The Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight is opened for the very first time to be flashed and upgraded with TomatoUSB open source firmware. It is truly the superhero of routers and one of the most desirable routers on the market today. The RT-N66U exceeds the hype with its incomparable hardware: blazing fast 600 Mhz processor (25% more powerful than most high-end devices), 4 times the high-end industry norm in Flash Memory/RAM, dual-band wireless speeds up to 900 (450 Mbps + 450 Mbps) mbps, 2 USB ports and much more.
The FlashRouters Asus RT-N66U fixes the one major complaint that arises with this superior hardware by replacing its faulty backbone—the lackluster Asus firmware. Upgrading the RT-N66U to Tomato turns a powerful router into a must-have wireless hub. Use the Asus RT-N66U's powerful antennae to decimate wireless dead spots with the best Wireless-N coverage area of over 450 feet. The RT-N66U takes the power and features of the highly popular Asus RT-N16 and doubles it. Installing Tomato USB firmware makes this device eminently more stable; no more reboots or router memory issues.
Whether you are looking for advanced bandwidth monitoring, a stronger wireless signal, or increased security, the Asus RT-N66U does not disappoint, garnering design awards worldwide for its slick appearance and almost unanimous reviews. Upgrading to Tomato on the RT-N66U integrates VPN connection options with OpenVPN & PPTP as well while not affecting the device's dual-band capabilities.
Using a VPN service provider within a router allows you to create a secure tunnel for connected devices just by connecting to the router, giving you an additional layer of Internet security & encryption. VPN also allows you to disguise your location allowing you to access restricted content and American TV/films from outside the US on Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Vudu & more.
Popular Added Features in The Dark Knight Asus RT-N66U Tomato Firmware Flashrouter
- Fixes known bugs in Broadcom-based Asus firmware.
- Improved network stability with Network Status Info: Uptime, load average, and free memory status
- Advanced access restrictions for increased network security
- OpenVPN & PPTP VPN connections
- Integrated Wireless Survey page: View other wireless networks in your area and adjust your network accordingly
- A more user-friendly router Ajax-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
- Bandwidth graphing/statistics: real-time, last 24 hours, daily, monthly
- NAT (Network Address Translation) support
- Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings: Antenna selection with 14 wireless channels available
- Wake-on-LAN remote network access
- Advanced Wireless modes: access point (AP), wireless client station (STA), wireless ethernet (WET) bridge, wireless distribution system (WDS aka wireless bridging), simultaneous AP and WDS (aka wireless repeating)
- Dynamic DNS service integration: ezUpdate and other providers
- Advanced port forwarding: Create port forwards, redirects and triggers with included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) page to view and delete UPnP
The FlashRouters Difference
The Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter arrives pre-installed with a recent, tested, stable TomatoUSB firmware build. Forget spending hours deciphering the Tomato forums/website/Wiki for the correct hardware version and proper build only to discover that you've improperly flashed your device and bricked it.
Each FlashRouter arrives at your doorstep with a personalized setup guide that is tailored to your requested network information, making your network centerpiece installation as simple as possible. The right router, the right firmware, right now!
FlashRouters steps in to offer what many router manufacturers won't: better firmware, network configuration assistance and responsive American tech support that will actually answer your questions.
- Free VPN Service Integration: If you have a favored VPN provider, we'll configure the FlashRouter for you and ship it out with the setup information or a visual setup guide for your chosen provider. If you need assistance choosing the right service for you, just contact our support staff. Read more about this option under the VPN Service tab.
- Custom Configuration & Setup Guide Included: Include your preferred router setup options in the order checkout comments or a FlashRouter configuration specialist will be in contact to tailor your new router to your networking plan.
- Free Online Tech Support: Should you run into an issue during Internet or VPN setup, our skilled Tomato techs can assist in getting the connection up and running. Read more about this option under the Support Plan tab.
- Tomato Warranty: Tomato firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties. FlashRouters provides a 90-Day Warranty for Tomato firmware upgrades & installations.
