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Most Popular & Best DD-WRT Routers Of 2019

Get any new gadgets this holiday season? Looking to upgrade your wireless network to stream with your new Amazon Fire TV Stick? Need to reduce lag playing on your Nintendo Switch? Look no further, FlashRouters has a list of the best DD-WRT routers of 2019 for all your streaming needs!

Our expert in-house technicians have tested the top consumer routers available to bring you the list of the best DD-WRT routers this year. These models have been extensively tested and vetted by our specialists to ensure a smooth and seamless experience using DD-WRT. Don’t have any idea what DD-WRT is? Read on to find out!

Special Offer: Use the coupon code BEST2019 to get $20 off any router on this list!

Table Of Contents

What Is DD-WRT Router Firmware?

DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware upgrade project created to enhance the performance and features of consumer wireless routers. It is used by many networking-savvy users to enhance wireless router stability, privacy, and (most importantly) network security.

Essentially, DD-WRT unlocks expensive features usually limited to high-end business routers and runs them right on popular consumer models. To get these advanced features, you need to to have a DD-WRT installed router.

Additionally, DD-WRT has a slew of VPN & non-VPN related features to meet the common 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!

Advanced DD-WRT Firmware Features

  • DNS forwarder – DNSmasq with local hostnames, domain names, and internet address caching
  • Bandwidth Graphing/Statistics: Real-time, daily & monthly
  • DHCP Server – Using DNSmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases
  • Wi-Fi hotspot Integrations: Create hotspots for businesses with a verification page using the integrated Chillispot or NOCATSPLASH system
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings – Increase wireless strength and coverage
  • Wake-on-LAN – Remote network access
  • Samba file-share/CIFS client
  • WDS: Wireless distribution system (WDS aka wireless bridging)
  • Telnet/SSH Support
  • Radius Authentication: Enterprise level wireless security
  • JFFS2 Support

Top 5 Reasons You Need A DD-WRT FlashRouter

1. Pre-installed DD-WRT Firmware For Easy Setup

FlashRouters takes high-powered consumer grade hardware with stock firmware and, by adding improved DD-WRT firmware, turns a $50-$400 wireless router into something worth double or triple its value. This replaces out-of-date and vulnerability-riddled stock firmware adding features and security.

Additionally, flashing a router with DD-WRT can be a frustrating task for some, involving a lot of research, finding the correct model, file, trial and error that can easily lead to making a router unusable. Referred to as a dead router or a “bricking”, all this work would be for naught and completely void the device’s manufacturer warranty.

Benefits of FlashRouters

2. Experienced Open-Source Firmware Support

FlashRouters specializes in testing, upgrading, and supporting DD-WRT firmware 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.

Each FlashRouter comes an exclusive, unmatched open source warranty and support with 1 full year of email and live chat support as well as a 1 full year of warranty.

You also have the ability to add another full year of email and live chat support, an extra year of warranty, and even remote Team Viewer sessions to set up and configure your device.

3. Plug and Play VPN Setup & Network Integration

Trying to unblock content from your favorite music and film streaming services while traveling or relocating for work? Using a router flashed with DD-WRT will also allow for you to use a VPN service to change your IP address on all your devices with a single setup!

Our team supports 50+ VPN Providers and is the preferred router seller for some of the top VPN providers around like European favorites NordVPN,  with premium speeds and support for users in Asia such as ExpressVPN, and the tier 1 only provider IPVanish that owns all their own servers.

4. No Need To Change Your Current Setup

Using one of the top routers of 2019 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.

5. Comes Included With Our FlashRouters VPN Privacy App

The new FlashRouters VPN Privacy App is an easy, free, and user-friendly way to access and configure your wireless network. Our app runs directly from any Internet browser on desktop or mobile devices.

This allows for easy tweaking and VPN configuration, including but not limited to:

  • Easy device management.
  • Kill switch and VPN bypass by device
  • Seamless VPN server switching.
  • Optimized UI on any browser or mobile phone. 

