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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.

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!

Router of the Day: Netgear R9000 X10 Nighthawk AD7200 DD-WRT

Introducing the Netgear R9000 X10 DD-WRT

Netgear continues to produce innovative premium WiFi routers to exceed consumers expectations while living on the cutting edge of technology and performance. The latest addition to the FlashRouters Family, the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10, is an especially impressive device. The R7000, the original Nighthawk, is one of the most popular FlashRouters. However, the R9000 blows it out of the water takes where that started and lifts off.

Top Features:

  • Wireless-AD7200 Gigabit WiFi
  • 7.2 Gbps WiFi Speeds
  • 1.7 Ghz Dual Core Processor
  • 10GB Ethernet Port
  • Two USB 3.0 Ports, Seven Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • QuadStream Wave2 WiFi (MU-MIMO)

What is Wireless-AD?

The defining feature of the Nighthawk R9000 AD7200 DD-WRT is the introduction of Wireless-AD. Wireless-AD is the latest wireless standard. Before Wireless-AD, there was Wireless AC (the current standard), Wireless-N and Wireless-G, all of which improved greatly on the previous standard. Wireless-AD is the next step. While most WiFi connections use the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, the Wireless-AD in the R9000 takes advantage of the 60 GHz spectrum.

At any rate, using the 60 GHz spectrum allows for a maximum wireless speed of 7 Gbps. This is 4 Gbps higher than the max speeds of Wireless-AC. However, Wireless-AD is not backwards compatible. If you have a Wireless-AC or Wireless-N device, you will not be able to use it on the 60 GHz Wireless-AD spectrum. On the other hand, there are not many Wireless-AD devices currently available on the market. If you have a slew of Wireless-AC and N devices, do not fret.

Additionally, using Wireless-AD is future-proofing your setup. While there may not be many devices currently on the market which utilize Wireless-AD, the future will be a different story. Taking advantage of Wireless-AD now will save headaches later.

Wireless-AD Spectrum in DD-WRT

The R9000 is a Tri-Band router. The 60 GHz 802.11ad spectrum is only one of the three bands. The 802.11ac bands are 5GHz and 2.4GHz. At any rate, the two 802.11ac bands on the R9000 can be used with Wireless-AC and earlier.

Nighthawk R9000 DD-WRT Hardware Upgrades

Besides the advancements of Wireless-AD, the Nighthawk R9000 is still a very impressive router. The R9000 uses 4 CPU cores in a 1.7 GHz Broadcom processor. This is the most powerful processor currently available in a FlashRouter.

Looking to integrate a Virtual Private Network on the router level? As the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 FlashRouter is flashed with Open Source DD-WRT firmware, this is certainly possible. However, tunneling your connection between a VPN server and back will always cause a level of slowdown. Using a high-end 1.7 GHz processor will offer a solid defense any slowdowns caused by tunneling.

The R9000 also uses four very powerful external antennas. These antennas utilize MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO allows for simultaneous streaming on multiple devices. Taking advantage of this feature provides each connected device with a straight-ahead path to the router: no more wars of interference between devices.

Additionally, the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 takes advantage of a 10 Gigabit Fiber port alongside 6 Gigabit ports. The 10Gb SFP+ Fiber LAN port allows for fast Network Attached Storage. Looking to take advantage of Plex or Kodi? HQ streaming starts here.

However, we must note that if you are planning to use the Netgear R9000 outside of the USA, then you must add on the international power supply for 100-240V worldwide power compatibility.

Nighthawk R9000 Firmware Upgrades

As mentioned above, the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 takes the original Netgear firmware and replaces it with DD-WRT firmware. Netgear firmware is frequently filled with bugs and factory installed backdoors. This is something we report often hear at FlashRouters.

Besides omitting the flaws of default firmware, some of the features you can take advantage of with the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 include:

  • Removes firmware flaws major security holes, backdoors like WPS functionality.
  • Complete OpenVPN & PPTP Client/Server Setup Configuration Options.
  • Stabilize Overall WiFi Performance & Boost Antenna Strength with wireless transmission power options.
  • Integrated Captive Portal/ WiFi Hotspot System Capabilities
  • Advanced Networking Modes: Access Points, Wireless Extender, Wireless Client & Repeater Bridge.

