Turn your existing home Internet router into a powerful tool for:
Read on to see how a simple, and free, upgrade to your existing Internet router can make a world of difference to your home network.
If you aren’t using a router with your home Internet connection, you should. In case you aren’t familiar with routers, they take your existing Internet connection and make it available to multiple devices. Some useful things that most off-the-shelf routers can do for you:
Typically router manufacturers provide software (typically called Firmware) that provide the above functionality. Depending on the vendor, some software can do much more than the list above, but, universally, the software provided with routers is basic and includes only basic control of your router.
With technology today, your router is capable of so much more! From yesterday’s article about OpenDNS, you can see that your router has the ability to push information to each of your devices. What if we continue that focus on security a little further and recognize that your router can also help you to:
There are many other features that my router software can provide, but these are the ones I use most often.
So how can YOU enable these features on your router for free? Simple, just download a new firmware for your router… just not the version that your router manufacturer provides… choose an OpenSource alternative. Today there are (2) popular free router firmware versions that you can choose from. Both are infinitely more advanced than the stock version that comes with your router. Let’s look at the major choices:
For me, DD-WRT is more technical, has more options, but takes longer to learn how to configure. Tomato is more user-friendly. It’s still very powerful, has all of the above-mentioned features PLUS is configured from a more intuitive-looking GUI.
In the end, either choice is excellent. You’ll have to play around with both to see which you like better. The good news is that it’s easy to change from one to the other, and, if you don’t like either, you can go back to your original firmware.
Tomato is my firmware of choice, and, coupled with OpenDNS, provides me the flexibility, control and security to keep my connection fast AND safe for my family!
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