Top 5 DD-WRT Wireless Routers Of 2019

Well that’s enough explanation, now on to the good stuff. Here are our best DD-WRT wireless routers of 2019.

Remember, use the coupon code BEST2019 to get an extra $20 off any FlashRouter on this list!

1. Asus RT-AC5300 FlashRouter

Asus AC5300 - 8 External Antennas

Aside from looking like an absolute monster, the Asus AC5300 DD-WRT is just an unbeatable networking monster. Offering three bands of disorienting speeds adding up to 5300 Mbps (1000+2165+2165 Mbps) with 8 external antennas, 4 dedicated to transmitting and 4 transmitted to receiving, this device will never let you down.

Premium Asus RT-AC5300 FlashRouter Features

  • Blazing fast Wireless-AC5300 Gigabit WiFi
  • 1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
  • 8 Powerful External Antennas
  • Tri-Band WiFi Coverage
  • DD-WRT Firmware Installed

AC5300 DD-WRT Recommended For: Top VPN speeds and wireless performance with 10+ connected devices.

2. Linksys WRT3200ACM FlashRouter

linksys-32x-router

Get the top VPN performance without busting the budget. The Linksys WRT32ACM takes the perkiness of the WRT1900ACS and upgrades the processor from 1.6 MHz to 1.8 MHz while adding MU-MIMO compatibility for improved user experience.

With its absurdly efficient dual core 1.8 GHz Marvell Processor, and a new, sleek, paint job, this router is sure to be everything you would need.

Premium Linksys WRT32X DD-WRT Features

  • Dual core 1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
  • Tri Band AC3200 Mbps
  • 4 External Antennas
  • USB 3.0/eSATA
  • MU-MIMO Compatible

Linksys WRT32X Recommended For: Medium sized home or Small Office. Approximately 6-9 users looking for high quality video streaming and gaming on up to 15 connected devices. Ideal for wireless connections in larger homes and medium sized business offices.

3. Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 FlashRouter

The latest entry to the DD-WRT top 5 is a true economy Nighthawk with power! The Netgear R6400V2 DD-WRT packs more than enough power and style to bring your home network up to speed with Wireless-AC standards all around $200!

Premium Netgear R6400V2 FlashRouter Features

  • Dual core 1 GHz Broadcom Processor
  • Dual Band AC1750 Mbps
  • 3 External Antennas
  • Top Economy Priced VPN DD-WRT Router

Netgear R6400V2 DD-WRT FlashRouter Recommended For: A high-powered router for 4 to 7 devices to stream high-definition video or play video games through a VPN.

4. Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC V2 AC1900 FlashRouter

Think of the Linksys WRT1900ACS as the younger cousin of the Linksys WRT32ACM above. While the two look similar, they both are different animals. In this case, the WRT1900ACS packs a powerful dual core 1.6 Ghz processor and only offers dual band capabilities. This router is sure to pack a punch at a lower price.

  • Dual core 1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
  • Dual Band AC1900 Mbps
  • 4 External Antennas
  • Customer Favorite!

Linksys WRT1900ACS Recommended For: Approximately 7 to 9 devices for 4k video streaming and online gaming in a medium to large home.

5. Netgear R9000 X10 AD7200 DD-WRT OpenVPN Router

With Wireless-AX routers still in the works, the top of the line wireless standard is still Wireless-AD. The R9000 takes advantage of Wireless-AD by offering speeds faster than your devices can handle.

While Dual Band Wireless-AC routers offer users 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, Wireless-AD takes advantage of the 60 GHz Spectrum. In addition to wireless innovation, the R9000 boasts a massive 1.7 GHz processor, the largest currently available on a FlashRouter.

