy for someone with insufficient training or experience to start calling themselves an administrator. Configurations and security should be done by an IT Pro if you are doing mission critical work. On the other hand, I now have friends who have their home network bulletproofed and running hotspot software because they were able to learn these things in a less critical environment.

BomberMedic
BomberMedic

I've been running this firmware on a WRT-54G for about a year and a half and from what I've experienced, it's rock solid. I love all the features in the firmware and haven't had a single problem with it EVER. I love that I could pump up the radio transmit power on the router to help reach the far corners of the house. If you've got a box that's out of warranty, I'd recommened it. Heck, I'd recommend it even if its still under warranty. Yeah, its that good.