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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!

Bestselling VPN Routers and VPN Services – February 2016

 

The Best DD-WRT Wireless Routers List of 2018 is the latest version of this list now available.

The new routers and new VPN service providers keep coming at FlashRouters. It’s only February and we just can’t seem to stop adding great devices and joining forces with some of the best VPNs around.

So you’ve gotta wonder: how does this affect the FlashRouters’ best-selling VPN routers and VPN Services list? Is there a new number 1 every day?

You’ll find out soon enough, but before we get to the winners, let’s go over some important facts about what we do here.

Benefits of an Open Source Firmware Upgrade

So what makes a FlashRouter such a special thing? We encourage you to take 90 seconds and find out:

Didn’t want to take the time to watch the video? Well, we’ll sum it up for you. Your wireless network needs a major boost, and with our DD-WRT and Tomato open source firmware-flashed routers on your side, you’ll get that boost.

Watch as your wireless network’s functional capabilities blossom, offering you vastly improved security and versatility, and future-proofing your network so you don’t need to replace your FlashRouter for a long, long time. Here’s an abbreviated look at what you get with a router flashed with open source firmware:

  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP VPN Client Client Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support for segmenting wireless networks in the same router.
  • Advanced Bandwidth Management and Restriction Tools.
  • Removes firmware security holes like WPS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges.
  • Enhanced QoS (Quality of Service): Prioritize traffic for VOIP, streaming services, & popular websites.

And we’re just getting started. The FlashRouters feature list is simply too long to print here. Rest assured though, this is the network-transforming change you’ve been waiting for.

Most Popular Wireless VPN FlashRouters – February 2016

Netgear R7000 Nighthawk - Wireless-AC Router

Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT

A few favorites got shuffled off the list this month, but the R7000 Nighthawk once again held on to that number one spot. What will it take to unseat this customer favorite?

Maybe next month will see the debut of the Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT or the Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500, both of which were narrowly edged out this month. Not so coincidentally, they both happen to be two of our newest models, and among the fastest, most powerful routers we’ve ever featured on our line. We’ll see what March has in store for us. Anyway, enjoy the list!

  1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT – One of our highest powered Netgear routers, and preferred as a top router for online console gaming. Also available in a Tomato version with a Selective VPN option.
  2. Linksys E2500 Shibby TomatoUSB – The go-to economy Wireless-N Dual Band device for bargain seekers.
  3. Asus RT-AC56U AC1200 TomatoUSB – A new and improved version of it’s highly popular predecessor, the Asus RT-N56U.
  4. Netgear R8000 AC3200 DD-WRT – The premiere choice for users who want top-notch, high-definition video streaming quality.
  5. Linksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT – A modern reboot of a beloved classic, bolstered by a high-powered 1.3 GHz Dual-Core Marvell ARM CPU.

None of these routers appeal to you? Check out our handy new Router Finder!

Most Popular VPN Service Providers of February 2016 – By User Request

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Well, another month, and another re-shuffling of the top five favorite FlashRouters-affiliated VPN service providers, with HideMyAss claiming the top spot and last month’s winner, IPVanish, taking a steep plunge to number 4. It’s difficult to explain IPVanish’s decline but congrats to HideMyAss nonetheless!

For the complete list of our VPN affiliates, head over to supported provider list. Stay safe online and happy hunting!

  1. HideMyAss – Most overall US & UK server options.
  2. ExpressVPN – The newly supported premium VPN provider with top performance in Asia and Australia.
  3. PureVPN – A time-tested, incredibly popular VPN.
  4. IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide & popular in the Middle East.
  5. PrivateInternetAccess – Top budget VPN service.

The FlashRouters Advantage

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

As we’ve already explained, our devices are powerful and feature-heavy. So if you want to get the very most out of your new router, you’re going to need some counsel. That’s why we provide…

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • 3 Months of advanced tech support & an open source firmware router warranty.
  • Dual Router VPN Network Setup – All FlashRouters will be configured by default to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer plug n play setup for more than 50 VPN services and plus our exclusive setup/troubleshooting guides.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS & FedEx.

