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I recently bought a Tenda W368R router, and I hated the current firmware! So I decided to find a open source Linux type of firmware. My router was not supported by DD-WRT ans a few others. But if my router is not supported, how do I choose firmware, similarities? Is there a sort of universal firmware? Which firmware should I get? Any suggestions?

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In order to use 3rd party firmware, it has to support the chipset and other hardware inside your router. You can try google or the manufacturer's website to see which wireless chipset your router uses, then see what options support that chipset. The three big ones are DD-WRT, Tomato, and OpenWRT/Gargoyle.

  • So having a supported chipset means that the firmware say for another router that has the the same chipset will work? – user151324 Jun 20 '13 at 16:27
  • This page is on DD-WRT's site, but the information is applicable to any firmware: dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-detection – Jim G. Jun 20 '13 at 16:32
  • So having a supported chipset means that the firmware say for another router that has the the same chipset will work? – user151324 Jun 20 '13 at 17:18
  • It means it may work. Once you find firmware that support your chipset and hardware, search the forums to see if other users have had success with that router. If all else fails, you can try yourself, but you risk "bricking" your router, making it useless. – Jim G. Jun 20 '13 at 17:20
  • Okay... What do you mean by supporting hardware? – user151324 Jun 20 '13 at 17:41

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