DD-WRT: Routers the Next Generation

I realize it’s not a new technology (its on ver. 23), but its one I’ve recently adopted.  We’re planning on doing some re-arranging to put an office in the house, and that means computers in different rooms.  _What I need now_, I said to myself, _is a way of extending my wireless network to another room…_ preferably with a router on the other end too so I can plug in a non-wireless computer.

The problem: The [firmware](http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=define%3Afirmware&btnG=Search) for my [Linksys WRT54G](https://sourceforge.net/projects/wifi-box/) doesn’t allow that, at least not easily.

Enter the [DD-WRT](http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/index.php) firmware package to save the day.  This package gives you full “[god-mode-like](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_mode)” control over your router’s settings, and thus your entire wireless network.  Multiple routers can be placed in the same space to allow a [WLAN](http://www.wlan.org.uk/) to be extended to a much greater range (this is the same basic principle as a cellular network).  The principle is referred to as a Wireless Distribution System (WDS), with the individual access points acting as repeaters.

Next week I’ll be picking up the second node for my Wireless home network so that I can finally move that other computer upstairs!  🙂

DD-WRT has a ton of other features including the ability to host a hot-spot of your very own.  This is particularly useful for small businesses who may wish to offer [wifi](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi) connectivity on their premises.  Check out the [DD-WRT wiki](http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki) for a full rundown on what this package can do.

For additional information on [tricking out your Linksys WRT54G](http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS7719522768.html), check out Aaron Wiess’ article “[_The Open Source WRT54G Story_](http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/3562391)” on [wi-fiplanet.com](http://wi-fiplanet.com/).