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Best Wireless-N Routers for Installing & Running DD-WRT Open-Source Firmware (2012 Updated)

Editor’s Note: 04/29/14 – The Best DD-WRT Wireless Routers List of 2014 is the latest version of this list now available.

Since our previous post about the best and most popular DD-WRT routers is far and away the most visited in our site’s history with readers, we figured it was time to provide visitors with an updated list.

Technology moves fast, lightning fast. Gadget life cycles that previously lasted a few years, shifted to a year, and now new versions of mobile devices and operating systems are released every few months, if not more often. To keep up with proper security measures and techniques as well as the desires and demands of connected users today, a wireless router with better firmware that keeps up with the times and can be consistently upgraded as new services and integration opportunities like a DD-WRT router is a must!

Stop your wireless connection issues with iPads, Xbox360s, PS3s, Apple TVs, Rokus & more. Don’t let your under-performing router get in the way of your maximizing your speed, connection stability. Choose and upgrade to a DD-WRT router for your needs today!

What to look for when purchasing a DD-WRT Router?

Before choosing a router as the backbone of your network, it is imperative to map out the specific options you need and plan how to utilize and implement them within your network configuration. Ask yourself, “Is there a specific setting that I know is available but is missing on my current router?” Think about it and then ponder the additional benefits and advantages to be acquired from running DD-WRT.

  • Do you want simultaneous dual band transmissions?
    Adding the 5 Ghz band to your network allows for you to get better speeds in this less crowded, more powerful wireless spectrum
  • Do you need Virtual Private Network (VPN) client integration (PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP) to?
    Using VPN Service Providers allows you to provide extra secure connections for all your devices and users while anonymizing your IP address and access geo-restricted services such as Netflix from outside the UK.
  • Are you looking for advanced NAT controls for preventing lag and delays with online console gaming like XBOX Live?
  • Does your VPN Service Provider recommend DD-WRT router setups for PPTP or OpenVPN connections like including Overplay, IPVanishHideMyAss, CyberghostPrivateInternetAccess or one of the 30 plus VPN Service Providers we support?
  • Would you like Universal Plug and Play (UnPnP) and networked USB printer/backup storage support?
  • Need to set up a Guest Network or Free WiFi Hotspot (NoCatSplash, Worldspot) for your home or office?
  • Do you want to create a Wireless Repeater/Extender or Wireless Client Bridge to create your networking range without running cables?

Default router firmware often hinders a person’s ability to have many of these options at their disposal. Replacing a router’s lackluster firmware with DD-WRT creates an upgraded, open source solution which make these previously impossible tasks as simple as a few clicks.

The DD-WRT platform supercharges a router with a wide breadth of abilities, turning the average a $100 router into a $500-plus router.

Just a few improvements from DD-WRT installation include: advanced QoS (Quality of Service) bandwidth controls for specifying spectrum and speed for specific network devices, settings for boosting a router’s antenna strength, WiFi Hotspot and NOCATSPLASH integration & a Wireless Repeater Mode to extend wireless range into wireless deadspots in a home or office.

Dissecting router specifications and quality can quickly become an endless, frustrating task; so here is a handy, time-saving list of the DD-WRT recommended router choices to meet dissenting tastes and differing pricing and feature needs. That’s where FlashRouters comes to the rescue!

When purchasing a DD-WRT from FlashRouters, our network specialists can assist you in making sure DD-WRT network is up and running the way you desire. FlashRouters also includes free setup for any VPN service provider that supports DD-WRT router setups, PPTP, OpenVPN or L2TP, including  Overplay, HideMyAss, PrivateInternetAccessIPVanish, and many more.

Ready to find the right DD-WRT router for you? Keep reading!

The Best Selling DD-WRT Router
Linksys Cisco E4200 DD-WRT

Top Choice - Best All-Around DD-WRT Router Under $200

The Linksys Cisco E4200 is a DD-WRT router that users have craved. Stylish, lightweight, and designed to fit fashionably into a home as the latest networking accessory. Providing high-end antenna & processing power, alongside the bells and whistles that a wireless networking experts have long preferred.

E4200 DD-WRT Router Performance

The E4200 running DD-WRT has undergone extensive and continual DD-WRT version flashing tests, scouring for the most all-encompassing version for its Broadcom chip; testing its stability and durability for long term and heavy use for power users.

