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802.11ax – The Next WiFi Communications Standard (Router FAQ)

Wireless-AX Is Coming

Wireless-AX Is Coming

Every year at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, companies often unveil new and innovative technologies.

This year at CES, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, announced the next big thing in wireless technology, 802.11ax. Although it may take a few years to release to the public, IEEE’s series of 802.11 standards is getting a big improvement.

What Is IEEE 802.11?

If you aren’t familiar, this is the IEEE’s standard for networking protocols. This includes 802.11g, 802.11n 802.11ac, and many other protocols. This forms the basis of the technology commonly known as Wi-Fi.

Essentially, the IEEE standards are a set of technological capabilities and features that devices must have. This is to ensure that devices made around the world are compatible with each other.

What Improvements Will 802.11ax/Wireless-AX Bring?

Despite being a few years from launch, 802.11ax will have many new capabilities.

With 802.11ac, the standard broadened the multi-antenna capabilities introduced in 802.11n, called MIMO, or multiple input multiple output. 802.11ax, however, will subdivide frequencies even further, using a technology called MIMO-OFDM. This stands for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.

Generally speaking, MIMO-OFDM will be able to increase throughput. While second-wave 802.11ac technology can handle potential gigabit speeds, 802.11ax will be able to deliver as much as five times as much bandwidth.

Currently, routers use the standard 4×4 MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, and multiple output). The new standard will be 8×8 MU-MIMO, on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands. This means the 802.11ax standard will be able to supply eight data streams up and down your network as opposed to the previous four.

802.11ax offers more than just a speed upgrade. It will offer an efficiency and reliability upgrade as well, targeting large, high-density Wi-Fi deployments. The goal is to keep connections active even when interfered with heavily.

What Will 802.11ax/Wireless-AX Routers Look Like?

Alongside the unveiling of the new wireless standard, D-Link also announced two new home networking devices: the AX6000 and the AX11000 Ultra Wi-Fi routers.

The AX6000 is a dual-band router that D-Link states will deliver up to 6,000Mbps of bandwidth. The AX11000 is a tri-band device that will deliver up to 11,000Mbps. Of course, these numbers are only what the devices are capable of and are unlikely to be reached in practice.

The D-Link AX11000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

The D-Link AX11000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

These devices will come with eight high-performance antennas, a 2.5Gbps WAN port, four Gigabit LAN ports, DLNA support, as well as a USB 3.0 port for networked storage.

As far as a release is concerned, D-Link expects the routers to release in the second half of 2018 due to 802.11ax still being in early development. This could be delayed until 2019 if 802.11ax features still need to be fleshed out.

Until Then, What Are The Best Routers?

Currently, the best wireless standard is IEEE 802.11ac or 802.11ad. Wireless-AC offers wide bandwidth capabilities of a mandatory 80Mhz channel with an optional 160Mhz. As mentioned before, 802.11ac introduced MU-MIMO, allowing communication of up to four different devices simultaneously.

However, the main strength of wireless AC comes from the introduction of a 5GHz band. Up until then, wireless-N and wireless-G only supported the 2.4Ghz band which is often cluttered with signal interference. Devices such as cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and microwaves could disrupt your wireless signal.

Here at FlashRouters, we improve upon these features even more by flashing open-source firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato. This could be anything from wireless speed increases to fixing stability issues, although the biggest strength of a FlashRouter is the ability to install a VPN on the router.

Check out some of our top-of-the-line wireless-AC models or the future-proofing Wireless-AD Netgear R9000 to tide you over until wireless-AX comes out.

What Is Wireless-AD? (FlashRouters FAQ)

wireless-ad

Wireless-AC has had a good run as the fastest wireless networking standard available, but it couldn’t last forever. In fact, it couldn’t even last more than a few years.

What we’re saying is there’s a new sheriff in town.

A Brief History of WiFi

Before we hear about advances in the wireless field, let’s take a look at its history. A good place to start is this FlashRouters post from last year. This post offers a comprehensive history of WiFi as well as an easy follow explanation.

One can also study the history of WiFi by going over the various transformations through the years. This FlashRouters post shows the difference between Wireless-G, Wireless-N, and Wireless-AC devices.

Introducing Wireless-AD

What comes after Wireless-AC? Well, Wireless-AD, naturally. On down the alphabet we go.

Per Network World: “TP-LINK, Qualcomm, and Acer have all just announced products that will take advantage of the latest, fast 802.11ad wireless standard.”

So what does that mean to you, the potential Wireless-AD user? TP-Link is promising full 4K movie downloads in 4 minutes. And with routers that run at 7200 Mbps (or 7 Gbps), that sounds conceivable to us.

Furthermore, Wireless-AD adds another frequency band to the 5.0 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands provided by Wireless-AC devices. If you’re wondering how a device can handle 7200 Mbps of traffic, the 60 GHz range bad should answer your question.

