Articles and Guides

How To Set Up OpenDNS Features in DD-WRT

Using OpenDNS with DD-WRT installed on your WNR3500L router is an easy way to control which websites that can be accessed on all Internet-connected devices in your home, from laptop and desktop computers to gaming consoles and mobile phones.

How to Create a Custom Theme For Your Router GUI with Tomato Firmware

MyOpenRouter member Johan was asking recently about custom skinning and themes for the Tomato firmware.  However, I've discovered that it's not a new idea and people have been creating custom themes for years. In fact, most Tomato firmware builds include quite a variety of custom themes.

How to Access Files on your Router with Tomato Firmware via SSH

How to Access Files on your Router with Tomato Firmware via SSH

In order to access your router's files you must first turn on SSH (Secure Shell). You also do this from your 'Administration > Admin Access' page.

You can enable it at startup so it is always on. I would not recommend you turn on Remote Access unless you have a good reason and know what risks that entails.

How to Use NETGEAR Live Parental Controls with OpenDNS

Whether you have kids or not, you're no doubt acutely aware of what a crazy, insane place the Internet can be--even for an adult. As such, many parents want to control, at least to some degree, what the eyes of the innocents in their households can and cannot access on the Internet.

EXT, miniDLNA, and More: A Brief Guide to Deciphering Firmware Titles

EXT? Std.? OpenVPN? K26? What does it mean?

Like the natural glory of double rainbows, firmware types can be not only awe-inspiring but downright mysterious as well. Even though I won't pretend for one second that I know as much as the ultra-skilled programmers on our community, I'd like to make the choices a little more clearer for our readers.

How To Set Up Parental Controls On Toastman's Tomato Firmware for WNR3500L

The Internet is a scary place. Now, I'm not a parent yet--but if I were, I'd want to at least try to impose some realistic limits on the internet for my kids. I'm not into shielding kids from too much, but some things (and some sites) just cannot be un-seen, as you may possibly know but not care to admit. Plus, it's probably nice to know that your kids can't browse the Internet a 3 in the morning when they have school in only a few hours.

Fortunately, if you have a WNR3500L, you can use Toastman's excellent Tomato firmware build to set up a variety of settings to restrict Internet access on your router. Here's how.

Quick Review and Specs: NETGEAR WNDR4000 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

The NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router offers high performance wireless speeds of up to 450 Mbps needed for demanding applications, such as large file transfers, streaming HD video and multiplayer gaming.

Quick Review and Specs: NETGEAR WNDR3800 N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

You may already be familiar with the flash-able, super-powerful WNDR3700--definitely an extreme networking machine.

Why Would I Flash My WNR3500L, and Which Firmware Should I Choose?


If you're new to all of this, or just happened upon this community in your Google searching about your new WNR3500L, WNDR3700, or whichever--it might seem just a bit intimidating. DLNA? DD-WRT? Tomato? I thought tomatoes were fruits? (or vegetables?)

NETGEAR WNR2000 V2 Review--The Little Router that Could

NETGEAR's WNR2000 V2 is like the WNR3500 V2 router's "little brother." The case itself is almost identical, but inside it uses a less powerful 300Mhz processor and does not support 1Mb wired speeds.

It does support wireless 'N', however, and has an extensive list of features:

Toastman's Tomato USB Firmware on the NETGEAR WNR3500L

Toastman is a huge contributor to the forums and has created a version of Tomato for the WNR3500L.

NETGEAR WNDR3700 Review: The Ultimate Wireless Networking Machine

Sometimes, all you need are the basics.  Other times, you need to break out the "big guns."  The NETGEAR WNDR3700?  One of the big guns.