DD-WRT - What is it? What do I use it for?
Supporting IT needs for small to medium sized businesses definitely has its challenges. One software (or more precisely “firmware”) that has really enabled me to save my clients from purchasing expensive high-end routing devices is DD-WRT. DD-WRT is a Linux based firmware that can replace the stock firmware on several different types of routers. I could go on and on about what it does, how it works, how to install it, etc etc. Let’s just say I’m a big fan. In essence, it lets you take an inexpensive router ($50 - $150) and turn it into a much more feature rich router that can cost upwards of $500 to even $2500. Needless to say, if I can save my clients money while getting them the results they need, it’s a huge benefit to both them and myself because of my familiarly with DD-WRT.
This section of my website and the links within it are really designed for people like me. In other words, people with a strong willingness to learn new things PLUS a good bit of tech-saviness. After all, we not only want to install DD-WRT on our routers but also use some of the powerful things in DD-WRT. The really cool stuff like:
- Multiple SSIDs (and more importantly, keeping them separate)
- VPNs (PPTP and OpenVPN to name just a few)
- Turning a Router into an Access Point
- Turning two routers into a Wireless Bridge
- and a bunch of other cool stuff too
Check out my links and How-To's with DD-WRT below