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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.

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!

Fixing New Asus Firmware Vulnerabilities

If you have an Asus RT-N or RT-AC router with stock/default Asus Firmware, you should install the latest firmware updates released for these models. These firmware updates address many vulnerabilities in the Asus firmware.

What Are the Latest Asus Firmware Vulnerabilities?

Firmware vulnerabilities could allow attackers to hijack router settings. Additionally, these flaws could have allowed for hackers to change router settings without your authentication. The flaws can also change the router password, extract data and even execute malicious code.

A security consultant company called Nightwatch Cybersecurity discovered these flaws in January. Furthermore, the consultant has brought them to Asus’ attention, prompting this firmware patch/update.

Which Asus Router Models Can Be Hijacked?

As many as 40 Asus routers were affected from the RT-N and R-AC family of routers. It is recommended you update the Asus firmware if you are running v3.0.0.4.380.7378 firmware or higher. Firmware updates can be found on the Asus website.

FlashRouter Support Plan

However, if you own one of the models in bold below, you can flash the router with open-source fimware. This is where FlashRouters is here to help. FlashRouters can flash your router remotely with DD-WRT firmware with our FlashRouter Remote Tech Support Plans. After purchasing a support plan, simply email our support team to setup a remote TeamViewer session and they will remotely flash your router with DD-WRT firmware.

RT-AC

RT-AC51U, RT-AC52U B1, RT-AC53, RT-AC53U, RT-AC55U, RT-AC56R, RT-AC56S, RT-AC56U, RT-AC66U, RT-AC68U, RT-AC68UF, RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-AC66W, RT-AC68W, RT-AC68P, RT-AC68R, RT-AC68U, RT-AC87R, RT-AC87U, RT-AC88U, RT-AC1200, RT-AC1750, RT-AC1900P, RT-AC3100, RT-AC3200, RT-AC5300

RT-N

RT-N11P, RT-N12 (D1 version only), RT-N12+, RT-N12E, RT-N16, RT-N18U, RT-N56U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U (B1 version only), RT-N66W, RT-N300, RT-N600, RT-4G-AC55U – [No patch available]

 

How To Protect Yourself From Future Asus Firmware Vulnerabilities

The simplest way to remove potential network security holes from under-performing firmware like stock Asus is to remove it. Whether it’s upgrading to open source firmware on your compatible router or replacing it with a FlashRouter pre-flashed with tested, plug and play open source firmware.

Flashing a router with open-source firmware completely replaces the stock Asus firmware (and it’s security flaws) normally found on these models. Furthermore, this makes the router more stable and more secure by allowing for an array of benefits including advanced security features.

Tomato Installed Asus RT-AC3200 Open Source WiFi Router

Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

The most popular Asus model we offer is the Asus RT-AC3200 AC3200 TomatoUSB router. It has a 1 GHz Broadcom processor and 4 external antennas. This makes it a fantastic balance of range and power.

Need a bit more power or have a huge house? There’s also the very high-end Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300 DD-WRT. It has a whopping 8 high powered external antennas. Indeed, these antennas offer maximum WiFi coverage and an ultra power 1.4 Ghz Broadcom processor. A phenomenal choice if your looking for high-quality streaming, multiple devices and lag free gaming.

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The Best Asus Routers for DD-WRT Firmware

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT OpenVPN Router

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If you find yourself wondering why your wireless network is under-performing, we can tell you. In all likelihood, your router is not nearly up to snuff.

But before you run off and just buy any router, there’s a few things you should know. To start with, your average router’s stock firmware is unreliable in a number of ways. Just look at this recent news story about major security vulnerabilities in Asus routers.

With the help of DD-WRT replacement firmware, you don’t need to worry about anything like that happening to you. In fact, at FlashRouters, we have a whole line of terrific Asus DD-WRT routers that can give you the wireless network of your dreams.

What Are the Benefits of DD-WRT?

But before we dig into the Asus DD-WRT routers, perhaps it’s worth reviewing what exactly makes this firmware so special. This brief video should help get us started:

Didn’t watch the video? That’s okay. We’ll keep it simple. Your average router’s stock firmware is faulty, which is why we need open source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT. Basically, DD-WRT plugs holes in your router’s security and adds all sorts of performance-improving features to make your wireless network faster, stronger, and more versatile.

Features like what, you may be asking? How about these?

And that’s just a sample of the benefits of owning a DD-WRT-flashed router. Check out our DD-WRT FAQ to learn even more.

The Very Best Asus DD-WRT Router

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

Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter ($599.99)

So where to start with this router? There’s simply so much to talk about. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the design, which accurately represents the intensity of the router’s performance power. Those 8 external antennas ain’t just for show either. That’s how you end up with a router that support speeds as blindingly fast as 5300 Mbps over three bands. That makes it the fastest router we have, and frankly the fastest router we’ve ever seen.

But that’s not all…

  • BROADCOM 1.4 GHZ (1400 MHZ) DUAL CORE PROCESSOR
  • 8 MASSIVELY POWERFUL EXTERNAL ANTENNAS
  • USB 3.0 PORT
  • BEST-IN-CLASS RAM/FLASH MEMORY IN A WIRELESS ROUTER

Is it any wonder this is our winner for top Asus DD-WRT router? It may be the top router across our whole line of routers, and it’s right there waiting for you in our store.

