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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!

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!

Best DD-WRT Open-Source Firmware Routers of 2013

Updated: 02/2018 – The Best DD-WRT Wireless Routers List of 2018 is now available with top wireless routers.

A new year, a brand new look, and now it is time for a new iteration of everyone’s favorite tech list, the best DD-WRT routers in 2013.

What is DD-WRT?

DD-WRT Open Source Firmware Logo

DD-WRT is an open-source project that provides firmware upgrades to a large selection of wireless routers. This upgrade unleashes a wide array of features and functionality, turning the average $100 router into a $500+ router. Default router firmware often hinders a user’s ability to have many of these features at their disposal. By replacing a router’s lackluster firmware with the DD-WRT open source firmware solution, these previously impossible tasks quickly become as simple as a few clicks.

FlashRouters ship with DD-WRT already installed by one of our networking specialists to ensure it is the right version for the corresponding wireless router. We’re here to help you make this decision as easy as possible by offering the best possible routers, running the best firmware, all including our popular setup guides and free tech support to ease any anxiety regarding the setup process.

Just a few improvements from DD-WRT installation include:

  • OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP client integration.
  • Wireless Access Point, Wireless Repeater & Client Bridge Mode to extend wireless range into wireless dead-spots in a home or office.
  • Antenna transmission boosting settings.
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) bandwidth controls for specifying spectrum and speed for specific network devices.
  • Improved Router User Interface.
  • WiFi Hotspot and NOCATSPLASH integration for free Guest & WiFi Hotspot networks.
  • Advanced Security and Remote Access options.

FlashRouters also includes a free setup guide for any VPN service provider that supports DD-WRT router setups (PPTP, OpenVPN or L2TP), including IPVanishNordVPNPrivateInternetAccess, and many more.

No need for VPN service? DD-WRT is an upgrade for any network or user. Make WiFi connection issues with Apple iPads, Xbox 360s, PS3s, Apple TVs, Rokus & more a thing of the past. You have great devices, let them work at their best with an upgraded router.

Don’t let your under-performing router get in the way of maximizing your speed and connection stability. Upgrade to a DD-WRT router for your needs today! Keep reading for recommendations on the best-selling and most popular DD-WRT routers.

The Best Selling DD-WRT Router

Top Choice - Best All-Around DD-WRT Router Under $200Linksys Cisco E4200 DD-WRT

The Linksys Cisco E4200 (Discontinued) is a DD-WRT router that both consumers and small business users have long craved. Stylish and lightweight, but also extremely powerful, it is no wonder this is the best selling, open-source upgraded networking device. Many contenders have come and gone but the E4200 is steadily our most sought after model by far from newbies to expert networking users. Combining excellent hardware, power, stability, speeds, and consistency, it will continue to perform far into the future.

Touted as part of the Linksys Maximum Performance router series, here’s a quick list of the most desirable features on the Linksys E4200 DD-WRT Router:

  • Maximum Wireless Speed up to 750 Mbps (300 + 450 Mbps).
  • Six Powerful Internal Antennae with full 3×3 MIMO antenna array.
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band N (2.4 & 5 GHz).
  • Gigabit Ethernet 4-port switch.
  • Network USB port for data sharing, media storage backup & networked printing.
  • Unrivaled HD Video Streaming via Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, and more.

E4200 DD-WRT Router Performance

The E4200 DD-WRT router continually undergoes extensive flashing tests by our networking experts, who are always checking for the most all-encompassing DD-WRT version for its Broadcom chipset. This testing is performed to focus on stability and durability for long-term and heavy use for power users such as those who would like a dedicated VPN network or better HD video streaming.

Converting the firmware from Linksys Cisco’s subpar firmware to DD-WRT Big or Mega build allows the E4200 to flourish and become the perfect network solution for the most bandwidth intensive networking setups and operations.

The E4200 DD-WRT handles all the networking tasks you may need in stride from high-end streaming video, to screaming fast download speeds, to handling high volumes of users with guest networks, and P2P torrents while also providing consistently the strongest VPN client connections.

