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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. Ideal for wireless connections in larger homes and medium sized business offices.

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!

Top 3 Reasons For A Wireless Router Upgrade

 

Assuming that a wireless router is a set-it-and-forget-it device is an increasingly bigger security risk. If you are truly interested in the best performance and maximum privacy, vigilant monitoring of your home network is a must.

Older wireless routers are often the culprit when network security or WiFi performance problems arise due to unfixed manufacturer flaws or outdated hardware performance.

When issues are consistently occurring, a wireless router upgrade can be the cure!

The Importance of A Wireless Router

A wireless router is the centerpiece of any home network. Every device that uses a connection to the Internet takes advantage of the network created by the router to get online. For more information, FlashRouters has a comprehensive overview of what a routers actually does.

Single Router Setup

A powerful wireless router provides connected devices with the speed and performance to keep activities, like Netflix streaming and online gaming, working optimally.

The speed of a wireless connection is based on a variety of factors, starting with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) package. ISPs offer various subscription packages which are differentiated by bandwidth limitations. Economy subscription packages offer slower connectivity, as ISPs incentivize subscribers to purchase advanced plans for greater bandwidth.

The second factor affecting the speed of the wireless connection of devices is the distance from the router. Simply put, devices that are closer to the router will have a stronger connection to the router’s wireless network.

Furthermore, the make and model of the router affect how fast data is processed. The number and size of antennas, the speed of the internal processing unit (CPU), and the amount of flash memory embedded in the router all affect performance.

Still unconvinced? Here are the top reasons to upgrade:

More Devices Covered

According to research, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things will jump from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030. Having the proper wireless network infrastructure to support more devices is critical.

Enter MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO technology (Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output) reduces competition between devices on the WiFi network. With a MU-MIMO router such as the Netgear R7800 DD-WRT or the Linksys WRT3200ACM, multiple devices communicate with the network at the same time.

Before the introduction of MU-MIMO, routers used SU-MIMO technology (Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output). Devices connecting to networks using SU-MIMO technology compete for connectivity, as the network processes requests on a first-come, first served basis (as shown above).

In other words, devices form a line, like people entering a theater through one door. No one can enter the theater before the previous person enters. Likewise, device requests are processed only once the router processes the preceding device’s request. Consequently, if a network has many bandwidth-hogging devices, congestion can occur. This can lead to slow speeds and subpar performance.

A router using MU-MIMO technology, meanwhile, fixes this problem by breaking up bandwidth into streams. The router processes individual streams simultaneously, allowing for more devices to connect concurrently, thereby decreasing congestion. It is as if the theater above opened two, three, or four doors, instead of one. That allows for greater speeds and better connections.

Upgraded WiFi Standards

A wireless router upgrade can help your network stay up to date with the latest wireless standards. Check out the chart below to see how some of the older wireless standards compare.

 Wireless-GWireless-NWireless-ACWireless-ADWireless-AX
Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps7200 Mbps10000 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft500 Ft500+ ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz5/10/20 MhzUp to 160 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 GHz Bands, & 60 GHz Bands (Quad-Stream)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 Ghz Bands

As shown above, newer wireless standards allow for more device connections thanks to additional wireless bands. Wireless-AD expands on Wireless-AC by adding another wireless band. The new 60 GHz band allows for short range, powerful connections, reducing the load on other bands. Less load means that devices have a longer lifespan, saving you money.

Upgrading to a router with a newer wireless standard will extend wireless range considerably. Newer wireless routers come with more external antennas for better range and connectivity. Case in point, the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT VPN FlashRouter. This customized Open Source router takes the top spot for range with eight external antennas, ensuring that any house can be covered by the network.

Better Security

Upgrading your wireless network also helps deal with the number one issue: security. Older routers are less likely to have updates and therefore have more vulnerabilities. Newer routers are more commonly updated and have better security protocols. However, even they are not free from trouble.

Recent router attacks like VPNFilter have shown that regular routers and stock router firmware are still full of security flaws and vulnerable to hacks. Plus, manufacturers are slow to respond to known flaws. So where does that leave you?

Luckily there is a open-source firmware solution like DD-WRT. It is constantly updated, ensuring that there are minimal issues and if issues do arise, they are resolved quickly. However, installing DD-WRT is difficult, time-consuming, and could leave your brand-new router nonfunctional. That’s where FlashRouters comes in! We’ll take the hassle out of upgrading your wireless network and let you enjoy your upgraded wireless network experience.

Upgrading To A FlashRouter For Maximum Performance

A wireless router upgrade is a great start, but upgrading to a FlashRouter is a more complete solution. A FlashRouter is a customized wireless router upgraded with highly customized open-source firmware. Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability and performance, increased range, and upgraded security.

Our router experts continually check routers for the newest builds, test them, and configure them onto your unique product. We then help you configure the router to ensure the optimal configuration for your environment. Check out some of our Wireless-AC FlashRouters below:

Linksys
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Great For Large Homes
$349.99$199.99$499.99

Interested in upgrading to the ultimate home networking centerpiece? Check out the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200. It boasts a powerful 1.7 GHz Quad Core Processor and 4 high powered external antennas will provide a powerful bedrock for any wireless network.

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Bonus: VPN Protection

Upgrading to a FlashRouter allows for additional capabilities and upgrades to an already powerful wireless router, such as making it compatible for a VPN.

Furthermore, each one of our DD-WRT FlashRouters comes with our free FlashRouters Privacy App. The FlashRouters Privacy App revolutionizes and simplifies using a DD-WRT router with a VPN. With the Privacy App, users can:

  • Switch between locations with the tap of a button (as seen below using IPVanish)
  • Manage which devices go through the VPN and which don’t
  • Change VPN Providers with a few clicks on the same device

Want better support for your entire network? The FlashRouters Privacy App is here to help.

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to send us a message!

Wireless-AX – 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.

To combat a cluttered wireless signal, FlashRouters recommends the Linksys WRT32X AC3200. This powerful router provides solid wireless coverage throughout medium and large homes and is perfect for 6 – 8 simultaneous devices. With one 2.4Ghz band and two 5Ghz bands, the whole family can stay connected.

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.

Best Netgear DD-WRT

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.

Questions about wireless standards? Feel free to contact us for more information!

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 band 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
One of our Most-Popular Routers
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Use in Small-Medium Homes
$349.99$299.99$299.99

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 UpgradeTomato
Frequency Band(s)Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data RatesAC1200 (300+900 Mbps)
Wireless StandardsIEEE 802.11 a/c b/g/n
Ethernet Port TypeGigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
USB Ports2
Processor ModelBCM4708A0
Processor Speed800 MHz
RAM/ Flash Memory256/128 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.
  • Tomato Warranty: Tomato firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties. All FlashRouters include a warranty for Tomato installation.
  • 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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