Converting the firmware from Linksys Cisco’s subpar firmware to DD-WRT Big or Mega build allows the E4200 to flourish and become the perfect network solution for the most memory intensive networking setups and operations.

The Linksys Cisco E4200 DD-WRT Router handles all the tasks you may need in stride from high-end streaming video to screaming download speeds to a high volume of connections with guest networks and P2P torrents while also providing consistently the strongest VPN connections. The E4200 Router works perfectly with almost any popular VPN service provider that offers DD-WRT support including: Overplay, HideMyAss, EarthVPN, IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccessCyberGhost, & ExpressVPN.

Touted by Cisco as part of their Maximum Performance router series, here’s a quick list of the most highly sought after and desirable features on the Linksys E4200 DD-WRT Router:

  • Maximum Wireless Speed up to 750 Mbps (300 + 450 Mbps).
  • Six Powerful Internal Antennae with full 3×3 MIMO antenna array.
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band N (2.4 & 5 GHz).
  • Gigabit Ethernet 4-port switch.
  • Network USB port for data sharing, media storage backup & networked printing.
  • Unrivaled HD Video Streaming via Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and more.
  • Guaranteed E4200 V1 Router.
Ready to upgrade to a Linksys Cisco E4200 DD-WRT without the hassle of finding the correct build and model?

Get an E4200 for $189.95! (Psst! Just because you read our blog, use the coupon code “best2013″ and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter valued over $70.)

Best Overall DD-WRT Contenders

(Late 2013 Addition) Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT AC-1750 ($299.95) – The ultimate in next gen Wireless-AC now with perky DD-WRT, offering top level speeds twice what we have ever offered in the past for DD-WRT router. It is a full spec upgrade across the board: Massive 600 MHz Broadcom processor, 256/32 RAM/Flash Memory along with 3 powerful external antennas.  The RT-AC66U is still not the item for everyone since Wireless-AC is just beginning its implementation but ideal for users looking to future-proof their wireless network for years to come. If you need best of the best, newest of the new then the Asus RT-AC66U is perfect for you.

Netgear WNDR3700 N600 ($149.95) – Offers the full package of top shelf consumer grade router options including Simultaneous Dual-Band, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, Max Wi-Fi speed of 600 Mbps (megabits per second), eight internal antennas for signal-boosting strength and a networked USB port for network printing and NAS/system backup capabilities.

Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT Router - N750 DD-WRT Router - OpenVPN & PPTP Client/ServerNetgear WNDR4000 ($169.95) – Here’s the new guy in town. The high end specs of the E4200 in Netgear style.

The WNDR4000 really packs some wireless networking punch. PCMag chose the WNDR4000 as an Editor’s Choice and praised it as the “throughput thoroughbred in the 5 GHz band.” Upgraded with DD-WRT gives this powerful hardware, advanced stability alongside other favorite DD-WRT upgrades.

The Most Recommended DDWRT Router
Asus RT-N16

Asus RTN16 DD-WRT Router with USB Port & High-Strength 2.4 GHz Signal

For the second year in a row, the Asus RT-N16 ($159.95) tops the list as the most popular DD-WRT router.

After surveying DD-WRT users, scouring router reviews and message boards, the ASUS RT-N16 emerges as the most highly rated by DD-WRT users for its excellent price, dual USB ports, and huge installed memory.

The Asus RT-N16‘s huge 128 MB of RAM with 32 MB of Flash memory is a distinct advantage over more expensive, higher-end routers is its — even the Linksys E4200 and the Netgear WNDR3700 only contains 64 MB RAM with up to 16 MB of Flash memory. This extra memory gives the RT-N16 space to burn when it comes to installing the mega/big build of DD-WRT allowing for ample space for buffering your network activity.

A bedrock of consistency, the Asus RT-N16 offers just about everything that a DD-WRT router user would want. The DD-WRT RT-N16’s three potent external antennas compared to the trendy internal antennas provide one of the most consistent signals from strenuous streaming and sharing tasks to everyday Internet surfing use. It is especially popular with users who prefer its high-powered external antennas that can be upgraded to even stronger signal receivers/transmitters.

