Open Source Firmware

Open Source Firmware

What Is Open Source Firmware?

Protecting your network starts with upgrading your wireless router to Open Source firmware.

Stock router firmware is unreliable, functionally limited, and likely full of dangerous vulnerabilities that can expose your network to danger. Often, manufacturers don't patch wireless routers with serious security holes, especially if the device is a few years old. Leaving devices defenseless, out in the world, and completely exposed to hackers and prying eyes looking to exploit network security weaknesses.

A wealth of advanced features

Manufacturers develop routers for non-technical users in mind, making them simple and easy to use while limiting their effectiveness as a web-access Open Source Firmware unlocks a number of features not seen on stock wireless router firmware, like bandwidth monitoring, QoS, VLAN Support, Advanced Wireless Setups, and more. These features increase the versatility of your wireless setup. Not only that, open source firmware is constantly updated by an international user community, so updates are never far.. 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.

VPN integration

With Open source firmware, users unlock VPN router integration, an impossibility on most wireless routers. Meaning, with open source firmware users can protect their whole network with one VPN connection, rather than connecting each device individually.

Increased network stability

Network stability is crucial for any wireless network. Whether you use internet to surf the web or run your business, you never want interruptions. With open source firmware, your network is in top shape. No more dropped signals or interruptions in your network. With support from an active open source community, users can expect their devices to stay secure. And, with new features, users can prolong the shelf life of their networking device.


That's why running a router on open source firmware - AKA custom firmware, alternative firmware, or after-market firmware - is such a necessity in this day and age.

Not only are these networking devices made safer, but open source firmware also creates the opportunity to enjoy a wealth of advanced features that create a more adaptable and versatile home or office network. The open source community provides network protection and a longer shelf-life for the device that is responsible for protecting all your devices, internet, and personal data. Imagine improved and increased network stability (no more reboots), advanced bandwidth, wireless signal controls, and more. With an open source upgrade, there's no need to imagine it anymore. Your home or small office network will be as healthy as any you've ever experienced.

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Popular Reasons To Use Open Source Firmware

  • • Removes government backdoors & squashes pesky firmware bugs in default firmware.
  • • Openly visible firmware code for community vetting.
  • • Improved, consistent user interface and functionality across various brands and models.
  • • VPN Integration – Openvpn, Pptp, & L2TP Client/Server
  • • Enhanced network stability & network status information
  • • Advanced wireless modes – Access Point (Ap), wireless client bridge, & repeater modes.
  • • DNS Forwarder – Dnsmasq with local hostnames, domain names, and internet address caching
  • • Vlan (Virtual Lan) support
  • • Access to Ip tables
  • • IPV6 support
  • • Wake-on-Lan – remote network access
  • • Radius authentication: enterprise level wireless security.
  • • Telnet/SSH support
  • • Dynamic DNS (Ddns) Service Integration
  • • Dhcp server – Using Dnsmasq with dynamic and static Dhcp leases
  • • Wi-Fi hotspot integrations: For business or neighbors with a verification page using the Integrated Chillispot or Nocatsplash
  • • Advanced Port Forwarding – Create port forwards, redirects, & triggers with included Upnp (Universal Plug and Play)
  • Nat (Network Address Translation) Support
  • • JFFS2 Support
  • • Samba File-Share/Cifs Client

DD-WRT FIRMWARE

The most popular open source alternative firmware.

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OPENVPN

The go-to open source tunneling security protocol for network encryption.

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TOMATOUSB

A frequently used alternative to DD-WRT open source firmware.

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OPENWRT

Customizable open source firmware for advanced users.

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The History of Open Source Firmware

In 2002, Linksys started releasing a line of routers (the WRT54G models) that used Linux as an embedded system. Since it was Linux-based, the company was eventually forced to release the firmware source code for those routers under the terms of the Linux GPL (General Public License), a requirement for all things that use Linux as their basis. A company named Sveasoft utilized this release to create its own third-party commercial firmware named Alchemy. Since then there have been many starts and stops with various firmware projects and branches to focus on specific functionality or support of certain devices. From DD-WRT to Tomato to OpenWRT to...