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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 Features of the Roku 4 + the Best Routers for Roku 4

You need a strong router to support the new 4K Roku 4

Best Wireless Router for Roku 4

Introducing The Roku 4

Once again, Roku proves why they’re one of the most beloved streaming media player manufacturers in the game. The Roku 4 is here, and it’s got plenty to offer, even if you’ve purchased the most recent model prior to the 4 (that’d be the 3, obviously).

For starters, the Roku 4 is here to bring you the 4K (also known as Ultra HD) streaming quality that you’ve been hearing about all over the place. Care to stream Breaking Bad on Netflix Instant in almost shockingly vivid clarity? You’re gonna need a player with 4K streaming capabilities, which the Roku 4 now offers. Get yourself ready for the best streaming quality available.

Other notable updates for the latest Roku include a voice recognition search function as well as a locater function for the remote (you aren’t a real Roku owner unless you’ve been driven to the brink of madness trying to find the remote). Want to watch your Roku without disturbing a sleeping partner or child? The Roku 4 now offers a headphone jack for private viewing purposes.

All of this plus everything you always loved about your Roku for around $129. In this case, we recommend the upgrade.

Roku 4 Technical Specs

  • Networking: 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless
  • Video Outputs: Up to 4K UHD on HD TVs, up to 1080p HD on HD TVs
  • Storage Expansion: microSD card port, USB port
  • Power Consumption: 12.4W when streaming 4K UHD video
  • Power Input: 12V-2A power adapter

Roku 4 Remote Features

  • Voice Search
  • Point anywhere use
  • Headphone jack
  • Motion-control (for gaming)

Top Wireless Routers for Roku 4 Streaming Video

Having said all of that above, as you might imagine, 4K streaming is a bandwidth-devouring activity, plain and simple. If you’ve got an average wireless network, you’re going to be getting choppy streaming and buffering all the livelong day.

Fortunately, that’s where FlashRouters comes in to save the day…

As the video explains, we live to rescue tired wireless networks. With our DD-WRT-and-Tomato-flashed routers, there’s no job that’s too big. Stream 4K media all day with our devices. They’re built for any networking challenge you can throw at them.

That said, we do offer a wide range of devices, so we figured it would be helpful to highlight the cream of the crop to ensure that you get the best possible Roku 4 streaming experience with Wireless-AC capability to meet your 4K HD streaming needs. Let’s dig in!

Asus RT-AC3200 AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

Tomato Installed Asus RT-AC3200 Open Source WiFi Router

The Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

The Asus RT-AC3200 is our top rated Tomato router with 6 powerful external antennae, tri-bBand wireless adding up to 3200 Mbps speeds, a powerful 1 GHz Broadcom processor. But our special version of this just released open-source firmware favorite arrives with the added benefits that Tomato firmware’s malleability and supreme functionality bring to the table. Get the speed, power, and versatility you need for endless 4K streaming with the Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter.

Netgear R8000 AC3200 Nighthawk X6 DD-WRT

If you’re less of a Tomato fan and more of a DD-WRT open source firmware guy or gal, then this is the alternative to the Asus RT-AC3200 listed above that you’re looking for.When choosing the FlashRouter for your Roku 4, it makes the most sense to go with the fastest device we’ve got, right? In that spirit, maybe it’s time you got to know the Netgear R8000 Nighthawk and it’s tri-band 3200 Mbps speeds.

That’s right. This router offer 3 bands – that’s two 1300 Mbps 5 GHz bands, and one 600 Mbps 2.4 GHz band – to make this the most dizzyingly fast router available here or anywhere. But that’s not all: with a Broadcom 1 GHZ (1000 MHZ) dual core processor and 6 powerful external antennae, this is also one of the most powerful devices we offer. Put simply, this is our heavyweight, and Ultra HD streaming will be like any other network activity with this router on your side.

The best Linksys DD-WRT Router ready for improved security

Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT Router

Linksys WRT1900ACS AC1900 DD-WRT

If there are routers that qualify as classics, this Linksys device is surely one of them. Having seen it freshly rebooted it for the modern era, Flashrouters is thrilled to carry this time-tested and beloved router.

Armed with the fasted processor currently available – a 1.6 GHz dual-core Marvell ARM processor, which is just the ticket for high-bandwidth streaming – the Linksys WRT1900ACS is ready to take on all of your networking activities and more. Get that retro look without the retro speeds.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Tomato FlashRouter

Needless to say, the Netgear R8000 listed up top is the one to beat for speed, but this sibling router offers just as much power and nearly as much speed while saving you a good chunk of change in the process.

Our original Nighthawk device, the Netgear R7000 is truly a wonder to behold, with its 1900 Mbps dual-band speeds and 1 GHz processor making Roku 4 Ultra HD streaming a thoroughly mundane and easy task. This Tomato FlashRouter has the functionality to future-proof your wireless network, giving you top-notch service at a reasonable price.

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!

