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OpenWrt vs DD-wrt

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by KOA, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. KOA

    KOA Occasional Visitor

    Nov 19, 2010
    I'm currently using DD-wrt, but what are the advantages of using OpenWrt ?
  2. TonyH

    TonyH Very Senior Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Calgary AB Canada
    What router do you have? It all depends what you want.
  3. thetoad30

    thetoad30 Regular Contributor

    Feb 14, 2012
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    I switched my main router (WNDR3700v2) to OpenWRT and I have not looked back.

    DD-WRT was awesome.... back in the day. I recently tried to boot up a WRT54G (which is where I started with DD-WRT) and do a simple MAC clone, and it wouldn't even do that. I was on a standard release too.

    DD-WRT is now commercial. They have their clients (Buffalo), and they could care less about the community which gave them their standing.

    Because of that, I left. Their mods are horrible, always saying it's the users' fault.

    At least with OpenWRT I can usually count on things working well, and if not there's a forum where I do eventually get answers that aren't geared toward RTFM.

    Just my two cents.
  4. stevech

    stevech Part of the Furniture

    Mar 13, 2010
    San Diego
    I used DD-WRT way back. In the last few years, the non-commodity but inexpensive WiFi router I use has more features and options than DD-WRT, and it's 100% stable.
  5. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

    Aug 11, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    They're both tinker-tools - in the right hands, they both have their strengths.

    But asking which one - that's a political question :p

    From a developer perspective - I really do appreciate OpenWRT - it truely is open, and the team that supports that platform is supportive with documentation and open to contributions. If you're looking for a sandbox to experiment with, it's a great code baseline to work with.

    DD-WRT - more consumer friendly - polished, with much functionality (some of it which I question, but that's me).

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