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Supercharging Your Cheap Router with Enterprise Features


  1. DD-WRT
  2. Sveasoft
  3. Tomato
  4. Be Careful!

Article Description

You don't have to be stuck with the manufacturer's configuration interface; you can replace the software on your wireless router. Replacing the firmware can also give you enhanced and advanced features usually found in high-end equipment. Let Eric Geier, author of Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access, describe the highs and lows of aftermarket firmware projects.


Sveasoft has created a few different firmware projects: Satori, Alchemy, and now Talisman. The newest firmware replacement offers a feature-set very similar to DD-WRT. There has been controversy over this organization for charging for access to their "open source" projects.

Right now Sveasoft is giving free access to people who register on its site for the basic firmware file. However, it still requires a $25-per-year subscription to download iyd other firmware files.

In addition to the free basic firmware, Sveasoft offers other premium firmware files specifically designed for hosting a hotspot, VPN (with IPSec support), mesh networking, and VoIP.