In the first place, let’s talk about what makes the Netgear R6400 AC1750 Nighthawk so special, even before it is flashed with DD-WRT Open Source firmware for advanced customization and security options.
Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU internal processor
On the whole, that’s a lot of top-of-the-line processing power, not to mention high-end Wireless-AC speeds…
If you’re not familiar with Wireless-AC, here’s all you need to know: as the latest wireless draft for exponential signal capacity, for sheer transmission speed, Wireless-AC smokes the competition.
To demonstrate, Wireless-G topped off at 54 Mbps and Wireless-N landed in the 450-900 Mbps range. Consequently, Wireless-AC blows right by both of them, doubling Wireless-N’s fastest speeds. In the case of the Netgear R6400v2 AC1750 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter, this is a dual-band device with the capability to offer AC1750 (450+1300Mbps)!
Benefits of Upgrading to a FlashRouter
Out of the box and with factory settings, the default stock firmware found on routers is full of bugs and backdoors. Consequently, with these backdoors, hackers or snoopers can spy on your network activity. Businesses, including your Internet Service Provider, can monitor and monetize your online activity.
Flashing a Linksys router with open source firmware opens the door to a world of added network stability, increased range, and upgraded security. And, perhaps most importantly, Open Source firmware also allows for the integration of a Virtual Private Network onto your router, thereby keeping snoopers out of your network.
Feeling overwhelmed? No need. Every FlashRouter comes with access to the FlashRouters Support Team, who will help configure your router for the optimal configuration in your home environment. What’s more, the FlashRouters Support Team continually tests the latest firmware builds, making sure that our devices are properly updated and secured.
Plug and Play, Out of the Box VPN Setup: For complete pre-configuration to a service, please enter your username, password, and preferred server location. However, this is not required, just an added bonus for those who desire it.
Pre-Loaded for the FlashRouters Privacy App: All of our DD-WRT routers come with the easy-to-use FlashRouters Privacy App. It is the easiest way to manage a DD-WRT FlashRouter.
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!
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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!
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.
Our team supports 50+ VPN Providers and is the preferred router seller for some of the top VPN providers around like European favoritesNordVPN, 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.
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 BEST2019to get an extra $20 off any FlashRouter on this list!
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.
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.
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
Linksys WRT1900ACS Recommended For: Approximately 7 to 9 devices for 4k video streaming and online gaming in a medium to large home.
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
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.
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.
Although the Netgear Nighthawk is a gaming driven wireless router, this doesn’t make it a gamer exclusive device. This line of wireless routers provides speed, performance, and power to your home or office network. Whether it be gaming, streaming, or just browsing, a Nighthawk will never let you down.
Luckily for you, FlashRouters stocks a whopping FOUR models of the Nighthawk to cover our customers’ needs. FlashRouters come pre-flashed with your choice of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. Open-source firmware supercharges your Nighthawk to achieve even better speeds and performance than advertised.
Read on to discover your perfect Netgear Nighthawk open source & VPN compatible premium WiFi router!
Top Netgear Nighthawk DD-WRT Routers
With a 1 GHz processor, the Netgear R6400v2 is the best economy FlashRouter available.
While the R6400v2 may not boast the processing power or wireless speeds of the more advanced Netgear devices, this router is perfect for anyone looking to set up a VPN network in their apartment.
The R6400v2 isn’t a behemoth like the R9000, but with Dual-Band wireless speeds of up to 1750 Mbps and the aforementioned Dual Core 1 GHz processor, this router is the perfect device for all small setups.
Nighthawk R7800 X4S
Although just a step above the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, the R7800 brings much to the table.
The R7800 offers both increased wired and wireless connectivity over the R7000. Supporting up to AC2600 Mbps dual-band wireless speeds and an extra external antenna, this router is nothing to scoff at.
In addition to the better wireless performance, the R7800 upgrades its processor to a dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm processor, a 70% increase from the R7000. With 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of onboard memory, the R7800 will not disappoint.
Nighthawk R9000 X10
The biggest and baddest Nighthawk. The router to end all routers. This is the Nighthawk R9000.
The R9000 supports tri-band wireless speeds of up to 7200 Mbps. Only this time, it supports the newest wireless standard Wireless-AD.
Wireless-AD allows the usage of the 60 GHz band instead of the typical 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. This puts the max speed of Wireless-AD at 7 Gbps, a whopping 4 Gbps higher than the maximum speeds of Wireless-AC.
This router uses four powerful external antennas to deliver full coverage to any home or office. With a performance-minded dual-core 1.7 GHz Alpine processor, this device will handle anything and everything you could possibly think of.
This “classic” device offers dual-band Wireless-AC speeds of up to 1900 Mbps with three external antennas for maximum wireless reach. Furthermore, these antennas are easily upgradable to boost your wireless coverage to an even larger reach.
The R7000 sports a speedy 1 GHz dual-core Broadcom CPU to ensure maximum performance and processing speed. With 256 MB of RAM and 128 MB of onboard memory, this router will handle pretty much anything you need it to.
The Nighthawks Side-By-Side
Can’t decide which device is best for you? Take a look at how they stack up against each other.
Nighthawk FlashRouters arrive pre-installed with a recent, tested, and stable DD-WRT firmware build. Forget spending hours deciphering and testing the DD-WRT forums/website/Wiki for the correct hardware version and proper build, only to discover that you’ve improperly flashed your device and bricked it.
Need any more convincing? Our DD-WRT upgraded FlashRouters come with many more enhanced firmware features. Take a look at some of our favorites:
Enhanced, attractive GUI (graphical user interface).
Upgraded WiFi & wired network. The end of annoying reboots (but if you like them, you can use a reboot scheduling option as well.)
Removes faulty WPS functionality, a major security hole.
Dynamic DNS (DDNS) integration.
Advanced wireless controls
VLAN (Virtual LAN) support for separating wireless and wired networks.
Bandwidth monitoring & access restrictions.
For a more in-depth look at DD-WRT features, look at our in-depth discussion on Top DD-WRT Routers.
Remotely Flashing Your Nighthawk
Do you already own one of these devices? Fear not, for FlashRouters can still help.
If you purchase a subscription to one of our Flashing Plans, we can remotely flash the Nighthawk router you currently own. Additionally, our remote Flashing Plans come with technical support. If you are a technical novice or simply someone who would prefer having the option of assistance with your Open Source router, you are in luck.
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.
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.
In case this doesn’t mean much to you, allow us to put these features in practical terms.
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.
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
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.