mandag den 23. august 2010

DD-WRT as a better alternative for a wireless bridge


As i mentioned in another blog post I managed to configure my Linksys WRT54G router as a wireless bridge using OpenWRT.
Sadly it turned out that it would loose connection after a while and needed to be rebooted to connect again. I did not spend to much time on solving that issue so OpenWRT isn't necessarily the problem. Maybe it was something in my setup that broke it.

Since my brother got his Xbox360 back I did not spend anymore time working with the wireless bridge.
I then got a new printer (HP Color LaserJet CP1515n) with a network interface card (NIC). It was not wireless so I decided to try to configure the wireless bridge again. Since OpenWRT did not work as good as I had hoped I wanted to try another distribution. I decided to install DD-WRT since there were some good documentation online (here and here) about how that would be configured and also because DD-WRT seemed more user friendly than OpenWRT since it had a nice web based UI.

Everything could be set up in the web interface and I still haven't experienced it loosing connection. I don't print very often so sometimes the router can be turned off for a month but it still connects flawlessly when I turn it on again.

It seems that OpenWRT is more experimental than DD-WRT. DD-WRT seems more stable and is easier to set up.

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