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Most Popular & Best Wireless Routers For DD-WRT Firmware

UPDATED 2018

Looking for the best wireless routers of 2018 to meet every need and budget? Are you familiar with popular firmware enhancements like DD-WRT and wondering what benefits you can experience from this powerful and simple upgrade?

Tired of buffering or having to reset your router a few times a day just to get it to work? Or maybe you are in the market for the best dual band router, upgrading to Wireless-AC or even a tri-band router for your current network setup? Look no further, you have found an expert list of the best wireless routers for your home or office WiFi available in 2018.

Our list of the best wireless routers of 2018 mixes our top devices based on in the field experience, months of testing, and their interaction with premium alternative router DD-WRT firmware and various streaming players like Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and AppleTV, as well as the top gaming consoles like the Xbox One X, PS3/PS4 from Sony & Nintendo Switch.

Special Offer: Use the coupon code BEST2018 through 08/31/2018 and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter on this list!

Table Of Contents

What Is DD-WRT Router Firmware?

DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware upgrade project created for maximizing router features and usage potential. 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 removes out-of-date and vulnerability-riddled stock firmware from your router.

Additonally, flashing a router with DD-WRT can be a frustrating task for some, involving a lot of research, trial and error, and a complex process that can easily lead to making a router unusable. This is often referred to as a dead router or a “brick” that would completely void the device’s 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 with 1 full year of email and live chat support as well as a 1 full year of warranty. We also offer 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 NordVPNExpressVPN with premium speeds and support for users in Asia, 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 2018 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 3 DD-WRT Wireless Routers Of 2018

Well that’s enough explanation, now on to the good stuff. Here’s our top 3 DD-WRT wireless routers of 2018. Remember, use the coupon code BEST2018 to get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter on this list!

1. Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT

Asus AC5300 - 8 External Antennas

How Did The Asus AC5300 Take “The Crown”?

Briefly forgetting that this is straight-up the coolest router you, we, or anyone else has ever seen, the Asus AC5300 DD-WRT is just an absolute networking monster. Offering three bands of disorienting speeds adding up to 5300 Mbps (1000+2165+2165 Mbps), this is, to start with, the fastest router we’ve ever seen.

So returning to how it looks…want to know what makes it look so cool? That’d be the 8 (!), count ’em, 8 supremely strong external antennas – 4 devoted to transmitting, 4 devoted to receiving.

So if you’re a gamer, a potential 4K streamer, or if you just want the most flat-out powerful wireless network, capable of handling a host of devices all at the same time while showing off to everyone about how awesome your router looks, this is a no-brainer.

Premium Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT Features

  • Wireless-AC5300 Gigabit WiFi
  • 1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
  • 8 Powerful External Antennas
  • DD-WRT Firmware Installed

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

2. Linksys WRT3200ACM FlashRouter

 

MU-MIMO DD-WRT Installed Linksys WRT3200ACM

Get the top VPN performance without busting the budget. The Linksys WRT3200ACM 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. and its absurdly efficient 1.6 GHz Marvell Processor, the old blue router gets a true revamp with style and power to burn. Expect premium streaming video performance and so much more.

Premium WRT3200ACM DD-WRT Features

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

Linksys WRT3200ACM Recommended For: Approximately 10 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 Nighthawk X4S R7800 AC2600 DD-WRT

Netgear R7800 DD-WRT VPN Router

The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 features one of the most powerful processors seen on a FlashRouter to date: a 1.7 GHz Dual Core Broadcom processor. Utilizing this processor alongside 4 external antennas with MU-MIMO technology, the R7800 cannot be ignored.

Premium R7800 DD-WRT Features

  • 1.7 GHz Marvell Processor
  • Dual Band AC2600 Mbps
  • MU-MIMO Support
  • QuadStream X4 Wireless Architecture 
  • OpenVPN & PPTP Client Ready

Linksys R7800 Recommended For: Approximately 10 to 12 users looking for a high-powered device able to stream high-definition video or play video games through a VPN.

Netgear R9000 X10 AD7200 DD-WRT OpenVPN Router

Best Netgear DD-WRT

Consider the mold broken. The Netgear Nighthawk R9000 integrates the latest and greatest in bleeding edge innovation in wireless connectivity. The R9000 takes advantage of the latest future-proofing standard Wireless-AD.

While Dual Band Wireless-AC routers offer users 2.4GHz and 5GHz 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.

Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT

Top-notch VPN performance is right at the tip of your fingers. With the Linksys WRT1900ACS and its absurdly efficient 1.6 GHz Marvell Processor, the old blue router gets a true revamp with style and power to burn.  High quality streaming video and audio (perfect for working remotely), and so much more become a standard, hassle-free wireless activity.

Premium WRT1900ACS DD-WRT Features

  • 1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
  • Dual Band AC1900 Mbps
  • 4 External Antennas
  • USB 3.0/eSATA
  • OpenVPN & PPTP Client Ready

Linksys WRT1900ACS Recommended For: Approximately 8 users looking for high quality video streaming and gaming on up to 12 connected devices. Ideal for wireless connections in medium-sized homes and small businesses.

Best Economy Wireless-AC Models

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT

Nighthawk Netgear Secure VPN Router

The Netgear Nighthawk is a long time favorite 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 many times. It is also our top choice if you are looking for a wired-only workhorse.

Premium R7000 DD-WRT Features

  • 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 400-800 MHz on others
  • Wireless-AC Up to 1900 Mbps vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
  • USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on most other wireless routers
  • 3 powerful external antennas

Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Recommended For: Users looking for a high-end processor at a $100+ savings and quality VPN performance.

Added DD-WRT VPN Router Benefits from FlashRouter

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

FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT Support Plans. Different routers come with slightly different plans. 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.

We hope you enjoyed our best DD-WRT routers of 2018 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year!

Best Routers for Gaming: Xbox One & Xbox 360

Top Routers for Gaming - Xbox One & Xbox 360

Image from Xbox Game Far Cry 4

In these heady days of online gaming, the importance of a strong wireless network cannot be overstated. And at FlashRouters, we’re committed to offering the best routers for gaming, whether you prefer PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or any other system out there.

Today, we’re going to focus on a couple of the earlier incarnations of the Xbox, and tell you just how you can get the most out of your console with the best routers for Xbox and Xbox 360.

How a Router Can Affect the Xbox One/Xbox 360 Experience

Top Routers for Gaming

Best Routers for Xbox & Xbox 360

As you’re no doubt aware, Xbox 360 is a generation back from the modern console wars, and the original Xbox goes even further back. Nonetheless, some of the major features of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are still available on the Xbox and Xbox 360.

Online gaming and streaming movies & television are notorious bandwidth-hogs, both of which are primary features on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as the original Xbox. So while these devices may not have a sensor attuned to the user’s heartbeat or any of the other eerily dystopian features of the Xbox One, they can still garner much of your network’s attention. And if you want to avoid annoying skips, stalls, and freezes in the middle of an important moment of Titanfall, then you’ll want a router performance and speed that delivers 24/7.

For the more advanced and frustrated users out there, DD-WRT also has integrated VPN connectivity for region restricted gaming, UPnP (Universal Plug and Play), advanced NAT controls, and many more available tweaks & router troubleshooting tips for Xbox.

Best Routers for Xbox One/Xbox 360

So if you’re interested in making your Xbox and Xbox 360 as fluid and flawless as possible, there’s really only one way to go:


If you don’t have a minute (and thirty-six) seconds to spare to watch the brief, explanatory YouTube video up there about FlashRouters, then maybe you can read about it super quickly!

At FlashRouters, our goal is to provide our customers with the most reliable, fast, and powerful routers available anywhere. We consistently achieve that goal by taking some of the best routers on the market, removing their stock firmware, and installing/upgrading to open-source router firmware like DD-WRT and Tomato. These replacement firmware bring more features and more versatility to your wireless network, allowing you to do things you’ve never dreamed of with your router.

Do you want an Xbox or Xbox 360 (or even Xbox One) experience free of aggravating interruptions?

With an upgraded firmware router for your home, you can extend your wireless range, access advanced security options, and even control how your router bandwidth is allocated. Believe us, if you’re going to be gaming and streaming, being able to prioritize those activities in your network is an invaluable resource.

When it comes to FlashRouters, there’s no going wrong. We’ve got devices that cover a wide range of prices and power, but they’re all unified by their demonstrable excellence. You can go searching through our catalog on your own, or even take a look at the top DD-WRT routers for gaming list to find just the right router to suit your particular needs, but we’ve whipped together a list of some of our absolute favorites for the gamer who takes his or her wireless network seriously. Enjoy!