The FlashRouters Guarantee

Here at FlashRouters, it is a priority that our users get as much out of their routers as possible.

Visit the FlashRouters Support Plan Center for information on support for your router.

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Featured Router: Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 AC2600 DD-WRT

Router of the Day - The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Christmas is coming a little early this year, friends. FlashRouters has just added another doozy of a router to our line: The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter.

Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 AC2600 DD-WRT FlashRouter Specs

Because we’re just so eager to tell you about this router, we’re just going to jump right into its peerless hardware.

  • Qualcomm Atheros 1.7 GHz (1700 MHz) Dual Core Processor
  • QUALCOMM ATHEROS 1.7 GHZ (1700 MHZ) DUAL CORE PROCESSOR
  • 4 POWERFUL EXTERNAL ANTENNAS WITH BEAMFORMING+
  • MU-MIMO SUPPORT
  • QUADSTREAM X4 WIRELESS ARCHITECTURE

In case this doesn’t mean much to you, allow us to put these features in practical terms.

R7800 High Speed Router Dual Core Processor Diagram

First of all, the 1.7 GHz Dual Core Processor. That’s 70% more powerful than processors in some of our top routers. To state the obvious, more power means a faster, more efficient network. This is imperative for maximizing network and VPN performance because of the additional demands on a WiFi Router due to the constant network encryption/decryption activities.

There’s a reason this device is also being called “The Nighthawk Plus” around the FlashRouters office. Because it takes an already fantastic and best selling device and manages to improve it considerably.

More External Antennas, MU-MIMO Support

The Netgear X4S R7800 features powerful external antennas, to improve your network’s WiFi signal coverage. Similarly, MU-MIMO makes it easier for your router to communicate with multiple devices on the network at the same time.

R7800 X4S Netgear DD-WRT - Quad-Stream X4 Architechture

The X4S Stands For QuadStream

Double the bandwidth with 160MHz support and dramatically increase WiFi range for mobile devices with QuadStream X4S Architecture. MU-MIMO gives you faster speeds with simultaneously streamed data for multiple devices.

Beamforming+ & Dynamic QoS

Unlike typical WiFi routers that just blast the WiFi signals in all directions, with Beamforming+ the router & device communicate with each other, so the router can directly beam the WiFi signal to the device. The result is a stronger, faster more reliable connection that is locked in even when the device is moved around the home.

• Focuses WiFi signals from the wireless router to WiFi devices like smartphones, tablets & laptops
• Automatic signal management checks with your device to keep WiFi signal at its optimal strength
• Designed for home environments to support multiple WiFi
device connections for highest quality
• Extends WiFi coverage, reduces deadspots, & boosts signal strength
• Implicit & Explicit Beamforming boosts speed, reliability & range for both 2.4 & 5GHz WiFi devices

Dynamic QoS (Quality of Service) - R7800 Nighthawk X4S

Beamforming+ boosts speed and range, while Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization optimizes your Internet speed for gaming and streaming. Powerful amplifiers and four high-performance external antennas give you greater WiFi range throughout large homes and even backyards.

Top Netgear Nighthawk X4S DD-WRT Features

So that’s why you’d want to buy a Netgear Nighthawk X4S  from anyone. Allow us to tell you why you gets yours upgraded with DD-WRT Open Source Router Firmware recommended by top network security experts.

It’s quite simple, actually. We ditch the unreliable, buggy and security-hole-filled stock firmware and replace it. This open source replacement firmware massively boosts the functionality as well as the versatility of the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT. As a result, you can take advantages of features like the ones listed below.

  • Removes firmware flaws major security holes, backdoors like WPS functionality.
  • Complete OpenVPN & PPTP Client/Server Setup Configuration Options.
  • Stabilize Overall WiFi Performance & Boost Antenna Strength with wireless transmission power options.
  • Integrated Captive Portal/ WiFi Hotspot System Capabilities
  • Advanced Networking Modes: Access Points, Wireless Extender, Wireless Client & Repeater Bridge.

