I finally got frustrated with the wireless coverage in my house last year. I have my FiOS wireless router in the garage, because that’s where the cable comes into the house. Plus, my house is wired, so I can keep my switches, NAS, and other networking gear out of sight there. I also got frustrated that the Chromecast I have kept getting dropped from the network. Since the wireless router was over 6 years old, it was time for an nâng cấp.

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Now I love the Verizon FiOS service, but their equipment policies stink. They want $100 khổng lồ upgrade to the lademo router, which uses wireless-N technology và supposedly extends the range of the wireless network. I figured there had lớn be a cheaper, and possibly better way.

A friend of mine recently extended his network with a TP-LINK TL-WR841N router. He suggested loading on the open source router firmware, DD-WRT. The router is $20 on Amazon, and since I like working on tech projects, I figured it was worth a shot.

I found plenty of information that helped with the loading of the firmware, but the rest of this post will detail my experience setting up the router. Below are instructions and a few photos should you want to put DD-WRT on a TP-LINK TL-WR-841N router.

Before getting started, let’s start with the contents of the box. You get a router, an AC adapter, a 3-ft cat 5 cable, và manuals. In other words, the usual stuff you’d expect. From there, if you want the short instructions on what lớn bởi vì, I suggest checking out this link: How I upgraded a TP-Link TL-WR841N lớn DD-WRT. Of all the information that I found on the mạng internet, this liên kết had the best information. It’s a simple 10-step guide lớn help you through the process, although it doesn’t have pictures & assumes a moderate màn chơi of technical proficiency. It’s also for version 8.4 of the router, và the version I bought was 9.2. When using the guide, just be careful which version of the DD-WRT firmware you download since there can be differences in chipsets between router versions.


The rest of this post will nói qua my experience changing the default firmware on the router. By the way, any of the images below can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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Step 1: Download the DD-WRT firmware

Here’s how I got the lathử nghiệm version of the DD-WRT firmware for router version 9.2:

UPDATE: As pointed out by “pancakes” in the comments below, you may want khổng lồ try the lakiểm tra 2015 builds. You can get the two files by clicking here. I haven’t tried them yet on my router, but “pancakes” reports that it runs stable on the v9.

Step 2: Install DD-WRT on the router

I recommover using a laptop for the DD-WRT firmware installation, if you have sầu one available. It’s easier to lớn access và configure the ethernet connections.

Disable your laptop wireless (if you’re using a wired connection on a máy tính, or desktop, disconnect the cable from your computer). Take the mèo 5 cable và plug one kết thúc into your laptop và the other end inlớn one of the router’s switch ports (don’t use the blue port marked ‘WAN’).Plug the router in & turn it on.Open the comm& window (or open another one) & type ‘ipconfig /release’ & ‘ipconfig /renew’ again (follow the same process as step 3 above).After a minute or two, the tăng cấp will complete and the router will reboot.

Congratulations! You have successfully flashed the TL-WR841N firmware lớn DD-WRT.

Step 3: Extend your network

I’m not going lớn go into the step-by-step details for this section. There are various ways you can use the DD-WRT software khổng lồ extend your network. I chose the ‘Access Point’ method, but you may decide on a different method depending on your situation.

If you want the detailed instructions for extending the network following the ‘Access Point’ method, I’d recommend using this helpful tutorial from the DD-WRT site.