Turn your cheap router into an expensive one by Flashing the firmware with DD-WRT or Tomato.
DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems. The main emphasis lies on providing the easiest possible handling while at the same time supporting a great number of functionalities within the framework of the respective hardware platform used.
Only some routers are supported… The list is growing:
Find your firmware, login to router (ex. Linksys router default, typically 192.168.1.1), access firmware utility tool, flash your router with new firmware.
Tomato is a small, lean and simple replacement firmware for Linksys’ WRT54G/GL/GS, Buffalo WHR-G54S/WHR-HP-G54 and other Broadcom-based routers. It features a new easy to use GUI, a new bandwidth usage monitor, more advanced QOS and access restrictions, enables new wireless features such as WDS and wireless client modes, raises the limits on maximum connections for P2P, allows you to run your custom scripts or telnet/ssh in and do all sorts of things like re-program the SES/AOSS button, adds wireless site survey to see your wifi neighbors, and more.
Tomato does almost everything DD-WRT does, offering a more simplified GUI and charts and graphs.