When we first began adding DNSthingy functionality to existing high-performance routers, OpenWRT was an obvious win. Over time, however, as we built our functionality to be more platform-neutral and started beta-testing pfSense, IPfire, ClearOS, our engineering team noticed that from a total throughput perspective, AsusWRT is clearly optimized (great job, ASUS!), so we have a good number of our early adopters now running on AsusWRT+DNSthingy (vs OpenWRT+DNSthingy) firmware.
To help with the comparison, refer to this table below and it will become obvious why we are leaning towards AsusWRT going forward.
|Captive Portal Setup Wizard||No||Yes|
|RT-N16 throughput||Tops out at ~70mbps||Tops out at ~150Mbps|
|PPTP Server||No||Yes on all models including RT-N16|
|OpenVPN Server||No||Yes on RT-AC68U and above|
|Filesystem||Read/write||Read-only (better for security)|
A few notes worth mentioning:
- Our production firmware upgrades automatically and checks once per 24-hour period.
- There is no automatic way of migrating from OpenWRT to AsusWRT (or vice-versa). It requires a manual set of steps including erasing the NVRAM where configuration information is stored. NVRAM configuration is different between the two platforms. If you’re interested, email support and we will be happy to provide you with instructions and support.