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Open Source Ready – DDWRT/OpenWRT Linksys Router

Open Source Ready – DDWRT/OpenWRT Linksys Router

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The current flagship router capable of flashing the Opensource DDWRT & OpenWRT firmware since December 2016 is the Linksys WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO. If you are not familiar with DD-WRT router firmware, it is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems. The main emphasis lies on providing the easiest possible usage while at the same time supporting a multitude of functionalities which are seen mostly on higher end business routers.

Since June 2, 2016 the FCC implemented new requirements for wireless device manufacturers to disallow wireless devices to interfere with certain 5GHz bands. Therefore most wireless device manufacturers are making it near impossible to flash third party firmware. This is just the easiest way to comply with government regulations, eliminating the possibility of their brand being able to operate outside of the licensed radio frequency bands. Linksys understood the importance to let router enthusiasts create features and share them with others, and of course the opportunity to satisfy a portion of the market. Linksys has provided the technical information and code to implement support for the new WRT3200ACM for openWRT firmware, making this router one of the most powerful off the shelf routers running DD-WRT firmware. Some of the features using DD-WRT include:

If you have never used DD-WRT firmware before, you can access a live demonstration here. A live demonstration of the stock Linksys firmware can be found here.


Special Features:

Tri-Stream 160 Technology

Tri-Stream

Doubles bandwidth from 80 MHz to 160 MHz on all spatial streams.

 

1.8 GHz DUAL-CORE CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)

1.8 GHz DUAL-CORE CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT (CPU)

Promotes simultaneous high-speed data processing.

 

Open Source Configuration

OPEN SOURCE READY

Easily configure using browser-based configuration utility, or customize with Linux-based Open Source capabilities.

 

MU-MIMO Ready

MU-MIMO

Latest Wireless-AC technology for simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple devices.

 

Selectable Dual Band

SIMULTANEOUS DUAL BAND (2.4 + 5 GHz)

Operates on either band to help avoid interference.

 

USB 3.0 port

USB 3.0 PORT

Share files and add external storage across your network with the USB 3.0 port. USB 3.0 offers enhanced speeds over 2.0.

 

eSATA Port

eSATA PORT

Offers added convenience. Also accommodates USB 2.0.

 

Gigabit ethernet ports

GIGABIT ETHERNET PORTS

Transfer data 10x faster than Fast Ethernet, ensuring high-speed connectivity for wired devices.


Installing DD-WRT on the LINKSYS3200ACM

Always check the DD-WRT forum before flashing. This is a fairly new router, firmware changes and problems could arise.

  1. Search the DD-WRT database for “WRT3200ACM” Download both files: “Webflash image for initial installation” and “Webflash image“.
  2. Log into the router and go to “Connectivity” in the left pane, click “Choose File“, point the path to the “Webflash image for initial installation“, then “Apply“.
  3. While still in “Connectivity” in the left pane, click “Choose File“, point the path to the “Webflash image“, then “Apply“.
  4. If upgrade is successful, click “Continue” and wait. The router will reboot.
  5. You will be prompted to log back into the router. The default login credentials for DD-WRT are Username: root, Password: admin. If you are not prompted to log back in you need to go to 192.168.1.1 in your browser and login from there.
  6. Once in DD-WRT, go to “Administration“, “Firmware Upgrade“, “Browse” and select the “Webflash image” from your computer,  click “Upgrade
  7. Do a 30-30-30 reset (Hard reset), information about this type of reset is here.

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