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Teach Your Router New Tricks With DD-WRT

samzenpus posted about 3 years ago | from the new-tool dept.

Open Source 257

snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Serdar Yegulalp offers an in-depth look at DD-WRT, open source router firmware that can 'breath new life — and advanced features — into your old wired or wireless router.' Quality-of-service controls, iptables-based firewall, IPv6 support, DNS controls, Kai Daemon for allowing game console network tunneling, and a host of features for using your router as a public-access hotspot are among the many possibilities for hacking your router with DD-WRT."

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no fucking shit (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547438)

welcome to 5 years ago dipshits

Re:no fucking shit (1)

Fireking300 (1852630) | about 3 years ago | (#37547456)

While the technology is old news, the article is new. Though I wonder why it made front-page of slashdot

Re:no fucking shit (3, Informative)

Mashiki (184564) | about 3 years ago | (#37547540)

Paid advertisement for a lie? Because it sure the hell isn't open source.

Re:no fucking shit (1)

lord3nd3r (1073580) | about 3 years ago | (#37548406)

xD my thought exactly.

Re:no fucking shit (1)

liquidpele (663430) | about 3 years ago | (#37548616)

I concur. Been using dd-wrt for like 3 years and openWRT was around even before dd was.

Screw dd-wrt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547448)

The project seems to be drive by egomaniacs. Hardware support is it's only strength.
I can't get more than 1.3 mib/s on it cause of a bug in the pppoe daemon and that's just my issue. There's plenty more they chose to do nothing about.
Tomato or open wrt seem like better options , too bad i can't run either on my router.

Re:Screw dd-wrt (1)

tibit (1762298) | about 3 years ago | (#37547480)

I know nothing about the project, but I wonder whether your hardware is fast enough to do whatever pppoe needs done to push data faster. Isn't your DSL link limiting the speed to what you see? How did you verify that it's DD-WRT's problem? Just asking.

Re:Screw dd-wrt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548176)

Well here's a quick checklist i went through.
connectIon: 100mbps FTTB (not DSL thank goodness)
hardware: stock firmware pushes way more mbytes/s
wireless: nope , using it wired.
searching around: many users reporting the same problem on the same hardware on the forums (asus wl520gc).

People still use dd-wrt? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547468)

Fuck dd-wrt. Hasn't everyone switched over to openwrt or tomato these days?

Re:People still use dd-wrt? (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 3 years ago | (#37547796)

How do I replace the DD-WRT firmware that came with a Buffalo router with openwrt or x-wrt?

Re:People still use dd-wrt? (1)

mattventura (1408229) | about 3 years ago | (#37547928)

We need a little more information than just "Buffalo router". If the router doesn't have firmware upgrade page, there's typically some recovery method involving TFTP that allows you to flash a new firmware image.

Re:People still use dd-wrt? (4, Funny)

treeves (963993) | about 3 years ago | (#37547850)

Not until they legalize marinara.

no ipsec support (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547472)

it would be nice if they had a release with openswan or some other ipsec server/client option.

Speak of the devil (1)

watermark (913726) | about 3 years ago | (#37547482)

I just installed it for the first time on my router yesterday (linksys e2000.) Easy to install and it's working well. Good QOS is nearly mandatory in my house.

Open-Source my ass! (5, Informative)

Heretic2 (117767) | about 3 years ago | (#37547484)

Since when has dd-wrt been "Open Source?" It's very much closed-source. OpenWRT [] is actually open source, as in, you can download the code, modify, and compile it yourself. dd-wrt is closed, and often includes proprietary drivers.

Re:Open-Source my ass! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547602)

Long time reader but my first post on /. just because this pissed me off the most.
Parent is correct, dd-wrt is *not* open source, summary is wrong, article is wrong, samzenpus doesn't understand comprehension.

Re:Open-Source my ass! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547614)

not to mention, seriously, DD-WRT??? Welcome to 2004 slashdot, how's that time machine workin out for you?

Re:Open-Source my ass! (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#37547642)

Went to Tomato last year. Clean interface, works well. Won't go back to DD-WRT

Re:Open-Source my ass! (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 3 years ago | (#37548164)

Agreed, however, the nice thing about DD-WRT is that there's one place to go for virtually all routers, but for Tomato the mainline only handles a small group of devices. (I am very lucky and happen to have only supported devices...)