- International Dual Voltage (100v - 240v): Ships with U.S. power cable, international adapters available here.
- Worldwide Shipping via USPS & FedEx.
|Frequency Band(s)||Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz)|
|Wireless Data Rates||N900 (450+450Mbps)|
|Wireless Standards||IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n|
|Ethernet Port Type||Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)|
|Ethernet Ports||4 LAN 1 WAN|
|Number of Antennas||3|
|Wireless Security||WPA Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA2 Personal Mixed, WPA2 Enterprise Mixed, RADIUS, WEP|
|Processor Speed:||600 MHz|
|Flash Memory (MB)||32|
|Power Adapter||100v-240v ~50-60Hz (Compatible Worldwide)|
|Volt Input||12V 1.25A|
|Package Contents||A/C Power Supply, Ethernet Cable, Router Stand, Customized Setup Guide|
|Warranty||90 Day Limited Warranty|
|Choose VPN Service||None Required|
FlashRouter VPN Customization Options
- Select your preferred VPN Service provider from the dropdown menu above. If your provider is not listed then simply select “other provider” and fill in the field with your provider and we will email you if there are any issues with compatibility.
- Optional Added Benefit: Want your VPN service preconfigured in your router prior to shipping by our expert configuration team for plug and play functionality? Enter your VPN service username, password, and preferred server (location) in Comments section during the final step of our SSL secure checkout. FlashRouters values your privacy and will be happy to assist remotely on your VPN configuration if you do not wish to provide this info.
- FlashRouters only supports personal VPN providers with documented setup guides for connecting to their service from a DD-WRT router. To find an updated list, please visit the tested & supported VPN service providers. Don't see your provider listed? Just ask us and we'll be happy to look into the provider.
- Want VPN but not sure which to choose? Why not review our top supported VPN providers.
This FlashRouter comes with 3 FREE months of our Basic Support PLUS Plan (normally $75) which includes support for Internet Connection, Wireless Network Setup, & VPN Client Connections. The PLUS Plan upgrades support to include Wireless Extender Support for Bridges, Repeaters, and WAPs over the Basic support plan.
This US-based service also includes up to 3 TeamViewer Remote Support Sessions.
You may purchase an upgrade to a full year of the Basic Support PLUS Plan in the Support Plan dropdown option above.
Additional 1 year blocks of support time can be purchased after your free three months have lapsed.
Tomato Version: K26VRT-N
Advanced Tomato Firmware Features:
Known bug fixes in Broadcom-based Linksys & Asus firmware.
Improved Network Stability.
Network Status: Uptime, load average, and free memory status.
Integrated Wireless Survey page: View other wireless networks in your area and adjust your network accordingly.
A more user-friendly router Ajax-based Graphical User Interface (GUI).
DHCP server: Using Dnsmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases.
Advanced access restrictions for increased network security: Limit access by day of the week, time, user, or block specific websites.
Advanced QoS: 10 unique QoS classes defined, real-time pie graph display of prioritized traffic with drill-down into class details
Bandwidth graphing/statistics: Real-time, last 24 hours, daily, monthly
NAT (Network Address Translation) support.
Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings: Antenna selection with 14 wireless channels available.
Advanced port forwarding: Create port forwards, redirects, and triggers with included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) page to view and delete UPnP forwarded port mapping.
Up scripts: Init, Shutdown, Firewall, and WAN.
CLI (using BusyBox): Access via TELNET or SSH (using Dropbear)
JFFS2 / CIFS client.
Wake-on-LAN remote network access.
Advanced Wireless modes: Access point (AP), wireless client station (STA), wireless ethernet bridge(WET), wireless distribution system (WDS aka wireless bridging), simultaneous AP and WDS (aka wireless repeating)
DNS forwarder: Using Dnsmasq with local hostnames, local domain names, and caching of internet addresses.
Dynamic DNS service integration: ezUpdate and other providers
Syslog accessible through the GUI.
Setup Information: No CD Installation required with a FlashRouter. Each router arrives with the firmware already installed and a easy to follow setup guide.