  • High Bandwidth users tired of seeing buffering on their HD videos from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, or Amazon Instant Video.
  • Dual Band Upgrades.
  • Offices, Cafes, Schools and Small Businesses looking create free WiFi hotspots for their customers.
  • Home users with heavy users or more than 10 total devices including iPads, Rokus, Laptops etc. You get the picture.
  • Top Choice for SaferVPN, HideMyAss service users looking to integrate VPN service with their entire network instead of individual devices. (Review our full list of supported providers and VPN protocols.)

NOTE: Many new and in-store models of this router are V2 which is not DD-WRT capable at this time. All E4200 Units from FlashRouters are all V1, the hard to find version of the device.

Editor’s Note (11/25/13): Now available two next-gen Wireless-AC devices, providing speeds of up to twice as fast as the E4200 with Wireless-AC compatible devices. Both the Asus RT-AC66U (Discontinued) and the Netgear R6300 (Discontinued) are ideal for those looking for the ultimate in future-proofing routers). The Asus has a wider range with its 3 external antennas while the Netgear has by far the strongest memory specs we offer with 128 MB Flash Memory.

We know everyone likes a deal so use the coupon code “best2013” through 06/31/2014 and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter valued over $70. (This cannot be combined with any other offer)

Best DD-WRT Routers Under $150

Netgear WNDR3700 N600 ($149.95) – Offers the full package of top-shelf consumer grade router options including Simultaneous Dual-Band, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, Max Wi-Fi speed of 600 Mbps (megabits per second), eight internal antennas for signal-boosting strength and a networked USB port for network printing and NAS/system backup capabilities.

TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT ($319.95) – A very underrated dual-band router at an amazing price. Plus it features dual external antennas and has inline specs with most of the other N600 devices we feature.

Asus RTN16 DD-WRT Router with USB Port & High-Strength 2.4 GHz Signal

For users looking for simplicity and consistency, you may want to consider the Asus RT-N16 ($159.95). The Asus RT-N16 tops the list as the most popular DD-WRT router for users who want a top performer for wired devices and have no need for dual-band wireless.

After surveying DD-WRT users, scouring router reviews and message boards, the ASUS RT-N16 emerges as the most highly rated by discerning DD-WRT users for its excellent price, dual USB ports, and huge installed memory.

The Asus RT-N16‘s huge 128/32 MB of RAM/Flash Memory offers a distinct advantage over more expensive, higher-end routers is its — even the Linksys E4200 and the Netgear WNDR3700 only contain 64/16 MB RAM/Flash Memory. This extra memory gives the RT-N16 space to burn when it comes to installing the most comprehensive DD-WRT builds as well as add-on packages such as Optware while providing ample space for buffering your network activity.

A bedrock of consistency, the Asus RT-N16 offers just about everything that a DD-WRT router user would want. The DD-WRT RT-N16’s three potent external antennas compared to the trendy internal antennas provide one of the most consistent signals from strenuous streaming and sharing tasks to everyday Internet surfing use. It is especially popular with users who prefer its high-powered external antennas that can be upgraded to even stronger signal receivers/transmitters.

Variations of open-source firmware dedicated to this DD-WRT favorite is astounding and overwhelming but can also lead to confusion and anguish. OpenWRT, Kongmods, and lots of other fun little flavors. Let FlashRouters use their expertise and constant testing of new versions to pick the best DD-WRT firmware for you.

  • Primarily Wired Needs.
  • Users Looking for 2 Network USB Ports with their Network.
  • Not using dual-band wireless.

More Best-of-Breed DD-WRT Single Band Routers

Netgear Rangemax WNR3500L – Long a DD-WRT top choice, the Netgear WNR3500L has a 480 Mhz Broadcom CPU, 64/8 MB RAM/Flash Memory so it can support to handle DD-WRT big and mega builds, 4 Gigabit LANs, and a Network USB port. Lightweight, small form factor and very well supported by DD-WRT and excellent wireless connectivity. If you don’t need dual band, for around $150 it doesn’t get much better than this.

