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Best DD-WRT Linksys Routers

Finding the right DD-WRT Linksys compatible routers can be a somewhat daunting task. There are many makes, models, and versions to choose from. For most, this may not make that much of a difference. For others, such as FlashRouters and the open-source community, this variety of routers makes a huge difference.

Compatibility with DD-WRT can depend on different versions and iterations of the models. Here at FlashRouters, we pride ourselves in our expertise in version control, cutting out the frustration and stress of using a faulty router for our customers. We only source the most efficient versions of our routers in order to deliver a seamless experience.

What Is DD-WRT Firmware?

DD-WRT Logo - Power to the Router

DD-WRT is a Linux-based firmware project that was developed to enhance performance and expand features on wireless routers. This firmware is open-source, meaning anyone can see and develop the code for the firmware. This allows individuals to customize the firmware themselves.

Installing this firmware onto wireless router removes restrictions and ads features to your device. Some benefits include firmware benefits, stability upgrades, performance boosts, and the ability to use a VPN.

Why Are Only Some Routers Compatible With DD-WRT?

Generally speaking, there’s a lot of work behind finding DD-WRT compatible Linksys routers. The compatibility of the DD-WRT firmware largely depends on hardware. The make and model of the chipset and the size of the flash memory impacts the compatibility.

To find your own DD-WRT compatible Linksys router, it is recommended to head over to the DD-WRT wiki. On this page, you can find every DD-WRT supported device, from the manufacturer Abocom to ZCOM.

If flashing firmware yourself isn’t your forte, FlashRouters supports many different models including but not limited to the Linksys E900, Linksys E1900AC/S, and even the Linksys E3200.

Best Linksys DD-WRT Compatible Routers For VPN

The best Linksys DD-WRT Router ready for improved security

Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter – The Linksys DD-WRT WRT1900ACS comes packed with a powerful 1.6 Ghz dual-core ARM processor. With four external antennas, it provides dual-band wireless speeds of up to 1900 Mbps.

Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – The WRT3200ACM has the fastest processor available in any FlashRouter. It sports a 1.8 Ghz dual-core ARM processor to drive its four external antennas. With up to 3200 Mbps dual-band wireless speeds, it offers speed and performance.

Linksys WRT3200ACM Flashing Issues

Recently, the WRT3200ACM purchasers looking for a DD-WRT compatible router have consistently run into a major firmware flashing issues. The FlashRouter Team have been in direct contact with Linksys in order to remedy the situation and have found that the WRT3200ACM models with serial numbers starting with 19811 are currently incompatible with DD-WRT.

As of now, flashing DD-WRT firmware only works with models with serial numbers starting with 198106. This is the type of expertise and focus that only a nimble router sales and support team like ours at FlashRotuers can offer. Part of our services is the constant testing of new firmwares and compatibility that we do prior to any purchase.

Ask Amazon or Newegg if they will ensure your router has the proper serial number and let us know how it goes. Haha.

Remote Flashing & VPN Setup Plans Updates

To bring you the best support service, FlashRouters has added a new option for the Open Source Remote Flashing & VPN Setup Support Plans. This option will prompt customers to distinguish whether or not they have a 198106 serial number or not. This will streamline the support process to provide speedy turnaround for your FlashRouter.

FlashRouter Dedication To Open Source Solutions

In the long term, the FlashRouters team is working directly with Linksys as well as open-source developers to come up with a solution to hopefully get over this hurdle and make the WRT3200ACM Linksys DD-WRT compatible in the future.

One of the reasons we can primarily only offer factory re-certified models is that the compatible version is no longer manufactured and therefore cannot be purchased easily in bulk as a new model.

This is just another issue that the FlashRouter navigates to bring you the best open-source router models on a daily basis. Looking to get that guaranteed compatible pre-installed DD-WRT Linksys WRT3200ACM? Get yours before they are history!

Linksys DD-WRT Compatible Wireless Router List

Searching for a complete list of Linksys compatible DD-WRT Routers? We’ve got you covered!

Wireless-N Linksys DD-WRT Compatible Routers

  • E800
  • E900
  • E1000 (Versions 1, 2 & 2.1)
  • E1200 (Version 1 & 2)
  • E1500
  • E1550
  • E1700
  • E2000
  • E2100L
  • E2500 (Versions 1 & 2)
  • E3000
  • E4200
  • EA2700
  • WRT150N (Versions 1 and 1.1)
  • WRT160N (Versions 1, 1.1, and 3.0)
  • WRT160NL
  • WRT300N (Versions 1 and 1.1)
  • WRT310N (Versions 1 and 2)
  • WRT320N
  • WRT350N
  • WRT400N
  • WRT600N (Versions 1 and 1.1)
  • WRT610N (Versions 1 and 2)

Wireless-AC Linksys DD-WRT Compatible Routers

  • EA6200 (AC900)
  • EA6300 (AC1200)
  • EA6300 (AC1600)
  • EA6350 (AC1200)
  • EA6400 (AC1600)
  • EA6500 (AC1750)
  • EA6700 (AC1750)
  • EA6900 (AC1900)
  • EA8500 (AC2600)
  • EA9200 (AC3200)
  • EA9500 (AC5300)
  • WRT1200AC
  • WRT1900AC (Version 2 and S)
  • WRT3200ACM (IMPORTANT NOTE: Serial # Must Start With 198106)

FlashRouters Open Source Problem Solvers

With our team having a major focus on version control, firmware flashing issues are a thing of the past. For instance, if you were to purchase a Linksys WRT3200ACM from another retailer, you could receive an incompatible device. FlashRouters is the source for tried and tested Open Source routers.

