Poll: which build do you recommend for Broadcom?

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feliciano
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 15:40    Post subject: Poll: which build do you recommend for Broadcom? Reply with quote
We've seen a lot of buildings during the last couple of years. Some might have worked good for your needs and your router(s), while others may not. So, in order to help the community I wonder whether we could compose a table like the following, with the most popular builds for different hardware and scenarios.

Notes:
1)If your device is rather old and/or with limited resources (check corerev of your SOC, ammount of flash and RAM), and you are not so-concerned about security and patches, IMHO it probably will have a better performance/stability with a not-so-recent build. On the contrary, if you have a recent and powerful device, and want to feel safer, I would recommend to upgrade to a good recent build and/or try the ones being developed, share your findings and keep this going.
2)Maybe different people would recommend different builds for the same device. No problem, add it next to the other, and let the people try and decide, and/or add a "[+]" or something, like counts, like votes.

So I will start recommending what's on the Note 4 of the Peacock thread (14929, 15962, 17990, etc.)
For general usage:
Code:
Broadcom devices with K2.4:
WRT54GL 14929std, WL-520GU 149292mini-usb-ftp, F5D7231-4P 15962mini-usb-ftp, [your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K2.6:
F7D3301/F7D7301/F7D3302/F7D7302 15962big, [your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K3.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K4.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...

For gaming
Code:
Broadcom devices with K2.4:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K2.6:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K3.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K4.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...

For VPN:
Code:
Broadcom devices with K2.4:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K2.6:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K3.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K4.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...

Other scenarios:
Code:
Broadcom devices with K2.4:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K2.6:
E1000v2 16785voip-small, [your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K3.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...
Broadcom devices with K4.x:
[your router and build recommendation here], ...


And we could gather a list like this both for MIPS and ARM SOCs.

Your feedback is welcome, and please rather than ellaborating too much on why a particular build is good or not for a given device, please focus on which one you would recommend for a device or family and scenario, and if you want to reinforce it with a few words, that's OK.

Let's see how this goes...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 18:46    Post subject: Reply with quote
You left out Broadcom ARM that runs k4.4, and btw, as of today's 43012 build (which has broken BCM ARM wifi), BCM MIPS is also on k4.4 (at least until BS gets 4.9 working for it "soon" Wink ). r43007 alpha is working great on my WNDR4500v2 (MIPS NAND). Wink

All I can say is not to use any build older than 41664, to have SFE NAT (for k3.2+ builds), KRACK (k24+), PBR+SFE, CAKE / FQ_CODEL_FAST, and GTK Rekey wireless timer fixes. For Wireguard, one should use at least 42872.

The latest builds are generally recommended, after one researches the build threads to avoid bad ones.

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feliciano
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 21:27    Post subject: Reply with quote
Notes taken.

So I think it would be good to have separate lists for MIPSr1, MIPSr2, and ARM, for the major branches of kernels we have worked on, or are working with.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2020 0:53    Post subject: Reply with quote
I do think there needs to be something like this. So well done for having the idea of doing it or - for you want to start collecting data already, yes? - for actually doing about.


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booradlly
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 1:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
jwh7 wrote:
You left out Broadcom ARM that runs k4.4, and btw, and of today's 43012 build (which has broken BCM ARM wifi), BCM MIPS is also on k4.4 (at least until BS gets 4.9 working for it "soon" Wink ). r43007 alpha is working great on my WNDR4500v2 (MIPS NAND). Wink

All I can say is not to use any build older than 41664, to have SFE NAT (for k3.2+ builds), KRACK (k24+), PBR+SFE, CAKE / FQ_CODEL_FAST, and GTK Rekey wireless timer fixes. For Wireguard, one should use at least 42872.

The latest builds are generally recommended, after one researches the build threads to avoid bad ones.



I need a recommended build for wrt54g v.4 router thats protected from all the above. Or a suggestion for a new router, thats well supported. I grabbed the wrt54gv4 off ebay thinking it would be well supported but I'm 99% sure I just bricked two of them trying to put something other than 14929 on it. i.e. I tried to put 43217 on it. The only thing I need this router for is a wifi access point, to extend my wifi (i.e. repeater bridge), thats as secure as possible using standard stuff. I need like 5 of them, so the older, cheaper, more supported the better.

