2016 is brand new, and if you’re one of the many whose New Year’s Resolution involved improving and securing your wireless network, as well as diminishing the ways in which your important online information can be compromised, we can help you accomplish your goal.
Or maybe you’re just tired of constantly buffering while streaming, dealing with wireless dead spots in your office or home, interruptions in gaming, or resetting your router again and again when it inexplicably stops working. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade that will put you will ahead of any technological developments for the foreseeable future.
That’s why we want to introduce you to the very best of the very best. You’ve seen our favorite DD-WRT routers of 2016, and now it’s time to get to our best Tomato routers.
What Is Tomato Firmware?
So that’s the very first question, right? What exactly is Tomato firmware? And how does it improve a router?
To put it simply, your average router’s stock firmware is unreliable. Actually, some of the top routers’ firmwares are plagued by vulnerabilities and are limited in their feature-sets. That’s why open source replacement firmwares like Tomato are just the curative these fantastic devices need to let their potential flourish.
In addition to plugging major holes in Broadcom-based Linksys, Asus, and Netgear firmware, Tomato firmware gives users the opportunity to try out an assortment of useful options that will make running your wireless network that much easier. You can increase your WiFi strength with Tomato’s adjustable transmission settings, or monitor your bandwidth in real time, or over a day or month. You can even view other wireless networks in your neighborhood to determine how you need to adjust your settings.
Is that enough? How about all of this?
- Access Restrictions – Time, Website, Program, & User-Based
- Advanced QOS (Quality Of Service) Bandwidth Controls – 10 Unique QOS Classes Defined. Real-time Graphs Display Prioritized Traffic with Client Level Control
- OPENVPN, PPTP, & L2TP VPN Client Integration – OPENVPN & PPTP Server Options As Well
- Advanced Wireless Modes – Access Point (AP), Wireless Client Station (STA), Wireless Ethernet (WET) Bridge, Wireless Distribution System (WDS AKA Wireless Bridging), Simultaneous AP & WDS (AKA Wireless Repeating)
- Advanced USB Support – Print, NAS, Media, FTP, 3G and 4G LTE USB Modem, UPS Monitor
- User-friendly AJAX-Based Interface
- VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support – Create Segmented Wireless Networks From the Same Router
- Improved Network Stabilitiy & Network Status Information
- Dynamic DNS Service Integration
- Integrated Bittorrent & Tor Client
- Advanced Port Forwarding – Create Port Forwards, Redirects, & Triggers With Included UPNP (Universal Plug and Play)
Get the picture?
Why Choose a TomatoUSB Firmware Router
Experienced Open Source Firmware Support
FlashRouters is staffed with experts who specialize in testing, upgrading, and supporting open source firmware like TomatoUSB by Shibby. Our team only selects the top-performing routers, with the best variation of TomatoUSB firmware for users’ needs, and delivers them right to your door.
Any FlashRouter includes a minimum of 3 months expert tech support via e-mail and chat, as well as remote Teamviewer sessions to walk your through your basic Internet and VPN setup tasks.
Total Network VPN Integration
Want to expand the reaches of your wireless network? Do you wish you could access the Netflix Instant libraries of the UK, Canada, or South Africa? Do you want to stream Hulu from the United Arab Emirates? With a VPN, you can do all of this and make your network much more secure in the process. And a Tomato-flashed router will allow you much greater flexibility when using your VPN.
We support 50 of the best VPN service providers available with our device, and we’re the preferred router seller for VPNs as excellent and varied as IPVanish – a tier 1 only provider that owns all their own servers, HideMyAss who offers the most IP addresses, PureVPN with servers in 100+ countries, the low cost option PrivateInternetAccess, VPN & SmartDNS innovator Overplay, plus the security-obsessed, based-outside-the US IVPN.
Want an easy plug and play setup? If you supply us with the username, password, and preferred server location of your VPN provider and your router will work with your VPN account right out of the box. Don’t want to give away this information? We provide an easy to follow setup guide with all of our routers.
Best Tomato Routers of 2016
And the top of the best Tomato routers of 2016 is (*drumroll)…
Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter ($449.99)
(*fanfare) Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Best Tomato routers of 2016 is the Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter!
If the award was given for most intimidatingly awesome design, the Asus RT-AC3200 would win in a walk, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Those six external antennas sticking out the back like an impenetrable forcefield also allows you to enjoy unbeatable wireless range. Using Tri-Band WiFi, the AC3200 uses a 2.4 GHz band alongside two 5 GHz bands. Have a bunch of users on your network? A slew of devices? Allocating users and devices to specific bands will not only organize your network, but allow for faster speeds.
