Free OpenWrt Alternatives

    The best free alternative to OpenWrt is DD-WRT, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to OpenWrt and 16 is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to OpenWrt are pfSense (Free, Open Source), ClearOS (Free, Open Source), Gargoyle (Free, Open Source) and LibreMesh (Free).

    This page was last updated Apr 19, 2021

    1. DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems.
      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. 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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      • 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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      • 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. By default it uses ad-hoc wifi networking and batman-adv, BMX as the routing daemons.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      OpenWISP is a software platform that can be used to implement a complete public wifi service. The suite includes applications derived from tools used to offer public wifi service in different European countries.
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      • 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • JavaScript
      Encrypted private mesh-networking protocol.
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    4. 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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      • 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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