How does DD-WRT Compare to More Expensive Routers?

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paiwacket
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 14:37    Post subject: How does DD-WRT Compare to More Expensive Routers? Reply with quote
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How could I explain in some detail the advantages DD-WRT offers?

IE, how could I explain to a friend who is more network savvy how DD-WRT compares to more expensive routers/firmware?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 14:40    Post subject: Re: How does DD-WRT Compare to More Expensive Routers? Reply with quote
paiwacket wrote:

IE, how could I explain to a friend who is more network savvy how DD-WRT compares to more expensive routers/firmware?

Thats easy: it's free
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 15:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
yes its free!
and its the best!!!

for one of many features, wireless clients can support upto 128 clients than 32 clients on the linksys fw

that's just one... there are lots!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 16:51    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 16:58    Post subject: Reply with quote
Read the Wiki......and give your friend the link to it. It's all there.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 18:42    Post subject: Reply with quote
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This is why my business model is going to be successful.. Because people like this guys friend are setting people up with super expensive, jacked up networks.. This makes it easy for me to mop the floor with them...



outside of the home environment... as a router, ddwrt/wrt54g's are horrible. very limited connections, and also somewhat bandwidth limited.. as a wireless solution, they are again horrible. it would be a nightmare to deploy and manage a solution of a couple hundred wrt AP's when you compare it to the centralized controllers offered by the big guys.

they work well for a SOHO type connection, and certainly do not replace the 'expensive jacked up networks'. (at least if that is what you actually need to start with)
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 18:43    Post subject: Reply with quote
DD-WRT is a very nice piece of software and gives a lot of bang for the buck.

But don't shout so loud to say that everyone who pays more than $500,- for a router is a stupid #%$@.
There are a lot of things that just can't be done with DD-WRT or the hardware on which it runs. It just runs short on a lot of things that might be indispensible in some situations.
Real DMZ, hardware accellerated native VPN, Multiple WAN, faster throughput....

I wasn't even able to come with enough arguments to replace a $ 200,- Fiberlogic Matrix with hardware that runs DD-WRT.
The Matrix is a SoHo-router as well and also runs Linux. It has almost the same environment, but it delivers faster throughput (> 60 MBps), IPSec VPN and a web-configurable firewall.

DD-WRT is focused on wireless. A feature you sometimes don't even want.

I'm very happy with it and its price/performance just can't be beaten for home-use. But in a business some other things are more important...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 19:18    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 20:01    Post subject: Reply with quote
Look folks, this stuff is software. You can program it do do anything. It might do certain functions slower because of limited memory, CPU, coprocessors, etc. but you have to use (or plan to use) functions which hit those limits before it become relevant to you.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both the expensive non DD-WRT and affordable solutions using DD-WRT/linux.

Often times low infrastructure costs and fast deployment are more important these days for many applications. DD-WRT has a significant advantage in that space.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 22:11    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 23:10    Post subject: Reply with quote
its really funny to read such threads. sure dd-wrt can support hardware encrypted vpn etc. if the hardware supports it. (and our xscale version does support it very well)
and so far you know how to configure a wireless system you can even build up rock stable long range wireless links with dd-wrt with with very cheap hardware, so far you didnt use linksys. the linksys routers are of bad quality from my experience. dd-wrt is running since 2 years now on the roof of my house and still no real problems

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:50    Post subject: Reply with quote
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the_wanderer
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:38    Post subject: Reply with quote
rkramer wrote:

outside of the home environment... as a router, ddwrt/wrt54g's are horrible. very limited connections, and also somewhat bandwidth limited.. as a wireless solution, they are again horrible. it would be a nightmare to deploy and manage a solution of a couple hundred wrt AP's when you compare it to the centralized controllers offered by the big guys.


Ever actually messed around with some of the "Big Name" APs?

Avaya's AP-2000s are VXWorks boxes. You know, like the new WRT54gs that suck so hard?

Some of the Cisco APs are linux boxes.. You know, just like the WRT54G.

Just because you pay $$$ of something doesn't make it good.. Just cause it's cheap doesn't mean it's bad.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 12:42    Post subject: Reply with quote
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So everyone here is a cut above the crowd, in my view...
Very Happy

just wondering... what are you hiring for?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 17:05    Post subject: Reply with quote
Just because something is expensive doesn't mean it's overpriced.
Just because something is inexpensive doesn't make it cheap

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