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postheadericon Tips For Setting Up Your Wireless Router At Home

Optimize and secure your wireless router at home through proper installation and open-source firmware.

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postheadericon Securing Your Entire Wireless Network With Private Internet Access VPN

PrivateInternetAccess is one of the top VPN service providers available and we’ve got PIA-flashed routers to enhance your PIA experience.

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postheadericon Most Popular & Best Wireless Routers for DD-WRT Firmware 2015

Looking for the best wireless routers of 2015 to meet every need and budget? Have you heard a lot about popular firmware enhancements like DD-WRT and wondering what benefits from this powerful and simple upgrade anyone can have? 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 or upgrading to Wireless-AC for your current network setup? Look no further, you have found an expert list of the best wireless routers available in 2015.

Wireless router technology seems to be leaping at a breakneck pace so we have decided it was time for an update to our yearly list of the Best Wireless Routers of 2015, a yearly tradition as you can see from last year’s Fastest & Best Performing DD-WRT Wireless Routers. Our list of the best wireless routers of 2015 mixes our top tested devices based on in the field experience, months of testing, and their interaction with premium alternative firmwares and various streaming players like Roku, AppleTV as well as the top gaming consoles like Xbox One & Playstation 4.

What is DD-WRT Firmware?

DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware upgrade project created for maximizing router features and usage potential. DD-WRT is used by many networking-savvy users to enhance your wireless router stability, privacy, & (most importantly) network security while making previously unavailable networking functions the norm. Basically, DD-WRT unlocks expensive features usually limited to high-end business routers and runs them right on popular consumer models. But to get these advanced features, you need to to have a DD-WRT installed router.

DD-WRT is extremely reactive to bugs like the Heartbleed and future online terrors. The DD-WRT site itself is a very helpful resource for anyone with an interest in getting the most out of your router, setting up features like a static IP address or allocating bandwidth management. Being open-source, these firmwares are community vetted by users looking to maximize their router’s functionality and security.

DD-WRT has an additional slew of VPN & non-VPN related features to meet wide 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 FAQ.

Feature Upgrades of DD-WRT Firmware

  • Advanced Wireless Modes: Access Point (AP), wireless client birdge & repeater modes.
  • DHCP Server – Using DNSmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases
  • Wi-Fi hotspot Integrations: For business or neighbors with a verification page using the integrated Chillispot or NOCATSPLASH
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings – To increase WiFi strength
  • Wake-on-LAN – Remote network access
  • Advanced Port Forwarding – Create port forwards, redirects, & triggers with included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)
  • NAT (Network Address Translation) support
  • JFFS2 Support
  • Samba file-share/CIFS client
  • WDS: Wireless distribution system (WDS aka wireless bridging)

Why Choose a DD-WRT FlashRouter?

DD-WRT Preinstalled

FlashRouters takes high-powered consumer grade hardware with stock firmware and, by adding improved firmware, turn a $ 50-$ 400 wireless router into something worth double or triple its value. Don’t stand for the vanilla, boring, under-performing, easily hackable wireless routers you buy directly at a Best Buy or on Amazon (something every manufacturer from Netgear to Asus to Linksys to D-link has dealt with in the past year). Router manufacturers have little incentive to add business level, advanced features to consumer grade routers as they often price this type of functionality at upwards of $ 1000.

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. If one tries to do this on their own, it is very possible that they can lead to a dead router or a “brick” that would completely void his or her warranty. That is where FlashRouters comes in.

Experienced Open-Source Firmware Support

FlashRouters specializes in testing, upgrading, and supporting DD-WRT firmware upgraded 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. Any FlashRouter includes a minimum of 3 months of expert tech support via e-mail and chat as well as remote Teamviewer sessions to walk your through your basic Internet and VPN setup tasks.

Total Network VPN Integration

Trying to watch Netflix US on an Apple TV in Australia? Blocked out games on MLB.tv on your Roku? Using a router flashed with DD-WRT will also allow for you to use your VPN service to change your IP address on all your devices with a single setup!

