[nSLUG] Things to do with a Linksys WRT54GS router

Dave Flogeras dflogeras2 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 16:49:51 ADT 2015

Hey Joel,

I have an old 54G that I installed Tomato on years ago and never
looked back.  I too read the install notes for OpenWRT and was scared
off.  Tomato can be flashed just like any 'official' firmware, and it
is easy to revert back to the Linksys firmware if it isn't to your

I use mine simply as a router/NAT, a couple of port forwards for my
DMZ boxes that are on the wide open internet.  My internal stuff is
behind another router.  It works great for my purposes; I set it up a
long time ago and forgot it exists.  It was really easy to get set up,
and the web interface is quite elegant for such a tiny firmware.

My only concern would be that Tomato is a dead project so doing risky
things like allowing SSH login from the outside, or the likes, might
be even more risky, since I doubt they have kept up with SSH related
patches.  The last release was years ago.


On Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 4:32 PM, Joel Maxuel <j.maxuel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Slightly on topic...
> So I went to the computer yard sale a few weeks ago, and had an interesting
> find.  Among the pile of wired routers was a Linksys WRT54GS v1.0 2.4gHz!
> So I picked it up, and a few other items (650VA APC UPS, VGA cable, ethernet
> cable) for $20.
> Anyways, I am still planning on what to do with it.  I have poor Wi-Fi
> access in the house (with a Linksys/Cisco 5G in the basement), so I could
> use it as an extender or better yet, access point (with 2.4G signal
> boosted).
> Then I got to thinking of a VPN (for purchase) protecting my identity for
> the media I stream from time to time.  I could set up a subnet for those
> devices (essentially HTPC and tablet).
> I am thinking of DD-WRT for this purpose, or maybe Tomato, both of which run
> Linux.  I thought about OpenWRT as well, but decided setup would be too much
> effort than to be worth it.
> Is there any opinion as to which one I should use?  Any other purpose for it
> I should consider? Yogurt maker or BBQ rotisserie doesn't count for me. ;)
> I want it to supplement the purposes I have already came up with.
> Thanks. :)
> --
> Cheers,
> Joel Maxuel
> "One should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret."
>  - Ronan Harris / Mark Jackson
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