Premium R9000 DD-WRT Features

  • 1.7 GHz (1700 MHz) Processor: 70% more powerful than the Standard Nighthawk
  • Future-proofing Wireless-AD: Up to 4 Gbps higher than the max speeds of Wireless-AC
  • 6 Ethernet ports vs. four on most other wireless routers
  • 4 powerful external antennas

DD-WRT Netgear R9000 X10 AD7200 FlashRouter Recommended For: Users looking to future-proof for top of the line, cutting edge wireless technology and open-source firmware integration.

Added FlashRouter DD-WRT VPN Router Benefits

Difference of a FlashRouter

As bandwidth-hungry activities like streaming video and music services such as Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer continue to fill the home, the importance of having a high-performance network centerpiece is a must.

A powerful wireless router allows Hulu, Crackle, Youtube, Spotify, Pandora and other new streaming options arriving seemingly every day to perform at their peak, while prepping your network for new and exciting Internet services coming down the pike.

I mean what about the horror film focused Shudder, the Criterion collection centric Filmstruck or the anime specialists Crunchyroll?

VPN Service Provider Plug n Play

Already using one of the 60+ VPN Providers we support?

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.

DD-WRT & VPN Support Plans

For 2019, FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT Support Plans. The FlashRouters Support Team is available via live chat from our website from Monday through Friday from 12:00PM EST to 6:00PM EST as well as Saturday and Sunday from 1:00PM EST to 5:00PM EST.

Additionally, FlashRouters offers e-mail support 7 days a week.

Going forward, all FlashRouters come with:

  • 1 full year of email and live chat support
  • 1 full year of warranty

FlashRouters also offers the option to add additional support and warranty as needed, such as:

  • Another full year of email and live chat support
  • Option to upgrade to 2 years of warranty on your device
  • Remote Team Viewer sessions 

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 any other questions or concerns? Feel free to reach out to our friendly support team at any time!

Top 3 Reasons For A Wireless Router Upgrade

 

Assuming that a wireless router is a set-it-and-forget-it device is an increasingly bigger security risk. If you are truly interested in the best performance and maximum privacy, vigilant monitoring of your home network is a must.

Older wireless routers are often the culprit when network security or WiFi performance problems arise due to unfixed manufacturer flaws or outdated hardware performance.

When issues are consistently occurring, a wireless router upgrade can be the cure!

The Importance of A Wireless Router

A wireless router is the centerpiece of any home network. Every device that uses a connection to the Internet takes advantage of the network created by the router to get online. For more information, FlashRouters has a comprehensive overview of what a routers actually does.

Single Router Setup

A powerful wireless router provides connected devices with the speed and performance to keep activities, like Netflix streaming and online gaming, working optimally.

The speed of a wireless connection is based on a variety of factors, starting with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) package. ISPs offer various subscription packages which are differentiated by bandwidth limitations. Economy subscription packages offer slower connectivity, as ISPs incentivize subscribers to purchase advanced plans for greater bandwidth.

The second factor affecting the speed of the wireless connection of devices is the distance from the router. Simply put, devices that are closer to the router will have a stronger connection to the router’s wireless network.

Furthermore, the make and model of the router affect how fast data is processed. The number and size of antennas, the speed of the internal processing unit (CPU), and the amount of flash memory embedded in the router all affect performance.

Still unconvinced? Here are the top reasons to upgrade:

More Devices Covered

According to research, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things will jump from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030. Having the proper wireless network infrastructure to support more devices is critical.

Enter MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO technology (Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output) reduces competition between devices on the WiFi network. With a MU-MIMO router such as the Netgear R7800 DD-WRT or the Linksys WRT3200ACM, multiple devices communicate with the network at the same time.

Before the introduction of MU-MIMO, routers used SU-MIMO technology (Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output). Devices connecting to networks using SU-MIMO technology compete for connectivity, as the network processes requests on a first-come, first served basis (as shown above).

In other words, devices form a line, like people entering a theater through one door. No one can enter the theater before the previous person enters. Likewise, device requests are processed only once the router processes the preceding device’s request. Consequently, if a network has many bandwidth-hogging devices, congestion can occur. This can lead to slow speeds and subpar performance.