The best DD-WRT routers of 2016 - Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT

Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Top Wireless Routers for Xbox

    1. Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter – With 8 powerful external antennas alongside a 1.4 Ghz processor, the RT-AC88U offers a great performance for both wired and wireless connections.
    2. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter – Our most popular Netgear router, and preferred as the top wireless router for gaming.
    3. Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter – The most powerful FlashRouter: 8 external antennas and a 1.4 GHz processor. With a sleek sense of design and an amazing performance, the RT-AC5300 is the top choice for anyone looking to seriously boost their network.
    4. Netgear R8000 Wireless-AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – Tri-band Wi-Fi (!) with six external antennae for maximum wireless range? Something tells us your gaming experience will be just fine with this beauty.
    5. Asus RT-AC56U Tomato WiFi Router – Our top economy Wireless-AC Tomato Router – top recommended wired only option with 800 Mhz processor but no external antennas.

Updated – 3/20/17

Netflix Instant Country Showdown #2: Marvel & DC Comics Superhero Movies

Netflix Comparison by Country - US, UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Canada

Updated: June 2016

For the second part of our Netflix Content by Country series of blog posts, we will be covering the best Netflix Locales for watching comic book superhero movies based on Marvel or DC comic book characters.

Netflix has a wonderful variety of these Marvel and DC Comics live action movies in their library, however the discrepancies in availability of superhero movies on Netflix from regions around the globe is remarkable.

Check out where your favorite superhero movies on Netflix are streaming across Netflix USA, Netflix France, Netflix Brazil, Netflix Canada, Netflix Netherlands, and Netflix Denmark below. Then continue reading for your viewing guide through the Marvel Cinematic Universe by virtually traversing a variety of Netflix locales.

Superhero Movies - Streaming on Netflix USA November 2014

For all Batman lovers, you can begin your Batman movie binge watching with Netflix USA, but prepare to look elsewhere if you want to watch all 7 live action films. Or any other superhero movies. Not too much here, but that may change real soon.

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix Streaming USA June 2016 List: Batman, The Punisher, Fantastic 4 (2005). 

Superhero Movies - Streaming on Netflix Canada November 2014

Canada also offers up some options Batman binge watching, but be sure to have a return ticket for access to The Dark Knight Rises.  It is also the only locale with X-Men: Days of Future Past. The second Ghost Rider and The Punisher can be streamed as well, but we decided not to picture them because, well, they are not very good.

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix Streaming Canada June 2016 List: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Punisher, The Watchmen, Iron Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fantastic 4 (2015), Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 

Netflix Netherlands is the first place you should look if you are ready to start your streaming of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man series on Netflix, but you’ll have to hop all over the map for the next two.

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix Streaming Netherlands June 2016 List: Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Punisher, Punisher: War Zone, The Green Hornet, Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

Superhero Movies - Streaming on Netflix Denmark November 2014Netflix Denmark has a good string of Batman movies, as well as both Thor movies. It’s also a terrific location for a couple of the two most recent Marvel movies: Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix Denmark June 2016 List: Spider-Man 2, Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Punisher, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Watchmen, Fantastic 4 (2005), Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. 

Superhero Movies - Streaming on Netflix Brazil November 2014

Start your virtual trip through the Marvel movie universe in Brazil by streaming the first two Iron Man films along with the first Thor and 2nd Captain America movie. Brazil has a lengthy list of original, non-sequel superhero movies; more than any other country.

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix Brazil June 2016 List: Batman, Batman Forever, Batman Begins, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America The First Avenger, The Avengers, Elektra, Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Punisher, Fantastic 4 (2005), The Green Lantern, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Watchmen. 

Superhero Movies - Streaming on Netflix France November 2014

Netflix France is worth a visit for both Fantastic 4 movie releases as well as the darker DC Comics superhero movie, Watchmen.

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix France June 2016 List: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Superman Returns, The Watchmen, The Punisher, Iron Man 3, Fantastic 4, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Amazing Spider-Man. 

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix Australia June 2016 List: Batman Forever, Batman & RobinBatman Returns, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fantastic 4 (2005), Superman Returns. 

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix UK June 2016 List: X-Men, The Punisher, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Watchmen, The Avengers, Fantastic 4 (2005), The Green Hornet, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor, Thor: The Dark World. 

Comic Book Superhero Movies on Netflix Italy June 2016 List: Superman: The Movie, The Green Lantern, Elektra. 

Best Netflix Instant to Watch Streaming Comic Movies

And the Winner of the Comic Book Superhero Movie Netflix International Showdown, with 16 Marvel and DC Comics films total, is (drumroll please)… Netflix Brazil!