Re:Open-Source my ass! (3, Informative)

batkiwi (137781) | about 3 years ago | (#37548692)

TomatoUSB started life as a USB storage addition to tomato, but is now the "extended router list" distro for Tomato.

I run it on my linksys E3000 and love it. Gigabit, dual band N, and performance to spare.

Re:Open-Source my ass! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547626)

I'm running an email server and webserver, right now, from an OpenWRT box. It's on an Asus WL-520GU. These devices typically have 4MiB of storage, for the kernel and file system, so I picked the WL-520GU for its USB port. All the website and all the mail are stored on a 4GB flash drive.

I won't tell you what the web address is, though. The router can easily handle a light slashdotting (e.g., if I get modded up to 3 or so), but I have crappy expensive cable internet, so the upstream bandwidth is really slow.

Re:Open-Source my ass! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547640)

Re:Open-Source my ass! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547956)

Mod parent up!

Re:Open-Source my ass! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547678) [] [] [] firmware-mod-kit-read-only


What's the problem? It seems it is not as easy as "emerge dd-wrt", but it seems they have all or most of the stuff there.

Re:Open-Source my ass! (0)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | about 3 years ago | (#37548370)

The majority of the source is available, but FOSS zealots love to complain about a number of binary blobs that exist within the DD-WRT source tree. There are also special versions of DD-WRT only available by purchase [] .

Re:Open-Source my ass! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548470)

Sure, try to download from ther SVN.

More than 20Gbytes, their server has a _crappy_ connection, it could last weeks...

Re:Open-Source my ass! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547810)


DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems.

Re:Open-Source my ass! (1)

fezick (722155) | about 3 years ago | (#37547902)

It may not be open source, but I have been using it for years and it has a nice set of features over the default firmware. OpenWRT is more truly open source and also has a nice set of features. They both KILL the default firmwares.

Re:Open-Source my ass! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547954)

Why is this dumbfuck rated informative anyway?

Re:Open-Source my ass! (1)

nonsequitor (893813) | about 3 years ago | (#37548722)

DD-WRT is also an OpenWRT fork from what I heard, hardly an "open source" model Slashdot should be promoting.

And Netflow as well! (2)

lyonlebrun (1686260) | about 3 years ago | (#37547514)

You can also enable rflow (which appears to match NetFlow v5) on DD-WRT routers, so you can find out who's hogging the bandwidth.

Re:And Netflow as well! (1)

mattventura (1408229) | about 3 years ago | (#37547958)

I can do that on any linux box (or openwrt) with iftop. Why is this significant?

old news and openwrt is better (2, Informative)

ZeroNullVoid (886675) | about 3 years ago | (#37547516)

This is old news, also DDWRT is a closed source solution that for some routers you have to pay for features.  Openwrt has much more for the price and if something is wrong you can fix the bug yourself.

Re:old news and openwrt is better (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547546)

Your font is old so shut up.

Re:old news and openwrt is better (3, Funny)

ustolemyname (1301665) | about 3 years ago | (#37547658)

Since he just used the 'code' tag, technically you are looking at your font.

Re:old news and openwrt is better (1)

hjf (703092) | about 3 years ago | (#37547582)

Openwrt hardware support sucks.

Re:old news and openwrt is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547662)

Your hardware support sucks.

Re:old news and openwrt is better (1)

Ant P. (974313) | about 3 years ago | (#37547768)

It supported my DG834 better than DD-WRT, which does not [] .

Re:old news and openwrt is better (1)

hjf (703092) | about 3 years ago | (#37548526)

It doesn't support my WRT600N, which is like 4 years old.

Re:old news and openwrt is better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548104)

The OpenWRT HCL grows with each subsequent version, and that's just out of the box support. If you're willing to put in a little effort, it can be made to work on a very large range of hardware. Just look at the list of supported CPUs in the menuconfig.

I have a couple of old 2meg flash ADM5120 based print servers loaded with a custom build of 'Attitude Adjustment' which boot from a thumb drive and run Linkmeter, an open source automated temperature controller for BBQ pits.

