Originally Posted by edsyl
Thanks to all for replying. Very helpful.
It is still not clear to me just WHAT having the CFE 64K 'enabled' (not even sure that is the appropriate adjective) does for me. That is the missing piece.
So essentially it comes down to feature sets of ASUS, Merlin, and DD-WRT?
If I want dd-wrt then I will need to use the 64K CFE updated to be able to install the build that need it?
I would say that fixing your modem's CFE is to make it be the way it was designed to be - having 64K NVRAM addressable by any firmware, be it DDWRT, Tomato, Asus and Merlin's version of Asus.
The latest Asus / Merlin / Tomato are hacked to make the software see the 64K NVRAM you paid for.
Using current or older DDWRT a router that has not had its CFE "fixed" will lead to problems.
Some folks like myself do not want to be trying to remember if the CFE on this or that modem is OK - fix it now to avoid any potential problems down the road.
For most people, leaving the router with the old CFE will not pose any problem so long as they use stock ASUS or Merlin's version. I do not want to have an oddball router in my stock ;o)