Don't Throw Your Old Router, Rebuilt it !!!

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Don't Throw Your Old Router, Rebuilt it !!!

Hello Internet People,

I Nitin Khatri had faced same condition when i took my old TP-Router in my hand. Daily i thought to buy a new router instead of that old one. Sudden i got an idea while doing online research for old routers.

Open Platform like DD-WRT and Openwrt provide free firmware for compatible routers from which you can rebuilt your old router and give a power of latest new features supported beast.


Reasons to use OpenWrt

People install OpenWrt because they find it to be superior to the stock firmware of their router or embedded device. This page showcases many aspects of OpenWrt.

Performance & stability

OpenWrt is designed by network professionals and others who care about the performance of their network. OpenWrt incorporates many algorithms from recent research that perform far better than vendor-supplied firmware.
  • OpenWrt is stable, and operates reliably for long periods of time.
  • OpenWrt reduces latency/lag and increased network throughput via bufferbloat control algorithms.
  • Wi-Fi improvements support higher data rates and airtime fairness between stations.
  • Older devices are still supported by OpenWrt improvements (as long as RAM/Flash of your device can accommodate new releases) long after the manufacturer stops making updates.

Security

OpenWrt is an open source software. Many developers from all over the world review the code before it's released.
  • No hidden backdoors left by hardware vendors.
  • OpenWrt is resistant to common vulnerabilities thanks to its Linux OS which is unaffected by many common attacks.
  • OpenWrt is actively updated so any vulnerabilities are closed shortly after they are discovered.
  • Default OpenWrt configuration is very conservative allowing full internet connectivity without exposing your router or connected devices to attacks.
  • Many of the older devices are supported by OpenWrt and can enjoy security OpenWrt brings, long after vendors stop releasing firmware updates.
  • OpenWrt prolongs the life of your router. While many vendors only provide updates for your router/device until the newer model is released, OpenWrt supports all compatible models for as long as their RAM/Flash can accommodate new releases.

Extensibility

While vendor firmware for a router ships with a fixed set of capabilities, OpenWrt provides more than 3000 packages ready to be installed. Some of the more popular packages allow you to:

Community support

The vibrant community of developers, volunteers, and other long-time OpenWrt users are always available to help solve an issue.

Research platform

Many teams who are doing cutting-edge research into networking topics use OpenWrt as a stable platform for their work. As their work moves from the experimental realm into practical, production-quality code, it is available in OpenWrt builds first. Some teams using OpenWrt include:
  • Continuing development of the fq_codel and cake algorithms that decrease bufferbloat.
  • The Make Wi-Fi Fast team has been working to decrease queueing and latency in the wi-fi stack, and is testing out their airtime fairness code using OpenWrt.
  • Homenet provides implementation of zeroconf IPv6 (and IPv4) routing, prefix assignment and service discovery for a home network consisting of multiple routers connected to multiple service providers. There's a hnet-full package for OpenWrt.

Configuration

Because OpenWrt is a true Linux-based system, you have full control over all functions of your router/device.
  • OpenWrt provides both command-line interface (via SSH) and a web-based user interface for configuration.
  • Configuration information is stored in plain-text files to ease the editing and/or copying.
  • OpenWrt Image Generator allows you to create your own firmware images for your device with any customizations (pre-defined password, WiFi, etc).
  • The LuCI WebUI allows you to select themes that suit your needs/tastes In addition, Localization of WebUI is available via packages in over 20 languages.
  • Configure the external LEDs and buttons/switches to suit your needs.

Zero cost

OpenWrt is provided for free through its GPL license, and thanks to the efforts of many volunteer contributors (both individuals and companies). There are no subscription or licensing fees.

Same as Openwrt DD-wrt also has many benefits:-

Reasons to use DD-wrt

DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems. The main emphasis lies on providing the easiest possible handling while at the same time supporting a great number of functionalities within the framework of the respective hardware platform used.
The graphical user interface is logically structured, and it is operated via a standard Web browser, so even non-technicians can configure the system in only a few simple steps.
Apart from the simple handling, speed and stability are also in the focus of our development work. Compared to the software preinstalled on many WLAN routers, DD-WRT allows a reliable operation with a clearly larger functionality that also fulfills the demands of professional deployment.
The huge user community gives support to DD-WRT developers and the users themselves in various ways. Thanks to this, potential flaws in the system can be detected very quickly and can thus be corrected without delay. DD-WRT users can find help and suggestions from other users in the user forums, and the Wiki containing further information and how-to guides is being expanded and maintained by the DD-WRT community as well.
For devices mainly used for private purposes, DD-WRT is freely available. Platforms used for commercial purposes require a paid license. Compared to the freely available version, the professional version also allows for configuration of the WLAN parameters, thus opening up the opportunity of creating e.g. reliable and powerful network infrastructures. Special demands can be fulfilled by specifically tailored versions of DD-WRT.

Main characteristics:

  • supports more than 200 different devices
  • comprehensive functionality
  • supports all current WLAN standards (802.11a/b/g/n*)
  • supports outdoor deployment*
  • supports enhanced frequencies*
  • VPN integration
  • supports various Hotspot systems
  • bandwidth management
  • multilingual user interface

So give a chance to your old router to live with power of open firmwares.
"All Supported Device's firmware are free in openwrt and ddwrt."

You can check your Old Router Model number in the compatible list of DD-WRT and Openwrt.if it is there download the proper firmware for your router and install it.

If you don't have any idea, how to download and install compatible firmware, you can send an email directly to me with your router details. I will check and the compatible list and configure your router remotely.

Email: nitinplus@gmail.com

DDWRT Compitable List: 
https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Supported_Devices

Openwrt Compitable List:
https://openwrt.org/docs/techref/hardware/list

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