Our team is supports 50+ VPN Providers and is the preferred router seller for some of the top VPN providers around like IPVanish– a tier 1 only provider that owns all their own servers, HideMyAss who offers the most IP addresses, PureVPN with servers in 100+ countries,  the low cost option PrivateInternetAccess, VPN & SmartDNS innovator Overplay, plus the security-obsessed, based-outside-the US IVPN and Perfect Privacy.

No Need To Change Your Current Setup

Using one of the top routers of 2015 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.

Customized Pre-configuration

Every router is customized individually by our technicians based on user request to make sure you get the right router, premium performance and advanced features right out of the box. Custom setup/troubleshooting guides are also included.

Best Selling DD-WRT Routers 2015

Well that’s enough explanation, now on to the good stuff, below we have categorized some of the best wireless routers to utilize everything explained above.

Top Wireless Router of 2015

Netgear Nighthawk R8000 DD-WRT ($ 479.95)

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The Netgear R8000 is the fastest DD-WRT WiFi router of 2015. A premium dual-band 802.11AC router, the R8000 boasts a sleek design similar to an alien spacecraft. Boasting 6 external antennas (a DD-WRT first with tri-band wireless) meaning 3 segmented wireless bands for created dedicated streaming networks, and a high-end 1 GHz processor, the R8000 is a future-proofing networking workhorse ready to take your network by storm.

The R8000 also offers a networked USB 3.0 port for enhanced backup speeds and network sharing via network attached storage devices. Using those sharp looking and compact six powerful external antennas, the Netgear R8000 is the best wireless router for anyone looking to get the most out of their Internet connection, and also the best router of 2015 for gaming.

 Premium R8000 DD-WRT Features

  • 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 300-800 MHz on others
  • Wireless-AC Up to 3200 Mbps  vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
  • USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on many other wireless routers
  • 6 powerful external antennas

What Makes the Netgear R8000 the Best VPN Router of the Year?

For VPN, the most important factor for a router is often processing power as this is the resource most taxed with the constant encryption and decryption of your data inside your network. The Netgear R8000 DD-WRT offers the max wireless transmission capabilities at 3200 Mbps, the most external antennas at 6 and matches most robust processor with 6 external for the best overall networking experience around.

Netgear R8000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to future-proof & get the maximum potential out of their setup with the best Wireless-AC router.

Special Offer: Use the coupon code “best2015″ through 5/31/2015 and get an extra $ 10 off any FlashRouter priced over $ 70!

More Top DD-WRT Wireless Routers Contenders

We’d be remiss to mention a few other contenders as the race for best wireless router of 2015 is always a rough.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT ($ 349.95)

Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk is perfect for streaming Netflix Instant from Europe.The Netgear Nighthawk was the top router of 2014 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). Thr R7000 has been our site DD-WRT bestseller 4 months running. 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 300-800 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 from the R8000 and high end VPN performance.

Side View - Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT RouterAsus RT-AC87U DD-WRT ($ 449.95) – Asus has always been a favorite of real router lovers and those Asus fans have a champion. Pictured above, the Asus RT-AC87U offers speeds of up to 2400 Mbps from four powerful antennas with a 1 GHZ Broadcom processor as well.

TP-LINK Archer C9 DD-WRT ($ 329.95)- Our latest 1 GHz addition, the Archer C9 has that clean white exterior and matched up spec-wise with the competition – 1 GHz processor, AC1900, 3 external antennas but at an even better value.

Best Wireless-AC Model Under $ 300

Linksys EA6900 DD-WRT ($ 279.95)

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The EA6900 blends the look of an all-time DD-WRT favorite, the Linksys E4200, with a Wireless-AC upgrade & external antennas.

Linksus EA6900 DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to upgrade their setup to Wireless-AC.

