List of router firmware projects

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This is a list of notable custom-firmware projects for wireless routers or software distributions for PC-based routers that have been created and are maintained by people and groups other than the manufacturer of the product. Many of these will run on various brands of Linux-based devices, such as Linksys, Asus, Netgear, etc. The extent of support for (and testing on) particular hardware varies from project to project.

  • OpenWrt – Customizable FOSS firmware written from scratch; features a combined SquashFS/JFFS2 file system and the package manager opkg[1] with over 3000 available packages (Linux/GPL)
    • Commotion Wireless – FOSS mesh networking
    • DD-WRT – Based on OpenWrt code, paid and free versions available[2]
    • Gargoyle – A free OpenWrt-based Linux distribution for a range of Broadcom and Atheros chipset based wireless routers
    • LEDE – A spin-off of the OpenWrt project that shares many of the same goals
    • libreCMC – An FSF-endorsed derivation of OpenWRT with the proprietary blobs removed[3]
    • Roofnet – A wireless community network project
  • DebWRT – Combines the Linux kernel from OpenWrt and the package management system from Debian (Linux/GPL)[4]
  • HyperWRT – Early power-boosting firmware project to stay close to the official WRT54G and WRT54GS firmware but add features such as transmit power, port triggers, scripts, telnet, etc.
    • Tomato – The successor to HyperWRT, features advanced QoS as well as Ajax and SVG graphs
  • Zeroshell – Routers and bridges with VPN, QoS, load balancing and other functionalities


  1. ^ "OpenWrt – Wireless Freedom". Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  2. ^ "DD-WRT project site". Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Free GNU/Linux distributions". Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  4. ^ "DebWRT project site". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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