It was a lot easier to build custom OpenWRT images than DD-WRT images.

But in all fairness I do run DD-WRT on one of my public facing routers.They each have their strengths and weaknesses. but DD-WRT is the originator. I recall reading on DD-WRT's forums that the lock downs were due to people loading DD-WRT onto routers, modifying the menu's to look like stock firmware, and selling them on auction sites loaded up with all sorts of nasties ( or goodies, depending on the color of your hat) to hapless techno weinnies...

Re:old news and openwrt is better (2)

MidnightBrewer (97195) | about 3 years ago | (#37548452)

And "by yourself" you mean if you're a programmer capable of troubleshooting and writing code for routers. It's far less trouble and more cost-effective to just go out and buy a new router.

Tomato (5, Informative)

RenHoek (101570) | about 3 years ago | (#37547554)

I used DD-WRT for some time, but if you want QOS bandwith managment for games (which was what I was really after), you have to buy your way into the forum where a premium version can be downloaded.

Anyway, after some more looking I found 'Tomato' which fitted what I was looking for a lot better. Feel free to try it for yourself. []

Re:Tomato 2nd'd (1)

nullchar (446050) | about 3 years ago | (#37547630)

Even better than stock Tomato (who's GUI and features are awesome) is TomatoVPN [] that includes a build of OpenVPN!

Re:Tomato 2nd'd (1)

Gojira Shipi-Taro (465802) | about 3 years ago | (#37548014)

Yep, Tomato VPN is fantastic. I've been running on an ASUS router for quite a while now.

Re:Tomato 2nd'd (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548152)

Can he update the friggin thing? Last update was January 2010...sounds real secure!

Re:Tomato (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547700)

Erm actually, you don't. I'm running QoS with no premium version.

Re:Tomato (1)

RenHoek (101570) | about 3 years ago | (#37548054)

Yes, but some advanced QOS features are only present in the premium version.

Re:Tomato (1)

afabbro (33948) | about 3 years ago | (#37547726)

Tomato-USB (which, not surprisingly, adds USB support) is also a fine package.

Re:Tomato (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547830)

Tomato seems to be a little stale, at the moment. See TomatoUSB:

Re:Tomato (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548122)

Read the HOWTO on TC here

These commands work in a DDWRT shell. Learning curve is high for this but worth it.

Is DD-WRT still alive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547556)

They haven't released a new stable version in over three years. I thought development had stopped.

Not a panacea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547566)

Keep in mind, DD-WRT is great, but if your router has crappy hardware in the first place, it won't magically give you everything you could want in a router. Make sure you check the DD-WRT HCL for your router model before you try installing it.

Re:Not a panacea (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 3 years ago | (#37547656)

One thing that the various WRTs did give me was proper control of iptables so I could do things like redirect to squid and the like. Yes, you won't get goodies like openvpn on slim hardware, but still, even having a bit more direct control of the networking that is there can be a boon.

Re:Not a panacea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547714)

in some cases it doesnt do what it says, the one time I used it was for the sole reason of forcing a port to 10base T cause I had a god knows how old cat 5 cable ran 400 feet in a warehouse, and it fucking failed. Then once I stuck a 3com office connect in front of it the router was unstable and mostly unusable, reloaded the linksys firmware and its perfectly fine

yes I know the correct answer is to install a cable that doesnt suck and keep it in range, but our MBA's at that time had just decided to stop ordering shipping pallets cause some hillbilly was charging us 2.50$ each and ended up with a company charging us 4.50$ each with a week lead time cause they pissed off the first guy and could not get him back at that original price ... I was not in charge of their stupidity and the only reason the router was installed is becuase I saved one from the trash and there was a wire already.

Oh Dear God NOOOOO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547568)

OpenWRT is soooooo much better, to the point that you will frequently find people grabbing opkgs from OpenWRT to install to their DD-WRT image.

Say no to idiocy, just use OpenWRT. (plus LuCI is much sexier nowadays)

Doesn't do what I want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547578)

I just wanted a wireless repeater that I could plug in, configure a few things, and extend the range of my home wi-fi to include the second floor. I installed dd-wrt on my linksys router, configured it, and everything worked well... for a short time. Now, my wife complains that every time she turns on her laptop she has to unplug the router and plug it back in. What a hunk of junk.

