Saturday, 23 December 2006

I've pretty much had enough. The WRT54G has proven to be a fun router to play with, but I've bricked a few of them over the past couple years, and the one I have now is less than optimal. It drops wireless connections fairly regularly. I can try upgrading the Talisman firmware to the latest (I am running 1.0.5 and there have been two releases since), but I'm not convinced it's a software issue really.

So, the question is: Which wireless router is best for me? I'll do some research of my own, of course, but I know some of you smart people will let me know what your experiences are.

Here's a bit off the old Stuff-I-Need list as it relates to the router:

  • I use Vonage for phone service. For the past year I have had the Vonage terminal adapter sitting on the Internet, and the wireless router plugs into the TA's LAN port.
  • I'd like to be able to define QoS for a variety of apps, network destinations and service types.
  • Security security security. It must have a good firewall and the ability to DMZ properly.
  • Geekiness geekiness geekiness. Plus points for ability to configure and tweak a lot.

Any ideas out there? I'm off to do some research. This will be my Christmas present to myself, if and when I decide to do the replacement. I have a week off from work to catch up on life and things at home, so this is on my list (not at the top, priority-wise, but it's on there).

Starting point: This Buffalo router looks pretty good.

UPDATE: I tried upgrading to the latest Talisman/SveaSoft firmware, but problems persisted and in fact even got worse. DHCP completely failed and . I removed the router from the network, hooked up to the Vonage TA directly, connected to Linksys.com, and downloaded the latest factory firmware. Once I managed to get that installed, everything seems to be back up and running and looks stable at first glance. But the Linksys firmware, although greatly improved since I last looked at the Linksys factory stuff, doesn't have the same great options. But I'll let this run for a while and see if it's more stable. Fingers crossed. I still want to replace this thing. Thanks for the emails and comments so far. Any more ideas to consider?



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Saturday, 23 December 2006 09:46:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Saturday, 23 December 2006 11:57:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hmmm, sounds like a nice router. I have been using the same Linksys as you for quite a while now. Have also been thinking of changing to a newer router. Let me know what you think when you get one.
CCook
Saturday, 23 December 2006 14:13:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I have used the Buffalo routers recently when creating wireless boxes for wifi hot-spots. I like the small size and it works with the DD-WRT firmware. Haven't had any problems as of yet.
SWillis
Sunday, 24 December 2006 00:46:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Greg,
I'm using Linksys WRT54G (I think you recommend to me :) ) at home for over a 2 years and love it.
did you try to restore the original firmware? It sounds like the firmware is unstable.
try to use also the DDWRT firmware, it's stable and nice to config.
Dror.
Monday, 25 December 2006 11:13:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Did you look into firmware other than sveasoft? There are a bunch of them based on WRT (http://openwrt.org/). I heard that dd-wrt is supposed to be good. I am running some antiquated version of sveasoft alchemy on wrt54gs, and the only real problem is DHCP server that dies about twice a week.
max
Monday, 25 December 2006 23:01:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I've been having some severe hosting issues and am in the middle of a bunch of changes. Omar wrote me via IM while my site was dead in the water and said this about the D-Link equipment he uses:

"I'm extrmely happy with the D-Link GamerLounge Series routers. They have gigabit ethernet and rock solid uptime + a million options to tweak."
Wednesday, 27 December 2006 06:46:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I run the very same router here at bradenmikael.com and I never have had a problem with it. I don't use the DHCP server though. I prefer to hard-code all my IP Addresses so they will never change. Running the latest firmware, too. No problems.

Sorry about your difficulties, Greg. Maybe your router just burned out?
Thursday, 28 December 2006 08:15:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
OpenWRT.

I don't trust any firmware that isn't OpenWRT or at least based on OpenWRT. I love that I can put my router into client mode and use it to connect to other wireless networks. Those antenea get far better signal than a standard laptop wifi configuration.
Tuesday, 12 February 2008 08:20:45 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Try the D-Link VWR or the Motorola VT2542.
Rick Smith
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