As Network World points out though, that high level of frequency does not travel too far. These new routers circumvent that problem by offering that top band to devices in the room with the router, and the lower bands to devices that are too far away for the top band.

As for whether or not a Wireless-AD FlashRouter is in your future, we’d say to hold tight. FlashRouters has more than demonstrated a preternatural ability to offer the top routers available across all wireless networking standards. In short, Wireless-AD routers flashed with DD-WRT are almost certainly in all of our futures.

In the meantime, our Wireless-AC selection is vibrant and plentifully stocked with outstanding devices. Check out some in the table below. When Wireless-AD devices hit our line, believe us, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Linksys
Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 R7000 NighthawkLinksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Prepares Your Network for All Latest Devices
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Use in Small-Medium Homes
$299.99$249.99$249.99

Wireless-AD Has Arrived

Wireless-AD is here and it comes in the form of the ultra powerful, high end Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200. With an ultra powerful 1.7 Ghz Quad Core Processor, 7 Gigabit Ethernet Ports, 4 high powered external antennas, and MU-MIMO support, this is easily our most high end router. Check out our featured Router Of The Day blog post to see a full breakdown of our most advanced FlashRouter ever.

Featured VPN Router: Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato

Perhaps you’ve heard about Wireless-AC – that hot wireless networking standard that has been dazzling users with its incredible speeds – and decided the time has come to bolster your own network. Maybe you looked up some Wireless-AC routers and noticed that the prices are a little on the steep side.

FlashRouters to the rescue! Having introduced you to one of our most affordable, high-performing Wireless-AC DD-WRT routers, we thought it was time you met its Tomato firmware counterpart. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato FlashRouter.

Meet the Asus AC56U Wireless-AC Tomato FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC56U Tomato Firmware OpenVPN RouterThat’s right: for a mere $229.95, you can get yourself a router flashed with one of the best replacement firmwares available, supported by the fastest wireless networking standard, and ready to be secured by any VPN on our official supported provider list.

The Asus AC56U truly is a dynamo of a router, and a steal at twice the price. With four powerful external antennae, a heavy-duty 800 MHz Broadcom processor, and a blindingly fast data transfer rate (1200 Mbps), this is easily one of the best deals you’re going to find for a Wireless-AC router anywhere.

Dual Gateway Support AKA The VPN Splitter

Aside from everything listed above (and to come), the Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter offers Dual Gateway Support, which means that the process of deciding which of your internet-capable devices you want running through your VPN or your local network just became much easier.

Shibby Tomato ARM Wireless-AC OpenVPN Client Screenshot

With the help of dual gateway support, you can effectively put your router in two virtual locations at once. Actually, because of Tomato ARM builds, you can even choose which websites you want to run through your VPN (like Netflix Instant, for example), allowing you to avoid arbitrary geographical restrictions and enjoy greater internet freedom.

The Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter Specs

Best Wireless-AC Tomato Firmware Router - Asus RT-AC56U AC1200

So now you know the broad strokes about the Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter. Time to dig into the gritty details…

Firmware Upgrade Tomato
Frequency Band(s) Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates AC1200 (300+900 Mbps)
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11 a/c b/g/n
Ethernet Port Type Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
USB Ports 2
Processor Model BCM4708A0
Processor Speed 800 MHz
RAM/ Flash Memory 256/128 MB

So you’ve got high-speed data transfer rates, a powerful processor, and all the flash memory you need. The Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter is powerful, high-efficiency machine loaded up with the hardware you need to run a flawless wireless network.

The Benefits of a Tomato Firmware Upgrade


As the brief video above explains, no matter how strong the router you purchased, your network’s versatility and reliability is dependent on the right firmware. That’s why we remove the stock firmware on the Asus AC56U and replace it with Tomato firmware: it provides a massive boost to the device’s functionality and adds a wealth of helpful, vital features.

What are some of those features you ask? Well, let’s start with…

  • Known bug fixes in Broadcom-based Linksys & Asus firmware.
  • Improved Network Stability.
  • Integrated Wireless Survey page: View other wireless networks in your area and adjust your network accordingly.
  • OpenVPN & PPTP VPN connection options: Create OpenVPN & PPTP servers or client connections.
  • Advanced access restrictions for increased network security: Limit access by day of the week, time, user, or block specific websites.
  • Advanced QoS: 10 unique QoS classes defined, real-time pie graph display of prioritized traffic with drill-down into class details
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings: Antenna selection with 14 wireless channels available.

There are plenty more premium router features on Tomato that we could discuss, but we don’t want to overwhelm you (that’s a pretty lengthy list up there). Suffice to say, the beauty of Tomato firmware goes beyond an extendable wireless range and advanced security features.

