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3rd party router firmware....need help

Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by TheRevolution, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. TheRevolution
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    TheRevolution LifeTime Friend H.A. LifeTime Friend

    Anyone have any experience with router firmware like DD-WRT, Gargoyle, OpenWRT, etc?? If so please read!!

    I have a Netgear WNDR3700v2 that is currently running DD-WRT build 15962. I see they have released build 18024. Anyone know if that version will work with my router?? I can't find any info on whether or not it will. I was thinking about upgraded but if that version won't work I don't want to try and brick my router.

    Also, does anyone have any thoughts on other firmware like Gargoyle, OpenWRT, etc. Would you recommend any of those over DD-WRT??
     
  2. Smockled
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    Smockled KOZBOT GOD Staff Member

    is your router listed on the DD-WRT wiki page where you download it?

    I remember one of routers, which uses a broadband chip i think, wasnt listed, but they had a beta version for it in the broadband section of the DD-WRT forum..

    Might want to check their wiki or forum...
     
  3. TheRevolution
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    My router is listed. Problem is, they are showing a supported f/w version of 17201. I know people are running newer than that, just can't find anyone running the very latest with my router. Guess I will create a post at DD-WRT and hope to get an answer. Unfortunately, I have never gotten a response to any of the questions I have asked over there.

    My router runs the Atheros chip. The version 3 of my router made the switch to Broadcom.
     
  4. KozmoK
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    KozmoK Hacker Cracker Staff Member Admin

    Does the router run faster with running 3rd party soft?
     
  5. Smockled
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    Smockled KOZBOT GOD Staff Member

    ahh, i meant Broadcom not "Broadband", rofl!

    Koz, 3rd party software allows you to do more features then just what is normally on your router. Also the GUI for things like DD-WRT is a lot easier to navigate On one of the routers i put DD-WRT on, I have a country IP blocker on there running. It blocks all inbound connections from countries I list that are targeted to a Security Camera DVR that i have networked.

    check this link out for DD-WRT: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/What_is_DD-WRT?

    Also, if you do a google images search on DD-WRT, you can see a lot more pics of its GUI
     
  6. TheRevolution
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    TheRevolution LifeTime Friend H.A. LifeTime Friend

    The 3rd party f/w offers a shit load more features than what comes stock. Will it make things faster?? It could. Some routers you can overclock and some you can turn up the transmit power of the wireless, which will make for a better connection and could increase speed. The two main things I like the 3rd party f/w for are, QOS (Quality of Service) and scheduling on/off times of devices on the network. With QOS I can limit bandwidth to devices in the house, use that mostly so the kids can't suck it all up with the downloads. You can also use QOS to give your browser more bandwidth while downloading so your browsing isn't slow. Then when your done browsing it gives the bandwidth back to your downloading app.

    I use the scheduling to shut off the internet to the kids computers so they aren't up all hours on a school night. I also use it to block porn and questionable stuff on there PCs (got my PC added to the exception list though :D )
     
  7. Smockled
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    Smockled KOZBOT GOD Staff Member

    thats just wrong... why cant your kids share in your porn habbits?

    haha j/k
     
  8. TheRevolution
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    lol...I'm sure my son has figured a way around the router. Unfortunately, he's too smart for his own good.
     
  9. StellarRecreations
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    StellarRecreations NOOB

    WNDR4000 is running it fine here. I wouldn't expect you to have any issues. I am curious though, I thought the 3700 came with QoS? If I recall correctly, I was setting speed caps on my old 3600, and it's been a default feature since, no?
     
  10. TheRevolution
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    TheRevolution LifeTime Friend H.A. LifeTime Friend

    It may have. Ever since I discovered DD-WRT its always been the first thing I do. I open the box and load up the new f/w. So, I didn't even get a chance to look at the stock netgear f/w.
     
  11. StellarRecreations
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    StellarRecreations NOOB

    Ah, okay. I only checked it on a friends advice for the UI, but I think netgear wants to put an end to this custom f/w business, as their last update made some pretty massive graphical tweaks to their own UI. Looked pretty good, actually, I was impressed.
     

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