I had to buy another router so I decided to get the TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND model, which comes with a USB port to be able to share a 3G modem. I bought it also because I knew I could install OpenWrt on it, so immediately after it was connected I proceeded to install it.
Why to install OpenWrt?
The TP-LINK TL-WR841N comes with a lot of functions with its original firmware, which can be controlled from the web interface, but you can’t extend it beyond that functions. With OpenWrt you will count with the same functions your router had and you will be able to install extra software that extends those functions. As an example you can install a web proxy like Squid on the router, or set up a VPN.
I leave here the needed steps for installing OpenWrt on TP-LINK TL-WR1043ND routers, just in case you are interested in:
- Download TL-1043ND (Backfire 10.03.1-r6) router image. Note: I suggest to check out what router model you have and download the OpenWrt image that suits it.
- Got to the router’ s web interface and find System Tools > Firmware Upgrade section:
- Choose the downloaded image and wait until the process finishes.
Once it had finished the router will reboot and start to work with the default settings. I mean, you can use the web interface from address http://192.168.1.1 or even use a terminal through ssh.