[nSLUG] Things to do with a Linksys WRT54GS router

Joel Maxuel j.maxuel at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 23:29:24 ADT 2015

Thanks for the Suggestions, Andrew and Dave.

I started off with DDWRT, got frustrated by the fact that once you disable
DHCP leasing (at least for this build), you lose the web interface.  I got
around that (after a few hard resets) by keeping the subnet, which I would
have needed for the OpenVPN client anyway.

So now I have three access points...node, node-5g and the new node-2g.
Could have combined the first and last, but I didn't for this reason...I
still wanted a protected VPN.

I signed up to privateinternetaccess.com (PIA), may have gotten a better
price somewhere else (33USD/yr), but a good place to start nonetheless.  I
followed their guide for DD-WRT OpenVPN, and I found out a lot of options
are missing!  Turns out (and I knew this), that the latest DD-WRT firmware
for the 54GS is from 2010.

While putting a ticket in with PIA, I figured I would try out Tomato.
Well, the main branch doesn't have VPN either, BUT!..there is a Toastman
build of Tomato (from November 2014) that does.  So I tried that out, and
success...VPN is set up!

So the last half hour I enabled router remote access for my main network
only, reserved the HTPC's IP, poked a hole in the firewall for SSH, and I
can still remote to everything from my office PC.

Everything looks good.

Joel Maxuel

"One should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret."
 - Ronan Harris / Mark Jackson

On Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 4:49 PM, Dave Flogeras <dflogeras2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> liking.
> 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.
> Dave
> 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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