A router using MU-MIMO technology, meanwhile, fixes this problem by breaking up bandwidth into streams. The router processes individual streams simultaneously, allowing for more devices to connect concurrently, thereby decreasing congestion. It is as if the theater above opened two, three, or four doors, instead of one. That allows for greater speeds and better connections.

Upgraded WiFi Standards

A wireless router upgrade can help your network stay up to date with the latest wireless standards. Check out the chart below to see how some of the older wireless standards compare.

 Wireless-GWireless-NWireless-ACWireless-ADWireless-AX
Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps7200 Mbps10000 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft500 Ft500+ ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz5/10/20 MhzUp to 160 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 GHz Bands, & 60 GHz Bands (Quad-Stream)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 Ghz Bands

As shown above, newer wireless standards allow for more device connections thanks to additional wireless bands. Wireless-AD expands on Wireless-AC by adding another wireless band. The new 60 GHz band allows for short range, powerful connections, reducing the load on other bands. Less load means that devices have a longer lifespan, saving you money.

Upgrading to a router with a newer wireless standard will extend wireless range considerably. Newer wireless routers come with more external antennas for better range and connectivity. Case in point, the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT VPN FlashRouter. This customized Open Source router takes the top spot for range with eight external antennas, ensuring that any house can be covered by the network.

Better Security

Upgrading your wireless network also helps deal with the number one issue: security. Older routers are less likely to have updates and therefore have more vulnerabilities. Newer routers are more commonly updated and have better security protocols. However, even they are not free from trouble.

Recent router attacks like VPNFilter have shown that regular routers and stock router firmware are still full of security flaws and vulnerable to hacks. Plus, manufacturers are slow to respond to known flaws. So where does that leave you?

Luckily there is a open-source firmware solution like DD-WRT. It is constantly updated, ensuring that there are minimal issues and if issues do arise, they are resolved quickly. However, installing DD-WRT is difficult, time-consuming, and could leave your brand-new router nonfunctional. That’s where FlashRouters comes in! We’ll take the hassle out of upgrading your wireless network and let you enjoy your upgraded wireless network experience.

Upgrading To A FlashRouter For Maximum Performance

A wireless router upgrade is a great start, but upgrading to a FlashRouter is a more complete solution. A FlashRouter is a customized wireless router upgraded with highly customized open-source firmware. Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability and performance, increased range, and upgraded security.

Our router experts continually check routers for the newest builds, test them, and configure them onto your unique product. We then help you configure the router to ensure the optimal configuration for your environment. Check out some of our Wireless-AC FlashRouters below:

Linksys
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Great For Large Homes
$349.99$199.99$499.99

Interested in upgrading to the ultimate home networking centerpiece? Check out the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200. It boasts a powerful 1.7 GHz Quad Core Processor and 4 high powered external antennas will provide a powerful bedrock for any wireless network.

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Bonus: VPN Protection

Upgrading to a FlashRouter allows for additional capabilities and upgrades to an already powerful wireless router, such as making it compatible for a VPN.

Furthermore, each one of our DD-WRT FlashRouters comes with our free FlashRouters Privacy App. The FlashRouters Privacy App revolutionizes and simplifies using a DD-WRT router with a VPN. With the Privacy App, users can:

  • Switch between locations with the tap of a button (as seen below using IPVanish)
  • Manage which devices go through the VPN and which don’t
  • Change VPN Providers with a few clicks on the same device

Want better support for your entire network? The FlashRouters Privacy App is here to help.

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to send us a message!

Top Reasons You Need A FlashRouter Even Without A VPN

Top Benefits of a Open Source Firmware DD-WRT Router from FlashRouters

As you may know, FlashRouters offers users premium DD-WRT routers that are work hand-in-hand with VPN services. But what if one does not want to use a Virtual Private Network? What else does a DD-WRT upgraded FlashRouter offer?