The variations of firmware dedicated to this DD-WRT favorite is astounding and overwhelming but can also lead to confusion and anguish. OpenWRT, Kongmods, and lots of other fun little flavors. So let FlashRouters use their expertise and constant testing of new versions to pick the best DD-WRT firmware for you.

Ready to get an upgrade to an Asus RT-N16 right now?!?

Up and Coming Best-of-Breed DD-WRT Router

TP-Link TL-WR1043ND ($99.95) – A very popular Atheros chip-based DD-WRT router which has a similar form factor to the RT-N16 (clean white exterior, 3 external antennas). The lower price is due to a smaller memory size and only one USB port but has comparable speed and wireless connectivity. A perfect choice for under $100 single band Wireless-N router.

Best Budget DD-WRT Router/Wireless Repeater: Linksys Cisco E1000

FlashRouters.com - Pre-flashed Linksys E1000 DD-WRT Router for less than $50 and ready to use.

(Note: This model has been discontinued and is replaced by the newer and lighter DD-WRT Linksys E1200.)

The Linksys Cisco E1000 ($99.95) is an old favorite. Doing most of the tasks that its Linksys big brothers like the E4200 do without some of the hardware features like gigabit ports, dual band or a network USB port.

Still, the E1000 DD-WRT FlashRoutermakes an excellent addition or replacement router with its strong Wireless-N performance of up to 300 mbps. A customer favorite as the BEST affordable DD-WRT option as wireless repeater/range extender or dedicated VPN connection router in a dual network setup.

Augmenting a network with a E1000 DD-WRT Router enables you to create a separate gateway just for connecting to a VPN while leaving the main router as the center of your network’s standard non-VPN traffic. Read our post on dual router setups for configurations and options.

Want a more detailed breakdown of the E1000? Check out the E1000 Featured Router of the Day post. Or head over to the DD-WRT router store to pick one up already.

Best Low-Priced DD-WRT Router Contender

Asus RT-N12 (as low as $69.95) – I like to call this one the little air conditioner for it’s all white appearance and vents. Small, light, powerful with up to 300 Mbps wireless speeds and features very good external antennas that can be upgraded even further with modifications.

Remember to use the coupon code “best2013″ and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter valued over $70. In your order comments, tell us if you want a specific VPN Service Provider (IPVanish, HideMyAss, Overplay, PrivateInternetAccess, ) when making a purchase so we can include a customized setup guide with your order.

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That’s the list for now. For more DD-WRT Router & VPN Service Provider info, product updates, and limited-time specials, follow us on Twitter @flashrouters or like us on Facebook.

Updated: 04/29/14 – The Best DD-WRT Wireless Routers List of 2014 is now available.

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Comments (62)

  1. Which is better (more stable, faster, well supported etc…) as of today dd-wrt or tomato?…

    It depends on your needs. DD-WRT seems to have the advantage on the amount of routers that it supports and some of its advanced integration but there are those who definitely like tomato. It’s community is large and vibrant but not always so helpful. …

  2. This is a great help. There are so many to choose from it’s tough to know what’s best.

  3. I have been a please user of DD-WRT Open-Source Firmware for several years now. I am happy to report taat it may not be normal to run 5 -10 wireless router configurations in just a few mounts time Yet , the bug got me. I was off and my learning curve jumped as i learned and was able to take advantage to a fair amount of power & flexibility DD-WRT Open-Source Firmware community offers us collective. I have uses Netgear, Linksys, TP-Link, D-Link, Asus, Belkin, along with many others. I have settled on 2 of the brands mentions here. Don’t forget to search those WELL KNOWN sites for used no longer in use routers. Chances you can get started for almost nothing and still have your primary router for those times your off line upgrade-ding your DD-WRT Open-Source Firmware. Don’t blame me if you end up with a stack of routers next to your workstation.

    DD-WRT Open-Source Firmware The heath Kit of for people that want Flash your router set it up and forget it. Better yet geek out and make DD-WRT Open-Source Firmware your heath kit of the decade .

    — A Tip or Two—> Always check the DD-WRT database for what routers can be flashed and pay particular attrition to the version numbers…..

    Best wishes & little packet loss to you!

