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Free DD-WRT Alternatives

The best free alternative to DD-WRT is OpenWrt, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to DD-WRT and 17 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to DD-WRT are pfSense, Gargoyle, Tomato and Freshtomato.

DD-WRT alternatives are mainly Firewalls but may also be VPN Services or Operating Systems. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of DD-WRT.
This page was last updated Mar 12, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems.

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  1. OpenWrt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    OpenWrt ?is a highly extensible ?GNU/?Linux ?distribution for embedded devices ?(typically wireless routers). Unlike many other distributions for these routers, OpenWrt ?is built from the ground up to be a full-featured, easily modifiable operating system for your router.

    OpenWrt vs DD-WRT opinions
    Almost everyone thinks OpenWrt is a great alternative to DD-WRT.

    OpenWrt is more actively maintained than DD-WRT

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  2. pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall, and router.



  3. Gargoyle

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • OpenWrt

    Gargoyle is a free firmware upgrade for your wireless router, based on OpenWRT but with an enhanced interface (not LUCI) focused on ease of use.

  4. Tomato

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Tomato is a small, lean and simple replacement firmware for Linksys' WRT54G/GL/GS, Buffalo WHR-G54S/WHR-HP-G54 and other Broadcom-based routers.

    Discontinued

    Tomato hasn't been updated since 2011. For reason of proof, the latest Tomato update, 1.28, includes in its change notes that it updated dnsmasq version to v2.55. DNS Masq is currently at version v2.72. The v2.55 DNSmasq update was published in 2010.

  5. Freshtomato

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    a system based on Linux, dedicated for routers with Broadcom chipset and distributed on the GPL license. This advanced system consists of a particularly friendly interface, thanks to which even inexperienced users can easily work with it.



  6. Tomato by Shibby

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Tomato

    TomatoUSB fork.

    • Torrent client integration (Transmission) with user-friendly GUI for configuration.
    • NFS server integration
    • Support for USB 3G modems (thx @LDevil)
    • Support MultiWAN.
  7. LibreMesh

    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux
    • OpenWrt
    • LEDE - Linux Embedded Development Environment

    LibreMesh is a set of modules extending the OpenWrt router distribution to create self-configuring wireless and wired mesh networks.

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  8. OpenWISP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    OpenWISP is a software platform that can be used to implement a complete public wifi service.

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  9. EasyTomato

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online
    • Tomato

    EasyTomato is a powerful, easy-to-use, free bandwidth manager that is perfect for schools, hospitals, and nonprofits with slow internet connections and limited IT knowledge.

  10. CrossBrowdy

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    CrossBrowdy is an open-source and free JavaScript framework that let developers create multimedia apps, game engines, games, emulators and so on.

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