How to Setup DD-WRT Router

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Updated August 10, 2022

If you are experimenting with advanced features of a wireless network, you may wonder how to set up a DD-WRT router. The best routers, after all, tend to include this functionality. What is DD-WRT, why enable it, and how to enable it on a router? Keep reading to find out.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • DD-WRT is an alternative software suite that acts as router firmware to increase speed and overall efficiency.
  • You’ll need to choose your preferred software and download it before installing it on your router.
  • Please note, that replacing your router model’s original firmware with specialized DD-WRT firmware will void the warranty and change all default settings, including your IP address.

What is DD-WRT and Why Use It?

Essentially, DD-WRT is a piece of firmware that works to increase the speed, reliability, and efficiency of a wireless router, so you won’t have to learn how to delete a WiFi network from a router, as your connection will be so blazingly fast. WRT stands, obviously, for wireless routers, like the GL.iNet GL-X750, while DD refers to the German city of Dresden where the firmware was originally conceived.

DD-WRT Router Configuration Guide

Unfortunately, each router is different, as is each piece of DD-WRT firmware. In other words, there are no universally accepted steps to follow to integrate DD-WRT into your router, like when you are learning how to change firewall settings on a router, how to set up a router for gaming, or how to position the antennas on a wireless router. However, there are some general guidelines to think about.

Insider Tip

Check web stores for routers with DD-WRT preloaded, for convenience and safety.

STEP 1

First of all, you need to find out if your router can even support the DD-WRT protocol. There are numerous lists online of compatible devices online and your manufacturer may have the information listed on the official product page. Additionally, you can buy routers with DD-WRT software pre-installed.

STEP 2

Now, you’ll need to choose and download your preferred DD-WRT software suite. There are many to choose from, with popular options including OpenWRT and Tomato. You’ll likely be tasked to install this software on your computer before heading to the router itself.

STEP 3

Connect your router to your computer via Ethernet cable. Each software is different, so follow the prompts to install the DDR-WT firmware onto the router. You may have to hold down the factory reset button on the router for 30 seconds for this to take.

STEP 4

Once successfully installed, your preferred DD-WRT software will now control all aspects of your router. Head into the software to make any necessary changes as you would normally. As a note, throwing on DD-WRT software will void your router’s warranty, so exercise caution.

F.A.Q.S

How to choose the best DD-WRT router for VPNs?

This depends on the VPN connection and what OpenVPN client you are using.


What does it mean to “flash” a router?

Flashing a router is when you replace the firmware, changing up the DNS servers and services tab to receive a speedier connection type and better quality of service (QoS.)


Does DD-WRT work on all routers?

No, DD-WRT does not work on all routers. There are lists available to find a compatible router, as long as you have an Internet connection. Head to the address bar of a browser and look for a list.



STAT: DD-WRT is Linux-based firmware for wireless routers and access points. Originally designed for the Linksys WRT54G series, it now runs on a wide variety of models. (source)

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