Here at FlashRouters, you have a choice between numerous DD-WRT compatible Linksys routers along with a top-notch support plan for all your needs.

FlashRouter Support Plan

Our support plans include assistance for set up and operation of any compatible Linksys router as well as remote support sessions with our highly qualified US-based router support team to make sure you are flashed, upgraded, safe and secure.

Have more questions? Reach out to expert networking sales team to get your Linksys DD-WRT questions answered!

Preventing The New Linksys Firmware DDoS Vulnerability

Here we go again. Unfortunately, with stock router firmware vulnerabilities are nothing new. Netgear routers were recently affected by a bug in their firmware. Additionally, D-Link was affected by a vulnerability which was patched in Spring of last year. Previously, Asus was in legal trouble with the FTC for known security flaws in their firmware.

Linksys experiences bugs as well. Security researchers at IOActive are identifying several vulnerabilities in Linksys router firmware. These vulnerabilities allow hackers to bypass authentication and perform denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The good news? Linksys is working on a fix for the vulnerabilities. The bad news? This issue affects more than two dozen models of Linksys wireless routers in the WRT and EA series. You can see the full list of in-danger models here:

From the WRT series: WRT1200AC, WRT1900AC, WRT1900ACS, WRT3200ACM

From the EA series: EA2700, EA2750, EA3500, EA4500 v3, EA6100, EA6200, EA6300, EA6350 v2, EA6350 v3, EA6400, EA6500, EA6700, EA6900, EA7300, EA7400, EA7500, EA8300, EA8500, EA9200, EA9400, EA9500

How To Protect Yourself From Linksys Firmware Vulnerabilities

We recommend a FlashRouter with open source DD-WRT firmware. Flashing a router with open-source firmware completely replaces the stock Linksys 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.

The most popular Linksys model we offer is the Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT router. It has a 1.6 GHz Marvell processor and 4 external antennas. This makes it a fantastic balance of range and power.

Need a bit more power? There’s also the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT. It also has 4 external antennas but has a 1.8 Ghz processor. What does the “M” in “ACM” stand for? The “M” stands for MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO allows for the router to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously. This increases the speed of the WiFi network, by limiting interference between devices.

Already Own A Linksys Router?

Additionally, if you already own a Linksys model that we support, we can flash it remotely with DD-WRT firmware with our remote 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

Have Any Additional Questions?

Reach out to our friendly and helpful sales staff and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide whatever expertise to help you find the best solution for you.

Bestselling VPN Routers and VPN Service Providers – October 2016

Custom Flashed Open Source Routers

It’s officially not too early to start planning your holiday season gifts. And if you are either expecting to give or receive anything Internet of Things-related, then you’d better make sure the devices that back them up are top-tier.

Therefore, it’s time to get to know some of our top VPN routers and VPN service provider requests. In fact, our VPN routers and VPN affiliate subscription packages make pretty amazing gifts in their own right.

Open Source Firmware Advantages

Before we dig into our customer’s favorite choices, perhaps you’d like an explanation as to what makes a FlashRouter so special. Take 90 seconds and find out:

As the video explains, a FlashRouter is a powerful device that is improved further by removing the faulty stock firmware and replacing it with open source third party marvels, DD-WRT and Tomato. Suffice to say, these replacement firmwares massively boost the functionality and versatility of your WiFi network.

How, you ask? With features like these…

And that, my friends, is just an abbreviated list of DD-WRT and Tomato’s many virtues. As we were saying, these firmwares are the backbone of any good WiFi network.

Best AC1200 DD-WRT Router - Linksys WRT1200AC

Most Popular Wireless Open Source VPN Routers

Though the list has mostly seen a re-shuffling since our last best-sellers list, there has been some excitement around the FlashRouters office. Mainly, our customers are incredibly excited about the new ExpressVPN custom routers we now offer. And we can hardly blame them. The opportunity to get your new router as well as your VPN in one easy-to-use package is hard to resist.

  1. Linksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT – A knockout update of a classic.
  2. Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT – One of our highest powered Netgear routers, and preferred as a top router for online console gaming. Also available in a Tomato version with a Selective VPN option.
  3. Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT – Blazing fast AC wireless speed and customized open source firmware installation at an amazing price.
  4. Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT – If you are looking for a high-end router for gaming, streaming, video calls, or general improvement on your VPN use, look no further.
  5. Linksys E2500 Tomato – The go-to economy Wireless-N Dual Band device for bargain seekers.

