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OpenWrt Alternatives

OpenWrt is described as '?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' and is a very popular app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to OpenWrt for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is DD-WRT, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like OpenWrt are pfSense, MikroTik RouterOS, ClearOS and Gargoyle.

OpenWrt 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 OpenWrt.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

OpenWrt ?is a highly extensible ?GNU/?Linux ?distribution for embedded devices ?(typically wireless routers). Unlike many...

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  1. DD-WRT icon

    DD-WRT

    • 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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    Most users think DD-WRT is a great alternative to OpenWrt.
  2. pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall, and router.

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    Most users think pfSense is a great alternative to OpenWrt.


  3. MikroTik RouterOS icon

    MikroTik RouterOS

    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    The main product of MikroTik is a Linux-based operating system known as MikroTik RouterOS.

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  4. ClearOS icon

    ClearOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    ClearOS is a family of operating systems for the enterprise, small business, and home. There are three editions to choose from depending on your needs and suitable to your abilities. They are: ClearOS Enterprise, ClearOS Home, and ClearOS Core.

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  5. Gargoyle icon

    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.

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  6. Tomato by Shibby icon

    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.

    Discontinued

    Project Discontinued - No project activity since may 2017.

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    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.

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  8. LibreMesh icon

    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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  9. VyOS is a community fork of Vyatta , a Linux-based network operating system that provides software-based network routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.

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    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.

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