[Durham] Wireless router recommendations

Richard Mortimer richm at oldelvet.org.uk
Sun Sep 2 18:37:53 UTC 2012

On 02/09/2012 17:28, Martin Ward wrote:>
 > My venerable WRT54G-TM, running Mega DD-WRT, seems to have
 > lost its wireless capability: the wireless network cannot be seen
 > by any of my wireless devices. Also the "Enable Info Site"
 > setting has started to reset itself periodically,
 > so I am looking for a replacement.
 > Wireless routers seem to follow an "inverse Moore's Law"
 > in which later models have steadily *less* memory
 > than earlier ones:
 > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series
 > The WRT54G-TM model (which has the most memory)
 > is becoming hard to find.
 > What is a suitable replacement?

I'm running a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH with OpenWrt


Buffalo ship it with DD-WRT pre-installed so I think its fair to say 
that it will run DD-WRT for you.

It has 64 meg RAM and 32 meg flash.

It runs Wireless N (plus B & G) well. I'm running two networks from the 
one device here (a private one and a guest one that the WII and other 
"untrusted" devices connect to).

The 4 lan ports can be split into separate switched VLANs so its great 
for having DMZ/VoIP isolated from the rest.

Also has a USB port. I've used it with a USB 3G/GPRS dongle to provide 
backup internet connection and also used it as an access point when away 
from home.

The only downside is that I've had two of the devices because the first 
device developed a fault where it would lose its switch programming 
periodically (just outside of warranty period of course). I could reset 
it by re-initialising the networking but it was a pain although I did 
have a cron job that ran every 15 minutes to check.

At the moment I'm also experimenting with the Buffalo WBMR-HP-G300H. 
That has an ADSL2+ modem instead of a WAN ethernet port. Its still a bit 
buggy with OpenWrt and isn't build as part of their regular builds. I've 
built my own copy and got it running (I believe it runs DD-WRT out of 
the box) but I haven't switched over to using that as a combined 
firewall/ADSL modem box yet.

Oh. Nearly forgot I run a SixXS IPv6 tunnel using AICCU on box and it 
works fine for IPv6 connectivity until I get a proper clueful ISP who 
will do it navitely.



> My main requirement is that it run SNMP, so that I can
> use gkrellm to check on upload and download speeds,
> but something which can run the mega version of dd-wrt
> would be preferred.

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