Asus RT-AC66U ($ 299.95 New/ $ 249.95 Factory Recetified)

Best Asus DD-WRT Router of 2014

If you decide you do not want to go for the tank that is the Nighthawk, you can go with the “Dark Knight” itself, the Asus RT-AC66U. Itself a powerful Wireless-AC router, the FlashRouters AC66U Dark Knight removes the lackluster Asus firmware associated the router and presents upgraded stability. A true stalwart of Wireless-AC popularity and long time favorite for Asus lovers as the best wireless router available in its price range.

Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to upgrade their setup to Wireless-AC.

Top Wireless AC Economy Model

Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT ($ 199.95)

Best Routers 2015 - Budget Wireless-ACAn under-the-radar favorite priced just right, the Netgear AC1450 has quickly launched itself into the go to model for VPN users looking for a budget Wireless-AC solution. With a top of its class 800 MHz processor, up to 1450 Mbps wireless transmission performance, a USB 3.0 port, 6 internal antennas, and gigabit ports. The only downside is the missing external antennas for max coverage.

Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to for premium VPN encryption/decryption performance in smaller/medium sized environments.

Best Wireless-N DD-WRT Routers

Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT Router - Best Wireless-N Router of 2014

Netgear WNDR4000 ($ 179.95)

If you are interested in Wireless-N but trying to find a more advanced router, look no further than the Netgear WNDR4000, the best Wireless-N router, voted as an Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine. The WNDR4000 offers above average performance from is Broadcom 480 MHz with  true dual-band in the 5 GHz band, which maintains a strong connection in smaller areas with better signal quality.

Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to upgrade their router setup to the dual band level, without making the future-proofing jump to Wireless-AC.

TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT ($ 149.95) – Just like the Archer C9, TP-Link makes an excellent router at a significant discount. This model offers dual band N600 speeds while adding external antennas and offers a 560 GHz Atheros processor.

All Time DD-WRT Classic

Asus RT-N16 ($ 179.95)

The Asus RT-N16 is a classic router in the field of DD-WRT with a great reputation for reliability and performance. The Asus RT-N16 is the perfect router for any home or small office, and one of the most popular routers to be flashed with DD-WRT firmware, due mostly in part to the Asus RT-N16’s massive 128/32 MB RAM/Flash Memory.

Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT recommended for: Users with primarily gigabit wired needs.

Best DD-WRT Router under $ 100

Cisco Linksys E1200 ($ 89.95)

This stalwart just never seems to fall off the radar. The E1200 Linksys Router may not have the processing power of the R8000, but this Linksys router offers some of the best wireless throughput from a single-band 2.4 GHz Wireless-N consumer router. A basic but steady performer for those looking for minimal effort and max value. It does lack gigabit wired support and dual band however.

E1200 DD-WRT Linksys Router Recommended for: Users looking for a basic VPN router or a wireless extender, repeater, or bridge.

Added DD-WRT Router Benefits from FlashRouter

As bandwidth hungry activities continue to fill the home with streaming video and music services such as FlashRouters – Netflix, YouTube, Watch BBC iPlayer From Outside the UK, the importance of having a high-performance network centerpiece is a must. A powerful wireless router allows Hulu, Crackle, Fandor, Spotify, Pandora and other new options arriving seemingly every day to perform at their peak while prepping your network for new and exciting Internet services coming down the pipe.


VPN Service Provider Drop Down Menu:
Already using one of the 50+ VPN Providers we support just select them from the VPN Provider List when making a purchase so we can configure your upgraded router accordingly and include a customized setup guide. 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.

Don’t need any VPN setup or support, please select none. VPN setup is not required at all, it is just a courtesy service that we offer to our customers. We added this much requested feature by customer request to help avoid confusion on options for different wireless routers. Many IT professionals use DD-WRT routers as a means of a more secure and customizable wireless router for home and small office environments around the world.

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.

Have a question? Send it our way!

Still not sure? Have additional question? Looking for a recommendation on the best router or VPN for you and your setup? Send it over. Our DD-WRT specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.