Top Contenders for Best Asus DD-WRT Router

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter ($309.99)

If it’s a networking centerpiece you’re in the market for – something that will future-proof your whole network and save you the trouble of updating for a good, long time – then we have just the router for you: The Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter has got the whole package; killer speeds (2400 Mbps), loads of processing power, and DD-WRT firmware to give it that extra versatile edge.

  • BROADCOM 1 GHZ (1000 MHZ) DUAL CORE PROCESSOR
  • 4 MASSIVELY POWERFUL EXTERNAL ANTENNAS
  • QSR1000 WIRELESS CHIP – THE ONLY WIRELESS-AC CHIP THAT INCLUDES 4X4 MIMO
  • USB 3.0 PORT
  • BEST-IN-CLASS RAM/FLASH MEMORY IN A WIRELESS ROUTER

As you can tell, this DD-WRT Asus router does not mess around. This is one of the best options we offer for users who are ready to up their network’s game for good.

Best Economy Line Asus DD-WRT Routers

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Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter ($249.99)

Not looking to make a major investment, but still want the DD-WRT benefits that come with a FlashRouter? No worries, the Asus RT-AC56U is perfectly suited for you needs. With an 800 MHz processor, this is the sort of device that gives your streaming experience a boost at the rate of routers almost twice its price.

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Router of the Day: The Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT FlashRouter (Discontinued)

Featured Router of the Day: Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT FlashRouter

*This model is discontinued and we no longer support it. Please check out the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT Router.

It’s a new year, and we’re not wasting any time here at FlashRouters. In fact, we’ve added one of our most powerful routers yet and possibly the best router for online gaming of 2016.

DD-WRT with 8 GIGABIT PORTS – FINALLY!

It’s going to be a while before we top this one. If you’re looking for a router with the strongest processor (1.4 Ghz Broadcom CPU) for top streaming and gaming performance, then the Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT FlashRouter is the one for you.

If you want top wireless speeds, then maybe dual bands running 3100 Mbps makes this router the one for you.

How about 4 super-powered external antenna, designed to give you maximum wireless range? Get the picture yet? The Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT FlashRouter is the one you’ve been waiting for and we’re happy to give you the chance to revolutionize your wireless network.

Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT FlashRouter Features And Specs

So we’ve convinced you that we’re convinced of how special this router is, so maybe we should tell you about the hardware powering this one-of-a-kind beauty.

Let’s start here:

  • Broadcom 1.4 Ghz (1400 Mhz) Dual Core Processor
  • 4 External Antennas 
  • 8 Gigabit Wired Ports (instead of the standard 4)
  • Ultra-Fast Dual Band Wireless Transmission Rates (1000+2100 Mbps)
  • USB 3.0 Port
  • Best-in-class RAM (512 Mb)/Flash Memory (128 Mb) in a wireless router

What that means for you is you get a device with unheard of speeds, operating with more power and versatility than any you can imagine, a ridiculous wireless coverage area and top all-around performance. In short, you get a wireless network that won’t be topped for a long time to come.

8 Port Gigabit DD-WRT Router - Asus RT-AC88U DDWRT

Best In Class Gaming

Online gaming eats up a lot of bandwidth and streaming movies and TV with XBox One and PS4 apps like Netflix and Hulu can be just as network intensive. With it’s massively powerful Broadcom 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz) processor and 4 external antennas for maximum WiFi coverage, the Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT provides the best gaming/streaming experience possible. It’s no secret that a direct wired connection is better for gaming.

So if you want the fastest connections possible to access XBoxLive and PSN, the Asus RT-AC88U has you covered with it’s 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports. No switch required! Never experience lag online when taking down an AT-AT in StarWars Battlefront again and get the highest quality video streaming with the Asus RT-AC88U.

Added Benefits of a DD-WRT Upgrade

We think this router’s virtues speak for themselves. That said, we decided to make it even better by removing its firmware and giving it a DD-WRT upgrade.

What exactly does that mean for you, the user? Watch this brief video below and find out everything a DD-WRT router can do.

And that’s just the beginning. DD-WRT’s feature list is breathtaking in its length. Here are a few more DD-WRT highlights, in case you’re not convinced:

  • Premium Wireless Signal Clarity: DD-WRT adds the option boosting your wireless signal transmission power in highly congested WiFi areas.
  • Upgraded Stability: Eliminate the need for frequent reboots or schedule them automatically within the router if you wish.
  • Premium Tri-Band Band Coverage: Better quality audio and HD video streaming by design.
  • Elimination of Asus firmware backdoors, flaws, limitations & quirks.
  • Advanced QoS: Manage & prioritize bandwidth/performance of services like Skype or torrents.
  • Integrated Wireless Survey Page: View conflicting wireless networks in your area to tweak your network accordingly.
  • WiFi Hotspot Integration Options: NoCatSplash, HotSpotSystem, WorldSpot.net, WiFiDog.

