Now don't get me wrong-I'm not a DD-WRT fanboy, or any of the firmware variants. I nearly got kicked off the Sveasoft forums for questioning the great man-if you want to really feel the pain of non-delivery, crap GUI, broken promises then go over there-he excels in that.I waited 2 years for a hotspot solution-never got one and found DD-WRT. To charge $20 is an affront to commercial business sense but that's another story
Anyway, I digress-DD-WRT is a firmware that exploits the various versions of the Linksys router set (and a few more). It is feature rich (some would say too much but you can never have enough of a good thing).The very first thing that struck me about the DD-WRT stuff was the GUI-it was so much cleaner than anything I had seen before-and you can have it in different colours!
Here my thoughts on some of the crtitcal comments I have seen:
- You have to reboot when you apply new settings-well, if your setting it up, you shouldn't have live traffic on it anyway-and once it is set up, why would you be constantly having to fiddle with it? Not a big problem in my case.
- Its become commercialised and its against the GPL-so what? I'm not into the Linux thing (ohhh-that's going to upset a few people!), I just want something that works.I made a donation through Paypal as it did the job.Pay somebody for a good product if it works-every router I've flashed has worked a treat, even the micro version.Its miles better than the Linksys.
- It is great for extending wireless networks-through WDS, repeater function, whatever-works a treat
- It can be a bit slow when getting an IP address-but as long as you know to wait a while, your sorted