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Upgrade your wireless router

December 20, 2007 03:00 by ckincincy

So I've had a Dell TrueMobile 2300 router for some time.  As far as features go, its pretty good considering what I paid for it a few years ago.  But its been a bit flaky for at least the last year and my change to WPA security made it worse. Then I saw a LifeHacker post that said, "upgrade your $60 router to a $600 router for free".  And that's by far the best way I can describe what they pointed me to.

But a few things to note:
1. First make sure your router is supported.  If its not... then spend the $30 to get one that is!
2. Realize that this is not for the novice.  You screw this up , you will break your router.  It will become unrecoverable.

The way this works is you replace the 'firmware' <read: the software on the router> with DD-WRT a free Linux based software package that has a TON OF FEATURES.  I mean if you want it on your router, this gives it to you.  So if you are a brave soul, go upgrade! 

And by the way, once I did this my router has been performing like a champ.  Absolutely no issues with connectivity since the upgrade. 



January 11. 2008 10:50


I also have a TrueMobile 2300 and I'd like to upgrade it with dd-wrt. Can you please tell me what version you used and give some details on installation procedure?


Daniel |

January 11. 2008 11:51

Will reply later tonight with some tips.

ckincincy |

January 13. 2008 13:59

Sorry for the delay in responding.  Had a family issue take my time on Friday night (see LifeBlog for more info).  But I have this installed:
DD-WRT v23 SP2 (09/15/06) std
(SVN revision 3932)

Now to get this on the Dell, I went to the area to upgrade the firmware and just browsed to the DD-WRT bin file and let it do its thing.

Now on DDWRT's site I go to Downloads->Stable->dd-wrt.v23 SP2->dd-wrt.v23_sp2_standard.zip

Then I put on the dd-wrt.v23_generic.bin.

Hope this helps.

ckincincy |

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