OpenWRT 19.07 released – it's the best soft for routers


It is worth checking its possibilities.

Good news for all lovers of software modification in … routers. A new Linux distribution has just been released, created mainly for WLAN devices, which debuted with iconic routers Linksys WRT54G. Of course, we're talking about OpenWrt 19.07, which is developed for devices that use the AVR32, ARM, CRIS, m68k, MIPS, PowerPC, SPARC, SuperH, Ubicom32, x86 and x86-64 architecture.

Why use OpenWRT?

People who like to modify soft routers will confirm: OpenWRT dramatically increases the capabilities of network devices. OpenWRT is several thousand software packages that advanced users can install or remove depending on their needs. The software also improves network security – after all, the router owner will have full control over the configuration of every aspect of the hardware.

OpenWrt 19.07 – What's new?

Changes from the previous version of OpenWrt 18.06 is a whole lot. Added even WPA3 supportwhich, however, is not enabled by default and requires the installation of additional packages. For WPA3 to work in access point mode is needed hostapd-openssl, for use in Wi-Fi station mode will need wpa-supplicant-openssl or wpad-openssl (additional AP).

Software developers have decided about transition to ath79 with ar71xx – in the future support for ar71xx will be completely withdrawn. In addition, the Linux kernel has been updated to version 4.14.162, and support for adm5120, adm8668, ar7, au1000, ixp4xx, mcs814x, omap24xx, ppc40x, ppc44x and xburst has been terminated.

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New is the updated LuCI, an integrated web interface for OpenWrt that implements client-side rendering. The LuCI ecosystem is large and not all LuCI applications have been adapted for this change, which can cause cbi.lua crashes. If so, install the luci-compat package.

Download the latest OpenWrt software from the project's official website, in this place, where you'll also find the full list of changes.

Uncertain fate of routers that allow you to upload your own software

The European Union may soon ban the sale of routers in which firmware can be changed. This is due to breaking the telecommunications law by many users of these devices by increasing the power of transmitters, which in effect disrupt the work of other network equipment.