I’ve been using OpenWRT for a couple of years now, so I thought it was time to talk a little about it.
First off what is OpenWRT? It’s a replacement firmware for many domestic router models. There are a few different replacement firmwares but if you’re looking for something comprehensive and geeky I would definitely check out OpenWRT. You can see a list of supported routers on the OpenWRT homepage. My current favourite router is the TP-Link 1043 as it’s inexpensive with plenty of onboard memory and a reasonable CPU.
You flash the OpenWRT firmware image just as you would an update form the router manufacturer (this varies depending on the router). Then you can log in to the web management interface.
From there you can configure your network connections, firewall, etc … There are useful information pages such as realtime graphs –