HyperWRT (Thibor) Firmware This firmware is based on original one with added features.


Note: while this firmware is working and functional, it is no longer being updated. You might want to choose another one unless there's a specific reason that you want to use HyperWRT for.

HyperWRT "Thibor" firmware is based on the source of default one from Linksys, but it has many more features, such as adjusting of wireless transmitting power (in other words, boosting the signal strenght), increased port forwarding and QoS application fields, command shell, startup and firewall scripts, and more.

Since it's based on default Linksys WRT54GL firmware, it even uses the same web interface, which is easy to understand and use. It's an "upgrade" from default firmware in many ways.

The first thing I noticed is that it solved Azureus problem immediately. By default, it sets the connection limit to 2048, and that can be increased even further.

You can also be sure that you won't run out of fields for port forwarding or QoS settings, as this firmware has much more of them.

The QoS settings have a new feature, and that is L7 filter. Instead of setting up QoS by port number, you can use packet type filtering. This firmware has a nice list of applications and games which you can choose to prioritize. However, please note that L7 filtering uses more processing power than filtering by ports, so you might want to assign priorities using ports where possible.

For example, I set Azureus to use port 41111, and assigned Low priority to it, so it wouldn't clog up my connection. Next, I assigned Highest priority to ports 1200, 27030-27050 and 27000-27015, which Counter Strike uses. Finally, I gave High priority to Skype. Since Skype uses random ports, I just chose Skype from L7 filter drop-down list. I also prioritized my connection over my neighbors, by using Ethernet port priorities - I'm just evil that way :-)

The CSS QoS test went well, and the results were very similar to those of default Linksys firmware. That was to be expected, since it's based on it.

There were several other neat features I noticed, such as overclocking (you can do that using command line, by executing #nvram set clkfreq=216). As you can see, I overclocked mine to 216 MHz from default 200 MHz, because I noticed P2P programs tend to use a lot of CPU, and it often goes close to 100% when both my and my neighbor's PCs are using the internet heavily. It runs stable and doesn't overheat at all, but still, do it at your own risk!

Overall, this is a great firmware for WRT54GL router, and I recommend it to novice users who want more features than default installation offers, and a working QoS that is very simple to set up.


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