  4. This is really helpful….now it will be easy whle buying it.

    thank you.thailand ccie lab

  5. Roger

    Hi.
    My idea is to set up a kind of cyber cafe. The router should have a hotspot configuration for like 100 connections and option to connect external antennas to cover two buildings in a range of 500m.
    Is it better to get a router w/o hotspot capabilities and run software on a PC?
    What kind of antennas will need and how many APs/routers, or is one router with appropriate antennas enough?

    Thank you in advance.
    Roger.

    • If you are trying to cross buildings, we’d recommend external antennas on at least the gateway and probably 2-3 more APs or repeaters to cover the area. The Asus RT-N16 with a few E2000 or E1000s should do the trick. Let us know if you want to proceed and we can set up the repeaters before shipping.

  6. Zach

    Hi Joeso,

    Which one would you suggest for load of 25 machine(5 over wifi + 20 over lan) with Dual WAN with failover ( http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Dual_WAN_with_failover )

  7. Which of the routers in the arti le woul be best able to serve 20 concurrent users?

  8. Frank

    What is a decent router for a cable connection but to 50mbps download? Home use mainly surfing, streaming movies on tv, etc. Also need one that boosts it’s signal range a decent amount past what a standard linkage can.

    Any tips and models appreciated

    • Hey Frank,

      If you looking for simple strong connections for that type of connection, our recommendation would be to go for the Netgear WNDR3700 or the Linksys E3000. Both provide high level speeds, range, stability and processing power at a good price. You can find both easily from our router rundown page.

      If you need anything, shoot an e-mail to sales AT flashrouters.com and they can answer any further questions you might have.

  9. Parker

    I’m looking implement a firewall with Site to Site\Branch Office IPSec VPN from my home to firewalls (Fortinet) at my work sites. Does DD-Wrt support this type of configuration? If so, can it be configured through the web interface or do you need to do command line\file editing to set it up? What Model(s) do you recommend for this type of setup? Thank you

    • Hello Parker,

      From what I can tell our builds will most likely not suit your needs.

      There is an IPSec passthrough option but from the research I’ve done the setup you are trying to do is not covered.

      It can be done with L2TP, OpenVPN, or PPTP if that is helpful.

  10. FS

    What is the best router to use as a simple repeater? I’m using a stock WRT54G Linksys without DD-WRT. Could I use a DD-WRT router as the repeater with the stock Linksys to extend my Wifi reach?

    Which do you recommend as a low end router to act as a repeater? Will just about any router with DD-WRT cut it?

    • The Linksys E1000 functions excellently as a repeater and would work fine for extending the wifi reach of a stock Linksys device.

      We’d recommend a Broadcom based device like the Linksys devices as their Repeater functionality seems more consistent than some
      of the Atheros models. Make sure to mention when you purchase that you want a repeater guide and we will include that for you.

      You can get the E1000 here: http://www.flashrouters.com/cisco-linksys-e1000-ddwrt-router.php.

      Let us know if you need anything else.

  11. Kevin

    Purchased an Apple Airport Extreme about a month ago for the family. I’m now realizing I’d like to add ability to run all connected devices through VPN, but doesn’t seem possible using Airport. Is there a way to connect a DD-wrt device to the airport to get the desired results, or do I have to purchase a new DD-wrt wireless router and scrap the airport?
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated…

    • Hi Kevin,

      You can add a DD-WRT to connect through one of the Airport’s LAN ports and use it as a VPN dedicated Hub. Our recommended router for this setup would E3000 or the Netgear WNDR3700. You can pretty much choose any router to do this though. Visit our routers page (http://www.flashrouters.com/routers.php) for a complete selection and let us know if we can assist you any further.

  12. I’m thinking about getting either the Asus RT-N16 or the more expensive Asus RT-N66u for it’s dual band capabilities. Does DD-WRT work well on the 66u? and how does DD-WRT compare with Asus’s software, do you think I will get a more stable connection with DD-WRT?

    • The RT-N16 is by far one of the most supported and popular DD-WRT routers. Users are continually complaining about stability issues despite the power the router offers and its dual band capacity. We have been testing DD-WRT on it but have so far been very unimpressed with the results. It appears to be an issue with he router’s nvram size and how Asus set it up. The Asus firmware is very buggy as well so for now we recommend the Asus RT-N16.

