custom router firmware

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by dibs1975, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. dibs1975

    dibs1975 MDL Novice

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    Not sure if posting in the right place, but hope someone can help. I have a dlink dsl 2780 and a huawei hg533, I am wanting to put custom firmware on them both but not sure which one is best. after looking about I am all most sure they have broadcom chipsets in them. which dd-wrt says it will work on most broadcoms and also something called tomato. or will I be better using something else. thank you to anyone who offers advice.
     
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    custom firmware can be tricky .. what function are u wanting to enhance ?
     
  3. dibs1975

    dibs1975 MDL Novice

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    just to use a different, as the routers are talktalk but i switched to o2. the wireless signal on the two above routers are better than the o2 one. the internet connection keeps dropping and o2 have tested the line and blamed the router, but its the same router they keep sending with the same problems.
     
  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    sounds like the driver version or settings on device manager/network adapter
     
  5. dibs1975

    dibs1975 MDL Novice

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    it happens on a laptop, ps3 and xbox360. changed wireless channel to free one and keep checking it using insidder when it happens, the channel still clear
     
  6. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    turn off auto channel switching router
     
  7. dibs1975

    dibs1975 MDL Novice

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    all ready did that with no luck
     
  8. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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  9. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    lol, well to be fair, if someone can't find the correct one, they probably shouldn't be trying to flash a custom firmware to their router to start with :p

    DD-WRT is much easier, that is what I run on my router, but I couldn't see anything for OPs router and DD-WRT, only OpenWRT
     
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  11. eth3null

    eth3null MDL Novice

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    OpenWrt is not geared towards the average end-user. It's not a user-friendly operating system, and you have to know what you are doing in order to install and configure it. That being said, it does have documentation (although incomplete), and it's an extremely powerful operating system. It has features like uci (unified configuration interface), and a robust package management system (opkg) that other router firmwares either don't have, or are implemented poorly (DD-WRT is an example). If you want to experiment with custom router firmware try using DD-WRT first; it is easier to use, and is more thoroughly documented. OpenWrt is an open source project, and all development to the project is done by the developers in their spare time. If the documentation isn't "up-to-par", just realize that most of it has been written by users of OpenWrt in their spare time -- myself included :)