Re:Doesn't do what I want (1)

Amouth (879122) | about 3 years ago | (#37548312)

not that it's an optimal fix - but you can on DD-WRT set a timed reboot cycle.. only problems i've seen with DD-WRT that i would consider a bug is it doesn't do DST changes to the clock except on boot (which screws up time profiles twice a year and hence why i have it set to reboot when they happen).. the other problem is (at least on the version i'm using) iptable entries are backwards when you enter them.

Re:Doesn't do what I want (1)

TheRealGrogan (1660825) | about 3 years ago | (#37548342)

Hmm, I have used DD-WRT for that many times, using Linksys WRT54GL routers. I have three of them at home... the main one has the Internet connection (cable) and does the DHCP assignments and NAT'ing etc. A cable runs upstairs to another one that acts as an ethernet switch and wireless access point. I have a third DD-WRT router running as a repeater bridge, to cover the rest of the house with WIFI. Nary a glitch... these routers have been running for years and literally go hundreds of days without a reboot (Well, the repeater bridge isn't on a UPS, so it gets hard booted when the power blinks out, or before we start the generator but that's not often)

I also do this for motels and lodges that are too cheap to buy proper equipment. WRT54GL routers, with DD-WRT. One of my favourite cases is a motel property that needed their network extended across the parking lot to their other building. It's a mickey mouse solution, but it works for them and only cost a few hundred dollars in parts and labour. A wireless repeater bridge across the parking lot (I upped the TX power a little on both routers) that has both ethernet switch ports (with another switch plugged into one of the ports that feeds the rooms) and wireless. The same SSID as the main network too and clients can roam. Nothing goes wrong with this setup unless someone messes with it. (Last time I was called there one of the routers had reverted back to defaults... someone used the reset button)

I'd investigate the laptop as the "hunk of junk". You could reboot the router to force a client to re-establish a wireless link, or deal with the client. It could also be a flaky router in the mix.

Web server! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547588)

I wish to use my router as a simple webserver. We already have router connected 24/7, so why do we have to pay few bucks a month for hosting some web pages?

Re:Web server! (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 3 years ago | (#37547646)

Assuming you are serious about "simple", no problem.

Even stock routers come with web servers(the config webpage being the interface of choice) and OpenWRT or DDWRT offer webservers that are a touch more customizable.

The only downsides are that running a webserver can be an excellent way of discovering how little RAM most routers have, and you either have to get one with USB host support, or scrounge enough GPIO lines to bodge in an SD card interface, if you actually want to serve any nontrivially sized stuff.

It is also, of course, Not Recommended to let the box that handles minor functions like all your internet traffic, DNS, etc. get 0wn3d. So don't do that.

Dislike (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547682)

I tried using ddwrt but it caused streaming video problems and frequent connection hangups and disconnects with steam games. I found their community very unhelpful, when I inquired about my issues and explained my setup and questioned if my network was set up correctly my post was immediately closed without a response or reason. Apparently others have had this issue as well, I tried many build with no success, eventually installed tomato and all problems disappeared.

With projects like this and OpenWRT (1)

shish (588640) | about 3 years ago | (#37547702)

When there are all these good firmwares around, why do so many companies stick with their shitty proprietary ones?

(Also applies to cheap NAS boxes; I just bought one where half the text was translated terribly from chinese, and the other half not at all -- with the aid of google translate I eventually figured out that to edit a user's password I had to click "Clam Party"... would just sticking freenas on it be so hard? :( )

Re:With projects like this and OpenWRT (1)

ThurstonMoore (605470) | about 3 years ago | (#37548424)

Buffalo routers come with ddwrt installed. It seems a lot of people have a lot of trouble with ddwrt but ive installed it on a bunch of routers with no problems.

dd-wrt isn't open source (1)

peril (11405) | about 3 years ago | (#37547744)

The dude that runs this project is a douche. Don't support it. I attempted to build his stuff from scratch to see if it's even possible . Build scripts were poorly documented, and I knew after I had downloaded like 8GB of source that something was fishy.