Then there’s the speed the AC3200 offers. Prepare yourself for three bands of up to super-fast 3200 Mbps WiFi, because if you don’t we’re worried that kind of wireless speed will give you whiplash. Moreover, the 1 GHz Broadcom processor ensures that your network performance will be consistently superb. And this is before all of those benefits of flashing Tomato firmware onto this unbelievable device kick in.
What more needs to be said? This is the best of the best Tomato routers of 2016. Hands down.
Premium Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB Router Features
- Up to AC3200 Mbps Gigabit Tri-band Wireless WiFi
- 1 GHz Broadcom Processor
- OpenVPN & PPTP Compatible
- 6 Powerful external Antennas
- Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed
Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB Router Recommended For: Multi-story homes, 10+ users, HD streaming, lag-free gaming.
Recommended TomatoUSB Options – Best Tomato Routers
The Nighthawk had been making waves at our offices before we even offered a Tomato version. Now that we’ve got a Tomato Netgear R7000 Nighthawk on our line, it’s pure pandemonium, certainly one of the best Tomato routers.
Calling this router a dynamo would be an understatement, as its 1 GHz Broadcom CPU and 3 supremely powerful external antennas make your average networking task as easy as can be, and make high bandwidth jobs seem as simple as sending an email. Ready to completely take over your wireless network and make it more fearsomely powerful than you could ever imagine, the Nighthawk more than earns its intimidating name.
Premium Netgear Nighthawk Tomato FlashRouter Features
- 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0
- Best-in-class Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU
- Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed
Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 Tomato FlashRouter ($349.99)
One of the more recent additions to our line, the Asus RT-AC68U Tomato FlashRouter is quickly making a splash, and it’s easy enough to see why. The Asus RT-AC68U is the exact sort of router you need to contend with our increased dependence on WiFi for work and entertainment.
With its extraordinary dual band speeds and ability to rise above neighboring networks WiFi interference, this is a one-of-a-kind device destined to become the networking centerpiece your home or small office needs.
Premium Asus RT-AC68U TomatoUSB Router Features
- Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit WiFi
- 2x USB Port (1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0)
- High-powered 800 MHz Broadcom CPU.
- Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed
Best TomatoUSB Budget Routers
Linksys E2500 Tomato FlashRouter ($129.99)
A FlashRouters favorite, and one that consistently ends up on our best-sellers lists, the Linksys E2500 is perhaps the top economy model of our line. Offering reliable performance from four powerful internal antennas, the E2500 is an easily affordable way to improve the quality of your online streaming and general network activity.
All Time TomatoUSB FlashRouter Classic
We can remember adding this one to our line like it was yesterday (it was only a couple of years ago), as it caused such a sensation in our office and it’s still wowing customers to this day.
Probably the fastest and most powerful non-Wireless-AC router, the Dark Knight is every bit as intimidating as its name indicates. With its 600 MHz processor and top dual band wireless speeds of 900 Mbps, the Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter is ready to take on any and all challengers.
Premium Dark Knight TomatoUSB Features
- N900, Simultaneous Dual Band
- 3 External Antennas, 2x USB Port
- 600 MHz Processor
- Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed
Best Tomato Routers Under $100
Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter ($99.99)
Are you looking for a network upgrade on the cheap? Then look no further than the Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter. For a mere $99.99, you can get one of the best-reviewed and most popular basic routers, with four fast Ethernet ports and versatile Tomato firmware to boot. If you want to consistent wireless performance in your apartment with easy VPN integration, this is your best bet.
Linksys E1200 TomatoUSB Router Recommended for: Users looking for a basic Wireless-N upgrade to cover a small apartment and encrypt 1-2 VPN devices.
Added TomatoUSB Router Benefits From FlashRouter
Let’s face it: your entertainment and high-bandwidth activities are inextricably linked for the foreseeable future. Short of some new medium coming along to replace the Internet, you’re going to need a router that can handle your Playstation 4, Xbox One, Roku, AppleTV, or any other streaming device as it handles your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, and any other streaming service you rely upon.
That’s why FlashRouters offers, among many other things, the following:
VPN Service Provider Drop Down Menu: Already using one of the 50+ VPN Providers FlashRouters supports? Just select it from the VPN Provider List when making a purchase so we can configure your upgraded router accordingly and include a customized setup guide. Don’t see your provider listed? Select “Other” and type in your provider. We will gladly test it if we haven’t already, or notify you if we have any issues.
Tomato & VPN Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced Tomato Support Plans. Different routers come with slightly different plans. Users looking for support for their own devices or routers can visit the support plan center to see what the different plans cover, from assisting you in flashing your own device, to remote VPN setup options.
Have a question? Send it our way!
Still not sure? Have additional questions? Looking for a recommendation on the best Tomato routers or VPN for you and your setup? Send it over. Our Tomato specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.
We hope you enjoyed our best Tomato routers of 2016 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year!
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