Table Of Contents

What Exactly Is A FlashRouter? 

Let’s start with some basic definitions. A FlashRouter is essentially a supercharged wireless router with additional capabilities and features. Moreover, some things that make a FlashRouter different from a standard wireless router are:

Of course, one of the main reasons we flash DD-WRT onto our devices is to enable our users to utilize a VPN on the network level. Furthermore, using a VPN on a DD-WRT router allows any device connected to the FlashRouter to be covered by the VPN tunnel.

What Can A DD-WRT FlashRouter Do?

Luckily, you don’t need to use a VPN to get the full benefits of a FlashRouter. Along with everything mentioned above, a DD-WRT enabled FlashRouter provides a slew of additional networking and security enhancements. These include but are definitely not limited to:

Advanced DD-WRT Firmware Features

  • DNS forwarder – DNSmasq with local hostnames, domain names, and internet address caching
  • Bandwidth Graphing/Statistics: Real-time, daily & monthly
  • DHCP Server – Using DNSmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases
  • WPS Disabled
  • Wi-Fi hotspot Integrations: Create hotspots for businesses with a verification page using the integrated Chillispot or NOCATSPLASH system
  • Wake-on-LAN – Remote network access
  • Samba file-share/CIFS client
  • WDS: Wireless distribution system AKA wireless bridging
  • Telnet/SSH Support
  • Radius Authentication: Enterprise level wireless security
  • JFFS2 Support
  • NAT (Network Address Translation) support

As you can see, DD-WRT’s list of features could be a little confusing and overwhelming. So what does all this tech jargon mean to you?

Top DD-WRT FlashRouter Benefits Outside of VPN Integration

Top Benefits of an Open Source FIrmware/ DDWRT FlashRouter

To put it simply, a FlashRouter can upgrade and enhance your entire home network experience. Furthermore, some key features that DD-WRT offers include:

Improved Network Stability

Through DD-WRT, users can enable and disable features that use precious memory and processing power. You can also limit connections and set the connection timeout to a shorter amount of time. This allows for a more efficient wireless router, cutting back on how often you need to restart the device.

Advanced Wireless Modes

DD-WRT routers allow for users to use their wireless routers in different wireless modes. This includes the AP or access point mode, wireless client bridge, and even wireless repeater bridge. Further on, this feature enables users to use their FlashRouter to extend their wireless range throughout their home.

Advanced Port Forwarding

Online gaming consoles require certain ports to be forwarded in order to connect to the game consoles network. DD-WRT routers let users create port forwards, redirects, and triggers. Moreover, the firmware also includes universal plug and play (UPnP) for quick and seamless access to your games.

Adjustable Antenna Transmission

With DD-WRT, users can easily tweak the antenna transmission and power. As a result, adjusting the transmission power settings allows for a broader transmitting range thus giving you more coverage in your home!

The Best FlashRouters For Your Everyday Needs

Ready to take the leap and upgrade from your old router? Check out some of our best Open Source Firmware FlashRouters of 2018 or some of our top recommended devices below!

ac5300-front-900Nighthawk Netgear Secure VPN Router
Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRTR7800 Nighthawk DD-WRTLinksys WRT1900AC v2 DD-WRT
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 Ghz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC2600 Mbps
1.7 Ghz Broadcom Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Prepares Your Network For All The Latest Devices
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Use in Small-Medium Homes
$499.99$349.99$299.99

Have any questions or concerns? Feel free to reach out to our support team for more information!

Best Asus Routers for DD-WRT and Tomato Open Source Firmware

Asus RT-AC56U

Here at FlashRouters, we only stock the best of the best wireless router brands available. This includes, but is not limited to Linksys, Netgear, and Asus. Today, we will be highlighting some of our best Asus routers and showcasing how open-source firmware makes them even better.

Open-Source Firmware On Asus Routers

Our Asus routers come pre-flashed with your choice of two different open-source firmware. These firmwares are DD-WRT and Tomato.