It may work for you - but this guy does very little to help openwrt.

Please use openwrt - or x-wrt.


Re:dd-wrt isn't open source (0)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 3 years ago | (#37547780)

How do I replace the DD-WRT that came with a Buffalo router with openwrt or x-wrt?

same thing steve jobs did (1)

decora (1710862) | about 3 years ago | (#37548348)

are you saying that steve jobs is a douche?

Re:same thing steve jobs did (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548444)

Yes. Both Jobs and Gates are douches.

Stale Firmware (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 3 years ago | (#37547772)

I looked into a Buffalo router that comes with DD-WRT preinstalled and Buffalo tech support. But the latest firmware is almost 2 years old. Surely there's been bugs and vulnerabilities in it found since then, but no patches.

Re:Stale Firmware (1)

el_tedward (1612093) | about 3 years ago | (#37548012)

But that would require them to like.. UPDATE IT. That's expecting way too much.

For other SOHO network devices with proprietary firmware, I imagine it's much worse.

It turned my Linksys Router (4, Funny)

Roachie (2180772) | about 3 years ago | (#37547776)

into a brick.

Which, interestingly enough, was an improvement. WiFi is from the devil.

Burn in hell, Sveasoft / James Ewing (2)

haruchai (17472) | about 3 years ago | (#37547786)

  Props for being the first to have custom firmware for the Linksys WRT54G but talking about earning the right to be the poster boy for "complete fucking asshole".
Heard you're broke - sucks to be you.

Re:Burn in hell, Sveasoft / James Ewing (2)

Gojira Shipi-Taro (465802) | about 3 years ago | (#37548028)

Yea that dude got his social skills the same place Hans Reiser did, apparently.

Re:Burn in hell, Sveasoft / James Ewing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548744)

poster boy for "complete fucking asshole".

What do you expect? He's an ex-cop (a bad/failed one neveretheless).

In Soviet Russia (1)

Roachie (2180772) | about 3 years ago | (#37547792)

DD-WRT routes your TEACHER!

Replace Astaro Router? (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 3 years ago | (#37547818)

Which FOSS router OS/SW can I use to replace what's installed on an Astaro router? I stopped paying for the annual license so it stopped working, but the HW is just fine. Twin WAN, firewall, antivirus, internal VLANs, VPN... but closed and locked down. I'd still pay to subscribe to patches, but not on something that just disconnects from the networks when I'm late.

Where did this article come from? (3, Interesting)

afabbro (33948) | about 3 years ago | (#37547820)

Leave it to InfoWeek to be both completely confused and 5 years behind the times.

To wit, this article [] with the same premise from Lifehacker in 2006. And that was before DD-WRT sucked.

First, the author's router is not "an old router". In fact, it ships with DD-WRT. Take an old WRT-54G 1.0 and stick DD-WRT and that would be breathing life into an old router. All you're doing here is using a Buffalo-preconfigured (and encrypted, closed-source) version of DD-WRT.

But more to the point...DD-WRT? Ick. If you want QoS (as the author seems to), you need pay for the commercial version. The QoS in the free version is known broken and has been for quite a while, and there is little motivation to fix it. Also, old routers cannot use the QoS, because you need 4MB or bigger flash. Maybe it works in newer routers but who cares - there are plenty of better alternatives to DD-WRT.

Finally, for Slashdotters, let me say two words that will have you running screaming from DD-WRT: software activation.

Tomato is a fine, free (in all senses) alternative, and I personally love the Tomato-USB [] version.

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547864)

Thanks for the link! I've been looking for something like this for a long time, but... Sorry, I can't go on with that anymore. Even my brother has installed dd-wrt, and he knows almost nothing at all about computers. Now, if someone could possibly direct me to a browser other than Internet Explorer. Surely someone is working on it, right?

Another vote for OpenWRT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547906)

DD-WRT isn't open source, as others have indicated. They don't respect the licenses their code comes with, apparently.

Also "breath new life"? *BREATHE*.

