So what is DD-WRT and why would you want to take such a drastic step in flashing the Firmware on your Home Router?
Setting up port forwarding on router is a must if you using a home server that also acts a download station with apps such as Couch Potato, Sick Beard, Transmission, etc.
In a HTPC environment, you can use the Quality of Service (Qo S) feature to prioritize network traffic for your HTPC. Watch for future posts where we’ll demonstrate how to use some of these specific functions with DD-WRT.
Do be warned, there is an element of risk attached to flashing your routers firmware.
In this post I’m going to take you through the steps involved in performing a DD-WRT Firmware Upgrade on a typical Home Router.
I’ll describe the process which I went through myself, when I replaced factory software with free yet powerful DD WRT firmware on my TP-Link WDR3600.
This means that the factory firmware can be replaced with another Linux based firmware package if desired.
A DD WRT firmware is a free, open-source alternative for home routers, often providing many more features than what the manufacturers firmware offers out of the box, and is a very stable solution.
Lots of these features can certainly enhance the capabilities of your home network.
You can do some other pretty cool things with a DD-WRT Firmware upgrade, like breathing new life into an old home router by turning it into an access point, or configuring your home router to log on automatically to a VPN provider, eliminating the need to run VPN client software.