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linuxdude2
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Joined: 28 Apr 2011
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Location: Mansfield, Ohio

PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 17:21    Post subject: Why use DD-WRT Reply with quote
I've just been thinking about it. But what does DD-WRT have that Cisco's firmware doesn't?? And I'm not talking about worthless features or something you'll never use. I'm talking about the features that matter.

Cisco is stable and all the advertised features work in all builds of their firmware
What about DD-WRT?

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bskchaos
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 18:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well...

OpenVPN
PPTP
FreeRADIUS
DNSMasq
VLAN
Etc, etc...

IMHO DD-WRT is for those who can't pay for such features in a Ci$co Router or those that acknowledged that they don't need a Cisco for the task.
basmaf
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Joined: 24 Feb 2011
Posts: 1073

PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 18:57    Post subject: Reply with quote
E4200 v1 is just a piece of &%$#@@ without dd-wrt.
I cannot handle my daily traffic.
It needs a daily reset.
Loaded dd-wrt and it works like a charm.

Yes the throughput is lower.
But I would sacrifice more for the options it gives me.

I would not host anything at home without dd-wrt.

My list would be:
you can mod it Wink
ipkg
openvpn
iptables
clientbridge
vlans
logging
wol

Install optware and even more is possible.
webserver, pound, samba, etc..
No way you can do all that with stock firmware.

basmaf..
linuxdude2
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Joined: 28 Apr 2011
Posts: 166
Location: Mansfield, Ohio

PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 21:52    Post subject: Reply with quote
basmaf wrote:
E4200 v1 is just a piece of &%$#@@ without dd-wrt.
I cannot handle my daily traffic.
It needs a daily reset.
Loaded dd-wrt and it works like a charm.

Yes the throughput is lower.
But I would sacrifice more for the options it gives me.

I would not host anything at home without dd-wrt.

My list would be:
you can mod it Wink
ipkg
openvpn
iptables
clientbridge
vlans
logging
wol

Install optware and even more is possible.
webserver, pound, samba, etc..
No way you can do all that with stock firmware.

basmaf..

DD-WRT for the world!!

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madman999
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Joined: 11 Jun 2012
Posts: 861

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 14:13    Post subject: Reply with quote
i believe the original goal was to create a better and more stable firmware for routers than the stock offerings. the key to it;s value is to support cheap consumer level router devices and give them features on par or better than business level routers. so your 50$ router could have features like vpn, vlan and many others that you could only get in devices from the big vendors for thousands of dollars or more-i am talking about cisco routers you needed to program from a commandline and take certification classes for that cost nearly as much as the device.

back in the mid 2000's, it was great to find it worked with my Linksys WRT54G routers because they were flaky to unusable. it turns out that there was nothing wrong with the hardware-the Linksys firmware was just poorly written and seems to still be to this day.

I see today that the things you can do with dd-wrt and routers in general are far advanced. to be able to use it as a server and media center with other addons is pretty impressive.

as far as your original question as whether DD-WRT is better than the stock firmware, that;s going to depend on the router and what the vendor offers. Go with the one that is stable and gives you the features you need. if the stock firmware does it all well, why change it?
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