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Test: Comparison of Stock Firmwares vs. Custom FWs on popular routers!

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box' started by MadGabZ, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. MadGabZ

    MadGabZ New Around Here

    May 27, 2011
    I'd like to chip in on a possible review idea!

    Why not do a review of, say, 5 popular routers, that can be flashed with alternative Firmwares, like DD-WRT and Tomato? Run comparison on the routers with different fimwares on them..

    I'm sure, Lots of people in here are looking at alternate FW support before buying a router (We're all nerds in here, lol), but does changing to an alternate fw REALLY make for better performance, or just enhancing capabilities? What are the 'myths' about Alt. FWs vs. Stock FWs?

    Such a review could even be a returning feature, to see if certain old routers still have value compared to latest offerings!

    Stupid idea?


    PS. Thanks for a marvelous job, Higgins! I love this site! :cool:
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012
  2. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

    May 18, 2008
    The few times I've looked at alternative firmware in the past have showed that it doesn't improve performance, can possibly make it worse and also introduce different problems.

    The main value in alternative firmware is the additional features it may provide.
    Lots More Features, Lots Less Performance: NETGEAR WNR3500L with DD-WRT Reviewed

    Can DD-WRT or Tomato Fix Bad Routing?

    I have plenty to do reviewing products with stock firmware. But if anyone wants to write such a review, I'm open to considering it for publication.

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