A router is a networking device that receives and analyzes the content of data packets that is transmitted between networks. Routers can also be seen as little computers. They come with a manufacturer-provided firmware to route the network traffic and provide you different features.
However, you can replace the stock firmware of the router. Replacing the firmware with a custom firmware gives you a lot of additional benefits and features. However, replacing your firmware is a complex process and most people do not need to do it. You should only do it if you want to get more features from your router. Let’s discuss some points on why you should replace your firmware with custom firmware.
Why Should you Install Custom Firmware?
Many people like to install custom firmware on their router because of additional features. You can do additional functionality with a custom firmware such as installing lightweight web, installing a VPN and SSH server on the router. Many custom router firmware is found to be more stable than the stock firmware.
If you are facing the issue of rebooting your router often then installing a custom firmware may solve your problem. Some people install custom firmware for security reasons. The security of big companies like TP link and Dlink was compromised recently. If security is your main concern then you can try installing safe custom firmware on the router.
Your router runs an OS, and it is generally called as firmware. Some Router companies provide a way to flash new firmware. However, most of them are used for upgrading the router firmware to the new version. And it is not necessary to install a firmware provided by the manufacturer. You can even install third party custom firmware available on the web. You can find the manufacturer firmware on the official website of your manufacturer. You will also get instruction on installing process on their website. But from where will you install third-party firmware on your router? Today, we are going to show you how to install custom firmware on your router. Follow the article ahead to find out:
Installing Third-party Firmware on Wifi Router
There is multiple third-party firmware available on the internet. You have to choose the firmware you would like to install on your router. Tomato used to be a popular firmware in the past. However, they stopped bringing updates from 2010.
Many new routers don’t support Tomato firmware. You can use OpenWrt firmware which is a powerful Linux based firmware. Now, make sure your router supports the specific firmware or not.
You can check the compatibility of your router here: WRT and DD-WRT. Now, let’s install the firmware on your router.
- Open a web browser on your device.
- Download the firmware that is compatible with your router.
- Extract the compressed firmware file.
- Now, open your router settings(Default IP: 168.1.1).
- Login into the router.
- Go to the “Administration” option.
- Click on “Firmware Upgrade”.
- Click on “browse” and upload the uncompressed firmware file.
- Click on “Apply”.
You have successfully installed third party firmware on your router. Enjoy additional features and benefits from the router.