How To Watch All 7 Live Action Batman Movies on Netflix

Batman (1989) – Netflix USA may actually be the worst locale if you are interested in comic book based movies. However, if you want to watch all 7 live action Batman movies, then Netflix USA is integral as you will have to start here for the first Michael Keaton Batman

Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), & Batman and Robin (1997) – Netflix Australia makes this one easy for you (why they don’t have the very first in the series is inexplicable to us). Catch all three on Netflix down under.

Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), & The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Netflix France makes streaming the Nolan trilogy easy for you by offering all three in one locale. Spend the last 7 or so hours in one spot.

A Streaming Guide Through the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix

If you piece together the Marvel films available across various global Netflix streaming catalogs, then it is possible to stream every title from the Marvel Cinematic Universe released in theaters before 2014.

Iron Man (2008) – Start your streaming with Iron Man, the Marvel movie and character that set the stage for all future Avengers, in Netflix Brazil.

The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Even though Mark Ruffalo took over the role of Hulk from Ed Norton for The Avengers, this 2008 version is still included in the official list of Marvel Cinematic Universe films. It may not be available on any of the countries listed above, but you can find it in Argentina, Mexico, Columbia, New Zealand, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan.

Iron Man 2 (2010) – Stick with Netflix Brazil for access to the first Iron Man sequel.

Thor (2011) – Catch the first Thor movie release in Netflix Brazil as well, or you can catch both Thor movies in Denmark.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – At this point you might as well grab a Caipirinha and sit back, because Brazil is also the place to stream the first Captain America Marvel movie release (same with the next one, but that comes later).

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) – We promise to break up the monotony soon, but yeah, stick with Brazil here.

Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Now the time has come to hop across the pond to Netflix Denmark in order to catch this Thor sequel.

Iron Man 3 (2013) – This one is all over Europe. Whether you prefer France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, or Austria is entirely your call.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Stick with Netflix Denmark in order to catch this Captain America sequel, because you can directly from there to…

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – One more time in Denmark for this incredibly popular Chris Pratt-headed Marvel spinoff.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Finish your streaming marathon in Netflix Canada with this, likely the last of Joss Whedon’s contributions to the Marvel universe. But the Netherlands or Australia work just as well.

How can I access all streaming comic book superhero movies on Netflix?

FlashRouters partners up with VPN and SmartDNS providers to help give you access to more Marvel and DC Comics superhero movies on Netflix streaming.

Top FlashRouter SmartDNS Solutions for access to Netflix Instant Denmark & other Netflix locales

Overplay is the only SmartDNS provider that offers unblocking of Netflix Instant so they are the only recommended provider for this Netflix Instant rundown.

1. OverPlay Netgear R7000 FlashRouter

2. OverPlay RTN66U FlashRouter

3. Overplay Asus RT-AC56U FlashRouter

Top FlashRouter VPN Solutions For Netflix Location Changing including Netflix Denmark:

1. CyberGhost R7000 FlashRouter 

2. HMA R7000 FlashRouter

3. IPVanish R7000 FlashRouter

DD-WRT Router Benefits & Advantages #6: Bandwidth Monitoring Tools

DD-WRT Bandwidth Monitoring

Bandwidth Monitoring with DD-WRT

For those without unlimited mobile or home internet plans, being able to track your bandwidth usage is crucial if you want to avoid exceeding your limit. It’s not always the easiest thing to do: certain websites, games, and other activities can end up eating much more of your data than you realize.

However, with the right router and firmware, you can monitor your bandwidth and keep yourself within the restrictions of your plan.

Finding a Router with Advanced Bandwidth Monitoring

The first step towards advanced bandwidth monitoring is finding a router flashed with DD-WRT firmware. DD-WRT firmware boosts the functionality of routers in many important ways, including VPN integration and WiFi HotSpot capabilities. And fitting with the theme of the post, this replacement firmware also enables you to monitor your bandwidth usage.

If you are looking for a place to find these devices, FlashRouters has many DD-WRT routers that fit this purpose. Some of our most popular routers that can be easily used for bandwidth monitoring with DD-WRT include the high-powered 800 MHz processor-equipped Asus RT-AC56U.

