First trial the Speedtest couldn't connect to the internet. So then I used the browser and found it could connect to the internet fine. So I retried Speedtest.
It worked this time but with very low numbers:
Normally PING time is 24-26 ms. With the repeater bridge it is 41 ms.
Download speed was 0.02 Mbps, Upload 0.20.
A retry yielded 28 ms / 0.19 Mbps / 0.70 Mbps
and another retry yielded 33 ms / 0.18 Mbps / 0.36 Mbps
But after opened a browser and did some normal DDG searches, I got better speed test results. Typical GOOD speed test results yield 28 ms / 5.00 Mbps / 3.00 Mbps.
If I connect wirelessly to the virtual AP, performance is ALWAYS so low as to be useless.
Is poor performance the primary reason that the wiki has so many assertions that say get rid of your WRT54Gv5 - get a WRT54GL?
I had thought maybe the reason was related to the other caveats regarding this model, of which I read many repetitions: "low memory causes hangs", "not as many features", "many have bricked theirs during the first reflash because they didn't follow the steps"
Or perhaps, my setup of Bridge Repeater is incomplete and as a NOOB, I need to learn to use a lot of the other features available in (even) this micro version of DD-WRT to tune the performance.
I'm thinking of going ahead and reflashing DD-WRT into my other wireless router, a LinkSys EA6900 I got at Sams Club back in 2015 and was using until I switched ISPs to AT&T this past spring.
The EA6900 has lots more RAM and FLASH and seems that it MIGHT be supported by DD-WRT.
My EA6900 is V1.1 Hardware. (See pic of label attached)
Because of the apparent contradiction and my present NOOB status, I'm a little afraid of trying to use the EA6900 but with the bad performance of the WRT54G as a repeater bridge, I may be forced to try.
Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 18:35 Post subject: Some good news about the performance
When I was doing my tests with the newly programmed and configured WRT54Gv5 in bridge repeater mode, the router was sitting on my desk a few inches from the notebook I was using as the management/test device.
In this position, this secondary router is about 3.5 feet off the floor and about 50 ft from the primary router (gateway) which is about 10 ft off the floor. Three wood/sheetrock walls are between them.
When I lifted the router off the desk just a couple of feet above its location, performance increased to 6+ Mbps download and 4+ Mbps upload -- to a wireless client!
I haven't measured the wired speed yet but this is so much better, I'm encouraged again, and it makes me appreciate DD-WRT so much more! It may be usable without further work (seeing if there is newer micro firmware than this 2009 version)
So I'm going to install it about 8 feet off the floor in the same office, but about 3 feet more distant from the primary router and start using it to see how it works.
The version from 10 years ago seems to be solving my problem! Awesome!
I can only imagine how much better the current builds are -- which makes me even more interested in becoming a DD-WRT guru (building code and porting to other routers) to pay back the community.
I may look into loading DD-WRT onto my EA6900 after all.