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

Michael George george at idealso.com
Tue Jul 8 12:54:44 EDT 2008

On Tue, July 8, 2008 12:01 pm, Eduardo Cesconetto wrote:
> 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
> downloads..
>> 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...

Have you had *anyone* connect to the router and use it with success?  Does
a wired connection work correctly?

>> 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:
>>>>> Hash: SHA1
>>>>> 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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>> -Michael George

-Michael George

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