Combine the Asus RT-AC88U‘s unprecedented speed with a DD-WRT upgrade, and you’ve got futureproofing networking device that is simply unbeatable.

The FlashRouters Difference

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

Our devices are certainly feature-heavy, and we want you to get the utmost out of them. That’s why we guarantee our customers the following:

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide
  • Dual Router VPN 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: Get plug and play setup on demand and setup/troubleshooting guides for more than 50 VPN services.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS & FedEx.

Anything else you need to know? Send us a message. Our friendly team of networking experts are eager to help you with any issue you might be having or questions you might have.

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Featured VPN Router: Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato

Perhaps you’ve heard about Wireless-AC – that hot wireless networking standard that has been dazzling users with its incredible speeds – and decided the time has come to bolster your own network. Maybe you looked up some Wireless-AC routers and noticed that the prices are a little on the steep side.

FlashRouters to the rescue! Having introduced you to one of our most affordable, high-performing Wireless-AC DD-WRT routers, we thought it was time you met its Tomato firmware counterpart. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato FlashRouter.

Meet the Asus AC56U Wireless-AC Tomato FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC56U Tomato Firmware OpenVPN RouterThat’s right: for a mere $229.95, you can get yourself a router flashed with one of the best replacement firmwares available, supported by the fastest wireless networking standard, and ready to be secured by any VPN on our official supported provider list.

The Asus AC56U truly is a dynamo of a router, and a steal at twice the price. With four powerful external antennae, a heavy-duty 800 MHz Broadcom processor, and a blindingly fast data transfer rate (1200 Mbps), this is easily one of the best deals you’re going to find for a Wireless-AC router anywhere.

Dual Gateway Support AKA The VPN Splitter

Aside from everything listed above (and to come), the Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter offers Dual Gateway Support, which means that the process of deciding which of your internet-capable devices you want running through your VPN or your local network just became much easier.

Shibby Tomato ARM Wireless-AC OpenVPN Client Screenshot

With the help of dual gateway support, you can effectively put your router in two virtual locations at once. Actually, because of Tomato ARM builds, you can even choose which websites you want to run through your VPN (like Netflix Instant, for example), allowing you to avoid arbitrary geographical restrictions and enjoy greater Internet freedom.

The Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter Specs

Best Wireless-AC Tomato Firmware Router - Asus RT-AC56U AC1200

So now you know the broad strokes about the Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter. Time to dig into the gritty details…

Firmware Upgrade Tomato
Frequency Band(s) Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates AC1200 (300+900 Mbps)
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11 a/c b/g/n
Ethernet Port Type Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
USB Ports 2
Processor Model BCM4708A0
Processor Speed 800 MHz
RAM/ Flash Memory 256/128 MB

So you’ve got high-speed data transfer rates, a powerful processor, and all the flash memory you need. The Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter is powerful, high-efficiency machine loaded up with the hardware you need to run a flawless wireless network.

The Benefits of a Tomato Firmware Upgrade


As the brief video above explains, no matter how strong the router you purchased, your network’s versatility and reliability is dependent on the right firmware. That’s why we remove the stock firmware on the Asus AC56U and replace it with Tomato firmware: it provides a massive boost to the device’s functionality and adds a wealth of helpful, vital features.

What are some of those features you ask? Well, let’s start with…

  • Known bug fixes in Broadcom-based Linksys & Asus firmware.
  • Improved Network Stability.
  • Integrated Wireless Survey page: View other wireless networks in your area and adjust your network accordingly.
  • OpenVPN & PPTP VPN connection options: Create OpenVPN & PPTP servers or client connections.
  • Advanced access restrictions for increased network security: Limit access by day of the week, time, user, or block specific websites.
  • Advanced QoS: 10 unique QoS classes defined, real-time pie graph display of prioritized traffic with drill-down into class details
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings: Antenna selection with 14 wireless channels available.

There are plenty more premium router features on Tomato that we could discuss, but we don’t want to overwhelm you (that’s a pretty lengthy list up there). Suffice to say, the beauty of Tomato firmware goes beyond an extendable wireless range and advanced security features.

The FlashRouters Difference

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The FlashRouters Support Routers Advantage

Setting up a FlashRouter is easy, but taking advantage of the many features a FlashRouters offer can require a little guidance. We’re only too happy to help out, which is why we offer:

  • Custom VPN Configuration: Include your preferred router & VPN setup options in the order checkout Comments area and we’ll take and integrate it for free.
  • TomatoUSB Firmware Setup & Troubleshooting Manual.
  • Easy Setup with No CD.
  • Free Open-Source Firmware Tech Support: Our skilled open-source router specialists can assist in getting your Internet or VPN setup.
  • Tomato Warranty: Tomato firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties. All FlashRouters include a warranty for Tomato installation.
  • International Dual Voltage Compatible (100v – 240v): Ships with U.S. power cable, international adapters available here.

FlashRouters expert technicians are available and eager to answer questions you may have. Feel free to take a look at our knowledge base or send us a note. Whether you’re curious about which device is right for you or have a question about a FlashRouter you already purchased, we’re here to help. 

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