List of router firmware projects

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List of software created and maintained by people other than the manufacturer of the product. The extent of support for (and testing on) particular hardware varies from project to project.


Notable custom-firmware projects for wireless routers. Many of these will run on various brands such as Linksys, Asus, Netgear, etc.


Software distributions for routers with >5 GB Storage and >1 GB RAM


  • m0n0wall - m0n0wall is abandoned, but it was built on FreeBSD and boots off of flash storage or CD ROM media in under 12 megabytes.
  • pfsense - an open source firewall/router computer software distribution based on FreeBSD that can be installed on a physical computer or a virtual machine.


  • Zeroshell – Routers and bridges with VPN, QoS, load balancing and other functions
  • IPFire - Advanced firmware written from scratch with customizable firewall and optional packages in the form of add ons.
  • VyOS - Open source network operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "OpenWrt – Wireless Freedom". Retrieved 2008-02-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "DD-WRT project site". Retrieved 2008-02-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Free GNU/Linux distributions". Retrieved 2015-05-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "DebWRT project site". Retrieved 2010-07-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Fresh Tomato project site". Retrieved 2019-04-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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