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Author Topic: Alternate OpenWRT firmware for the DGL-5500 (HOW TO)  (Read 29273 times)

murraydr44

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Alternate OpenWRT firmware for the DGL-5500 (HOW TO)
« on: January 14, 2015, 09:44:40 AM »

If anyone wants to try alternate firmware for their DGL-5500, you might want to try openwrt's latest chaos calmer release : http://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/trunk/ar71xx/openwrt-ar71xx-generic-dgl-5500-a1-squashfs-factory.bin
Chaos Calmer supports IPV6 and provides an alternate qos through fq_codel and sqm.  Kernel 3.10 provides fq_codel built-in.
sqm can be installed with the command: opkg install luci-app-sqm (smart queue manager).
Reference: http://www.bufferbloat.net/projects/cerowrt/wiki/Setting_up_SQM_for_CeroWrt_310
The DGL-5500 can be safely flashed back to D-Link firmware using the Luci interface.
gargoyle-router.com has aqm (advanced queue manager) and 1.7 beta supports the Archer C7, using the same chipset as the DGL-5500.

D-Link DGL-5500 working FAQ:
OpenWRT for the DGL-5500 FAQ
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2015, 09:53:21 AM »

Just warning, those using 3rd party FW will void there warranties on there routers and may cause problems with the router. I recommend only those advanced users with comfortable knowledge and skills only attempt this if they choose to do so..

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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2015, 02:07:06 PM »

If you do flash the openwrt firmware and you use pppoe, you need to know how to telnet into the router and change the /etc/config/network file WAN connection from DHCP to pppoe.
/etc/config/network:
config interface 'wan'
   option ifname 'eth0'
   option _orig_ifname 'eth0'
   option _orig_bridge 'false'
   option proto 'pppoe'
   option ipv6 '1'
   option username 'name@hsiservice.net'
   option password 'password'

Then install Luci to get web service on the router: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/luci.essentials
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2015, 04:19:36 PM »

is streamboost fully supported in either openwrt or gargoyle?

edit: after doing some research it seems that streamboost implements a 3 to 5 band fq_codel system for shaping/managing traffic + the updating database for correctly classifying the traffic to be shaped.  it doesn't seem that openwrt SQM would be as effective as streamboost at correctly detecting and classifying the traffic, and AQM seems to be incorporated into both SB or SQM.

if QoS is important to you, i definitely wouldn't be switching away from stock firmware if streamboost isn't fully supported
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2015, 10:00:05 PM »

Gargoyle's aqm is an alternative to Streamboost.  With Gargoyle 1.7, fq_codel is inherited from the Linux kernel of openwrt's Barrier Breaker, making it at par with Streamboost.  If you want all the options of openwrt, including IPV6 support, then Chaos Calmer surpasses Streamboost with extra features.  Openwrt has fq_codel and sqm to put it at par with Streamboost, with Chaos Calmer.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2015, 12:03:46 AM »

How do Gargoyle and openWRT handle/perform traffic classification?  No matter how well they handle packet scheduling, if they are less effective at correctly identifying traffic they will be less effective overall.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2015, 07:51:15 AM »

I would presume that since SB belongs to QualComm, they may not have that set up for GPL thus there wouldn't be any GPL code for others to use in OpenWRT or other 3rd party FW platforms...
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2015, 04:03:19 PM »

Mines working just fine...
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2015, 05:52:03 PM »

I bought this router solely for StreamBoost and it handles QoS/traffic shaping perfectly.

My GF was playing LoL last night and her ping didn't budge from 33ms when I downloaded an update for my laptop.  This scenario is exactly why I bought the router, and in my experience with custom firmware they rarely ever implement the proprietary features of the stock firmware or if they do it's not done properly.

I personally wouldn't switch to custom firmware with this router unless I knew it had fully working SB.  It's not the traffic shaping part that's hard to do, but accurately classifying traffic can be difficult to do manually.  SB is literally a single switch and it works - I spent months tweaking/adding QoS rules for different ports trying to catch certain types of traffic and increase or decrease their priority on my old router and it didn't work half was well as SB.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2015, 06:59:03 PM »

Just curious, what FW version is currently loaded on your router?

I bought this router solely for StreamBoost and it handles QoS/traffic shaping perfectly.

My GF was playing LoL last night and her ping didn't budge from 33ms when I downloaded an update for my laptop.  This scenario is exactly why I bought the router, and in my experience with custom firmware they rarely ever implement the proprietary features of the stock firmware or if they do it's not done properly.

I personally wouldn't switch to custom firmware with this router unless I knew it had fully working SB.  It's not the traffic shaping part that's hard to do, but accurately classifying traffic can be difficult to do manually.  SB is literally a single switch and it works - I spent months tweaking/adding QoS rules for different ports trying to catch certain types of traffic and increase or decrease their priority on my old router and it didn't work half was well as SB.
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 03:28:32 AM »

1.11 - as shipped

Have been meaning to install 1.13 but haven't had the time
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2015, 07:06:01 AM »

Ok. Well if you get time, let us know your results. I just had a friend upgrade to most current on the web site and aside the duplicate icons, he's having good experiences with v1.12 B05.

There are some issues with v1.13.  :-\
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2015, 08:26:33 AM »

You can also create a script to reset all your important OpenWrt settings - including the PPPoE credentials. See the example config-cerowrt.sh at the CeroWrtScripts page. (Note: You'll need to change the "ge00" link name in the script to the OpenWrt WAN link name)
CeroWrt site: http://www.bufferbloat.net/projects/cerowrt/wiki/CeroWrtScripts
Github: https://github.com/richb-hanover/CeroWrtScripts

If you do flash the openwrt firmware and you use pppoe, you need to know how to telnet into the router and change the /etc/config/network file WAN connection from DHCP to pppoe.
/etc/config/network:
config interface 'wan'
   option ifname 'eth0'
   option _orig_ifname 'eth0'
   option _orig_bridge 'false'
   option proto 'pppoe'
   option ipv6 '1'
   option username 'name@hsiservice.net'
   option password 'password'

Then install Luci to get web service on the router: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/luci.essentials
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2015, 08:29:28 AM »

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You can also create a script to reset all your important OpenWrt settings - including the PPPoE credentials. See the example config-cerowrt.sh at the CeroWrtScripts page. (Note: You'll need to change the "ge00" link name in the script to the OpenWrt WAN link name)
CeroWrt site: http://www.bufferbloat.net/projects/cerowrt/wiki/CeroWrtScripts
Github: https://github.com/richb-hanover/CeroWrtScripts

If you do flash the openwrt firmware and you use pppoe, you need to know how to telnet into the router and change the /etc/config/network file WAN connection from DHCP to pppoe.
/etc/config/network:
config interface 'wan'
   option ifname 'eth0'
   option _orig_ifname 'eth0'
   option _orig_bridge 'false'
   option proto 'pppoe'
   option ipv6 '1'
   option username 'name@hsiservice.net'
   option password 'password'

Then install Luci to get web service on the router: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/luci.essentials
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Re: Alternate firmware for their DGL-5500
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2015, 04:34:18 PM »

The bugs/fixed thread shows a lot was fixed in 1.13B02NA.  What new issues developed after 1.12B05?

Ok. Well if you get time, let us know your results. I just had a friend upgrade to most current on the web site and aside the duplicate icons, he's having good experiences with v1.12 B05.

There are some issues with v1.13.  :-\
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