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Author Topic: Alternate OpenWRT firmware for the DGL-5500 (HOW TO)  (Read 58488 times)

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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #120 on: March 03, 2016, 10:34:40 AM »

I'm having problems getting the ath10k working and I believe there is a problem with the kernel dependencies, and also not having good access to there repos which the mains are down, I believe that the ath10k is v3 and my kernel is v4. I tried forcing dependency and it seemed to be installed however I'm only seeing the 802.11 2.4Ghz interfaces and the 5Ghz is not displaying in LuCI. I've been waiting and waiting for the main repos to be fixed. I've posted about this as well on there forum and it's like pulling teeth trying to get info from anyone there.  ::)

I'm getting close to this and hope we can get it going so we can finish the FAQ for this so other might give it a try.  ;D
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #121 on: March 05, 2016, 10:58:49 AM »

Ok, I figured it out. Thinking back when I first started, I installed the latest snapshot dev builds which was v4.1 of the kernel. Since the mains went down due to HDD issues, the snap shot builds have not been posted or not available again. So I unknowingly installed the v3.1 version of the 5Ghz file which would not work. Going back and starting all over again with the stable version of OpenWRT v3.1, I was able to install the 5Ghz package and it's now available and displayed in the Luci UI. I've updated the FAQ post and will make it a separate sticky post for itself:
OpenWRT for the DGL-5500 FAQ

I haven't had a chance to test the wifi yet and will in the near future.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2016, 09:17:31 AM by FurryNutz »
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #122 on: March 07, 2016, 04:35:18 AM »

Excelent work, Furry!! I think our step by step guide is now complete.

If we could figure out how to create a VPN server it would be great. Imagine having a private VPN service you can connect anywhere and have a secure channel over free open Wifi networks (like airports and coffee shops). This is a premium feature only available on corporate routers, or on paid services.

We really bring DGL-5500 back to life!
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #123 on: March 07, 2016, 06:57:18 AM »

Is there a VPN package and instruction on how to configure it?  ???
https://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/vpn.overview

Ya seems like things are working well for it. I think it's a good alternative for users who may not like the SB engine.  ::)
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #124 on: March 15, 2016, 11:04:53 AM »

Yesterday I installed OpenWRT again.. I'll give it another try.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #125 on: March 15, 2016, 11:09:29 AM »

Kewl, Let us know how it goes. I haven't hand a chance to re-connect mine yet.

We'll be interested in your wifi experiences...  ::)
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #126 on: March 15, 2016, 12:38:24 PM »

I spend this afternoon making some research about what SQM really is and all those QOS stuff. Just learned that Streamboost is nothing but a SQM implementation. SQM is a really powerfull and complex tool to manage priorization. See below:

"Examples of deployed Smart Queue Management systems include CeroWrt's SQM implementation, OpenWrt's qos-scripts, IPFire, the Gargoyle router project, and Streamboost . WRED is deployed in many locations. France Telecom deploys SFQ. Free.fr has the first known large-scale fq_codel deployment, using three bands of fq_codel for tiers of QoS. (it is also the largest ECN enabled end-user deployment). The Streamboost product (now coming available in multiple 802.11ac routers) combines a bandwidth sensor, with a packet classification engine, with a multi-band fq_codel implementation."

I'll try playing with SQM tonight and see if I can get the same results I got from Streamboost.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #127 on: March 15, 2016, 12:44:03 PM »

Awesome. Let us know if you come up with setup and configurations steps we can input in to the FAQ please.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #128 on: March 18, 2016, 07:51:22 AM »

I made some tests with SQM and OpenWRT latest version and got great results.

I can say now that SQM works and I will keep OpenWRT as my default firmware. It can replace Streamboost with the same quality.

To test it, first I started a ping -t to a internet host to check the latency. I pinged www.globo.com and got pretty constant 40ms times. Then, I fired up speedtest.com to test maximum bandwidth and see if ping times would rise. As expected, ping times rose to 300 to 700ms.

Then, I enabled SQM on Luci. Pretty basic configuration. Just entered 95% of maximum bandwidth on eth0.2 interface (my WAN interface).
I repetead the tests and bingo. The pings remained on 40ms range even with speedtest running. My maximum bandwidth decreased from 37Mbps to 34 Mbps just as Streamboost did. It reserves bandwidth to avoid bufferbloat. Perfect!

See screenshots below.




 

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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #129 on: March 18, 2016, 08:02:17 AM »

Awesome. Thanks for posting your experiences.
Did you do a speed test at dslreports.com? Would be interesting to see what that site reports.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #130 on: March 18, 2016, 01:25:19 PM »

Here you go:

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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #131 on: March 19, 2016, 08:27:10 AM »

Just did another great thing with OpenWRT!!

As you may know, US regulations only allow the use of Wifi channels from 1 to 11. Other parts of the world, including Brazil, allow the use os channels 12 and 13 as well. The problem is most of equipments sold in Brazil are made by US companies, so the firmwares only allows setting channels from 1 to 11.
OpenWRT allows me to change that. Now, I'm able to operate on the 13 channel and move away from interference from my neighbors. See the screenshot below. My wifi SSID is "DANIEL-WIRELESS"
I'm the only of the nearly 20 networks operating in this channel. Zero interference!!

You can try this as well. Just change your country ID to BR on Wifi settings.





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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #132 on: March 19, 2016, 09:58:21 AM »

What is the power settings set for ?

I recommend that Users in the NA region to keep to channels 1 6 and 11. Don't want any trouble with the FCC here.  ::)
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #133 on: March 19, 2016, 10:08:13 AM »

20 dbm (100mW)
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« Reply #134 on: March 19, 2016, 10:12:12 AM »

Wireless operation good with this setting?
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