The FlashRouters Difference

FlashRouters

The FlashRouters Support Routers Advantage

Setting up a FlashRouter is easy, but taking advantage of the many features a FlashRouters offer can require a little guidance. We’re only too happy to help out, which is why we offer:

  • Custom VPN Configuration: Include your preferred router & VPN setup options in the order checkout Comments area and we’ll take and integrate it for free.
  • TomatoUSB Firmware Setup & Troubleshooting Manual.
  • Easy Setup with No CD.
  • Free Open-Source Firmware Tech Support: Our skilled open-source router specialists can assist in getting your Internet or VPN setup running via remote Teamviewer support sessions.
  • Tomato Warranty: Tomato firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties. All FlashRouters include an 90-day warranty for Tomato installation that is upgradable to 2 years.
  • International Dual Voltage Compatible (100v – 240v): Ships with U.S. power cable, international adapters available here.

FlashRouters expert technicians are available and eager to answer questions you may have. Feel free to take a look at our knowledge base or send us a note. Whether you’re curious about which device is right for you or have a question about a FlashRouter you already purchased, we’re here to help. 

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What is Wi-Fi? (Router FAQ)

The History of WiFi & Just What Exactly is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a term that most of us hear almost every day and is a service most would consider an integral part of our lives. From our smartphones to our game consoles and computers, most devices on the market today are equipped to use Wi-Fi. While WiFi has become critical to routines of many, a large portion of us don’t know anything more than the basics. Let’s explore the ins and outs of Wi-Fi and it’s history.

What is Wi-Fi? How does it work?

For most people, Wi-Fi is synonymous with an internet connection, however this is far from the truth. Wi-Fi is actually a wireless standard for connecting to a router from your device.

A router is a device that creates an internal home or office wireless network, and acts as the hub of this network. When you type in a website address from your phone or computer, it sends the address to the router. The router requests this page from the modem. The modem then connects to your ISP and sends the address to a DNS server.

A DNS (Domain Name System) server acts as a phone book, getting the numerical IP (Internet Protocol) address for the website address you typed. It then sends the IP to your computer, which saves it for later use and then requests the page from the ISP using the new address. When the ISP (Internet Service Provider) delivers the page, the modem sends it to the router. The router then sends it to your device.

Ever wonder what WiFi is?

How was Wi-Fi invented?

Wi-Fi was born in 1985 after the United States FCC opened up the wireless frequencies 900Mhz, 2.4Ghz, and 5.8Ghz to be used without a license. These radio bands were used by household appliances such as microwaves, and were assumed to have no practical application in communications due to interference from the aforementioned appliances. To make these frequencies useable for communication, the FCC mandated usage of spread spectrum technology over these bands.

Spread spectrum technology, (patented in 1941 by composer George Antheil and actor Hedy Lamarr for use in guiding naval torpedoes) is a technology in which a signal is spread over multiple frequencies in order to reduce interference. Spread spectrum improved wireless signals on these bands, however it did not resolve all interference, meaning that devices such as baby monitors or the radio in your phone still affected signal quality.

Around this time, WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) technology emerged, but the technology was proprietary, so wireless devices from one manufacturer wouldn’t work with technology from another. However, in 1988, the NCR Corporation wanted a WLAN standard for use in their wireless cash registers, and turned to Victor Hayes, author of many of their data transfer standards. Hayes, along with Bruce Tuch, a Bell Labs engineer, asked the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for assistance in utilizing these frequencies for a WLAN standard. A committee was created with the incredibly catchy title “802.11” to develop this standard. Nine years later, in 1997 the standard was published and was named after the committee.

The 802.11 standard was capable of transmitting data at a speed of only two megabits per second but was quickly enhanced. In 1999, a faster version called 802.11a was released, with a speed of fifty-four megabits per second, but with limited range and high production cost. Later in the year, 802.11b was released, which brought Wi-Fi into the mainstream with its cheap production cost and greater range.

The sudden popularity of wireless networking created a flood of new 802.11b hardware on the market. However, there was no way to ensure compatibility between devices from different manufacturers. In 1999, a group of six companies banded together to create the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance, or WECA, an organization that aimed to test Wi-Fi equipment for compatibility. In 2002, they coined the term Wi-Fi, a portmanteau of Wireless and Hi-Fi, a term used in the music industry as an abbreviation of High Fidelity, and renamed themselves Wi-Fi Alliance. Over the years, notably due to Apple’s inclusion of it into their products, Wi-Fi gradually became a widespread technology.

I keep hearing about Wireless AC and Wireless N. What are they?

Recently, two variants of Wi-Fi have been released, dubbed Wireless N and Wireless AC.  Wireless N, operating on the bands 2.4 Ghz and 5. Ghz, was released in 2009 and was an innovative standard due to the fact that it utilizes a technology called MIMO, or Multiple Input Multiple Output. A good way to visualize this is to imagine a highway. In order to increase the amount of cars able to go through at a time, you would add more lanes, or in the case of the router, more antennas. This brings the speed up to a maximum of 600 Mbps.

