WNR3500L - Which firmware should I choose ?

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Guilherme Campos
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WNR3500L - Which firmware should I choose ?

Hi,

I just receive my WNR3500L and I'm wondering which firmware should I choose. I see here a lot of article about how install the different firmwares, but none about the features and the weakness of them.

Another question, I want to (I don't know if is possible) is to connect a Hard Drive to the router and make my xbox access the data from the hard drive without any computer. Do you guys know if it is possible ?

 

Thanks,

Guilherme Campos

Sudipta
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Basic functionalities are

Basic functionalities are same for all the firmwares. As per as my knowledge, performance of original firmware is better than other firmwares.

Guilherme Campos
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I see, but which feature the

I see, but which feature the others firmwares have that could make me want to change the original firmware ?

In my case I want to share media with my xbox, have one of the firmwares better to this task ?

Peter Redmer
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If the XBOX is miniDLNA

If the XBOX is miniDLNA compatible (which I'm not sure if it is, but I know that Windows Media Player is) you could try Kong's custom DD-WRT build. It's easy to share a USB connected drive as a media server type drive and have Windows recognize it, so that might work for the XBOX.

Download the firmware here:

http://www.myopenrouter.com/download/19806/DD-WRT-BETA-Kong-Mod-USB-FTP-...

Directions here:

http://www.myopenrouter.com/article/21644/How-To-Set-Up-miniDLNA-in-DD-W...

Guilherme Campos
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Thanks Peter, I will try to

Thanks Peter, I will try to use this firmware!

Guilherme Campos
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Maybe what I can try to do is

Maybe what I can try to do is add the miniDLNA to the original firmware by myself

Sawyer
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I think I will have to choose

I think I will have to choose tomato myself. It has stuff that DD-WRT doesnt.

Kong
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@Tony,

@Tony,

if the word beta is annoying, we can fix this, at least for my build:-)

I'm not aware of any wireless problems with current dd-wrt broadcom releases. I'm using the wnr3500l to test my builds and have not seen any wireless problems. In addition to that there is no bug entry in dd-wrt trac which mentions wireless issues on broadcom 47x devices.

The stock firmware may be ugly looking and not have as many features but it does work and it is not beta.

Well that's your opinion or your personal experience. But other people have other experiences.

@Sawyer, what does tomato offer that's not included in dd-wrt? I'd say it's the other way around.

Sawyer
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Well probably nothing.

Well probably nothing.
But lets face the facts. I'm a total noob when it comes to routers and firmware. Tomato has one big advantage for me and that is a step by step guide on how to install udpxy and set it up. What is the main reason why I got a router in the first place. To retire my second pc and use the router as an IPTV server.

Wasnt able to find instruction for dd-wrt yet.

Kong
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Well there is probably no

Well there is probably no instruction, because you don't need to install any extra multicast routing deamon.

It's included and just requires one checkbox to be disabled. Under Security->Firewall->Filter Multicast if it is unchecked igmprt is running and you are able to receive multicast traffic from your iptv provider.

Sawyer
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receive maybe. Updxy is also

receive maybe. Updxy is also a relay. It will transform udp streams into http which goes through any firewall. So I can receive my iptv broadcast stream at work also.

Very similar to VLC player that I have setup right now only that I can run it on the router itself and dont need a pc turned on at home.

look at the tomato instructions. http://www.myopenrouter.com/forum/thread/21797/Instruction-to-install-ud...

Noway I could do that without that.

Kong
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Okay, thats a point:-)

Okay, thats a point:-)

But your installation instructions would work on dd-wrt in the exact the same way, with the difference, that for example you enter:

iptables -A INPUT -p udp -m udp -d 224.0.0.0/4 -j ACCEPT

in Administration->Commands->Save Firewall

Sawyer
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well i can try i guess.

well i can try i guess.

what about the first part?

1st Advanced -> Firewall -> Place a checkmark in "Allow multicast"and store
2nd Administration -> JFFS2 -> Place a checkmark in "Enable"and press the"Format / erase", then wait a minute, do not forget to save your settings by clicking the"Save"
3rd Administration -> Scripts -> Init -> in this window pastamo copy-script and store the following:

Kong
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1. as I said, remove Filter

1. as I said, remove Filter Multicast, this allows multicast
2. Administration->Management->JFFS2 Enable + Clean JFFS
But just to mention JFFS2 is a fileswystem for usb flash devices, you don't use it if you have a regular usb disk connected
3. Administration->Commands-> Save Startup

Sawyer
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i wont use any usb disks with

i wont use any usb disks with that router so jffs will be it. Thats probably the file system on the 8MB flash rom I imagine.

taekwon3dan
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@Kong:

@Kong:

Does your build now have built-in printer support?

I have tried the stock firmware and it is very fast with strong signals (at least as seen from clients), but does not have many of the features that dd-wrt has. Also, a killer for the stock firmware is that I cannot get client bridging to work with a dd-wrt secondary router. This is undesirable.

Tomato is problematic in that the signals are very weak (and no matter what tweaking I try, it does not nothing to improve the situation). Distant clients cannot link at a rate better than 108 Mbps.

Kong
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Hi taekwon3dan,

Hi taekwon3dan,

in the minidlna version I will not add printer support, there is no space left.
Probably the next 2 weeks I'm going to provide one or two of my mods without mindlna but vpn, 3g, p910d(printer daemon) and other stuff. Printer Support is already in the latest official dd-wrt builds

taekwon3dan
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Kong said: Hi taekwon3dan,

Kong said: Hi taekwon3dan, in the minidlna version I will not add printer support, there is no space left. Probably the next 2 weeks I'm going to provide one or two of my mods without mindlna but vpn, 3g, p910d(printer daemon) and other stuff. Printer Support is already in the latest official dd-wrt builds

OK.  Thanks.

Another note, I was also able to transform a wrt610nv2 (which ran great with dd-wrt) to a e3000 using instructions in a thread in dd-wrt.  It would be nice to be able to flash your build onto a e3000. I think these routers require a special mod header to flash dd-wrt.

 

Thanks again for your work!

Kong
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Hi taekwon3dan,

Hi taekwon3dan,

this is no problem, as the special version for E2000,E3000 are created once the build is finished and I have these on my build machine, I just have to upload them.

taekwon3dan
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Kong said: Hi taekwon3dan,

Kong said: Hi taekwon3dan, this is no problem, as the special version for E2000,E3000 are created once the build is finished and I have these on my build machine, I just have to upload them.

wonderful!!

Guilherme Campos
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I know the thread changed a

I know the thread changed a "little" since the begin, but this are my conclusions:

* DD-WRT is faaar better the default firmware
* Kong mods rocks!
* Xbox 360 is compatible with miniDLNA

Now I'm able to play my movies in the xbox without using my computer :)

Is not all right, I still need to figure out how to send movies from my pc to the usb in the router. I use a ftp connection, but I need to restart the router to make the miniDLNA reconize the new files, but I think the hard job is done.

Thanks guys for the info.

Kong
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Hi Guilherme,

Hi Guilherme,

to transfer files to the drive you should enable Samba, public share usually is enough, then access the share though windows explorer:

\\RoutersIP\Public

Minidlnas file db is by default updated after 60s after transfering a file. in the latest mod you can set the updaterate in s.

Guilherme Campos
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Thanks, really appreciate

Thanks, really appreciate your help and the job you have done.

Sawyer
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I may try your mod again, but

I may try your mod again, but last 2 times I tried. It would not reconnect a force reconnect at a specific time session.