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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.

ASUS RT-N66U N900 Tomato FlashRouter – The ASUS RT-N66U, deemed The Dark Knight, includes a modest 600 Mhz processor. Although it may look like a small device, after flashing with Tomato firmware, its internal antenna can reach Wireless-N ranges of up to 450 feet!

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.

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

Contest: Win a White Asus RT-N66U TomatoUSB FlashRouter!

Win A White Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter

The Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter

Boy, have we got the deal of a lifetime for you…

Win A White Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter

We’re offering you the opportunity to own a fantastic router, free of charge. If you go to our Facebook page and like us, you’ll be entered into a contest that could end with you walking away with a free, special edition white Asus RT-N66U FlashRouter. That’s a $250, high-performance router. All yours. No cost.

Some of you might be thinking, “I’ve already liked FlashRouters on Facebook. Am I not eligible for this?” We’ve got good news for you loyal customers as well: all you have to do is either comment on any of our posts, or give us a share, and you’re in the contest too! Share the contest, and you get a separate entry.

Of course, there are also those of you who have FlashRouters and don’t necessarily need another; we’ve thought of you too. We will offer you an additional router or refund up to the value of this item purchased anytime in the last 3 months.

Registration for this contest ends at 11:25 PM on March 28, 2014, so get liking, commenting, and sharing!

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What’s So Great About the Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter?

Though the value of entering this contest seems obvious, we thought we ought to let you a little about the router you could win.

We’ve been calling the Asus RT-N66U Tomato “the superhero of routers” for some time now, and not without good reason. We’re talking about a router that features a 600 Mhz processor, 4 times the high-end industry norm in Flash Memory/RAM, dual-band wireless speeds up to 900 (450 Mbps + 450 Mbps) mbps, and 2 USB ports.

And that’s before we flash it with Tomato firmware, which bolsters the functionality of the device in numerous ways, such as advanced bandwidth monitoring, a stronger wireless signal, and increased security options. If that’s not enough for you, how about this:

  • Fixes known bugs in Broadcom-based Asus firmware.
  • Improved network stability with Network Status Info: Uptime, load average, and free memory status
  • User-friendly router Ajax-based Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Bandwidth graphing/statistics: real-time, last 24 hours, daily, monthly
  • Advanced access restrictions for increased network security
  • OpenVPN & PPTP VPN connection integration.
  • Integrated Wireless Survey page: View other wireless networks in your area and adjust your network accordingly
  • 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).

So yeah, there’s that too. This is the sort of router you could have in your home for the total cost of nothing. What are you waiting for?! Get to our Facebook page!

Terms & Conditions

You must be a Facebook Fan of FlashRouters to win.

Contest winner will be chosen at random and must be 18 or older to win. One entry for each like and share you make from the contest post or any other post on our site from the start to end of the contest. Please refer to local laws regarding contests and promotions for any other eligibility restrictions.

Your E-mail address is required only to contact you if you are the winner and will be used for no other purpose.

If already have a FlashRouter and still want a chance to win, we will offer you an additional router or refund up to the value of this item.

Offer only valid to countries that we can ship to via USPS.

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Asus & Linksys Routers Firmware Hacked: Stay Safe With DD-WRT & Tomato

Asus Vulnerability Warning

Asus Vulnerability Warning

A couple of recent news items involving hackers and a series of popular routers caught our attention, and we’d like to tell you how FlashRouters can keep you safe from these all-too-common attacks and firmware security holes.

A Spate of Recent Router Hacks

This is not the first time similar firmware issues linked to the insistence of including cloud applications within a router have appeared. Including cloud based activities like Asus’ AiCloud with limited security at the base of your network is not recommended as it opens up not just an individual device bu the entire network to major possible security cracks and damage. While not included in this story, Netgear and D-Link is also not innocent of similar firmware issues. They both have had very serious similar issues in the very recent past.

To start with, researchers have found a malicious worm that has affected at least a thousand different home and small office Linksys routers, including the E1000, the E1200, and the E2400. Johannes Ullrich of the Sans Institute described the depth of the issue in a recent blog post, which detailed the worm’s method of attack, and the ways in which the worm self-replicates by taking advantage of code-execution vulnerability in the device’s original firmware.

Then there was an Asus firmware vulnerability: only a few days after the Linksys exploit revelation, a researcher named Kyle Lovett publicly exposed a major vulnerability in a number of heavy duty Asus routers and their faulty firmwares. In fact, the image above is of an anonymous message that reached at least one Asus user with this very same firmware vulnerability, warning users that the exploit leaves them open to hacking by “anyone in the world with an internet connection.”