  13. shawn

    Can RT-N16 provide enough speed with hidemyass open vpn and Apple TV to provide uninterrupted movie streaming from Hulu? What is the max download speed? can it handle 10 Mb/sec? Or will the movie watching be constantly interrupted while waiting for the movie to download?

    • The Asus is a powerful unit but we have not tested it with a 10MB connection. The processor and powerful wireless signal should cover you is one estimation. I use one and at and have uninterrupted streaming on my Roku and Samsung Blu Ray with streaming. Hope that helps.

  14. Big D

    Im looking to buy a new router. had the Netgear N600 before and it took a crap. Now im looking for a router that will support B/G/N and also DD-WRT that will keep the price under $50. Any suggestions?

    • Hello Big D,

      We’d recommend an E1000-E2000 in that price range if you plan to buy it and flash it yourself.

      Our E1000s and E2000s flashed $59.95 and $79.95 currently.

      Good luck in you search. Let us know if we can assist you any further.

  15. Al Jay

    Hi,

    I’m looking forward to build a site2site vpn between our office and warehouse.
    I also need a failover 3g connection at our warehouse and the capability to use a second vlan for voip connection through the vpn tunnel. Setting up even more VPN connections (client2site) would be nice too.
    What kind of setup would you recommend for best reliability?

    • Hello Al,

      We’d recommend an OpenVPN site to site setup setting one router up as a server and another as a client (http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/OpenVPN_-_Site-to-Site_routed_VPN_between_two_routers).

      For the 3G failover, confirm that it is a supported model, set it up, and then use scripts to great a Dual WAN failover (http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Dual_WAN_with_failover).

      For the server we would recommend something like the E4200 to handle it, the client can be any router that includes OpenVPN client support which would include just about any router including the E1000, E1200, E2000 and up.

      Let us know if we can help you further.

      • Al Jay

        Hello joeso,

        Thank you for the quick reply.

        I was thinking about buying a asus RT-N66U for the server, since the E4200 V1 is hard to get in Germany. For the client I’d get a RT-N16. Do you think this would be a good setup, or is the RT-N66U not reliable? The Server at our Headquater should also be able to host VPN services for IPhones and some home offices.

        • The 66U is a good router but if you are trying to create a VPN server on it with DD-WRT you may have an issue do to memory issues.

          The E4200 V1 is reliable as a server and the RT-N16 can make a good client especially when they flashed with DD-WRT. We do sell both.

          Thanks for inquiring.

  16. Dear Sir

    Currently I am using a D-Link DIR 635 router with 3 additional high gain antennas that extends my network up to a limited range on a small town of one mile radius. The users are using WPA key at their homes.

    I want to upgrade my Wifi network to a professional hotspot with two internet connections to cover the city of appx 30 potencial users.
    I have bought two Linksys WRT54GL that are intended to be used as gateway.
    I would like to have your quotation and economic solution for each Repeater Module as represented below.
    The repeaters should use additional high gain antennas to be placed outside of the building.

    Gateway—100m—> RepeaterA —100m—-> RepeaterB
    Gateway—100m—>RepeaterC —-100m—> RepeaterD
    Gateway—100m—>RepeaterE

    Note: The Gateway will share two internet connections
    ( 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.1.1)

    Total : 5 Repeater Module

    Travessa Joao de Deus
    Caixa Postal 709
    Sao Tome and Principe

    Thanks
    /Aguinaldo Salvaterra
    Bahnhof.st Internet, ceo

  17. What’s the most popular router people are currently using for hacking on and exploring alternative firmware?…

    The one I’ve most often used myself is DD-WRT for VPN support but Tomato seems to be very popular. I think DD_WRT supports the most models. I’m partial to the Netgear and Asus models but many users go with the Linksys. There is a good blog post on wh…

  18. Matt

    Hello. When i connect to my friends router it makrs my computer freeze flr split seconds at a time. It says i have net acess but it is shoddy. Same with my devices His devices seem to work fine. I need a good router to make it through the wals. I game on my pc….stream netflix and youtube. Suggestions?

  19. David

    Be careful, the Linksys E4200v2 is incompatible with dd-wrt and tomato.

    • Thanks for the note.

      It is true and the V1s can be be hard to find and deceiving from the outside of the box.

