People install LEDE because they find it to be superior to the stock firmware of their router or embedded device. This page showcases many aspects of LEDE.
LEDE is designed by network professionals and others who care about the performance of their network. LEDE incorporates many algorithms from recent research that perform far better than vendor-supplied firmware.
LEDE is an open source software. Many developers from all over the world review the code before it's released.
While vendor firmware for a router ships with a fixed set of capabilities, LEDE provides more than 3000 packages ready to be installed. Some of the more popular packages allow you to:
The vibrant community of developers, volunteers, and other long-time LEDE users are always available to help solve an issue.
Many teams who are doing cutting-edge research into networking topics use LEDE as a stable platform for their work. As their work moves from the experimental realm into practical, production-quality code, it is available in LEDE builds first. Some teams using LEDE include:
Because LEDE is a true Linux-based system, you have full control over all functions of your router/device.
LEDE is provided for free through its GPL license, and thanks to the efforts of many volunteer contributors (both individuals and companies). There are no subscription or licensing fees.