Lovett was only moved to publish the exploit after he privately contacted Asus with the information. The router company dismissed the problem as “not an issue”, a dismissal with which Lovett evidently disagreed. According to Ars Technica, potentially affected routers include the “RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R.”

DD-WRT & Tomato Linksys/Asus Routers Security Fixes

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Asus RT-AC66U Upgraded Features

These particular stories made us sit up and take notice, because there are a few routers listed as vulnerable that are included in our line, such as the Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2, the Asus RT-AC66U and the Asus RT-AC56U. The difference, of course, is that the hackable versions of these routers have not been flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. The main reason for this hardware’s ability to be exploited is the faulty firmware and denying that these manufacturers are claiming.

The cure for what ails this fine networking hardware is to ideally replace the firmware they include with it. While some of the features and the ease-of-use may be nice, it is not worth the continual issues and security concerns. And that is where we come in.

At FlashRouters, we get our name from this very process; we take powerful routers (vulnerable as they may be before we upgrade them, as the above linked articles demonstrate), and super-charge their versatility, making them not just capable of running faster, but of keeping your network completely secure. Top-quality replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato give users the ability to extend their wireless range and control how their bandwidth is allocated, but more importantly, they give users access to a wide range of advanced security options. They even make VPN usage much simpler.

Exploits like those documented above are increasingly prevalent, and worth the extra effort that goes into preventing them. Fortunately for you, FlashRouters is willing to put in the effort so you don’t have to. All you have to do is find the right router for you.

Check out our recent best-seller’s of 2014 list and see if anything on there appeals to you, though we’ve added a pair of crazy powerful routers in the last month that might win the day: the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Nighthawk and the Asus RT-AC68U. If this is the final straw that breaks the camel back for you, we are more than ready to make sure your next networking device is even more secure while leaving firmware security holes as a thing of the past.

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Updated: 08/20/2014

VPN.ac Joins the FlashRouters Supported Provider List!

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VPN.ac – Now Officially Supported by FlashRouters

Our supported VPN service provider list just can’t stop growing!

So it’s in that spirit that we’re proud to announce that VPN.ac is the latest in a series of stupendous VPN service providers to become a part of the FlashRouters  family! We’ll get into the details of how this news will positively affect you in the lower sections, but for now, we’ll just say that you’ll be glad we were able to make this connection. Your wireless network will be all the more secure and reliable for it.

The Benefits of Using VPN.ac

It’s been less than a year since VPN.ac got up and running (as a service branch of Netsec Interactive Solutions), and in that short period of time, this superlative VPN service provider has already made quite a name for themselves. As an offshoot of a security company, it’s no surprise to find out that VPN.ac is staffed by experts who know exactly what it takes to keep their users safe.

Within their first year, VPN.ac has already set up secure and speedy servers all across North America and Europe, with more to come soon. And though they allow cancellation at the user’s discretion, if you sign up for a year-long plan, you can currently get VPN.ac’s service for the amazing rate of less than $5 a month!

Want to know what else VPN.ac has to offer? Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth:

  • Unlimited Server Switching
  • 3 Simultaneous Connections!
  • No Activity Logs
  • No Speed Limits
  • Almost Unlimited Traffic (1TB a month!)
  • OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and PPTP
  • Experienced Expert VPN Support.
  • No Contract (Cancel whenever you’d like)

The advantages of this VPN service provider just don’t stop! VPN.ac is already a fearsome force when it comes to providing online security and allowing it’s users access to geographically restricted content, and they’re just getting started. Why not explore Netflix (or even a German streaming service like Watchever) around the world from the comfort of your house? Access Netflix UK or Netflix Canada or Netflix Mexico as well as Pandora, BBC iPlayer, iTV, and much more by using your VPN.ac network on a new Roku or Apple TV.

Using VPN.ac with a FlashRouters Device

FlashRouters and VPN.ac

FlashRouters Dual Router Setup Advantages for VPN.ac

Naturally, we’re biased about this, but if you’re going to take advantage of all that an outstanding VPN service provider like VPN.ac has to offer, what better way to do it then through a FlashRouter?

At FlashRouters, our mission is to provide dependable, affordable VPN routers  that accomplish the dual purpose of keeping our customers’ wireless networks fast and their online information safe. And, with the help of our expert technicians, we accomplish that task every day by offering superior routers flashed with replacement firmwares that super-charge already high-functioning devices.

Best VPN.ac Routers

For VPN.ac users, the best overall devices that support the most secure VPN protocol OpenVPN are our popular Tomato routers. Aside from allowing the users great control over their bandwidth and wireless range, Tomato firmware allows for better security options. All of our routers come equipped with built-in VPN-connectivity, which saves you the trouble on installing the VPN software on your own (it’s a tough process that has led to a bricked router or two in its day). What’s more, if you use our popular dual router set-up, you can even make the process of changing between your local network and your VPN as simple as flicking a switch.

