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hyperwrt vs operwrt

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by professordave, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. professordave

    professordave Network Guru Member

    Can anyone comment on the pros and cons of each.

    I am familiar with Linux. However, having something that is easy to use, (hyperwrt is billed as being built off of default firmware) is very compelling.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    Running stock firmware, HyperWRT or DD-WRT, you have a router. Oh, by the way, there's a Linux machine underneath.

    Running OpenWRT, you have a Linux machine. Oh, by the way, you can configure it as a router.

    That's probably an over-simplification, but it's a good first approximation.
     
  3. professordave

    professordave Network Guru Member

    Features

    I was more interested in does openwrt have many more features than hyperwrt or is it just that it is linux.
     
  4. purephase

    purephase Network Guru Member

    The base OpenWRT image contains a very small number of features that just get the router functioning (albeit securely) while HyperWRT is fully functional upon flashing.

    OpenWRT has unlimited features (the only bottleneck is the amount of RAM on the device) in that you can add/create any package that you want on the router (which is essentially a small linux server). It's great if you really know what you're doing and you have the time to play around with it.

    For most people though, HyperWRT is the perfect firmware. It is very stable, offers the base Linksys features with a lot of really nice additions that don't clutter up the router or cause performance problems. With very little configuration you can be up and running in no time and completely forget out the router.

    OpenWRT is for enthusiasts (or people with time). Both are great, but they're essentially difficult products that offer similar features. It's not a very good comparison (which is why you don't have a lot of responses).
     

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