Alternative router firmware: OpenWrt and no longer DD-WRT

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Router manufacturers usually provide updates for their products only for a limited period of time, often leaving security holes on older devices unpatched. One possibility to provide the hardware with an up-to-date operating system (OS) again is offered by the freely available router firmware: OpenWRT. In addition, OpenWRT can extend the functionality of the router with additional services, such as VPN, additional statistics, or when using multiple devices, with WiFi roaming, see also: Set up network for home: Expand and improve your LAN / WiFi.

OpenWrt

OpenWrt is not only the oldest open source router project, it is still actively developed and maintained today. OpenWrt offers for devices of different manufacturers beside regular current updates also innumerable extensions.

Software OpenWRT
Manufacturer / Download openwrt.org
current version 22.03.0
found 2022-09-04

Whether a particular device is supported by OpenWrt can be looked up on OpenWrt's "Table of Hardware" page: https://openwrt.org/toh/start. The page also describes how to upload the firmware for the particular device: https://openwrt.org/docs/guide-user/installation/installation_methods/see_devicepage.

If you are looking for a new device for OpenWRT, you should take a look at our filtered hardware list: OpenWRT hardware recommendation - available devices 2022.

DD-WRT

DD-WRT was the first choice as an alternative router firmware for a long time and still offers firmware images for a variety of different devices. In recent years, however, development has stalled somewhat, and only beta versions have been updated since 2008. DD-WRT offers an alternative especially for routers with Broadcom chips, since DD-WRT has permission to use proprietary, closed-source wireless drivers from Broadcom. OpenWrt, on the other hand, uses only free and open source drivers (FOSS), see: openwrt.org/meta/infobox/broadcom_wifi.

Software DD-WRT
Manufacturer / Download dd-wrt.com
current stable version v24 SP1
found 2008-04-25

 

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Updated: 2022-09-19 von Bernhard


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