[GLLUG] Anyone with experience with Macs and AirPort Extreme?

Eduardo Cesconetto eduardo at cesconetto.com
Tue Jul 8 12:01:10 EDT 2008

On Jul 8, 2008, at 11:53 AM, Michael George wrote:

> Do you have dd-wrt on the wrt54gl?  If so, why don't you put the  
> Linksys
> firmware back onto it?
Tried with both firmware, they fail in different areas, the original  
has range issues, and DDWRT is looses simply have "hick-ups" and  
looses connection for less then a second, of course then killing my  
> If you have tried both, then maybe it's a hardware problem.
>  Newegg has
> the 54gl rated quite high by customers, so maybe you have a fluke.
> On the other hand, if your "failures" are that you cannot reliably  
> connect
> from Macs, then maybe the problem is the Macs, not the router.  If I
> didn't have the old iBook to test, I would perhaps think the router  
> was
> the problem, too.
I had my neighbor's 2 PCs pinging and downloading stuff overnight from  
my router, same fail points. I then had the router RMA'd by Linksys,  
and the same issues persisted...

I believe it all comes down to the N draft, N routers play well with  
any older protocols, but N cards don't like older routers...

> On Tue, July 8, 2008 11:25 am, Eduardo Cesconetto wrote:
>> I am biased, no doubt. But I am also pissed with my WRT54GL, yes, it
>> is full of functions, but if they worked it would be nice. I am for
>> quality. If you like to spend your time trying to figure out why your
>> network FAIL all the time, get the WRT54G, I rather spend that time
>> being productive...
>> You can get a Netgear RangeMax WNR834B for 50 bucks at TigerDirect,
>> and be done with it. See Rick, no Apple!!!!
>> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3641947&Sku=N100-2079&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=TBBTkwCjCVyBpAgf%20mwzygtCjCVRqCjCVRq
>> On Jul 8, 2008, at 8:21 AM, Michael George wrote:
>>> Thanks for the recommendation of OpenWRT.  Others have also made  
>>> that
>>> suggestion.  I am thinking now may be a good time to do it, since  
>>> I'll
>>> have two of them and can leapfrog from one to the other.
>>> On Mon, July 7, 2008 11:34 pm, Richard Houser wrote:
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>>>> Eduardo Cesconetto wrote:
>>>> | Again, you are setting yourself for failure. The WRT54GL is  
>>>> buggy,
>>>> | even worse when used with DDWRT.
>>>> | Give up and get a descent router. My recomendation is an Airport
>>>> | Extreme, but if you'd like to save some cash, get a cheap  
>>>> Netgear N
>>>> | router...
>>>> Overall, the WRT54GL is a pretty good router, and contains some
>>>> pretty
>>>> impressive features.  Even if Apple is 100% to spec (doubtful), the
>>>> fact
>>>> that it works with everything else implies that only Apple is  
>>>> likely
>>>> doing something different (whether technically allowed or not, the
>>>> behavior would still be non-standard).
>>>> I'd recommend you use OpenWRT instead of DDWRT though.  Basically,
>>>> OpenWRT is the original reference OSS firmware, and DDWRT is a  
>>>> clone.
>>>> DDWRT has been under a lot of heat in the past for not releasing
>>>> changes
>>>> back to the community.  Many people on this list, including myself
>>>> and
>>>> several from Ideal Solutions are running WRT54G(L) units with  
>>>> OpenWRT
>>>> and we haven't been having issues with our machines.
>>>> Feature-wise, any router Apple releases don't even come close to  
>>>> what
>>>> you can do with an OpenWRT (the same is true of any mass-market
>>>> router
>>>> targeted at the home user).  Typical OpenWRT routers have a feature
>>>> set
>>>> consistent with the $15k+ commercial routers, but they just can't
>>>> handle
>>>> the speed or volume of connections (neither of which typically
>>>> matters
>>>> to even a high-end home user).
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