Beginners' Guide to OpenWrt

OpenWrt allows you to install a very powerful, highly customizable variant of Linux on your router. The options can be a little overwhelming at first.

There is an endless list of hardware choices provided by a wide array of different manufacturers. Individual manufacturers build and sell a huge variety of different models which themselves come in multiple hardware configurations or hardware revisions.

OpenWrt provides a multitude of different pre-built firmware options as well as the opportunity to custom design and build your own specific firmware.

There are also several different ways to install OpenWrt using different physical interfaces between your computer and router and different communication protocols depending on the software you use to install your firmware.

The following basic steps should help simplify the process.

First Steps

  1. If you haven't bought your hardware already, consult the Buyers' Guide.
  2. Verify that your router is compatible with OpenWrt using the Table of Hardware
  3. Choose a version of the OpenWrt firmware and download.
  4. Install the OpenWrt firmware on your router.
  5. Login to your newly flashed router for the first time.

If you already have a router but it isn't currently supported or being worked on you should go here

:!: Please consult the FAQ before asking questions in the forum.

Note: Employing OpenWrt can result in a very uneventful and stable software experience. Known vulnerabilities are being constantly patched away, so that, when millions of routers are hit by yet another security hole again and again, OpenWrt users sit idly by and miss all the "fun". This seems to be so well understood by the press, that OpenWrt is not even mentioned any longer as a safer alternative.

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doc/howto/user.beginner.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/05 23:24 by lorema