What is an ARM Router? (Router FAQ)

Asus RT-AC68U featuring an ARM processor.

ARM Routers – Asus RT-AC68U FlashRouter

At FlashRouters, we’re always looking for ways to improve the performance power of the routers on our line. Of course, we start with already strong routers and flash them with superior firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato, but still, there’s always room for improvement.

With that in mind, we’re happy to introduce you to some of the latest additions to our line, routers that push your network to the next level while helping you to conserve power. Meet our ARM routers.

What Is an ARM Router?

Best ARM Wireless Routers

ARM Routers: Available at FlashRouters

First things first though; you’re probably wondering what exactly an ARM router is?

It’s sort of technical and boring, so we’ll just break it out to the important information for you: ARM Holdings is a British company that makes, among other things, computer processors. These processors are designed based on the company’s own RISC (reduced instruction set computing) architecture, an approach that limits heat and power usage.

So basically, if you get an ARM router, you’re going to be increasing your network’s efficiency while saving on power usage and avoiding overheating your device. Sounds like a win/win situation to us.

Best ARM FlashRouters

Our supply of high performance, lower power usage ARM wireless routers continues to expand. In the meantime though, here are a few of our highlights…

Netgear Nighthawk R8000 DD-WRT

DDWRT Installed R8000 Netgear X6 - OpenVPN
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.

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.

Top R8000 ARM Router Specs

  • 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


Netgear Nighthawk R7000 TomatoUSB FlashRouter

ARM Routers: the Netgear R7000

The Netgear R7000 ARM DD-WRT FlashRouter

Typically, the fact that this router is an ARM router gets lost amid its many attributes. The Nighthawk boasts a 3.0 USB port, in case you were looking to transfer data at speeds faster than you could ever imagine, best-in-class RAM (256), and three high-powered external antennae. And you can run your network at Wireless-AC speeds (450 2.4 Mbps & 1450 5.0 Mbps across dual-bands) without worrying about overheating your router or using too much power.

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.

The newly launched FlashRouter Tomato R7000 includes an enhanced dual gateway option but we also offer the R7000 with DD-WRT preinstalled.

More Top DD-WRT ARM Wireless Routers Contenders

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT OpenVPN Router

Asus RT-AC87u – ARM Router

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT – 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 all the other high end bells and whistles.


Benefits of FlashRouters Devices & Support - Best ARM WiFi Routers

The FlashRouters Advantage

A FlashRouter is a feature-heavy device, so if you’re not a full-fledged networking pro, getting the most out of your new router can be a bit difficult. That’s why we make ourselves so available to our customers; we want to ensure that every FlashRouter user gets the top-notch network they deserve. We promise:

  • An extensively tested version of open-source firmware upgrade will be pre-installed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide: A FlashRouter configuration specialist will personally contact you to tailor your new router to your networking plans if you don’t tell us in your order comments.
  • Dual VPN Router Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer setup guides for 50+ VPN services including: IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccess, PureVPN, plus man more.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS. We now also offer overnight and international express shipping.

Contact us any time by opening a support ticket or e-mailing us, no matter how big or small the issue. Our friendly support staff is always there to answer any and all of your questions.

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