I went ahead and installed DD-WRT on my router today. I want to give it a few days before I say this for certain, but I think it’s solved all the problems I had with the Apple TV. I tried streaming stuff wirelessly from my MacBook to the Apple TV, and that worked. I watched a podcast and a couple of YouTube videos over the Internet, no problem. And I synced a few TV shows from my desktop PC down to the Apple TV without the sync getting interrupted and restarting every few minutes.
The install was fairly straightforward. For a v8 WRT54G like mine, it’s detailed here. It turns out that the v8 WRT54G isn’t the best router to user for DD-WRT (that would probably be a WRT54GL, as explained here), but it works with with the “micro” distribution of DD-WRT, which is all I really need.
The installation write-up doesn’t bother to mention the default user name and password for DD-WRT. You can find them in the FAQ, but if you haven’t looked that up and written it down before installing, you might have to do what I did, which was to call a friend and have him look it up for me.
Aside from the usual setup, I didn’t have to mess with any of the parameters in DD-WRT to get things working well, except to turn off “filter multicast”, which I had to do under the original firmware also. (That setting is under security / firewall in the DD-WRT config.)
Overall, DD-WRT is pretty cool. You can see a lot of stuff in the status screens that you can’t see under the default firmware. And there’s lot of stuff you can tweak, though I doubt I’ll mess with it much, assuming it keeps working OK.
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Andrew – I just happened upon your post regarding the ATV and dd-wrt. I just laoded it dd-wrt onto my wrt54g v8 last night. everything seems to be working fine – except my ATV won’t allow a network connection. The ATV sees the network but after i give it the WAP password the connection fails. do you have any suggestions? thank you.
Sorry, no clue other than making sure “filter multicast” is turned off. And make sure you’ve got dd-wrt v24 sp1 installed, and not an earlier version. And I don’t know if it matters, but I’m using WPA Personal for wireless security.