Yesterday I had a friend with the root of d-link dir-300 – an unpretentious low-end router. He complained of minor problems. He had problems with the automatic connection with pppoe or via wi-fi. I looked at everything, it looked fine, I upgraded its factory firmware, things were stable. Despite everything, I wanted to put dd-wrt on it because I know from last year, that there is firmware for this model as well. Since I was unlucky, the router was a revision of A1, the hamalogy of the hook was great. I will not explain in detail how to flash and so on, but I will rather emphasize 2 thin moments, because flash guide is good enough to handle on its own. The first thin moment is when you will enter RedBoot – the guide does not state that the reset button should be held for about 30 seconds after restarting the router and after starting it to connect to the router via telnet to 192.168.20.81 on the port 9000 through the wan port. This port is very important for the future because it will give you access to the boot rom in case you overdo something without wanting to.. At the end of the guide there is a short script that automatically connects to RedBoot for you. If you are using a Windows machine I highly recommend using putty instead of the built-in telnet client. The other thin point is the answer with y to all the questions the console asks you. There are no other pitfalls.
Once everything is ready and you do the last reset it will take you around 2 minutes to run the dd-wrt web part. You will guess, that everything is started when the wi-fi network indicator lights up. In general, the router loads much slower than before, it used to take him about 40-50 seconds now over a minute and a half. This is generally not a pain to die given that we already have a much more stable router. The problem is that it has a weak 183Mhz processor for comparison my Linksys WRT54G is with 200. It is also annoying that the processor is atheros and does not support overclocking.
In a few days I will probably repeat the procedure on another dir-300 A1, after all, the linux is based on the firmware and the stability it gives to the little box, separately the many new features with which routers can compete for several hundred $ it is not a fact of neglect.