Is there even any builds that are supposed to work on this router that have these bugs/CVEs patched ?

note: I do not care about fixing the bricked routers, they were $10 a pop.
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 1:45    Post subject: Reply with quote
This thread is not to ask these questions. This thread is to give recommendations based on experiences, etc.

But since I'm feeling nice, I will say that you need 43192 or later for your WRT54* series device (look in the build threads like you're s'posed to do).

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:20    Post subject: Reply with quote
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=325487&highlight=r7000

R7000
06-02-2020-r43324

This is a great thread. I am not sure why more people are not using it.[/url]

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 23:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
I use a 6300V2 as a repeater when I travel. The MOST stable build is old but it works great. 36154...(06/16/18 )

All my other devices are running latest or close to latest as CB/RB/AP. The newer builds just don't handle Repeater mode very well.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:06    Post subject: Reply with quote
All K2.6 builds after 43136 are broken. I received another E4200v1 recently that had been flashed with 43192 and was bricked, so I back-tracked from that build to 43136, checked all the way through 44086 and all have the same problem and will not boot.

EDIT: Should be fixed in releases after 44092, along with pptpd.

https://svn.dd-wrt.com/changeset/44092
https://svn.dd-wrt.com/changeset/44091
https://svn.dd-wrt.com/changeset/44090
https://svn.dd-wrt.com/changeset/44086

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
DD-WRT v3.0-r45229 std (01/01/21)

I'm running this build on D-Link DIR 890 (similar to R8000) and it don't let me down. No reboots, no staggering for weeks. In later builds there are visible changes in UI and some functions may not start by itself. This build has everything, maybe a little outdated versions. The only thing - processor throttling doesn't seem to work, can't set lower than 1Ghz. It has ARM 1Ghz processor and 3 bands (2x5G, 1x2G).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2021 17:14    Post subject: Reply with quote
For K2.4 (WRT54* series and clones): 45955+ due to kernel and webUI patches.
For K2.6 45955+ due to kernel and webUI patches.
For K3.x/K4.x 45955+ due to webUI patches.

Keep in mind that the current Samba implementation is still a WIP and that may affect recommendation.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 17:32    Post subject: Reply with quote
Linksys WRT54GS v1.1 = r46239 (Apr 1st 20211) (i.e. dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin ) ; it works fine for a general use router so far (I got a bit over 3 days of uptime currently) and I would imagine the other builds from r46239 are fine to but I never directly tested those.

I upgrade like usual from... 'Administration > Firmware Upgrade'.

some general advice when flashing firmware... if someone wants to play it extra safe when upgrading firmware on these WRT54* variations here is a pretty good guideline to follow before flashing new firmware (if you want to be extra cautious)...

1)Reset router to defaults (i.e. hold reset button for 30 seconds) and once router is responding again...
2)Unplug router for 1 minute and plug it back in.
3)Go to routers configuration page (i.e. 192.168.1.1) and proceed to flash firmware under the 'Administration > Firmware Upgrade' section in DD-WRT. IMPORTANT NOTE: as soon as you start firmware flashing process make sure to wait a FULL 5 minutes as this should keep the risk of bricking ones router at a bare minimum.
4)Reset router to defaults (another 30 second reset using reset button) and reconfigure to your liking.

IMPORTANT NOTE: do not overclock the WRT54GS v1.1 router (and probably the general WRT54* series and clones to) as, in short, while r45735 (Feb 11th 2021) was fine running at 240Mhz on my WRT54GS v1.1, r46239 (Apr 1st 2021) does not like it as you will have problems (routers configuration page is not accessible/no internet etc) if you try it! NOTE: but what I particularly did to bring mine back to life when I was having problems due to the overclock was... unplug router, wait a little, hold reset button, and while still holding reset button plug the routers power back in and count 30 seconds, release reset button. you should now have a working WRT54GS v1.1 router once again (at least in my case this worked).

NOTE: but I am not really saying anything all that new as overclocking in general increases risk. but in my case it was never a problem until somewhere between r45735 (Feb 11th 2021) and r46329 (Apr 1st 2021).

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 17:40    Post subject: Reply with quote
To add my two cents:
Do not (=never) choose "Reset to defaults settings" while upgrading, reset afterwards.

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