Both of these firmwares fully upgrade your router’s capabilities, whether it be stability, performance, or even the ability to use a VPN. Some upgrades include:

Whether your preferred firmware is DD-WRT or Tomato, you will not be disappointed. At this point, there are no major functional differences between DD-WRT and Tomato firmware. The difference between DD-WRT and Tomato firmware shows itself in the design of the graphic user interface (GUI) of each router.

To see the differences between the two firmware, compare and contrast this DD-WRT emulator with this Tomato emulator.

Best ASUS Router For Installing DD-WRT Alternative FirmwareAsus AC5300 - 8 External Antennas

ASUS RT-AC5300 AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter – The ASUS RT-5300 comes packed with a powerful Broadcom 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. It boasts 8 powerful external antennas for maximum WiFi coverage for larger homes and offices.

ASUS RT-AC87U AC2400 DD-WRT – The ASUS RT-AC87U sports a Broadcom 1 GHz dual-core processor. It includes 4 powerful external antennas that will be more than enough for a typical home WiFI set up. This router comes with a QSR1000 wireless chip, the only Wireless-AC chip that includes 4×4 MIMO.

Best ASUS Router – Tomato

ASUS RT-AC3200 AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter – With a dual-core Broadcom processor clocking in at 1 GHz, the ASUS RT-AC3200 is nothing to scoff at. It includes six high-powered external antennas for easy coverage of larger homes.

The FlashRouters Solution

With a FlashRouter, the problems that come with stock firmware are a thing of the past. Stability issues, security issues, and performance issues are no more.

Benefits of FlashRouters

So what are you waiting for? Upgrade your wireless network with a FlashRouter today!

Which Netgear Nighthawk Router Is Best For You?

Although the Netgear Nighthawk is a gaming driven wireless router, this doesn’t make it a gamer exclusive device. This line of wireless routers provides speed, performance, and power to your home or office network. Whether it be gaming, streaming, or just browsing, a Nighthawk will never let you down.

Luckily for you, FlashRouters stocks a whopping FOUR models of the Nighthawk to cover our customers’ needs. FlashRouters come pre-flashed with your choice of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. Open-source firmware supercharges your Nighthawk to achieve even better speeds and performance than advertised.

Read on to discover your perfect Netgear Nighthawk open source & VPN compatible premium WiFi router!

Top Netgear Nighthawk DD-WRT Routers

Netgear R6400v2

With a 1 GHz processor, the Netgear R6400v2 is the best economy FlashRouter available.

While the R6400v2 may not boast the processing power or wireless speeds of the more advanced Netgear devices, this router is perfect for anyone looking to set up a VPN network in their apartment.

The R6400v2 isn’t a behemoth like the R9000, but with Dual-Band wireless speeds of up to 1750 Mbps and the aforementioned Dual Core 1 GHz processor, this router is the perfect device for all small setups.

Nighthawk R7800 X4S

Although just a step above the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, the R7800 brings much to the table.

The R7800 offers both increased wired and wireless connectivity over the R7000. Supporting up to AC2600 Mbps dual-band wireless speeds and an extra external antenna, this router is nothing to scoff at.

In addition to the better wireless performance, the R7800 upgrades its processor to a dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm processor, a 70% increase from the R7000. With 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of onboard memory, the R7800 will not disappoint.

Nighthawk R9000 X10

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

The biggest and baddest Nighthawk. The router to end all routers. This is the Nighthawk R9000.

The R9000 supports tri-band wireless speeds of up to 7200 Mbps. Only this time, it supports the newest wireless standard Wireless-AD.

Wireless-AD allows the usage of the 60 GHz band instead of the typical 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. This puts the max speed of Wireless-AD at 7 Gbps, a whopping 4 Gbps higher than the maximum speeds of Wireless-AC.

This router uses four powerful external antennas to deliver full coverage to any home or office. With a performance-minded dual-core 1.7 GHz Alpine processor, this device will handle anything and everything you could possibly think of.