How to Monitor Monthly Bandwidth with DD-WRT

Once you’ve got your DD-WRT router connected as your network gateway, you can access the active DD-WRT bandwidth monitoring options by:

  1. Browse to the DD-WRT’s GUI (Graphic User Interface) by entering your router IP address in any browser (i.e. 192.168.1.1)
  2. Log in with your router administration credentials. By default, DD-WRT uses username: root  & password: admin. If you have a FlashRouter, the altered password will be included in your setup guide.
  3. Click Status tab → WAN.

Here you will find a day by day and monthly total of traffic like so.

How To Monitor Internet Traffic on Router - Daily-Monthly

Struggling with some sluggishness in your network? You may want to check on the amount of capacity individual users are using.

Click Status tab → LAN an active client list will appear.

bandwidth-monitoring-ddwrt-status-lan-clients

If someone is being a network hog or you see a device you are unfamiliar with, just click the Trash can icon next to the user to remove his WiFi network lease. A WiFi network lease is the amount of time required between a user or device having to reenter credentials. This prevents the assignment pool of the router from being overloaded by giving connections perpetually to your friend’s kids or your visiting relatives.

How to Monitor Individual Network Segments with DD-WRT

For more in-depth Internet speed logging, visit the Status tab → Bandwidth tab. You have now arrived in the powerful live Bandwidth monitoring section in DD-WRT, but here’s a little insight to this basics of what it all means.

Under Bandwidth, there will be some instantly visible real-time graphs corresponding to the different Internet sharing segments of your router from the wireless antennas to the wired ports you should see a real time view including “WAN (vlan1)”, “WL (eth1)”, “br0”, “eth0”, and “vlan0”.

DD-WRT Segment Bandwidth Monitoring

Each of these tabs is telling you something about one kind of traffic coming in or going out of your router.

If your router is hardwired to your modem and you want to know what traffic is like on the WAN/Broadband connection, “WAN (vlan1)” is the segment to watch. For Wi-Fi traffic with the “WL (eth1)” tab, which is particularly useful if you suspect you’re not the only one using your WiFi network when you should be. If you have a dual band router, you might see another WL.

“br0” is essentially a connection between the WAN and LAN ports and therefore shows you the total transfer speeds over the router. “etho” covers all of the local ports and the WAN port with the internet traffic. Lastly, “vlan0” offers a look at the hardwired ports, Internet traffic, and internal traffic, allowing you to get a good sense of what’s going on from within and without of your router’s network.

Depending on your router, these names might vary slightly but as you can see the amount of segments you can monitor right out of the box is very impressive. Between live bandwidth monitoring, user connection info and management, and daily and monthly upload and download traffic, you can catch just a glimpse of what DD-WRT adds.

Additional Benefits & Advantages of DD-WRT Firmware

Need more reason to get a DD-WRT router? Here are a few other popular features upgraded, enhanced or only available with DD-WRT open-source firmware.

Ready to take control of your network back? Make sure to visit the ever-popular Best DD-WRT Routers List to find a truly secure and powerful network centerpiece for you and your network monitoring desires.

Like this post? Want to see more information about open source router firmware and advanced networking options?

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Official FlashRouters Supported VPN Service Providers & SmartDNS Services List

At FlashRouters, we’re proud to offer the best open-source firmware routers to enhance your networking capabilities that are limited by manufacturer stock firmware. This unique process called flashing adds a bevy of features but the most common and sought after is in terms of VPN connectivity. Integrating VPN and VPN services into your network helps ensure your security, privacy, and safety in the increasingly risky online world.

In addition to offering powerful, reliable routers designed to revolutionize your home network at the best prices, we’ve developed setup guides and configurations with a great deal of VPN service providers providers in order to guarantee a completely safe internet experience for you.

Why Buy a FlashRouter?

FlashRouters Most Popular Supported VPN Service Providers

Here is a list of VPNs with whom FlashRouters has a partnership or actively supports. We’re proud to meet the needs of those looking for specially-configured DD-WRT & Tomato Routers.

Our support technicians are experts when it comes to these frequently requested providers. Each provider is listed by firmware and VPN protocol supported within the firmware for each provider. As we add more providers, we will continue to proudly update this ever-expanding alphabetical list.