Why the obsession with DD-WRT? (1)

mattventura (1408229) | about 3 years ago | (#37547912)

I always look at DD-WRT vs OpenWRT like this: DD-WRT is like an improved stock firmware. Sure, it has lots of features that probably aren't available in the preload, but it still just feels like a manufacturer firmware. OpenWRT, on the other hand, lets you go 100% CLI (it didn't even come with a web interface until a few releases ago). In general, if you could do it with a plain old linux box, you can do it just as easily on OpenWRT. For example: I look in /etc/config. In OpenWRT I see human readable, easy to edit config files. In DD-WRT, I see obfuscated things.

Re:Why the obsession with DD-WRT? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548188)

DD-WRT: Ubuntu (but worse)
OpenWRT: Debian/FreeBSD

If you're in love with raw Linux you'll reflexively gag at the ugliness of DD-WRT's design (nvram, startup scripts, packages, etc).

DD-WRT works, but Linksys WRT54GS chokes 21 Mbps (4, Informative)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | about 3 years ago | (#37547924)

I used DD-WRT for years on an old Linksys WRT54GS (I think that's the model) router and it worked great for me. But after upgrading my internet to 100 Mbps I found out it pukes out at around 20.5 Mbps or something like that, haha. Almost wanted to swear at my ISP, and then decided to try plugging straight into the new Cisco modem/router they gave me, and found all the bandwidth I was paying for was there after all. Haha. But plug back into the Linksys and it chokes me back to just over 20 Mbps again. Couldn't believe it.

Re:DD-WRT works, but Linksys WRT54GS chokes 21 Mbp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548288)

I had to switch to the kernel 2.4 firmware for my WRTSL54GS. The broadcom driver in 2.6 doesn't autonegotiate right with my admittedly old and crappy DSL modem and results in absolutely terrible performance.

Tomato Rocks if You Need Basic Features (1)

Quantum_Infinity (2038086) | about 3 years ago | (#37547942)

Tomato totally rocks as long as you need basic router features (and by basic I mean, compared to DD-WRT, it still offers far more features than those that come with stock firmware). I bought an Asus RT-N16 and got tired of its stock firmware - crappy connection, never saw uptime of more than 4 days. Replaced it with Tomato about three months ago and haven't rebooted the router since then. It has all the features I need - mac filtering, vpn tunneling, UPnP, NAS, QoS.

Check your radios, folks (1)

willoughby (1367773) | about 3 years ago | (#37547946)

I have a cheap router with an Atheros radio. DD-WRT did not deal with it well at all, with the WiFi connection dropping & very unstable. The router works beautifully using OpenWRT - WiFi included. DD-WRT probably works great with a Broadcom radio 'cause that's where it was born but my Atheros radio router likes OpenWRT much better.

What a lie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547948)

DD-WRT is not open source at all. Cisco (and others) are openly advertising it in the product features on shopping sites. In addition, not too long before said advertising began, router manufacturers cut the internal memory in half (from 4 MB to 2 MB) so that only DD-WRT and Tomato would run on said routers. So all of a sudden people had a "free geeky upgrade" for their routers that costs them extra money for the "full" version.

In fact, during my testing, DD-WRT was less functional in some areas than base Linksys firmware - so much so that I got rid of the whole router.

If you want a truly open sourced firmware, check into Gargoyle. Just make sure you have one of the older routers from the days when the companies weren't trying to outright scam their customers.

Worked on my ASUS RT-N16 (1)

sneakyimp (1161443) | about 3 years ago | (#37547968)

I have nothing to do with any authors or developers but have had a pretty good experience with DD-WRT.

I bought an ASUS RT-N16 on sale some time ago: []

I liked the speed specs and also the USB ports -- I wanted to set up a network printer. The firmware that came with this router was GARBAGE. I mean totally, utterly, completely USELESS. My internet connection would constantly drop, forget about printing or NAS. I downloaded a particular build of DD-WRT and installed it and the router suddenly did everything it was supposed to. It stays up and running for months at a time. I'm really glad I found it.

It's also nice to hear about Tomato and Open WRT. I'll look into those when I need to get my next router -- which I shouldn't need for a good long time.

Re:Worked on my ASUS RT-N16 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548178)

I set up a network printer on the same router with TomatoUSB, it was extremely simple, basically 5 clicks and no telnet/ssh.