  1. Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight N900 Dual Band TomatoUSB Router (find out ever more about why we love it here)
  2. Linksys E4200 N750 Dual Band TomatoUSB Router
  3. Linksys E3200 Tomato Router
  4. Asus RT-N16 N300
  5. Linksys E2500 Tomato Router

To get a VPN.ac router and setup guide, select your router and then use the dropdown option to choose your VPN.ac as your VPN Service and optional Warranty or Support Plan Upgrade.

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E-mail us or open a support ticket by clicking the support button on the left hand side of every page on the site.

For more VPN Service Provider deals, Tomato & DD-WRT updates, product updates, and limited-time specials, follow us (@flashrouters) or like us on Facebook.

DD-WRT & Tomato Routers for PrivateInternetAccess VPN

PrivateInternetAccess VPN FlashRouters
Big news in the FlashRouters camp! Have you been scouring for the perfect DD-WRT or Tomato router configured for PrivateInternetAccess VPN? Are you looking to expand your PPTP or OpenVPN security to all of your wired, wireless, and streaming devices (Roku, AppleTV) with one big upgrade?

Well, FlashRouters can tell you how to do just that. We’re proud to announce that we’ve been tapped as an official provider of pre-flashed, open-source routers for PrivateInternetAccess users!

Advantages of Using a FlashRouter with PrivateInternetAccess

A FlashRouter is an all-on-one product designed to help you use a VPN service with your wireless devices: laptops, desktops, iPhones, Android Devices, Samsungs, Rokus, Boxee, Apple TV, Internet Smart TVs and the like. No need to set up each device individually with PrivateInternetAccess. Just connect any device to the FlashRouter with VPN service  integrated and the device will be VPNed.

Benefits of a FlashRouter Dual Router Setup

Additionally, a FlashRouter is a customized out-of the-box solution that offers an elevated networking experience and allows increased control to users over their network and its flow of data. Use the DD-WRT Router instead of, or in tandem with, your current router.

The FlashRouters dual router setup allows you to create two simultaneous wireless networks to switch between, depending on where you want to connect. Easily switch between a local ISP connection when you need speed and local access and a PrivateInternetAccess VPN connection for advanced security and unblocking your favorite streaming services and websites worldwide.

The best Linksys DD-WRT Router ready for improved security

Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT Router

  1. Netgear R7000 DD-WRT – Our top wireless range, speeds and processor for premium PIA performance.
  2. Asus RT-AC56U Tomato– Most affordable and convenient wireless Dual Band Router
  3. Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT – The revival of the blue old classic router.
  4. Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT – Best single band VPN performer, external antennas.
  5. Netgear R8000 DD-WRT Router – A high end Netgear with 6 external antennas.

The difference between DD-WRT & Tomato for PIA VPN service users is supported VPN protocols. DD-WRT and Tomato firmware both offer PPTP support but currently only Tomato offers OpenVPN & PPTP connection options.

More About PrivateInternetAccess VPN Service

In the world of VPN service providers, PrivateInternetAccess is quickly becoming the go-to choice for VPN users of all stripes, from newbies to experts, the cost-conscious to the highly informed.

privateinternetaccess-logoPrivateInternetAccess offers a completely secure internet experience, ensuring impenetrable levels of data and identity protection & encryption, as well as uncensored access to any regionally restricted, or otherwise restricted, websites.

It’s this level of service that has earned PrivateInternetAccess plaudits from LifeHackerPC Mag, & Business Insider among many others. FlashRouters couldn’t be more thrilled to be chosen by PIA as a trusted provider of VPN Routers as they continue to grow into one of best and most recognizable VPN providers around.

Configuring a DD-WRT router or Tomato router with your PrivateInternetAccess Account allows any device connected to the router to be under the scope and privacy of PrivateInternetAccess’ 276-plus encrypted VPN servers in 9 countries.

FlashRouters is an all-in-one open-source DD-WRT or Tomato Router stop. Our technicians procure the correct model and versions of the router, then handle the hassle of flashing, configuring, and testing the router and its customization (minus the potential for bricking that this process can occasionally invite). FlashRouters does the grunt work so PrivateInternetAccess VPN users can enjoy the perks.

  • Tested & Upgraded Firmware Device (Tomato or DD-WRT)
  • Use VPN with a RokuAppleTV etc: A FlashRouter allows you to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant with PrivateInternetAccess VPN.
  • PrivateInternetAccess Setup Guide Included
  • Free US-based VPN & Internet Setup Tech Support

Have Questions About PrivateInternetAccess VPN Routers?

Open a sales ticket and we’ll answer your questions ASAP.

Updated: 05/02/2016