Top VPN Providers for Using Wireless Routers

ExpressVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN) – ExpressVPN Routers

IPVanish (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP) – IPVanish Routers

NordVPN (DD-WRT– OpenVPN & PPTP/ Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP) – NordVPN Routers

PrivateInternetAccess – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP) – PrivateInternetAccess Routers

Perfect Privacy VPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

PureVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

SaferVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP) – SaferVPN Routers

Windscribe (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

AirVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Buffered VPN (DD-WRT– OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN) – Buffered VPN Routers

EarthVPN – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

FoxyProxy (DD-WRT– OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

HideMyAss (HMA) – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP) – HideMyAss Routers

IVPN  (DD-WRT OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

LeVPN – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Overplay – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

SpyOff (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Torguard (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

TunnelBear (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

VPN Unlimited (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

StrongVPN – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

SurfBouncer – (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

SmartDNSProxy – (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP) – SmartDNSProxy Routers

TotalVPN (DD-WRT– OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

UnblockVPN – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – None)

VPNArea (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

VPNSecure.Me (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

VPNVision (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

VyprVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP /Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

 

Other Supported VPN Service Providers / SmartDNS Services Tested By FlashRouters

Our goal is to get everyone’s preferred VPN provider supported in an effort to bring you fast, reliable, and more importantly, secure wireless internet from anywhere in the world. Here is a list of some of the other VPN providers whose services have been successfully configured on FlashRouters and we now have setup information on file to include with your purchase:

12VPN – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

AceVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP/ Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Anonymizer (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Astrill (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Azire VPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP/ Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

BananaVPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

BeeVPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

BlackVPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

BolehVPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

BoxPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

BritishTVAnywhere (DD-WRT & Tomato)

BTGuard (DD-WRT– OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

BulletVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

CactusVPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

CloakVPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

CyberGhost – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

DefenceVPN – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

FreeVPN.me (DD-WRT – OpenVPN)

GetFlix (DD-WRT– OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

HideIPVPN (DD-WRT– PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

Hide.Me (DD-WRT– OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

ibVPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

IronSocket (DD-WRT– OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

IPredator.se (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP & OpenVPN)

Ivacy (DD-WRT– OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Kepard (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

LiquidVPN – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

MacSentry (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

Mullvad (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

MyExpatNetwork (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

MyPrivateNetwork (DD-WRT– PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

Uppersafe (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

Pandapow.co (DD-WRT– PPTP/ Tomato – PPTP)

PrivateTunnel (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

ProtonVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

proXPN (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

Proxy.sh (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

RoTunneling VPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

SecureTunnel (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Secucloud (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Seed4.me VPN Club – (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

SlickVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

StreamVia (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

SwissVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

SecureTunnel – (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Trust.Zone (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

UKProxy (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

Unblock-Us (DD-WRT & Tomato)

Unlocator (DD-WRT & Tomato)

UnoTelly (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

VanishedVPN – (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

VikingVPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

VPN.ac (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

VPNBook (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

VPNFreedom (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

VPN.HT (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

VPNinTouch (DD-WRT – OpenVPN)

VPNReactor (DD-WRT – OpenVPN)

VPNTunnel.se (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

VPNUK (DD-WRT – PPTP / Tomato – PPTP)

VPNVision (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

Web Securitas VPN (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP / Tomato – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Whatbox.ca (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

WiTopia (DD-WRT – OpenVPN & PPTP)

Zenmate (DD-WRT – OpenVPN / Tomato – OpenVPN)

Known unsupported VPN providers:

Hotspot Shield
F-Secure Freedome

If you would like a router for one of these providers, visit our alternative firmware routers selection and pick the right device for you. Use the VPN Service dropdown menu to choose the service or select None /Other and type the provider in and we’ll take care of the rest!

If you have (or are) a provider you’d like us to test or check on, please contact us. We’ll dig around and see if we have the solution for you and others so we can add it to this list.

FlashRouters List of Supported VPN Services

Why Choose a VPN or SmartDNS FlashRouter?

At FlashRouters, our mission is to provide the best possible open-source, wireless router experience for every single one of our customers. We like to think of ourselves as the Networking Problem Solvers. That’s why we always guarantee:

  • An extensively tested DD-WRT or Tomato Router.
  • Free Experienced Tech Support Included – If you have issues, our friendly, fast, and knowledgeable US-based support staff will get your DD-WRT wireless router and VPN service connection up and running or return your device for a full refund. Satisfaction Guaranteed!
  • Free VPN Service Integration.
  • Warranty – Open-source firmware will void our router whether you do it or us so we give you a little piece of mind so you don’t get a lemon. Plus we stress test all device prior to shipping anyway.
  • Worldwide shipping via USPS & FedEx.

Our technicians are ready and eager to provide you with any information and help you require, so please feel free to contact us whenever you need assistance.

Updated: 10/12/2016