For a long time now OpenWrt has been recognized as a superior embedded firmware because of its stability, extensibility, security, and efficiency. Instead of a single, static firmware that attempts to fulfill the needs of everyone, OpenWrt is an extensible platform with hundreds of packages available to transform your router into what YOU want it to be. The only drawback of OpenWrt to date has been that it lacked a good web based management console (webif). Now, that situation has changed. During the last couple months development of a new webif has been taking place. Called webif^2, it is a part of the X-Wrt project to enhance the appeal of OpenWrt to end users. (X-Wrt is a free, open-source, multi-developer project hosted at Berlios). The new webif has come a long way already. It offers everything you'd expect from any firmware, along with the inherent benefits of OpenWrt's extensible platform. Furthermore, it has features not found in alternate firmwares, like real-time CPU and traffic graphs. Due to the power of webif^2, it is recommended that users do have at least some small level of technical sophistication. So while its not for the complete newbie (yet), most users with any technical background will find it quite an enjoyable experience. Development is progressing so rapidly that we don't even try to keep our screenshots up to date anymore . In another month, who knows where we'll be. Now is the time to get aboard this new project and help us shape the future of OpenWrt for end users. Installation of OpenWrt with X-Wrt's webif^2 can be performed two ways: 1. Flash a pre-built OpenWrt image with webif^2. 2. Flash stock OpenWrt image and then install webif^2. For detailed installation instructions, as well as other information about X-Wrt and webif^2, see our web site at http://www.x-wrt.org.