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Introduction to DD-WRT

What Is DD-WRT Firmware?

DD-WRT is a Linux-based firmware project developed to enhance the performance and features of wireless Internet routers. This open-source firmware upgrade is developed for specific router models and used as a replacement for the inconsistent stock firmware. Modifying a router to DD-WRT lifts restrictions built in to the default firmware, providing advanced capabilities to make your Internet and Home Network more controllable and versatile.

Manufacturers develop routers for non-technical users in mind, making them simple and easy to use while limiting their effectiveness as a web-access gateway. DD-WRT transforms a personal-class router with limited functionality into a powerful, multi-use, business-class router. With DD-WRT, a router's enterprise potential can be unlocked at a home user's price.

Benefits range from superior network stability/performance to being able to encrypt your entire network by tunneling all traffic through a VPN connection, as well as the ability to create completely multiple segmented WiFi networks and much, much more. Users also appreciate the peace of mind that comes from a community-vetted-and-tested firmware that is being consistently updated and upgraded, and removes frustrating bugs as well as potential backdoors.

Pre-installed Plug 'n Play DD-WRT Routers

DD-WRT has been wowing users since its inception in 2005, and is the go-to alternative router firmware due to its longevity of existence and support of the largest array of devices. Consequently, DD-WRT can claim the largest community of users. It's the backbone of what we do here at FlashRouters. Our team selects high-performance wireless router hardware and supercharges, or "flashes", it with DD-WRT for it to become the best possible version of itself.

The goal of FlashRouters is to give you the best way to protect and control your network. To us, that means giving you the freedom to manage your network with the best tools available and keep unwanted network intrusion at bay. Our team is constantly researching and testing the best wireless routers and maximizing their performance with the most compatible alternative firmware. We also provide expert open source router support to get that protected home or small office wireless network up and running.

Experience the freedom and network enhancement that DD-WRT can provide for you. If you have any other questions about this amazing open source project, then contact us or check out DD-WRT.com - the open source firmware project's official home page.

Feature Upgrades of DD-WRT Firmware

  • Firmware bug fixes in Linksys, Asus, Netgear, TP-LINK, D-Link, Belkin, & more.
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP VPN Client/Server Integration
  • Improved Network Stability & Network Status Information
  • Access Restrictions– Time, website, app & user-based
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support – Manage segmented wireless networks on the same router
  • WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) Disabled by Default
  • Bandwidth Graphing/Statistics– Real-time, daily & monthly
  • Advanced Wireless Modes – Access Point (AP), wireless client bridge & repeater modes
  • DHCP Server – Using DNSmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases
  • Advanced Port Forwarding – Create port forwards, redirects, & triggers with included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)
  • 3G/4G Cellular USB WAN Support
  • DNS forwarder – DNSmasq with local hostnames, domain names, and internet address caching
  • Samba file-share/CIFS client
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS) service integration
  • IPV6 Support
  • Logging Capabilities
  • SPI Firewall / IP Tables Access
  • Integrated Wireless Survey Page – View other wireless networks in your area
  • Radius Authentication – Enterprise level wireless security
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Integrations – For business or neighbors with a verification page using the integrated Chillispot or NOCATSPLASH
  • Telnet/SSH Support
  • Wake-on-LAN – Remote network access
  • NAT (Network Address Translation) support
  • WDS (Wireless distribution system aka wireless bridging) support
  • JFFS2 Support
  • Processor Overclocking (limited to certain devices)
  • TCP BIC Congestion Algorithm
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings – To increase WiFi strength
  • Milkfish SIP
  • MMC/SD Card Support
  • Xlink Kaid - Free Online Gaming for multiple gaming consoles like Xbox, Xbox360, and PS3.
  • FTP Server
  • Multiple BSSID (different MACs for virtual interfaces)
  • Multicast Forwarding/Filtering

Top DD-WRT FAQs

Does DD-WRT support OpenVPN and PPTP?

Yes. OpenVPN and PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) are two different protocols for logging into VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) in order to secure your identity and encrypt your connection.

OpenVPN is a full-featured SSL VPN solution which can accommodate a wide range of configurations. Those include home, office, and campus telecommuting, Road Warrior access, WiFi security, secure branch office linking, and more.

PPTP is another method for implementing VPNs. PPTP uses a control channel over TCP and a GRE tunnel operating to encapsulate PPP Packets. The intended use of this protocol is to provide additional levels of security and remote access for VPN products.

Where Does the Name DD-WRT Come From?

DD-WRT branched off Sveasoft's work once they began to start charging for their firmware, releasing its first version in early 2005. Part of the name of that initial router, the WRT (Wireless Receiver/Transmitter) was merged with DD, the German automobile license plate code for Dresden, home of the project's founder BrainSlayer. 

The project was successful enough that DD-WRT has become the basis for other firmware created by router manufacturers themselves.

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