People install OpenWrt because they find it to be superior to the stock firmware of their router or embedded device. This page showcases many aspects of OpenWrt.
OpenWrt is designed by network professionals and others who care about the performance of their network. OpenWrt incorporates many algorithms from recent research that perform far better than vendor-supplied firmware.
OpenWrt 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, OpenWrt 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 OpenWrt users are always available to help solve an issue.
See also: Communication within the OpenWrt Project
Many teams who are doing cutting-edge research into networking topics use OpenWrt as a stable platform for their work. As their work moves from the experimental realm into practical, production-quality code, it is available in OpenWrt builds first. Some teams using OpenWrt include:
Because OpenWrt is a true Linux-based system, you have full control over all functions of your router/device.
OpenWrt 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.