Still not 100%? Have any questions about your device or what we do here? Send us a message. Our crew of friendly expert technicians is eager to help you with whatever queries you may have.

Bestselling VPN Routers & VPN Services – October 2015

Well, Halloween has come and gone, and we hope that our routers have helped make the process of streaming every last horror movie you can find as easy as possible.

So now that we’re halfway through autumn, it’s just about time to get ready for holiday shopping (we agree, it’s too early, but that’s the reality). So if you want to avoid the hassles of in-store shopping, you’re going to want a fast, powerful wireless network to make online shopping as fluid and reliable as possible. And that’s where FlashRouters comes in.

Benefits of an Open Source Firmware Upgrade

So why buy a FlashRouter? Your wireless network is passable, right?

We disagree…

As the brief video above explains, a FlashRouter is the key to a wireless network that is, feature-wise, as advanced as any you can find out there. Don’t worry about buying a router that is quickly eclipsed by the next generation of tech: a FlashRouter is a surefire way to future-proof your wireless network.

How do we achieve that lofty goal? Quite simple, really. We flash all of our routers with open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato, and we do that because it unlocks a world of flexibility and versatility in our devices. Care to know what DD-WRT and Tomato do to a router? Here you go:

  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support for segmenting wireless networks in the same router.
  • Advanced Bandwidth Management and Restriction Tools.
  • Removes firmware security holes like WPS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges.
  • Enhanced QoS (Quality of Service): Prioritize traffic for VOIP, streaming services, & popular websites.

And that’s not even close to whole list of DD-WRT and Tomato features. We didn’t even mention that a FlashRouter allows you to extend your wireless range (did you know you could do that?). So maybe it’s time to take a look at these routers and determine which one is going to revolutionize your wireless network, eh?

Most Popular Wireless Open Source FlashRouters of October 2015

Best Wireless Routers for Cordcutters

The Netgear R7000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Well, as we predicted in September, the revamped Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT router had no trouble cracking the bestsellers list in its first full month of distribution. Color us not the least bit surprised.

It seems like it’s going to take some for a router to come knock the Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT router off it’s throne, as it claimed the top spot once again. What can we say? Users respond to unbeatable power and speed.

  1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – One of our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gamingAlso available in a Tomato version with a Selective VPN option.
  2. Asus RT-N66U Router TomatoUSB Router – A.K.A. The Dark Knight, a consistent powerhouse.
  3. Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT Router – The new kid on the block and a perfect update of a classic.
  4. Asus RT-AC56U Wireless-AC1200 DD-WRT Router – A super-fast Wireless-AC router at a thoroughly affordable price.
  5. Linksys E2500 Shibby TomatoUSB – The go-to economy Wireless-N Dual Band device for bargain seekers.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers of October 2015 – By User Request

The newbie, ExpressVPN, is creeping up the list fast, but not fast enough to unseat the reigning champion, IPVanish. Congratulations again to IPVanish! Otherwise, the most popular VPN service providers list experienced mostly minor shuffles in order.

  1. IPVanishOffers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide & popular in the Middle East.
  2. HideMyAss – Most overall US & UK server options.
  3. PureVPN – A time-tested, incredibly popular VPN.
  4. ExpressVPN – The newly supported premium VPN provider with top performance in Asia and Australia.
  5. PrivateInternetAccess – Top budget VPN service.

The Advantages of Having a FlashRouter On Your Side

Setup VPN Service with Any Device

Dual Router Setup – FlashRouters

Our devices are certainly user-friendly, but taking advantage of all they have to offer can require a bit of expertise. But no matter your level of wireless knowledge, we want you to get the most out of your FlashRouter. That’s why we offer:

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide
  • Dual Router VPN Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer plug and play setup on demand and setup/troubleshooting guides for more than 50 VPN services.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS & FedEx. 

