Networking company TRENDnet announced that three of its networking routers are compatible with the DD-WRT open-source firmware. By using this firmware, users can unlock operational modes not previously provided, such as using the router as a wireless extender, as a client bridge, or as an access point.
"It also offers a comprehensive set of controls including the ability to modify wireless radio power, define advance access controls, choose from a greater DDNS service support list, create a Wi-Fi hotspot, setup VLANs for the router's wired ports, define advanced USB port functionality, manage enhanced QoS controls, and more," states the company's PR.
This open-source firmware is compatible with TRENDnet's AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-818DRU v1.0), the AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-812DRU v2.0), and the AC1200 Dual Band Wireless Router (TEW-811DRU v1.0). TRENDnet warns that by installing this firmware, the warranty is considered void.
TRENDnet isn't the only device maker giving way to the open-source firmware. The Linksys WRT-1900AC is also compatible as is Buffalo's AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD, the AirStation N600 WZR-600DHP2D and the AirStation N300 WHR-300HP2D. Asus also supports DD-WRT, such as the RT-N16, the RT-N13U/B and the RT-N12. A full list of support devices can be accessed here.
In related news, TRENDnet quietly launched on Thursday the AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB adapter (TEW-805UB v1.0R). This adapter provides Wireless AC speeds of up to 867 Mbps on the 5.0 GHz band, and Wireless N speeds up to 300 Mbps on the 5.0 GHz band. The adapter also connects via USB 3.0, meaning the connection has a theoretical speed of up to 5 Gbps if the parent device (laptop, desktop) provides a USB 3.0 port.
TRENDnet's new adapter can be purchased directly from the company, and through Amazon, TigerDirect and several other online outlets for $34.99 (TRENDnet says $59.99).