Linksys Cisco E2000 DD-WRT

Linksys Cisco E2000 DDWRT
Linksys Cisco E2000 DDWRT

Linksys E2000 Best Build for DDWRT

I purchased a Linksys E2000 last year for the sole purpose of using it as a DD-WRT router for my home network.  It’s been a beast of a router for the last year and I had some down time to research the newer DDWRT builds that support the E2000.

For the last year I’ve been utilizing build 14929 which is the suggested build from the DD-WRT community wiki.   However, I am debating on purchasing a VPN subscription to one of the major VPN players and wanted a build for my E2000 that would support openVPN.

One thing about DD-WRT: It’s a great piece of router software that is poorly documented and all pertinent information is contained in a DD-WRT community forum and wiki that is unbelievably hard to navigate.  One of the main purposes of writing this post is to document what I did so that it may help someone in the future.

I tried a few of the new DD-WRT builds and landed on the best DDWRT build for the E2000: 18946 Mega.  The update process is tricky, and following the wrong advice can leave you with a bricked router.

Linksys E2000 DDWRT Upgrade Process:

If you’re running DD-WRT on the Linksys E2000 already (Probably version 14929), here’s the steps you follow to upgrade to a newer build:

  1. Use one computer hooked to the router via an ethernet cable.
  2. Do a 30/30/30 reset.
  3. Flash the 18946 build that has “mini-e2000.bin” in the filename though the administration panel at your routers web-admin (probably 192.168.1.1).
  4. Do a 30/30/30 reset
  5. Wait 5 minutes
  6. Flash the 18946 build filename that ends in “big-nv60k.bin” through the administration panel at your router’s web-admin.
  7. Do a 30/30/30 reset
  8. Wait 5 minutes

E2000 DD-WRT settings:

You must perform these setting changes if you don’t want the E2000 to overheat.

  • Wireless > Advanced Settings > Fragmentation Threshold: 2306
  • Wireless > Advanced Settings > RTS Threshold: 2307
  • Wireless > Advanced Settings > TX Power: 50
  • Security > Firewall > Uncheck block anonymous WAN Requests
  • Open a telnet to your router and perform the following at the command prompt to fix the clock frequency:
    nvram set clkfreq=300,150,75
    nvram commit
    reboot
    

Benefits of DDWRT

Without getting technical, DDWRT is simply better than the garbage software that comes default on most routers.  Not all routers are supported by the DDWRT project so if you wish to use the software, check with their wiki before purchasing a router.

I updated my DDWRT firmware version for one purpose: To support a VPN service so that I’m less traceable on the internet.  A VPN (Virtual Private Network) service allows you to securely tunnel your traffic through their servers located across the globe so that traffic no longer can be retraced to your city/state/neighborhood.

Some may ask, but why hide? What am I afraid of?  Simply put I’m extremely ethical, however I don’t wish for my traffic to be sniffed, parsed, or decoded by my ISP.  Another benefit is that I’ll be able to use the VPN when I’m utilizing free wifi and know that my connection is 100% secure from sniffers.

Which VPN service is best?

I’m currently researching which VPN services work best with DD-WRT and will sign up for HideMyAss (appropriately named).  Look for future posts outlining how to utilize DDWRT with HideMyAss.

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