What is Wireless-AC?

The newest Wi-Fi standard is Wireless AC, operating on the 5Ghz band, was released in 2014. Not to be confused with alternating current, Wireless AC is the 3rd revision of the previously mentioned 802.11a standard. It also uses MIMO, and the maximum amount of antennas goes from 4 to 8 in order to utilize multi-user MIMO.

With multi-user MIMO, up to four separate computers can receive and send data to the router simultaneously. The minimum speed is of 500 Mbps over a single link, and a multi-station connection can offer a massive 1 Gbit. For scale, it would take only 32 seconds to download a 2 hour movie in 1080p HD!

Check out the the differences between Wireless-G, Wireless-N, & Wireless-AC blog post for more info on the different WiFi/802.11 protocols.

What are the Best 802.11 Wireless Routers Throughout the Years?Evolution Chart of Wireless Routers - Wireless-G to Wireless-AC

We thought it might be useful to list out some of the most popular 802.11 wireless routers and how they compare on a wireless scale throughout the years. You can also see the evolution of WiFi routers through the years in the above chart.

Single Band Wireless-G (802.11g)

Wireless-G 54 Mbps: Linksys WRT54G

Single Band Wireless-N (802.11n)

Wireless-N 300 Mbps – Linksys E1000, Linksys E1200 DD-WRT, Linksys E1200 TomatoUSB, Asus RT-N16, Netgear WNR3500L v2 Tomato, D-Link DIR-615

Dual Band Wireless-N (802.11n)

Wireless-N600 – Linksys Cisco E2500, TP-LINK WDR3600, Netgear WNDR3700 DD-WRT, Linksys E3000

Wireless-N750 – Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT, Linksys E4200 V1 DD-WRT

Wireless-N900 – Dark Knight Asus RT-N66U Tomato, Netgear WNDR4500 DD-WRT

Best AC1200 DD-WRT Router - Linksys WRT1200AC

Dual Band Wireless-AC (802.11ac)

Wireless-AC1200 – Asus RT-AC56U, Linksys WRT1200AC – The Top Budget Wireless-AC Option

Wireless-AC1450 – Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT

Wireless-AC1750 – Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT, Asus RT-AC66U Tomato , Netgear R6300 V2

Wireless-AC1900 – Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT, TP-Link Archer C9, Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT, Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT

Wireless-AC2400 – Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT

NEW! Wireless-AC3100 – Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT – Top Wired Router, 8 Gigabit Ports

The best DD-WRT routers of 2016 - Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT

Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Tri Band Wireless-AC (802.11ac)

Wireless-AC3200 – Netgear x6 R8000 AC3200 DD-WRT, Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato – Best Tomato Router of 2016

NEW! Wireless-AC5300 – Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT, Netgear R8500 DD-WRT – Top DD-WRT Routers of 2016

Does WiFi Open My Network to hackers?

As revolutionary as Wi-Fi is, it is not without its faults. In this day and age, it’s incredibly easy to spy on your internet connection. Hackers can utilize many tools to steal your personal information such as credit cards, email and social network passwords, and much more. In fact, in a study conducted by Symantec, the total cost of cybercrime in 2013 was $113 million!

Thankfully a FlashRouter can be the remedy to these problems, due to the inclusion of VPNs and encrypting your Wi-Fi signal/activity, along with a wealth of features such as power saver mode, graphing your network usage, managing network access restrictions and a firewall.

Future Versions of Wi-Fi Standards

WiFi 2.4 & 5 GHz spectrum diagram - explainer image

Wireless AC is just starting to become a reality after its inclusion in the newest iPhone, but even more versions are on the way. Some future protocols have been names as extensions of the 802.11ac naming protocol: 802.11ah,(targeted for the end of 2016), 802.11aj, and 802.11ax (coming at you around 2019).

802.11ah is reported to boast lower energy consumption and other features adhering to the concept of “The Internet Of Things”, the concept of connecting objects such as blenders and coffee makers over Wi-Fi so you could, say, have your coffee machine send you an email when it needs its filter replaced.

Barely anything is known about 802.11aj, except for hints of improved performance. As for 802.11ax, reported Huawei 802.11ax device hit a max speed of 10.53Gbps, or around 1.4 gigabytes of data transferred per second.

Who knows what the future of Wi-Fi will bring? Whatever it is the FlashRouter team will be here to help you get the most out of your WiFi network!

(Editor’s Note: This post was written by our new contributor Theo, a writer with a deep interest in technology who just so happens to be 15. Sadly, he is a bit young for the internship he applied for at FlashRouters but we were more than happy to provide this space for him to explore his interests while providing some helpful information for our users. While this post was edited by our team, the content was written exclusively by him.)

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!