Originally Posted by stuckinasquare3
never tried flashing a wireless router with 3rd party firmware b4, what kinda cool stuff can you get outta that? Isn't in dangerous to up the power to routers?
Well, you can use the router as more than just a router. I have two WRT54G routers (the older Linux versions) and until I had Cat 5 running in my attic I used the 2nd router as a Wireless to wired ethernet bridge so that my XBox, media center PC, and my color laser printer could have access to the rest of my network without having to string 100' of cat five along the baseboard.
Other nifty features of 3rd party firmware are the ability to create VLANs so you can segregate your network. You get expanded QoS and access controls. One friend of mine even managed to get my spare router to load balance between his parent's ADSL connection and his Cable connection when I loaned it to him. Also, you can up the transmit power of the router to 100% (Linksys nerfed them from the factory and stuck them at 50%). Since these routers use Linux as their OS they can do alot of pretty neat stuff.