Linksys E1200 on DD-WRT
Two weeks ago, I took the plunge and installed a custom firmware on my router. Well, it was successful and now my Linksys E1200 runs on DD-WRT.
I was torn whether I should install dd-wrt on my Linksys E1200 router or not. My router has been stable so far after given a new life. It was replaced before when it suddenly just died and gladly it was still under warranty so I didn’t have to pay anything.
Well, I let my curiosity lead the way and I was decided to install DD-WRT to my router. DD-WRT is a custom firmware that offers a lot more features than the stock firmware (or the firmware that came with the router). To be honest, I don’t really know all the new features that I’m going to get but I’ll just learn about it I guess.
Installing DD-WRT was pretty easy thanks to the great guides they have on their wiki. I used the wiki for the version two (2) of the E1200 [E1200v2]. Note that this router has two main versions (v1 or v2). You need to be very careful in checking your version as you will use different files to install DD-WRT depending on your version.
Installing DD-WRT from Stock Firmware
This is what I did… I would still suggest that you read more on the wiki on the exact steps.
- Pray for strong nerves…
- Download the firmware as mentioned in the wiki (http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_E1200v2)
- Disconnect all cables except my laptop’s lan cable which is connected to a port in the router (don’t use wan port).
- Do a 30-30-30 reset (http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Hard_reset_or_30/30/30)
- Log-in to the web interface; go to admin and upgrade firmware.
- Press the upload button and pray more… now the waiting begins
- The instructions were to wait for a few minutes; do the 30-30-30 reset again; wait more for a few minutes … do a power cycle; wait more again then you can log in. From what I’ve read, this is for the router to stabilize.
After all these steps, my router is now in DD-WRT…
Problems experienced on DD-WRT
So what’s next? Well, a couple of days into using the router and I have been noticing problems.
- Browsing speed has been reduced and brought to a halt when I start torrents.
- Torrents weren’t doing so well too. I can barely reach 10kbps even on torrents with a lot of seeders.
- I sometimes can’t even get into the web interface of ddwrt.
Updating DD-WRT to the latest beta firmware
I’m torn again whether to go back to stock firmware or stick to dd-wrt to find a solution. I decided on the latter and started reading again. My first course of action was to install a more recent version of dd-wrt to the router. I got the latest firmware from the beta (ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/) and it was named as dd-wrt.v24-24461_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-nv64k.bin
The update experience wasn’t as smooth as I had a hard time connecting to the router. A few frustrating 30-30-30 resets and power cycling later, I managed to install the update. The steps were still the same to do the update though.
I can say that the problems were resolved but I have a new problem.
New Problem – July 18, 2014 (Resolved)
Whenever I restart the router, the router doesn’t broadcast the wireless SSID until I do a dummy save on the router’s wi-fi settings. This means that every time I restart the router, I would need to connect via lan, open the admin interface, and do a dummy save. I’ll report this in the forums to see if this has a solution.
I downgraded to back to mini 21676 and it looks good.
Here’s the order of my flashing:
Well, that’s it so far for my DD-WRT experience.
Till next time,
PS: What’s Next?
The build I installed was the mini version. They still have other versions such as the Big, Mega, and other customized builds so I’ll get to reading on what’s the best one for the router.