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Bradley Mitchell

Is DD-WRT Worth Your Time?

By March 17, 2009

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Wherever there's a discussion about technical issues with router firmware, particularly on Linksys routers, it doesn't take very long before some networking enthusiast recommends using DD-WRT. Specifically, these folks advocate throwing away (erasing) the built-in firmware installed on a router at the factory and installing DD-WRT in its place. I call this "router brain surgery."

Too often in network troubleshooting situations, people rush into solutions before understanding their needs. Converting your router to DD-WRT (or some other third-party router firmware) has associated risk and may not provide any substantial benefit. It isn't worth your time to use DD-WRT unless you have a specific need or goal in mind. If after carefully considering your situation you conclude your router is brain damaged and want to try DD-WRT firmware, study its documentation carefully to prepare for the surgery.

More - DD-WRT Home Page
See also - Upgrading Firmware on a Wireless Router
Comments
June 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm
(1) Chris Curran says:

“It isn’t worth your time to use DD-WRT unless you have a specific need or goal in mind.”

This is very vague. People don’t do things unless their is a goal or need in mind: more features, more stability, learning.

With that said you should define your goal before you start and research online to ensure your intended project gives you the desired benefit.

My two cents is it is almost always worth upgrading the Linksys firmware with DDWRT v23 or v24. Linksys Routers need to be rebooted along with the modem four to five times per year while the DDWRT firmware is likely to work for well over a year before needing to be powercycled. Is that worth it? absolutely! I just bought 5 WRT54GLs for $250 on Newegg and I’ll apply DDWRT to all of them for experimental use and then use them for customers who experience problems with their routers.

January 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm
(2) Ken says:

I was hacked and they changed all my setting that uses the dd-wrt. I found this tidbit. Older equipment can have more risks sometimes. Where there is will there is way. I wish I did not disable my reset button!!

http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=6853

October 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(3) Chris says:

This has to be the most pointless blurb I’ve read all day.

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