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

Asus Vulnerability Warning

Asus Vulnerability Warning

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

A Spate of Recent Router Hacks

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

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

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

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

DD-WRT & Tomato Linksys/Asus Routers Security Fixes

Fix Asus Router Security Flaw - Wireless-AC Router - High Powered Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT OpenVPN

Asus RT-AC66U Upgraded Features

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

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

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

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

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

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Updated: 08/20/2014

Linksys WRT1900ACS – The Old Linksys Blue DD-WRT Router Returns with Wireless-AC Overhaul

(Editor’s Note: This Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT FlashRouter is now full supported with DD-WRT and officially available for purchase!)

The Old Linksys WRT54g

The Old Linksys WRT54G

Even those of us who spent the aughts being technologically illiterate can remember that old blue Linksys router. Computers may not have been as omnipresent as they are today, but lord knows we remember seeing our fair share of blue Linksys routers. Look at the image above and tell us it doesn’t look familiar. It was the beginning of broadband Internet as we know it.

That’s the WRT54G, a mostly phased out Linksys router and replaced by newer, sleeker models over the years. The WRT54G was first released in December 2002. While the amount of innovation in the world of technology has been almost immeasurable in the past twelve years, looking back at the base-point items that opened the door for progress shows just how intense this growth actually is.

The WRT54G was the first router to truly spark innovation in the open-source community for router lovers.  The birth of DD-WRT firmware is tied directly to the WRT54G in its early era.

But after Cisco sold their Linksys home networking to division to Belkin, it looks like this old blue mainstay may see its time in the sun again with the Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT. The re-release of “retro” tech products is a great way for fans to remember the history of these innovations like Chevy revamping and energizing the Camaro, and a reminder of just how rooted elements like wireless routers have become in our everyday computer usage since the good old days.

Linksys WRT1900AC – DD-WRT or Tomato?

The Linksys WRT1900AC

Linksys WRT1900ACS – The WRT54G Gone AC!

Yup, Belkin’s getting a little nostalgic. There’s a new WRT54G in town, and it’s been updated in a pretty massive way.

More accurately, Belkin unveiled the Linksys WRT1900AC at CES 2014 to ebullient, jubilant crowds and effusive geeks. The WRT1900AC is cosmetically designed in tribute to the WRT54G what they call “the best-selling router of all time.” No more E or EA series stuff. Back to the WRT basics, we say! Even though, it’s does feel weird to get nostalgic about a device that is a little over a decade old.

Since the WRT1900ACS is a brand new device, it’s packed with all of the latest router hardware specs to revamp the dormant Linksys brand as a serious competitor and innovator in the SOHO market (where they have lost much cache to Asus and Netgear). And boy, they didn’t seem to cut any corners here.

The Powerful Specs of the Linksys WRT1900ACS

Across the board, the WRT1900ACS is like no Linksys router until this point.

Antennas: Designed with a purpose for functionality and beauty, while boasting next-gen Wireless-AC capability, the WRT1900AC is capable of offering some of the highest speeds available from is impressive 4 omni-directional antennas. It is pretty exciting to tweakers and Linksys lovers to see those iconic external antennas come back into the fold.

Processor/RAM-Flash:  The WRT1900ACS promises an unmatched dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 256MB/128MB of DDR3 RAM/Flash memory.

USB 3.0 Port: The USB 3.0 port is an exciting add-on to this retro looking router, with a Super Speed transfer (USB 3.0 is 10x faster with transfer speeds of up up to 5Gbp/s) to make tasks like moving video files fluidly to networked hard drives much more efficient.

When the original blue bomber was unleashed, USB was not included and probably not even thought of being a network based activity. Now this functionality are almost required for any high performing wireless gateway. But this USB 3.0 introduction is a game changer when it comes to network sharing.

Open-Source Firmware (DD-WRT, Tomato, OpenWRT) Support: Linksys also says the device will support open-source firmwares like DD-WRT, Tomato, and Open WRT, which is exciting for those in the open-source community (us included).

FlashRouters Wireless-AC DD-WRT Router Options

Best WiFi DD-WRT Router of 2014 - Netgear R7000 Nighthawk OpenVPN OpenSource VPN

The Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter

The return of this classic router is very exciting, especially concerning the fact that it’s been formidably updated.

Until then, we’ve got plenty of intimidating devices of our own, including several Wireless-AC routers that have been flying off the shelves at FlashRouters headquarters. Around here, all of our devices are flashed with either DD-WRT or TomatoUSB firmware, so combine the advanced functionality of those replacement firmwares with the speeds of Wireless-AC, and you’ve got routers that are stronger, faster, and more versatile than any others on the market.

Enter the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT, which has quickly jumped up our best-selling routers list. Find out more about the power and dizzying speeds of this amazing device. With equivalent specs to the WRT1900ACS but full open-source support, the Nighthawk is the superhero of high-end wireless networking.

To get a better idea of what we do here at FlashRouter, take a look at this primer video:

Updated : 11/16/2016