dd-wrt or openwrt whats the difference?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Disman_ca, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Ya, ya, I know dd-wrt and openwrt are different breeds but the question still sits in my brain. I've been reading through post upon post, forum upon forum. I know there are too many differences to name but I also know brainslayer and team have been working hard on moving closer to openwrt. I'm running the v23 on 2 of my routers and with little to no complaints. I've also been considering installing openwrt on another to play around. I'm not that solid on the *nix CLI so I have been hesitant with installing it. The dir structure seems very similar to how openwrt is designed hence I am finally asking what the major similarities or differences are.

    I realize this is a loaded question but would be interested in anyones views on the 2 distros.
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

  3. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Wow, what an insightful link. Its quick and straight to the point. Got one for you http://www.shibumi.org/eoti.htm but be forewarned you may not want to go there. lol

    Anyone else with a valid answer to my previous post?
  4. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    the difference? im not sure maybe it has something to do with all in one fw and ease of use (dd-wrt) versus modularization (spelling?) and configurability(openwrt).
    is configurability a word? It is now.
    i know the entire fs of the openwrt is writable as opposed to just the jffs part on dd-wrt.

    openwrt is modular which means you dont have to install what you dont want to.
    the only problem with openwrt is as I see it if you want to reflash to something else it is somewhat difficult.
    and there is a web based configuration, it just isnt that helpful.
  5. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Thanks t4thfavor. That answers basically what I was thinking about the writeable fs.
  6. professordave

    professordave Network Guru Member

    Hyperwrt, openwrt dd-wrt


    How does dd-wrt funcationality compare to openwrt for basic router functionality?

    How does dd-wrt compare with hyperwrt?

    So it sounds like dd-wrt and hyperwrt are both all-in-one?
  7. matthiaz

    matthiaz Network Guru Member

    Re: Hyperwrt, openwrt dd-wrt

    comments have been removed due to flaming
  8. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    matthiaz: You really are a disservice to the forum. Do eveyone a favour and don't bother wasting our time with your posts. You don't offer any help, just insult. Imagine 123 posts, and 99% are nothing more than flames.

  9. fmaxwell

    fmaxwell Guest

    I reported his post to the moderators and requested that it, and he, be removed. I recommend that others click the exclamation point above his post and do the same thing.
  10. magnus33

    magnus33 Network Guru Member

    Matthiaz has been causing problems all over it seems.

    Overly high opinion of himself which makes it all the worse since he's rather dense.

    Can't see if you have to put others down you only make others see you worse then you are (in his case i wonder if thats possiable).

    To answer the question open wrt has tha blity to be more powerful with its addons but also by its nature it can also be unstable.
    dd-wrt and hyper-wrt both offer many options and are very powerful but run much less risk of bricking your router.

    So unless you need the router to do something that only open-wrt can do (very rare cases) stick with dd-wrt or hyper-wrt as both are stable and worked on by very smart developers.
  11. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    I would like to add something else to this thread that has become an issue as of late.
    Stability of the dd-wrt distro has come under question lately as I note most of my routers running the latest stable version have trouble making uptimes measured in days instead of hours. I have since swapped out to openwrt, and have uptimes in the months range.

    Just something to consider when climbing a 30-40 ft pole is not an option to reset a router.
  12. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    This is being looked into. I've escalated this to Simon.

  13. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Comments from this user have been removed and infraction given. :boxing2:
  14. stangri

    stangri LI Guru Member

    Back to the point, what I liked about OpenWRT was:
    1. you can change the default web interface to the x-wrt's webif and potentially, to anything else.
    2. the webif2 lets you very easily add your own pages
    3. the webif2 while letting you fully configure your box thru the web-interface also shows you the commands it is running on the router to perform the requested changes, so you can pick up some stuff and get more comfortable with CLI
    4. if you want to do some "hackery" I found it's easier to find documentation and advise on how to do something with openwrt.
    5. because of the openwrt, well, openness, more people are eager to contribute and there have been webif developments to wrap ctorrent/amule/wget so you could run all of them from web interface.

    The disadvantage is that OpenWRT used to (haven't tried Kamikaze) ships with a somewhat limited feature set (no media streaming server for SL unit for example), so everything else you've had to install and sometimes setup yourself, but isn't it why we're hacking our routers? :)

    Oh, another thing -- back then, while I've never had any problems with loading DD-WRT firmware on my gen1 SL box, everytime I'd have tried OpenWRT I ended up with a brick until I've tried the X-WRT combo firmware.
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