Looking for the best wireless routers of 2015 to meet every need and budget? Have you heard a lot about popular firmware enhancements like DD-WRT and wondering what benefits from this powerful and simple upgrade anyone can have? Tired of buffering or having to reset your router a few times a day just to get it to work? Or maybe you are in the market for the best dual band router or upgrading to Wireless-AC for your current network setup? Look no further, you have found an expert list of the best wireless routers available in 2015.
Wireless router technology seems to be leaping at a breakneck pace so we have decided it was time for an update to our yearly list of the Best Wireless Routers of 2015, a yearly tradition as you can see from last year’s Fastest & Best Performing DD-WRT Wireless Routers. Our list of the best wireless routers of 2015 mixes our top tested devices based on in the field experience, months of testing, and their interaction with premium alternative firmwares and various streaming players like Roku, AppleTV as well as the top gaming consoles like Xbox 360/ Xbox One, PS3/PS4 & Wii/WiiU.
What is DD-WRT Firmware?
DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware upgrade project created for maximizing router features and usage potential. DD-WRT is used by many networking-savvy users to enhance your wireless router stability, privacy, & (most importantly) network security while making previously unavailable networking functions the norm. Basically, DD-WRT unlocks expensive features usually limited to high-end business routers and runs them right on popular consumer models. But to get these advanced features, you need to to have a DD-WRT installed router.
DD-WRT is extremely reactive to bugs like the Heartbleed and future online terrors. The DD-WRT site itself is a very helpful resource for anyone with an interest in getting the most out of your router, setting up features like a static IP address or allocating bandwidth management. Being open-source, these firmwares are community vetted by users looking to maximize their router’s functionality and security.
DD-WRT has an additional slew of VPN & non-VPN related features to meet wide and niche needs of every user. For a more complete list of DD-WRT features, we recommend you review our full Intro to DD-WRT FAQ.
Feature Upgrades of DD-WRT Firmware
Why Choose a DD-WRT FlashRouter?
FlashRouters takes high-powered consumer grade hardware with stock firmware and, by adding improved firmware, turn a $50-$400 wireless router into something worth double or triple its value. Don’t stand for the vanilla, boring, under-performing, easily hackable wireless routers you buy directly at a Best Buy or on Amazon (something every manufacturer from Netgear to Asus to Linksys to D-link has dealt with in the past year). Router manufacturers have little incentive to add business level, advanced features to consumer grade routers as they often price this type of functionality at upwards of $1000.
Flashing a router with DD-WRT can be a frustrating task for some, involving a lot of research, trial and error and a complex process that can easily lead to making a router unusable. If one tries to do this on their own, it is very possible that they can lead to a dead router or a “brick” that would completely void his or her warranty. That is where FlashRouters comes in.
Experienced Open-Source Firmware Support
FlashRouters specializes in testing, upgrading, and supporting DD-WRT firmware upgraded routers worldwide. Our team only selects the top performing routers, with the best variation of DD-WRT firmware for users’ needs and delivers them right to your door. Any FlashRouter includes a minimum of 3 months of 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
Trying to watch Netflix US on an Apple TV in Australia? Blocked out games on MLB.tv on your Roku? Using a router flashed with DD-WRT will also allow for you to use your VPN service to change your IP address on all your devices with a single setup!
Our team is supports 50+ VPN Providers and is the preferred router seller for some of the top VPN providers around like 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 and Perfect Privacy.
No Need To Change Your Current Setup
Using one of the top routers of 2015 does not mean you will need to replace your current router setup. Using our popular Dual Router Setup for a dedicated VPN connection a FlashRouter can work side-by-side with any current router, ISP router/modem or ADSL router/modem right out of the box.
Every router is customized individually by our technicians based on user request to make sure you get the right router, premium performance and advanced features right out of the box. Custom setup/troubleshooting guides are also included.
Best Selling DD-WRT Routers 2015
Well that’s enough explanation, now on to the good stuff, below we have categorized some of the best wireless routers to utilize everything explained above.
Top Wireless Router of 2015
Netgear Nighthawk R8000 DD-WRT ($429.95)
The Netgear R8000 is the fastest DD-WRT WiFi router of 2015. A premium dual-band 802.11AC router, the R8000 boasts a sleek design similar to an alien spacecraft. Boasting 6 external antennas (a DD-WRT first with tri-band wireless) meaning 3 segmented wireless bands for created dedicated streaming networks, and a high-end 1 GHz processor, the R8000 is a future-proofing networking workhorse ready to take your network by storm.
The R8000 also offers a networked USB 3.0 port for enhanced backup speeds and network sharing via network attached storage devices. Using those sharp looking and compact six powerful external antennas, the Netgear R8000 is the best wireless router for anyone looking to get the most out of their Internet connection, and also the best router of 2015 for gaming.
Premium R8000 DD-WRT Features
- 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 300-800 MHz on others
- Wireless-AC Up to 3200 Mbps vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
- USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on many other wireless routers
- 6 powerful external antennas
What Makes the Netgear R8000 the Best VPN Router of the Year?
For VPN, the most important factor for a router is often processing power as this is the resource most taxed with the constant encryption and decryption of your data inside your network. The Netgear R8000 DD-WRT offers the max wireless transmission capabilities at 3200 Mbps, the most external antennas at 6 and matches most robust processor with 6 external for the best overall networking experience around.
