Linksys WRT54g v8.0 Issues

I had a friend that had some problems with his Linksys wrt54g (version 8) wireless router. The problem was that via ethernet, the speed was acceptable; however, over wireless, the speed dropped off to well over half speed (indeed it was more like he was only getting 1/3 to 1/4 the speed he should have). If affected both of his computers as well as anyone else who hooked up wirelessly. I looked and looked for a solution.

I tried tweaking the wireless settings, g only, channel setting (tried several of them), the MTU, and just about everything else that I could find. But nothing worked. He was still getting poor wireless bandwidth but acceptable wired bandwidth.

As a last ditch effort, I flashed the router. I hated to do that because I was worried about bricking it…but I ran out of ideas. His router had the original version 8.0 firmware on it and linksys had a newer version available (I think it was 8.05 or something). The release notes didn’t say anything about fixing wireless speed, but I was out of ideas. He was willing to let me flash it, so I did. Lo and behold, post-flashing, the speed issue was fixed.

I don’t know what the problem was. I think it was some problem with the version 8.0 firmware and not a harware issue. Why else would it have worked?

Oh well, i’m blogging this in the hopes to help someone else out there that is having the same problem. I searched and searched on the net and no one ever mentioned this problem or idea. If you find the article…good luck.

Picture from everdaniel

I know…

I know I haven’t blogged in quite a while (a week) or done a podcast.  Cyndi and I were able to get out of town last week and we were gone over the weekend.  We’ll get the podcast done this week and posted…it may be a tad longer than normal.  We’ll also post the pictures of our trip (there aren’t many…sorry).  But, as a teaser, here is us.  Eating Chinese Food.  Overseas.  And it was good.  It wasn’t a buffet (like the Super King in Richmond), but it was good.  And they had Chopsticks.


 Before you ask, yes, we did take Lydia…she was sitting off to Cyndi’s left.  I don’t know why we didn’t put her in the picture too.  She was there.


Remember me blogging about cases way back when?  Well, I got an example of a few cases we use in the English Language (although not the kind we speak in America or West Virginia).  By the way, if you go read those articles, I don’t know how else you would say some of the things…of course father rhymes with bother.  And pin and pen sound the same.  I mean…come on!

Anway, here is the example (from Get It Right Online):

Which rendering is correct in each of the following groups?

  1. Veterans’ Day, Veteran’s Day, Veterans Day
  2. Fathers’ Day, Father’s Day, Fathers Day
  3. English Majors’ Society, English Major’s Society, English Majors Society
  4. Bankers’ School, Banker’s School, Bankers School
  5. International Executives’ Association, International Executive’s Association, International Executives Association

To ask which rendering is “correct” in these groups is actually to pose a trick question: if these were not proper names, all of these choices could be grammatically correct depending on the context.

Let’s begin by examining how these phrases differ from one another:

  • The first choice in each group is a plural noun in the possessive case (Fathers’, Veterans’, Majors’, Bankers’ and Executives’).
  • The second choice in each group is a singular noun in the possessive case (Father’s, Veteran’s, Major’s, Banker’s, and Executive’s).

    The third choice in each group uses a plural noun that is not in the possessive case. We refer to it as an attributive; that is, it functions as a modifier and does not need to be possessive.

    Unfortunately, one rule does not govern in all instances when it comes to deciding when to treat a noun as merely attributive and when to make it possessive. The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed., University of Chicago Press) admits that “the line between a possessive or genitive form and a noun used attributively—as an adjective—is sometimes fuzzy, especially in the plural.” This style manual suggests that writers omit the apostrophe “in proper names (often corporate names) or where there is clearly no possessive meaning” (p. 284):

    • Publishers Weekly
    • Diners Club
    • Department of Veterans Affairs


Did you catch that…the posessive, or genitive form.  I thought it was interesting.  If you want to read more, view it online.