Sorry for the late reply. I had exams in college.
BudMan, on 10 March 2012 - 15:39, said:
Well put tomato back on it then -- do you not understand how to read instructions?
I tried to install Tomato. But I couldn't. I followed the instructions as closely as I could but the .bat file would never detect the router once I rebooted it.
"tried uploading the two bin files for WRT-G54S"
Did you NOT even bother reading the readme.html that is in the 7z you downloaded?
For the buffalo you run the whr_install.bat file and then yes it uses the tomato.trx file.
If you not going to take 30 seconds to read the instructions given to you -- your going to freaking brick it!
I didn't read the manual at first because, for some reason, I was just incontrovertibly sure
that my model number was WRT-G54S. Has that never happened to you? You're so sure of something (that's wrong) that you just don't bother reconfirming it?
Upon looking in the manual I don't see any bride mode other than to enable WDS bridge -- which is HIGHLY Unlikely what you want to do.. This is for creating a mesh between other wireless accesspoints so that network is repeated over the wireless network and you do not have to connect the APs to the network with a wire.
So is this router currently your gateway? Or do you want to use it as a AccessPoint, you mention other linksys routers?
Ok, here is the thing. When I used my router in the non-Bridge mode, it'd work smoothly for a while (even the Buffalo firmware page would load) but occasionally I'd get DNS timeout errors during surfing. I thought that using it in Bridge mode might not lead to this problem. (I don't know how I reached that conclusion. Another one of my stupid things, maybe.) I switched to Bridge mode and in the short span of time I used it that way, surfing was smooth but I could never secure the connection or go to the firmware's page. Which is why I turned to you people for help.
Now, I think I was utterly misguided in doing so and that I'm meant
to use my router in the non-Bridge mode with my kind of connection. Anyway, I'm using it in that mode right now and after entering the values for Google DNS in my DNS settings, I don't encounter DNS timeout errors while surfing anymore.
So, for better or for worse, my original dilemma is solved and I can at least surf smoothly now. I'm really, really sorry for being such a doofus and asking such pointless queries. I can fully understand why you were so frustrated by the end. Thanks for all the help, though. Cheers.