What year is this? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37547984)

I feel like marty mcfly going back to 2002.

version clusterfck (1)

MagicM (85041) | about 3 years ago | (#37548082)

My experience with DD-WRT for the WRT54GL has been less than optimal. After much tinkering it's stable with the features I want, but it took quite some effort.

If you're considering installing DD-WRT, know that there's a good chance that the "stable" version listed on the main site [] is probably not your best bet, nor is whatever the router database [] suggests. Instead, hit up the forums [] , find the relevant forum for your hardware, read all the way through the sticky posts marked "READ ME" (in the case of WRT54GL the "peacock thread" [] ) and if you still feel like going for it, then by all means do.

how ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548298)

how is this news ? DD-WRT has been out forever... so others like openwrt, tomato.

Wrong and wronger (0)

Pete Venkman (1659965) | about 3 years ago | (#37548324)

The summary says dd-wrt will "breath new life" into my router. Breath is a noun, breathe is a verb. God. Damn.

Re:Wrong and wronger (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548542)

The summary says dd-wrt will "breath new life" into my router. Breath is a noun, breathe is a verb. God. Damn.

Not complete sentences there bud. Neither was that, but then again I often err so I tend to not comment on others mistakes.

GPL Liicense & Humble Pie (1)

E.I.A (2303368) | about 3 years ago | (#37548438)

I use dd-wrt on my cisco router, and it is far superior to the previous cisco firmware. Though I am humbled to learn that I went for dd-wrt when open-wrt was sitting right beside it. A look at the wikipedia article indicates that dd-wrt is still under GPL, but tonight I know what I'll be doing; I'll be changing to tomato or open-wrt. A word on the /. article: I am quite surprised at the "hostile" reactions; the concept of tweaking a router with open-source firmware is a fantastic one, and I can easily pardon a small error. Minus the venom, I am grateful to /. and the /. community for (harshly) furthering my education. Now, onto that 30/30/30 process once again. Thanks /., and angry geniuses!

Re:GPL Liicense & Humble Pie (2)

dr2chase (653338) | about 3 years ago | (#37548576)

I think the reaction is hostile because it's not news, and it's probably not the most appropriate advice for most people. I spent a long time, years ago, looking very hard at the choices for my router (Linksys WRT54G 2.2) and settled on Tomato because that looked like it maximized the feature/hassle quotient. I'm pretty sure it's the right choice for most people who might ever install 3rd party firmware on a router.

Re:GPL Liicense & Humble Pie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548680)

Don't install OpenWRT until you know for certain that everything will work. OpenWRT doesn't support a lot of newer Linksys devices.

Oh, you mean a ROUTER. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548530)

Tried this on my Porter Cable, it just didn't work...

Truly free ad hoc wifi mesh internet. (0)

crhylove (205956) | about 3 years ago | (#37548546)

I live in a very crowded part of town with 9+ wifi hotspots in my area. I'd really like a firmware I could hack in and flash on all the local routers that would provide bandwidth sharing for everybody. I could go around and knock and ask politely before doing this, but I'd much rather just bust in robin hood style, crack the WEP using my little Linux Mint netbook, and change the firmware so that all the routers shared internet bandwidth without the end user really noticing. Except of course when their internet doubles or triples in speed!

Is there a firm ware project or suite out there with this capability, or do I need to start one on Google Code?

This: []

Is what I had in mind, but doing it hacker style without the neighbors knowledge or consent.

I'd love to get it all in place on my whole block, then casually stroll by and say, "Have you noticed your internet is quite a bit faster?".

DD-WRT has the GPL Virus (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37548656)

As far as I'm concerned, anything GPL'd does not exist.

catch-22 (0)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 3 years ago | (#37548674)

Anyone who knows about DD-WRT (and its brethren like Tomato and OpenWrt) doesn't need to read some lame article about it, and those who DIDNT already know about it, aren't well served by a chimped-out Slashvertisement.

Old news and my OpenWRT does it better (1)

Rotten (8785) | about 3 years ago | (#37548742)

Not exactly "news", both dd-wrt and truly open source open-wrt has been out outperforming stock firmwares for 5+++ years

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