      We flash each router before shipping so we know it is a V1.

  20. Dave

    Hi, I have an existing wireless network and want to add a VPN for Netflix for some devices only. I want to be able to have some devices connect to the Internet without going though the VPN also. What would you suggest? Do I need a wireless bridge and another router or can a router do both jobs. Also note that the ADSL/wireless router is located in a different part of the house to where the bridge/router will go so it will need to connect to the existing wireless network.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    • Hello Dave,

      We would recommend 2 routers as you are suggesting to properly do this if it is in another area of the home.

      A wireless repeater with an attached VPN Access Point from the repeater would be fine.

      Then you can go wireless to the repeater and have better local connectivity in that area next to a VPN dedicated device for the devices you want to connect to Netflix. Depending on the distance and amount of devices you are connecting you could do this with 2 E1200s. You could also do it with an E4200 and an E1200 or pretty much any combination you’d like.

      Contact support@flashrouters.com if you have anymore specific questions.

  21. Ava Lanche

    So far no one has definitively explained the particular builds ie mini, micro, std, big and mega builds. All I’ve found out was basically memory size. I have delineated that memory dictates network ability and size. So if I just out ordered the mega build E4200 I figured any future needs would be accommodated by this setup. I’m using a cellphone hotspot for internet at 30mbps. So can I order the mega build E4200 and be happy with that for some time to come as far as additional peripherals. Or can you list the pros and cons of each build. Will the mega build cost more than say the std build if so how much. Thanks.

  22. Vooks

    Hi. I need to buy new router which would work as VPN client. I have quite many IP equpiment at home (streaming from Amazon). I use only 2.4GHz but need a router for longer. Which would you suggest Linksys E2000/EA2700/Assus RTN-16? Is Assus Wi-Fi range such better than Linksys? Is it so important to have 64MB Flash or 8MB is enough (I will need to use QoS ). Thanks.

    • Hello Vooks,

      We would recommend the Asus RT-N16 as it has the best range and significantly more memory (128/32 vs 32/8 for the E2000) if you will be using QOS. THe EA2700 is not DD-WRT capable so we do not offer it.

      Thanks for asking us.

      Joeso
      Head Blogger

  23. varun

    hi!! i am majorly confused about which router to buy. i need my router to:-

    1. have torrent download support
    2. have media server and NAS capability
    3. decent wireless range
    4. have HD streaming capability within the local network.

    please advice
    thanks

    • Hi Varun,

      Depending what you mean by decent wireless range, I would say you would be safe on all these tasks with an E3000 DDWRT Router.

      JoeSo
      Head Blogger

      • varun

        thanks for the prompt reply.

        i would compare the wireless range equal to EA4500 since i am using it right now. Another thing i am concerned about is the throughput. i can increase the budget to get the best throughput over NAS. So, is there a router which can give me better transfer speed than E3000 or will this be fine?

  24. MC

    Any more thoughts and updates on the N66U (since above comments about memory problems) ? According to the DD-WRT Wiki for the device, the NVRAM issue has been resolved?

    I was looking at the N-16U but wanted something that is faster and slightly more future proof. Looking at last updates for N-16U DD-WRT Firmware, seems hasn’t been updated since 2010, so seems unsupported in terms of updates? N66U had 2012 updates however.

    My main intention is to do three things:

    1) Have gigabit networking on the router (for streaming media), I can expand with a switch when I need more ports later however, right?
    2) Have a ‘permanent’ DHCP server – I keep switching internet providers, and their routers change. It means I need to reconfig every time. Having one router however, and I no longer have to worry about this
    3) Run VPN Server on the router, for access to my network without having a PC on!

    Thank you very much
    MC

    • Hey MC,

      Thanks for the comment. We are currently testing the RT-N66U with DD-WRT but have still found it more stable on Tomato so it has become our first available Tomato Router (http://www.flashrouters.com/asus-rtn66u-n900-tomato-router.php).

      It definite is more future proof with its top end speed, performance, external antennas, gigabit ports, dual USB.

      With a Tomato installation, all three intentions are covered included VPN server setup, DHCP and excellent Gigabit networking that can be expanded later on.

      We are working on an update of this post and continue to test for the best possible options and features in open-source routing.

