Posted by: Anonymous
on June 11, 2008 08:32 PM
Great article, and timely in my case. I live on 46 acres of land in the boonies, and I have been using a wireless router to connect to my satellite, from nearly 1000 feet away. The connection is intermittent, to say the least. I was considering options to get a more reliable connection, and I have 2 WRT54Gs from Linksys at my disposal. Unfortunately, the built-in firmware is less than adequate for my needs. Thanks to this article, I now know that I can ditch the firmware, and get a Linux alternative that allows things like access point mode and mesh networking. While Tasty Tomato looks great, after a bit of research, I found that DD-WRT is the better choice for me. It has many of the same options, plus, a feature that is applicable specifically to the WRT 54g. The router ships with its transmit strength permanently set at 28mW, when it is capable of up to 250mW! DD-WRT can rectify this situation. With it installed, I may not even need to use the second router!