Game of Thrones on HBO GO – Watch the New Season Worldwide (Updated)

Watch Game of Thrones on HBO GO

Game of Thrones Season 4 on HBO GO

Season four of Game of Thrones is upon us, with the premiere episode having aired this past Sunday and, to no one’s surprise, the immense popularity of the show led to a full-blown HBO GO crash.

So if you’re going to be competing against a fervid band of HBO GO streamers to get your weekly fill of dragons, death, and diabolical scheming, you’re going to want a powerful network on your side.

Be ruthless: Get yourself a powerful FlashRouters and a top-notch VPN service so that you can flawlessly stream Game of Thrones from anywhere. After all, winter is coming (or just ending. Whatever. We’re going for a theme here. You understand).

What is HBO GO?

Watch TVs all-time greats on HBO Go, including the new season of Game of Thrones

HBO GO: All the Great HBO Show Available All the Time

We’ve sung HBO GO’s praises in other posts before, but it’s worth a little recap here. HBO GO is a streaming media service that, obviously, requires an HBO subscription to enjoy, though that may eventually change.

And when it does, act fast, because this is the streaming media channel to own. You’ll get new and old HBO classics like

  • Girls
  • The Wire
  • Deadwood
  • The Sopranos
  • Game of Thrones
  • Veep
  • True Blood

And that’s it. Actually, wait, there’s also…

  • Six Feet Under
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Enlightened
  • Sex and the City
  • Real Time With Bill Maher
  • Band of Brothers
  • The Newsroom
  • Oz
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

The list goes on. Every single episode of each of these shows is available all the time, and we haven’t even mentioned the big and ever-changing catalog of movies to watch. And if you don’t have a cable package with HBO, but know someone who does, borrow their password. HBO GO’s very own CEO doesn’t mind.

How Do I Watch HBO GO From Overseas?

IPVanish App

The solution is simple: subscribe to a VPN service.

A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, is a subscription-based service designed to maximize protection around your online identity. VPN’s set up servers all around the world, and when you subscribe to one, they encrypt your data flow by tunneling them through those servers, thus changing your IP address.

This means that, if you’re in, say, Japan, and you want your computer to think that you’re in the USA, log in to your VPN account and pick an American-based server; HBO GO, Netflix, Hulu all ready to go.

It’s particularly useful if you’re looking to access any regionally restricted websites, like Netflix in China or, more relevantly, watch HBO GO from anywhere outside America.

Popular VPN service providers for US IP addresses include NordVPNExpressVPN, PrivateInternetAccess, & IPVanish VPN. FlashRouters also offers a handy VPN provider comparison list to help you find the VPN service that best suits your needs.

Using a FlashRouter To Watch HBO GO

Watch HBO GO Overseas With the Help of VPNs

Watch HBO GO Overseas With US VPN Service

Now that you have your VPN subscription, you’re going to have to set it up the right way within your network, which is not exactly the easiest task in the world. This is one of many reasons you’re going to want to procure a FlashRouter.

Our routers, all of which are flashed with either supercharged open-source DD-WRT or Tomato firmware (which we’ll get into in a minute), offer the ability to tweak antenna settings, as well as integrate advanced security options & firewalls.

All FlashRouters come equipped with built-in VPN integration options for PPTP & L2TP and most offer OpenVPN. Having VPN integrated saves you the time of setting up VPN connections on individual devices. Buying a FlashRouter allows you to be VPN ready out of the box. No more searching and scouring sites for the proper working build, the right router, going through the trouble of flashing firmware, only to end up bricking and ruining your router.

FlashRouters does it all plus includes a custom setup guide with included, dedicated support to contact specializes in these types of setup. Even better, if you use a FlashRouter as the centerpiece of your network, you can use your VPN account on any or all of your devices!

Most importantly though, our routers are flashed with durable, reliable firmware, which ensures that your wireless network is running as smoothly and quickly as possible. Choose one flashed with DD-WRT firmware, such as the Netgear R6400V2 DD-WRT FlashRouter, or the Linksys WRT1900 ACS DD-WRT FlashRouter (our top choice under $150), and you’ll be giving your network a significant boost at a more-than-affordable price.

Or you can go all out and grab one of our new Wireless-AC routers. There are no bad choices in this department, though we might point you towards the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk, which sports a best-in-class Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU as well as dizzying dual-band wireless speeds up to 1900 Mbps (450 2.4 Mbps & 1450 5.0 Mbps). This router will transform your network into an impossibly efficient, speedy, secure, absolute monolith.

Or you can just check out our recent VPN Router & Service Provider bestseller list, and get an idea of what open-source FlashRouter works is the most popular and best suited for you.

Lastly, what good is an HBO GO subscription without a streaming media player? Head over to our streaming media devices page, and pick out the right one for yourself. Find Rokus, Apple TVs, Boxees, and many other streaming devices to pair with your new FlashRouter to complete your home network revamp.

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