There are two types of software available for installation on devices. Most devices come with closed source software. The alternative is open source software.

The differences between the two types of software make a difference in how your device operates.

Open Source Software Explained

Open source software is software that has code readily available to the public. The copyright holder is responsible for this.

The code is shareable, viewable, and modifiable by other users and organizations under a licensing agreement. As a result, programmers develop this software collaboratively.

Additionally, source available code is a type of open source software. This code needs no permission to modify or use.

Closed Source Software Explained

Commercial companies typically develop closed source software. Onlyauthorized users under a licensing agreement can modify, copy, and publish it.

Oftentimes, the code contains company secrets so it is protected by encryption. Attempts to modify the code without permission will often yield lawsuits.

The Problem With Closed Source Software

Closed source software can present major security concerns.

One reason it presents a security concern is due to the code not being publicly available. In this case, we must trust the company that there is no malicious code in the software. This includes backdoors and Trojan horses.

Additionally, closed source software often has vulnerabilities in the source code. This leads to attacks from hackers on popular devices such as wireless routers. Popular brands with this problem include Asus, Netgear, D-Link and Linksys.

Open Source As The Best Solution

Open source software can be independently examined for backdoors, vulnerabilities and security issues. Developers and users of the software are able to tell exactly what the program is doing. As a result, this prevents hackers from infiltrating devices.

Furthermore, open-source software can also push updates and patches out easier. The KRACK attack, for an example concerned with router firmware, was patched in a matter of days. The larger companies mentioned above struggle to develop and send updates to their devices, leaving the customer defenseless.

This is possible due to the usage of firmware such as DD-WRT.

Open Source On A Wireless Router

You can flash a router yourself using free firmware directly from DD-WRT.

However, with the help of a FlashRouter, you are able to take advantage of open-source firmware on your router. Flashing a router runs the risk of bricking the device. Even if you are able to successfully flash the device, you will still void the manufacturer’s warranty. On the other hand, FlashRouters provides flashed routers with a warranty.

Best Open Source FlashRouters

No matter your area of coverage, or your bandwidth usage, FlashRouters has a device perfect for your needs. For example,

AX3000 WiFi 6 VPN FlashRouter

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Asus AX1800S FlashRouter

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Flint Wi-Fi 6 VPN Router by FlashRouters

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  • Supports WiFi 6 (Wireless-AX) speeds
  • Includes WireGuard Fast VPN Protocol Support

VPN Configuration on the Router

The installation of DD-WRT on your router not only prevents security vulnerabilities, but it also upgrades your router’s capabilities as well. Open source firmware enables our FlashRouters to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), like the ones below, on the router.

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  • Port Forwarding, DDoS protection, and Dedicated IP Available as Add-ons

This adds an extra layer of security to your home network. Have any questions or concerns? Feel free to contact the FlashRouters team for more information!