And that’s just the beginning of DD-WRT’s virtues. Therefore, a massively powerful router such as the Netgear Nighthawk R7800 X4S combined with DD-WRT firmware is an unstoppable force!

The FlashRouters Guarantee

Lastly, FlashRouters wants to ensure that our users get as much utility out of their devices as possible.

Benefits of FlashRouters

Because not everyone’s an expert on maximizing router efficiency, we hire our own and put them to work for you. Hence, the following feature of FlashRouters ownership:

Support Plans: At FlashRouters, we offer DD-WRT support plans. Naturally, different routers come with slightly different plans. Visit the FlashRouters Support Plan Center for support on your router.

Have a question? Check out our just relaunched FlashRouters Help Center!

Best Netgear Routers for DD-WRT Open Source Firmware Upgrade

R8000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

The Netgear R8000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Are you sick of your under-performing router? High bandwidth activities like video streaming and gaming are putting serious strain on routers that would have been totally acceptable less than a decade ago, so what’s the solution?

Actually, the solution is less complicated and more affordable than you might think. With the help of some of our best Netgear DD-WRT routers, you’ll find that no networking task is too great when you have the right device on your side.

What Are the Benefits of DD-WRT?

But first, you may be wondering what exactly DD-WRT is. It’s quite simple actually…


DD-WRT is an open source firmware that is designed to replace and improve upon your router’s stock firmware. You’ll find that a DD-WRT router leaves all of its competitors in the dust by increasing the device’s functionality, security, and speed. Put another way, the benefits of DD-WRT are…

Taking quality routers and improving them by flashing them with open source firmwares like DD-WRT is what FlashRouters does best. Any router flashed with DD-WRT is one you can trust.

Best Wireless-AC Netgear DD-WRT Routers

The Best of the Best Wireless-AC Netgear Routers

Meet The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter - Holiday Gift Guide

The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Netgear Nighthawk R7800 X4S AC2600 DD-WRT FlashRouter

A bunch of new routers have been added to the FlashRouters roster this past year, and none have wowed customers quite like the Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800. And when you take a look at its features – from the incredibly powerful 1.7 GHz processor to the 4 high-powered antennas – it’s easy to see why. The DD-WRT R7800 is the perfect Netgear VPN router.

This model also supports MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO stands for Multi User-Multi Input Multi Output and allows for the router to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously. This increases the speed of the WiFi network, by limiting interference between devices.

…and here is a list to lay it all out:

  • 4 External Antennas,
  • 1.7 GHz Broadcom Processor
  • AC Wireless Speeds up to 2600 Mbps
  • MU-MIMO support
  • Best in Class RAM/Flash Memory (512/128 MB)

High End Netgear Wireless-AC Contenders

Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC3200 DD-WRT Router

If you’re in the market for one of the top routers available but the X8 is just a little too rich for your blood, then the Netgear Nighthawk X6 R8000 FlashRouter is the perfect alternative.

With Tri-Band WiFi speeds up to 3200 Mbps, a 1GHz dual core Broadcom processor, and 6 external antennas to maximize your wireless range (and to make the whole thing look really cool), this DD-WRT beauty has been vastly improving our customer’s networks ever since we added it in the past year. If your router is struggling to keep up with the demands of HD streaming, then the Nighthawk X6 is just what you need.

Netgear R7000 Nighthawk - Wireless-AC Router

Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT

Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router

You want a powerful internal processor? How does a Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU suit you? Need more RAM? The Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter’s best-in-class 256 RAM should do the trick, right? Throw in a 3.0 USB port to go along with a 2.0 port, three high-powered external antennae, and top speeds of 1900 Mbps(450 2.4 Mbps & 1450 5.0 Mbps) you’re getting an unbeatable device.

And then there’s the DD-WRT upgrade, which fills in security gaps, offers advanced wireless transmission and networking options, and much, much more.

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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!