If you are hoping to change your router’s operating system with open-source firmware, you might have trouble knowing exactly where to start, especially with a Spectrum router. While the concept itself sounds complicated, you can do it yourself as long as you follow the steps.
First, What is Flashing?
Let’s explain what flashing is briefly. Flashing removes the firmware that came with your router and replacing the router’s flash memory with open-source firmware. People do this to have a more customized experience with their router since open-source has many more options than standard firmware does. Let’s go over how to do it.
Step 1: Make sure you have a compatible router:
If you are unsure whether your router is compatible, check a list of Spectrum supported routers to confirm. The router must be compatible with DD-WRT, which does not support all router models. Go to www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database and find your router there. If it isn’t there, you will need to find a supported device before continuing.
Step 2: Download the firmware on your router:
To do this, you will need to make sure that the DD-WRT build is correct for your router. Once you have located it, you will need to save the firmware file to your computer. If you choose incorrectly, you can brick the router, making it useless.
Step 3: Plug in your router:
Once you have the firmware ready to go, plug in your router and turn it on. You can do this with an Ethernet cable from the router to the computer. They are typically labeled LAN or Ethernet ports.
Step 4: Time to install the firmware:
Once you are all hooked up, you need to install the DD-WRT on your router. Most routers are set to either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1, but check first. You will type this address into a browser on your computer. The login credentials for the router are usually something generic, but your router should have it listed. After logging into the router, you will need to find the admin section and locate the router upgrade. It might be under Advanced Settings, but this is where you will load the firmware. You will need to browse to find the firmware you already downloaded and upload it. The sequence will vary depending on the router that you have.
There will likely be a warning that indicates that the firmware you are loading is the same as what you have and confirm that you want to proceed. If you know you have the right firmware, proceed. It is essential to leave the router and computer powered up at this point. Then, once the process is finished, restart the router.
Step 5: Go back into the browser:
Once your router is up and going again, go back into the router’s settings. At this point, you should personalize your login information to protect your network from any malware. You can then get in and get to making your router as customized as you want it to.
It is essential to know that this is not a process to take lightly. You must do your research thoroughly before attempting to make sure that you have the right router, have the correct firmware, and are confident in your open source skills. Otherwise, you can easily brick the router, which will lock you out and become completely useless, like a brick.
This process is as simple as downloading something onto your computer, but you have to pay close attention if you would like to keep your router in the future. Open-source is fantastic if you know how to use it, but if you have no experience, your Spectrum router might not be the way to start experimenting. But if you know what you are doing, you can get started.