Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/189073/how-to-use-a-custom-firmware-on-your-router-and-why-you-might-want-to/
Routers are basically little computers. By default, they run a manufacture-provided operating system, or firmware, to route network traffic and provide you with various settings and features. But you can often replace this firmware.
"Enthusiast’s" should be changed to "Enthusiasts".
The Wikipedia page on the WRT lists a tremendously long list of details as regards this venerable router.
The Wikipedia page on the Tomato firmware lists the work done by Shibby, and Toastman. I see that as of this posting, Shibby had poste4 a new firmware April 22, 2014. The supported architectures have expanded to these: Asus RT-N16, Asus RT-N12, Asus WL-500W, Linksys WRT-160Nv3, Cisco Valet M10 and Netgear WNR3500L/v2. I would also point to thwe Shibby page that lists more here:
I also see that ARM based router firmwares are now in the public realm. The Netgear R7000 which is an 802.11 AC specced router is supported as of May 2. AC1900 so if that ain't fast enough, you need to be wired.
BTW the 2003 date should be changed to 2002 in the article.
FYI, Buffalo now has a DD-WRT router you can buy at retail for around $200. Asus also has their own flavor of DD-WRT that you can install on the new Asus routers.
It's pretty easy to brick a router trying to install DD-WRT on it, but if you buy a supported router, you have the manufacturer's support - and if you do manage to brick ti somehow, the knowledge they'll replace it (or at least help you fix it.) Personally, I'm looking at the ASUS RT-AC68U, since it has a built-in PPTP server, which makes VPN connections easy (the client software is already built in to Windows.)
Big fan of dd-wrt, but I forced myself to use my router's stock firmware due to dd-wrt having an odd effect on download speeds. I was noticing a 10 mbps reduction when using dd-wrt compared to using the stock firmware provided on the router.
Spent days trying to pinpoint the problem, changing every setting that might influence it and even some that shouldn't, re-flashing, and googling. No dice. Oh well, the only thing I miss from dd-wrt on the stock Asus firmware are scheduled reboots.
Every internet connected US router has a required NSA backdoor.
Could you provide evidence, please?
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