If you have any further questions, send us a message. Our team of networking experts are eager to help you with any issue you might be having.

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!

Can You Watch SkyTV & Sky Sports Outside the UK?

Watch Sky TV & Sky Sports from Anywhere with a VPN

Sky TV

From Playlists from Simon Pegg to Richard E. Grant (Withnail himself!) hosting a travelogue about the best and most interesting far-flung hotels to an upcoming 3D series from the great David Attenborough about the history of aviation, Sky TV surely has something for everyone.

Sky is a UK subscription-based, satellite and radio network that seemingly aims to cover every possible human interest in their programming. There’s Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Movies, but if it’s sports you’re looking for, then we’d have to point you toward…

Sky Sports

If you care at all about Premier League Soccer, Tennis, Cricket, Rugby, Equestrian sports, and on and on and on, Sky Sports is the place to be.

Constant news updates, analysis, and live streaming matches are just the top of the iceberg at Sky Sports. There’s radio (to go along with all the video), gambling (at Sky Bet), and even a Pub Finder, for those looking for the best place to watch whatever match they’re interested in. Can’t top that!

Use a VPN to Watch Sky Sports & Sky TV from Anywhere

Unblock SkySports in US, Spain, Portugal
Unfortunately for Sky TV and Sky Sports fans outside of the UK, you’re going to find yourself running into a lot of geographic restrictions when you try to stream certain shows. But don’t worry; there’s a simple solution…

Subscribe to a VPN. A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service with a dual purpose. The first purpose is to protect your online data and all the sensitive information that goes with it. Sick of changing passwords, worrying about hackers, identity thieves, and snooping governments? Consider your e-mails and credit cards secure with a VPN.

The other purpose, the one that relates directly to watching Sky TV and SkySports outside of the UK, is to unblock geographically restricted content. By logging in to your VPN, you’re given access to your VPNs servers set up all over the world. Pick a server in any country you want, and get assigned an IP address that makes your computer think it’s in that country.

Want to watch Sky TV outside of the UK when you are on holiday in Spain or Portugal? Log in to your VPN, pick a UK-based IP address, and you’re ready to start streaming. It’s that easy.

Popular VPN service providers for UK-based IP addresses include NordVPN, HideMyAss, or take a look at our official supported provider list to find the right VPN for you.

Unblock Sky TV & Sky Sports With a FlashRouter

Now that you’ve got your VPN in place, and you’re capable of watching Sky TV from anywhere in the world, we’d recommend ensuring a flawless streaming experience with a FlashRouter.

As the video above explains, a FlashRouter is the way toward a brighter future with your wireless network. By taking already powerful routers and flashing them with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware – replacement firmwares that upgrade the stock firmware that comes with most routers – we are able to offer our customers feature-heavy devices that can handle any amount of traffic you throw at them.

Access advanced security options with a FlashRouter. Extend the range of your wireless network with a FlashRouter. You can even control how your bandwidth is allocated with a FlashRouter (a trick that really comes in handy for people who stream a lot of TV and sports).

Better still, a FlashRouter can improve your VPN experience. Keep your old router and go with our popular dual router setup, allowing you to switch back and forth between your VPN and your local network with ease. And if you subscribe to a VPN on our official supported provider list, your FlashRouter will show up ready to work with your VPN, saving you the trouble of messing around with the tricky installation process.

Top Routers for Sky TV UK

The TP-Link WDR3600 Dual Band DD-WRT FlashRouter

We don’t like playing favorites around here, but there’s no denying the awesome Wireless-AC power of the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter. It’s simply the most powerful router we’ve met, and we’re sure you’ll feel the same.

If that’s a bit too intense of an upgrade, don’t worry; we’ve got plenty of excellent and thoroughly affordable options for you, such as the Asus RT-AC56U Tomato FlashRouter, or the Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 DD-WRT FlashRouter. Both will sufficiently boost your network without breaking the bank.

Otherwise, we’d recommend checking out some of our best and best-seller’s lists where there’s something sure to suit anyone.

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