 

Best Budget DD-WRT Router/Wireless Repeater

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Linksys Cisco E1200

The Linksys Cisco E1200 ($89.95) is a sleek new newcomer to the economy range of DD-WRT. The E1200 can perform many of the tasks that its Linksys big brothers like the E3000 and E4200 do without some of the high-end hardware features like gigabit ports, dual-band or a network USB port.

Still, the E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter makes an excellent addition or replacement router with its strong Wireless-N performance of up to 300 Mbps. A customer favorite as the BEST affordable DD-WRT option as wireless repeater/range extender or dedicated VPN connection router in a dual network setup.

Augmenting a network with an E1200 DD-WRT Router enables you to create a separate gateway just for connecting to a VPN while leaving the main router as the center of your network’s standard non-VPN traffic. Read our post on dual router setups for configurations and options.

Recommended Linksys Cisco E1200 DD-WRT Users:

  • Basic upgraders looking to move up to Wireless-N.
  • Looking for an affordable wireless extender, repeater, or client bridge.
  • Simple VPN secondary router for VPN dedicated network.

Best Low-Priced DD-WRT Router Contenders

DiscontinuedAsus RT-N12This low-priced Asus model is extremely small and popular for users looking for a Linksys alternate with excellent performance.

A Note About Our New Site Upgrades & Features

If you are a return visitor, you may see some significant changes. Our new site is streamlined to help everyone find the best router for them. With more information, a clearer layout, and tons of new router choices along with a large selection of streaming media players and accessories.

VPN Provider Drop Down Menu: If you are here to choose a VPN Provider like  NordVPN, ExpressVPN, PrivateInternetAccess, or IPVanish, among many more just select them from the VPN Provider List when making a purchase so we can configure your upgraded router accordingly and include a customized setup guide with your order.

If you don’t need any VPN setup or support, please just select none. VPN setup is not required at all, it is just a courtesy service that we offer to our customers. We added this much-requested feature by customer request to help avoid confusion on options for different wireless routers.

Support Plans: You will also see that 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: Our site has also launched a brand new Knowledge Base and support desk to better handle the many requests and inquiries we receive. If you have any questions, concerns or are just looking for a recommendation on the best device for you and your setup, click the Support button on the left-hand side. Our DD-WRT specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.

We hope you enjoyed our best DD-WRT routers of 2013 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “best2013” through 06/31/2014 and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter valued over $70!

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Featured DD-WRT Router of the Day: D-Link DIR-601

Latest Economy Prices VPN Router - D-Link 601 with DD-WRT

This model is discontinued. Please check out our DD-WRT Router page for other models.

As part of the FlashRouters initiative to spread the ease of entry  into the exciting world of DD-WRT, a new line of simplified, low cost routers have been introduced into our DD-WRT enhanced product line.

The latest addition is the D-Link DIR-601, upgraded with all the advantages of open source DD-WRT firmware, and configured for access to any VPN service provider via PPTP.

At $49.95, the D-Link DIR 601 is the first DD-WRT router FlashRouters has offered under $50. Encrypt an entire home network with a VPN connection with the ability to change your IP address on any Web-enabled device. The D-Link 601 can be used as a standalone router, or added to  an existing network giving users the ability to create a VPN gateway alongside a Local ISP gateway. Connect simultaneously to both local Internet and a VPN server!

DIR 601 Specifications Overview:

  • Four Fast Ethernet ports for wired transfers at 10/100Mbsp
  • Adjustable external antenna allows for a strong wireless signal range.
  • Wireless signal speeds up to 150Mbps,

The DIR 601 was designed with the environmentally conscious consumer in mind. Constructed to conserve energy, and protect the environment from harmful substances while reducing waste by using recyclable packaging, D-Link Green devices provide eco-friendly alternatives without compromising performance.

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