FlashRouter Upgrade Process: All routers must be removed from their original packaging in order to perform the Tomato firmware upgrade. Each router has been individually checked and tested by a FlashRouter specialist to ensure everything is working and configured properly before being shipped.
Warranty: By altering the firmware on your router, the manufacturer's warranty is voided. FlashRouters offers our own Limited 90-Day Warranty along with a 30-Day Satisfaction guarantee. Please review our Warranty and Return Policy for more information.
For more in-depth information on the upgrades, benefits and options with a Tomato FlashRouter, please visit the Tomato information page.
FlashRouters Tech Support Review by David
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I don't know what they did, but FR connected to my laptop and got my VPN working as it should - after I'd spent hours configuring it according to the 'instructions'.
Many thanks to the Tech Support team. I highly recommend them. (Posted on 6/9/15)
Plug and Play Review by David
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Well, not quite plug and play, but as a non-techy, I did have the router up and running and connecting to my VPN with very few hassles. The address range doesn't interfere with my broadband provider's network range, so I can switch between the two - on the rare occasions I will need to have clear access.
Many thanks to the FlashRouters team. (Posted on 6/8/15)
all best Review by murat
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1. shipping. fedx bring to meadle east after 48 hours.amazing!!!
2.everething work perfect.
3. 1 of the best support. (Posted on 1/19/15)
Great value for good Router Review by Joel
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I usually wait a few months before writing a review, as it may take some time for any glitches to occur. After 4 months of service, I can say the Asus RT-N66 has met my needs and the support from Flashrouters was superb. I am not all that technical and didn't want brick an expensive router and learn to use the new software with arcane instructions often available with opensource software.
Flashrouters came to my rescue with tested flashing and installation instructions which were goof proof. I was up and running in 1/2 hour after only having to change router name and password, SSID name and wireless passwords on both channels.
As I live out of the US, the unit solved my problem as to coverage, power, speed and VPN installation. I no longer need software for each device. I can use Roku without an computer, and watch my subscription TV with a VPN. Also I have no significant speed reduction with the VPN installed in the router.
Good job Flashrouters!
(Posted on 11/10/14)
Amazing product all around!!!! Review by Dennis
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I kid you not when I say this router, with the FlashRouters firmware, did not only double my download speeds, but quadrupled them!!!! I can't praise this product enough. I run a small business and this was THE BEST investment i have made hands down for my company. I would recommend it to anyone and FlashRouters setup manual made it so easy to set up within 15 minutes. Yes, I'm pleased! And no, they didn't pay me to say this! (Posted on 10/14/14)
This router is fantastic. Review by Robert L.
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We can all connect to BBC with ease now, with no VPN software required on computers or devices.
Great service, great company! (Posted on 6/24/14)
Excellent Product Review by Leonardo
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Excellent product, service, and price !!! FlashRouters are real pros !!!
(Posted on 3/10/14)
Works perfectly with HMA! Review by Kathleen
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Very pleased....package was safely wrapped and arrived sooner than expected. Works perfectly to share HMA with all my devices. (Posted on 2/18/14)
Blazing fast, reliable, and can handle bandwidth hogs! Review by FreedomHacker
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The Asus RT-N66U Router TomatoUSB FlashRouter is amazing! This monster can handle streaming, downloading, working, mobile, tablet, stream devices, computers, and loads of devices all at once. Having over 20+ devices connected to this router at once routing it through a VPN I received no slowdown or problems. This power hog, along with FlashRouters proprietary software installed make this a must have for bandwidth hogs! My full review can be read http://freedomhacker.net/flashrouters-review-asus-n66u-tomatousb/ (Posted on 2/14/14)
Amazing advice, Easy Setup, Works Perfectly! Review by Michael
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I received my router this week and have had a lot of time to investigate its proper uses. First of all the service is good and all that was expected was received. So Im very satisfied with the outcome.
I had the new Asus RT66u Tomato running in no time. I took my time during the minor configs I had to do for OpenVPN with IPvanish. So a good experience.
