What is open source firmware?
Open source firmware is firmware built by a community of users which can allow a device (in this case – your router) to create new functionality by providing a firmware and an open source build system that lets you customize and personalize the software on your router. An open source build system like this is most often used by advanced users who require more options, the trade off is that usually open source firmware requires more manual configuration for many tasks.
Should I use open source firmware?
Open source firmware is for users who are familiar with building and debugging their own software or for users with advanced technical requirements. If you are unfamiliar with using open source firmware, you should study open source community forums and get advice from experienced users before installing. You should also ensure the image you are installing has been validated by others first. Open source firmware also requires more knowledge and manual maintenance for updates in some cases.
Does Linksys provide technical support and warranty for open source firmware?
While Linksys fully embraces the open source community and is providing open source capabilities and making it the best solution available to the community, we do not offer technical support on using this firmware. Our customer assistance department will not be able to help troubleshoot issues when using open source firmware and installing third party firmware is done at your own risk. Linksys also does not warrant open source firmware. Please seek the advice of the open source community pages if you’re unsure how to use or install a third party firmware.
Pre-built firmware image releases of OpenWrt that can be installed are posted here*:
We encourage the Linksys WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC, WRT1900ACS or WRT3200ACM users to test this build and share their experiences on this forum. New releases will become available from the open source community over time, and we’ll continue to offer guidance to the correct locations.
*NOTE: These are third party websites and are not affiliated or hosted by Linksys. Linksys is not responsible for the content, image files, or opinions posted here.