Netgear R8000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to future-proof & get the maximum potential out of their setup with the best Wireless-AC router.
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More Top DD-WRT Wireless Routers Contenders
We’d be remiss to mention a few other contenders as the race for best wireless router of 2015 is always a rough.
Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT ($349.95)
The Netgear Nighthawk was the top router of 2014 and matches its compatriot the R8000 on many specs. The Nighthawk also boasts a 1 GHz processor and USB 3.0 with 3 external antennas (versus the R8000’s 6) and speeds of up to AC1900 (vs. AC3200). The R7000 has been our site DD-WRT bestseller 4 months running. It is also our top choice if you are looking for a wired-only workhorse.
Premium R7000 DD-WRT Features
- 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 300-800 MHz on others
- Wireless-AC Up to 1900 Mbps vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
- USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on most other wireless routers
- 3 powerful external antennas
Netgear R7000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking for a high-end processor at a $100+ savings from the R8000 and high end VPN performance.
Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT ($429.95) – Asus has always been a favorite of real router lovers and those Asus fans have a champion. Pictured above, the Asus RT-AC87U offers speeds of up to 2400 Mbps from four powerful antennas with a 1 GHZ Broadcom processor as well.
TP-LINK Archer C9 DD-WRT ($329.95)- Our latest 1 GHz addition, the Archer C9 has that clean white exterior and matched up spec-wise with the competition – 1 GHz processor, AC1900, 3 external antennas but at an even better value.
Best Wireless-AC Model Under $300
Asus RT-AC66U ($299.95 New/ $249.95 Factory Recetified)
If you decide you do not want to go for the tank that is the Nighthawk, you can go with the “Dark Knight” itself, the Asus RT-AC66U. Itself a powerful Wireless-AC router, the FlashRouters AC66U Dark Knight removes the lackluster Asus firmware associated the router and presents upgraded stability. A true stalwart of Wireless-AC popularity and long time favorite for Asus lovers as the best wireless router available in its price range.
Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to upgrade their setup to Wireless-AC.
Top DD-WRT Router Under $200
Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT ($199.95)
An under-the-radar favorite priced just right, the Netgear AC1450 has quickly launched itself into the go to model for VPN users looking for a budget Wireless-AC solution. With a top of its class 800 MHz processor, up to 1450 Mbps wireless transmission performance, a USB 3.0 port, 6 internal antennas, and gigabit ports. The only downside is the missing external antennas for max coverage.
Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to for premium VPN encryption/decryption performance in smaller/medium sized environments.
Best Wireless-N DD-WRT Routers
Netgear WNDR4500 ($179.95) – If you are interested in Wireless-N but trying to find a more advanced router, look no further than the Netgear WNDR4500. The WNDR4500 offers top of the line Wireless-N wireless performance (N900) and processor (Broadcom 600 MHz) Don’t forget true power from the 5 GHz band, which maintains a strong connection in smaller areas with better signal quality.
Netgear WNDR4500 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to upgrade their router setup to the dual band level, without making the future-proofing jump to Wireless-AC.
TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT ($149.95) – Just like the Archer C9, TP-Link makes an excellent router at a significant discount. This model offers dual band N600 speeds while adding external antennas and offers a 560 GHz Atheros processor.
All Time DD-WRT Classic
Asus RT-N16 ($179.95)
The Asus RT-N16 is a classic router in the field of DD-WRT with a great reputation for reliability and performance. The Asus RT-N16 is the perfect router for any home or small office, and one of the most popular routers to be flashed with DD-WRT firmware, due mostly in part to the Asus RT-N16’s massive 128/32 MB RAM/Flash Memory.
Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT recommended for: Users with primarily gigabit wired needs.
Best DD-WRT Router under $100
Cisco Linksys E1200 ($89.95)
This stalwart just never seems to fall off the radar. The E1200 Linksys Router may not have the processing power of the R8000, but this Linksys router offers some of the best wireless throughput from a single-band 2.4 GHz Wireless-N consumer router. A basic but steady performer for those looking for minimal effort and max value. It does lack gigabit wired support and dual band however.
E1200 DD-WRT Linksys Router Recommended for: Users looking for a basic VPN router or a wireless extender, repeater, or bridge.
Added DD-WRT Router Benefits from FlashRouter
As bandwidth hungry activities continue to fill the home with streaming video and music services such as Netflix, YouTube, Watch BBC iPlayer From Outside the UK, the importance of having a high-performance network centerpiece is a must. A powerful wireless router allows Hulu, Crackle, Fandor, Spotify, Pandora and other new options arriving seemingly every day to perform at their peak while prepping your network for new and exciting Internet services coming down the pipe.
VPN Service Provider Drop Down Menu: Already using one of the 50+ VPN Providers we support just select them 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.
Don’t need any VPN setup or support, please select none. VPN setup is not required at all, it is just a courtesy service that we offer to our customers. We added this much requested feature by customer request to help avoid confusion on options for different wireless routers. Many IT professionals use DD-WRT routers as a means of a more secure and customizable wireless router for home and small office environments around the world.
DD-WRT & VPN Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT 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.
Knowledge Base & Help Desk: FlashRouters also offers a DD-WRT & VPN Knowledge Base and support desk to better handle the many requests and inquiries we receive.
Have a question? Send it our way!
Still not sure? Have additional question? Looking for a recommendation on the best router or VPN for you and your setup? Send it over. Our DD-WRT specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.
We hope you enjoyed our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year!
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