Give a New Life (and New Features) to Your Current Router with DD-WRT

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By adding the DD-WRT software to your router you may get access to a lot of new features. Learn about the DD-WRT software features.

When I decided to write this article, I couldn’t help but wonder if an acronym such as DD-WRT would even trigger some kind of interest into how-to-hide-ip blog readers. After all, there’s already a ton of acronyms hanging on this blog so there’s a high risk of “selective processing” from readers that would push them to ignoring this article. So, first of all, congratulations. Congratulations if you’ve read this far on this article. I promise this is going to be an eye-opening reading since it may give a new life to your router. So hang on.

But first of all, what is a DD-WRT?

DD-WRT is kind of “universal” linux-based firmware that can be used as a replacement to your current router’s “operating system”. Best of all, it can be downloaded for free from the internet – and don’t get me wrong, free doesn’t mean “low-grade” system. Indeed, most of the routers that are shipped nowadays are only limited to a certain set of features- then some great marketing guys would categorize them to segments like: “entry”, “for home office”, “professional” use.  So, with DD-WRT, that same hardware that came with your router can be added a lot of new features. Indeed, if you decide to replace your router’s firmware with a DD-WRT version, you’ll be able to:

  • transform that old-router into a Wi-Fi hotspot (even though your genuine router’s firmware wouldn’t allow that);
  • add finer control over QoS options. For those who are wondering what QoS is, it stands for “Quality of Service”. IT’s a generic terms for every finer control that can be applied at the router’s level for managing bandwidth and access. For example, one roter administrator can define at the router level that machine A would be limited to a 100Kb download speed while his own computer wouldn’t be limited at all. Almost every network manager out there are using some kind of QoS at the router level so as to manage that small bandwidth to multiple users;
  • accept IPv6 protocol even though your router only came shipped with IPv4 support.

Is DD-WRT only for popular routers? Should I then replace my router’s firmware?

Well, as with most popular software, there is a database of routers that support the DD-WRT on the official website. Now, back to the second question: it’s not mandatory that you replace your router’s firmware with DD-WRT – after all, you’ve been working with it for a certain period of time now without any problems. But if you are considering adding new features, or if you have decided to give a new life to an old router, then you probably need to consider installing DD-WRT software features.

So why consider opting for a DD-WRT firmware replacement?

Heck, that’s a good question. But don’t worry, we’ll bring some answers to this.

  • a lot of VPN solution provider support it. You may have seen it popping up all the time whenever you are considering buying a VPN solution (BTW, the following are great options for VPN: HideMyAssibVPNPureVPN or NordVPN). Indeed, most serious VPN providers come with support for DD-WRT- some even have quite detailed installation process.
  • it adds more features to your current router: as I said earlier, with DD-WRT, you can turn your router to a great Wi-Fi hotspot.

Now, your turn – have you switched to using a DD-WRT router? What do you think of the DD-WRT software features? What’s your personal experience? Feel free to share in the comment section.

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