      Drake D.
      FlashRouters Support

      • MC

        Rapid Response Drake – thank you!

        Tomato sounds promising. I’ve never used it but will have a look around their site now to see what it is like.

        Have noticed it says OpenVPN only. I am not a pro, but an experienced tinkerer perhaps. From what I understand, this is not the same as PPTP which I have on my current old Linksys WRT54G. Can I connect using PPTP protocol to OpenVPN-enabled tomato router?

        Excellent post by the way, it is great to see it is so regularly updated, already in 2013!

        Many thanks
        MC.

  25. MvT

    Hi All, A question regarding the E4200.. Is the E4200-EW also the model we talk about here or is this a higher version then the V1?

    Thx
    M

    • It appears that is the E4200 V1 possibly with the EW meaning Europe and Worldwide so it may have a different power source.

      Drake D.
      FlashRouters Support

  26. ilgg

    thank you for this wonderful site.
    i have 2 questions
    1 can you recommend a good router for wireless video broadcasting between computers in wlan.
    2. i need to check the bandwith of the wifi on the router backbone, how can i make this kind of measurments ?

    i never use a different firmware than the manufactured one.
    i have no expiriance with the technology, i’ll be happy to get your support.

    thank you

    • Hello,

      The best overall routers are listed on the page above. Our current best router for video sharing is the E4200 which provides up to 750 mbps of wireless transfer speed.

      Let us know if we can clarify anything else for you.

      Drake D.
      FlashRouters Support

  27. Richard Berg

    Are there any 802.11ac routers you can recommend, yet?

    • Hello Richard,

      At this point, we are not recommending AC devices or testing them since the Wireless-AC draft is not finalized then therefore could become quickly obsolete. It also required new wireless adapters for each device so the cost would be prohibitive if the current draft were to go defunct.

      joeso
      Head Blogger

  28. Strife

    Hello,

    I am trying to make a choice between the E4200 and the RT-N16. The router will mainly be used for heavy uploading and downloading, hd media streaming, and xbox live usage, and I am torn between the two routers. I like the larger ram, flash memory, dual usb(not a deal maker but just for possible use), and upgrade-able external antennas of the RT-N16 but want the higher speed and concurrent dual band(2.4ghz or 5ghz one at a time would be useless to me) capabilities of the E4200.

    What would be your recommendation considering these points and getting the best cost to performance ratio on range by upgrading the antennas on the RT-N16 vs purchasing a repeater for the E4200/RT-N16? Is there a large difference the base range of these two units without any repeaters or antenna upgrades?

    Thanks in advance

    • Strife

      Sorry for the double post.

      I would also be willing to go for a draft AC device if it is stable and can cover the features I need. Although my plan was to stick with N and wait to see how 802.11ac and 802.11ad turn out to perform real world once they are release be relative to current 802.11n devices.

      Thank you

    • Hello,

      If you want dual USB is not a deal breaker, I would recommend going for the dual band model.

      However, if coverage and performance in your main concern, I would highly suggest you take a look at our new Tomato Flashed Asus RT-N66U (http://www.flashrouters.com/asus-rtn66u-n900-tomato-router.php). While it does not have DD-WRT on it, the upgraded firmware makes this beast an even better performer and has the best range of any router we offer. It is not on this list as it uses Tomato instead of DD-WRT so we prefer not to mix up the list.

      It does have dual USB, dual band, 3 external antennas that you could upgrade and is the best streaming performer I’ve tested. We do not deal with Wireless AC at this time since it is not widely supported by any devices and it is not a final draft so it can be quickly and easily become obsolete while Wireless-N is official , stable and widely supported. We will continue to monitor and test Wireless-AC devices but their open source firmware functionality is also limited and they are already very expensive to start.

      Thanks for contacting us.

      JoeSo
      Head Blogger

      • Strife

        Thank you for your recommendation. I had been looking at that router but it was a tad bit too pricey on this site. The price has gone down quite a bit on other sites and I was wondering if you will lower the price on the RT-N66U to be a bit more competitive, though I understand that you guys have to price a little higher for your services in flashing and testing the routers before you sell them.

        Is the RT-N66U limited in flashing capability by model or are they all capable of being flash with the latest Tomato firmware at this point in time?

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