Nighthawk R7000

Nighthawk Netgear Secure VPN Router

This “classic” device offers dual-band Wireless-AC speeds of up to 1900 Mbps with three external antennas for maximum wireless reach. Furthermore, these antennas are easily upgradable to boost your wireless coverage to an even larger reach.

The R7000 sports a speedy 1 GHz dual-core Broadcom CPU to ensure maximum performance and processing speed. With 256 MB of RAM and 128 MB of onboard memory, this router will handle pretty much anything you need it to.

The Nighthawks Side-By-Side

Can’t decide which device is best for you? Take a look at how they stack up against each other.

 Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouterNetgear Nighthawk R7800 X4S AC2600 DD-WRT FlashRouterNetgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 AC7200 DD-WRT FlashRouter
WIRELESS FREQUENCY BAND(S):Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz)Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz)Tri-Band (2.4/ 5/ 5 GHz)
WIRELESS DATA RATES:AC1900 (450+1450Mbps)AC2600
(800 + 1800 Mbps)
AD7200 (4600+1733+800 Mbps)
WIRELESS STANDARDS:IEEE 802.11 a/c b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/c b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/c a/d
ETHERNET PORT TYPE:Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
ETHERNET PORTS:4 LAN 1 WAN4 LAN 1 WAN6 LAN 1 WAN
USB PORTS: 2 (1 3.0 & 1 2.0)2 (1 3.0 & 1 2.0)2 (3.0)
ANTENNA TYPE: ExternalExternalExternal
NUMBER OF ANTENNAS:344
WIRELESS SECURITY:WPA Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA2 Personal Mixed, WPA2 Enterprise Mixed, RADIUS, WEPWPA Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA2 Personal Mixed, WPA2 Enterprise Mixed, RADIUS, WEPWPA Personal, WPA Enterprise, WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, WPA2 Personal Mixed, WPA2 Enterprise Mixed, RADIUS, WEP
PROCESSOR BRAND:BroadcomQualcommAnnapurna Labs
PROCESSOR MODEL:BCM4709A0IPQ8065 Alpine AL-514
PROCESSOR SPEED:Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz)Dual Core 1.7 GHz (1700 MHz)Quad Core 1.7 GHz (1700 MHz)
RAM (MB):256512512
FLASH MEMORY (MB):1281281000

 

Premium Benefits of A FlashRouter Nighthawk

FlashRouters steps in to offer what many router manufacturers won’t: better firmware, network configuration assistance, and responsive/highly trained USA tech support to answer your questions.

Nighthawk FlashRouters arrive pre-installed with a recent, tested, and stable DD-WRT firmware build. Forget spending hours deciphering and testing the DD-WRT forums/website/Wiki for the correct hardware version and proper build, only to discover that you’ve improperly flashed your device and bricked it.

Need any more convincing? Our DD-WRT upgraded FlashRouters come with many more enhanced firmware features. Take a look at some of our favorites:

  • Enhanced, attractive GUI (graphical user interface).
  • Fully functional VPN Integration: OpenVPN, L2TP & PPTP.
  • Upgraded WiFi & wired network. The end of annoying reboots (but if you like them, you can use a reboot scheduling option as well.)
  • Removes faulty WPS functionality, a major security hole.
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS) integration.
  • Advanced wireless controls
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) support for separating wireless and wired networks.
  • Bandwidth monitoring & access restrictions.

For a more in-depth look at DD-WRT features, look at our in-depth discussion on Top DD-WRT Routers.

Remotely Flashing Your Nighthawk

Do you already own one of these devices? Fear not, for FlashRouters can still help.

If you purchase a subscription to one of our Flashing Plans, we can remotely flash the Nighthawk router you currently own. Additionally, our remote Flashing Plans come with technical support. If you are a technical novice or simply someone who would prefer having the option of assistance with your Open Source router, you are in luck.