Home of the ROOter firmware for routers

Welcome to Of Modems and Men

This is the home of the ROOter project, open source firmware for over one hundred different routers that provides extensive support for the use of USB Cellular modems in routers that don't support this from the factory. It is based on firmware from the OpenWrt project.

The goal of this project is to provide support for a large number of USB modems and have them operate at full speed on your Provider's Network. Plus it provides detailed information about your connection such as signal strength and cell tower details.

August 15, 2021

After a year and a half there is a new ROOter release. This upgrades the images to using the OpenWrt 19.07 revision with some using OpenWrt 21.02. There have been a number of changes since the last release with more routers and more modems supported, bugs that have been killed and new features or features that have been updated. This release is a major step forward for ROOter and should improve the operations of routers and modems.

Some of the changes are support for Wireguard, a new Guest Wifi set up, revamped Bandwidth Monitor, new Themes with a new Login screen and a new Speed Test page. Plus much work was done on making modems connect and run better than ever.

The image building system has been improved and automated so that new releases can be made at much shorter intervals. And we have added a page where you can download images for selected routers that is updated every few weeks. This gives you cutting edge ROOter images without waiting for a new release.

July 20, 2021

A new service supplying customized versions of ROOter is now available. Customize ROOter so the firmware matches the needs of your company. See the Customizing web page for more details.

July 17, 2021

An automated build system has been implemented to provide new up to date firmware for a large number of routers. This is in addition to the regular downloads from this site. These firmware will be updated regularly to reflect all the changes and fixes that are constantly going into ROOter. To see what new images are available check this web page.

March 01, 2020

New release of GoldenOrb using OpenWrt 18.06.7 with more modem support, more routers, new features, bug fixes and much more.

March 10, 2019

New release of GoldenOrb using OpenWrt 18.06.1 with more modem support, more routers, new features, bug fixes and much more.

December 15, 2017

Completely new web site for ROOter is now online.

New release of GoldenOrb with a much improved OpenVPN interface plus bug fixes and much more.

October 10, 2017

New release of GoldenOrb. Fixed QMI bug and added more modem support.

July 1, 2017

New release of GoldenOrb.

the many routers supported by ROOter

Supported Routers

Currently, ROOter has images available for over 100 different routers spanning the range from small 'Travel Routers' to high end dual Wifi models, and everything in between. Click on the Learn More button below to see if your router is supported or see if we can support it.

the many modems supported by ROOter

Supported Modems

ROOter has support for a large number of different makes and models of USB modems and more are being added all the time. Click on the Learn More button below to see if your modem is supported and, if it isn't, see how to get support added for it.

ROOter Firmware GoldenOrb 2021-08-15

Firmware Downloads

Information about and links to the latest ROOter firmware can be found by clicking on the Downloads button below.

Get official and prerelease firmware here..


ROOter How-to information

Documentation and Tutorials

Find information about the features in a ROOter router and many tutorials on flashing and dealing with router related issues by clicking on the Learn More button below. All information that is ROOter related is gathered in this area.

Router related downloads

Other Downloads

This area contains a number of downloads that are related to ROOter, such as firmware to return your router to factory status and even the ROOter package that can be used to build your own images.

where to talk about ROOter

ROOter Forum

ROOter has a very active thread on the Whirlpool Australia Forum where you can ask questions, make comments and receive information pertaining to ROOter. The ROOter experts frequent this forum thread regularly and are always willing to respond to users. If you have a problem with any aspect of ROOter or are just looking for information on the subject of routers, please join us there by clicking on the button below.

Custom ROOter Firmware

Custom ROOter Firmware

Are you a commercial user of routers and want a customized version of ROOter to make them better fit your needs? Click on the Custom Firmware button and see what modifications are available.

A look at some of the ROOter features.


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