I’ll do a quick description of my setup: Primary router Apple Time Capsule, secondary router the Asus, and running iMac latest operating system (Mavericks) iPads iPhones.
Joe advised me to place the ASUS VPN router in secondary position in order to maintain my original network. Great advise!!
Some of the issues you can run into running a VPN are the highly secure websites such as banks and credit card companies. If you try access these site running VPN they will reject you and will end up calling customer service to get back into your online accounts. This I found out is a real pain. I guess there looking at the IP address and getting suspicious when it keeps changing. Cant blame them.
So here is how I work the VPN system. When connecting to banks and credit cards online I revert back to my home network on the Time Capsule. When done doing this business and reconnect to the VPN. On an iMac this is very easy to do and with Windows there should be no problem either.
So far this is the only issue discovered. There may be a few more website out there that will need special attention but yet to discover.
A few words about the Asus RTN66u. It kicks ass. My network is out about 200 feet from the outside walls of my house. Off course its locked.
So for those on the edge of converting to a VPN flash router, do it. If you want privacy, its the answer. The router has not lost connection the the VPN server as the software system would provided by IPvanish.
Also maintaining your original network is paramount. If you would just use the VPN router you tend to box yourself in a corner. I know you can work around this but this means entering the router config page. Its works but is more cumbersome. Also all guest access in my system does not go thru VPN. Just my preference.
Thanks Joe for the Great Service and help before I bought the router. (Posted on 2/2/14)
Great After Sale Support Review by John
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At $100 over the price of a stock N66U, Flashrouter's Tomato version definitely isn't cheap. But given the complexities of flashing custom firmware yourself, the potential for disaster, and knowledge required to get it working for your specific needs. I'd say it's well worth it!
I consider myself a power user but haven't had the time or inclination I once did with keeping up with the latest and greatest mods. After some initial research into DD-WRT/Tomato firmware, I soon decided that it was going to be too time consuming and potentially frustrating the get it done myself. So I goolge'd and found Flashrouters. I was at first a bit apprehensive about ordering from Flashrouters because I couldn't really find any solid reviews about the company and there were actually a couple of complaints against them. My initial email inquiry also seemed to have fallen into email abyss.
But since I spend a lot of my time in China for work, the need to bypass the country's firewall outweighed my concerns. I emailed Flashrouters once again and their sales manager Joe quickly responded to my inquiry. I needed a router that would be able to act as VPN client and connect to my personal Synology VPN server instead of a commercial VPN service. Joe made a few recommendations and we soon agreed upon the N66U Tomato version.
After receiving the unit, I couldn't get it to connect to my VPN. There was a brief moment where I thought at worst I overpaid for a very good router..
After emailing Flashrouters, I opened a support ticket and Jake stepped in to assist me. His prompt and professional service soon had me up and running. All my devices are now all happily connected through the N66U to my personal VPN via PPTP in a double routing configuration. Now keep in mind they didn't have a standard working configuration for Synology VPN's. I actually setup an account on my server for Jake to log in and fiddle around till it worked. And he not only provided me with double routing configurations. Upon my request, he also tested and sent me the configuration for single routing. That's going the extra mile!
One caveat for those in similar situations, I'm fine with connecting through PPTP; openVPN setup is apparently much more involved.
Despite a hiccup here and there, I'd highly recommend Flashrouter as anyone can sell you a good product. But great after sale service is hard to come by now-a-days.
John (Posted on 8/2/13)
Great router great service Review by Paul
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I I tried to install VPN on my top of the range asus router And after taking it to a friend of mine who owns a computer shop as well it was still a nightmare to install in the end I contacted the guys from flashRouters I was dubious at first that it would work so when he turned up and work straight out of the box I was pleasantly surprised and if you have any problems like When I wanted to change my password etc The guys are always there to help you within five minutes of telling them they remotely log into my PC and fix the problem I cannot recommend them highly enough they take all the pain out of setting up a VPN router so now my daughter can watch British television in Spain thank you guys (Posted on 5/17/13)