We hope you enjoyed our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year!

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “best2015″ through 5/31/2015 and get an extra $ 10 off any FlashRouter over $ 70!

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postheadericon Asus Autumn Savings Weekend – 15% off All Asus Wireless Routers

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As the leaves get ready to fall, FlashRouters has decided to let our prices fall with them if only for a long weekend. 

Now through Monday Oct. 6 Tuesday Oct. 7, get some of our best pricing ever on our complete line of Asus DD-WRT & TomatoUSB upgraded routers. To receive the 15% off Asus Autumn Savings:

  1. Add any Asus Router to the cart including VPN Provider Models.
  2. Click View Cart & Checkout.
  3. Enter the coupon code asus & click Apply.
  4. Get ready for an enhanced networking experience!

That’s all you have to do to save up to almost $ 60* on our best-selling brand of wireless routers.

Best Asus Routers in 2014

With the latest iPhones launching with Wireless-AC, the demand for Wireless-AC will only increase from your devices so get ahead of the curve and upgrade to a more powerful network with a new Asus, our best-selling brand of wireless routers

Need help choosing the best Asus wireless router to supercharge your network security, privacy and capabilities with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware enhancements? We have you covered!

Asus RT-AC56U - Top Wireless AC DDWRT Under $ 200

Asus RT-AC56U – Best Wireless AC DDWRT Under $ 200

Top Overall Asus Routers

Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT Router$ 379.95 $ 322.96

Asus RT-AC66U TomatoUSB / DD-WRT$ 299.95 $ 254.96

Best Wireless-N Asus RouterRT-N66U TomatoUSB $ 249.95 $ 212.46

Best Wireless-AC Under $ 200 (With USB 3.0!) – Asus RT-AC56U AC1200 DD-WRT$ 199.95 $ 169.96

Economy Options $ 150 & Under

3 External Antenna All Time Classic – RT-N16 TomatoUSB or DD-WRT$ 159.95 $ 135.96

2 External Antennas – Asus RT-N12 N300 DD-WRT$ 89.95 $ 76.46

1 Ext Antenna – Asus RT-N10P N150 TomatoUSB  $ 99.95 $ 84.96

No Ext Antenna/ 1 USB – Asus RT-N13U DD-WRT – (Open Box Only) $ 84.95 $ 72.21

 

*This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon codes or be applied to previous orders. Discount will only apply to Asus products in the cart through 10/07/2014

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postheadericon March Madness/Spring Cleaning Flash Deals on Premium Wireless Routers

Flash Deals on the Best WiFi Routers!

The clocks have moved ahead. The temperatures are rising and that pull of the outdoors is increasing. But you are probably tired of your underwhelming wireless performance that can’t reach your backyard and the security holes of outdated routers… In honor of the the NCAA Tournament, for the next few weeks, we will be rolling out unannounced flash pricing on some of our most popular routers at amazing prices to fully revive your network. Just in time for a good spring cleaning!

Keep an eye on this post for the latest in March Madness Spring Savings on FlashRouters! Maybe it will be some huge price discounts or a bundle deal, who knows how mad we will get?

Still on the fence and wondering what a FlashRouter can do to revive your wireless network. Check out our fun animated explainer video that explains why you outdated router might just be ready for retirement.

Our First March Madness Deal: $ 199.95 Recertified Days!

R6300 V1 DD-WRT Router
Regular Price $ 349.95
Just $ 199.95!

Our first time offering any Wireless-AC routers under $ 200. Get this AC value while you can!

RT-N66U TomatoUSB Recertified
Regular Price $ 279.95
Just $ 199.95!

Looking to make the big jump towards an Asus Tomato router? Now is your chance to purchase the high-powered RT-N66U for $ 80 off the regular price.

For updates on these deals, please check this blog post or follow us on Twitter at @FlashRouters and like our page on Facebook.

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postheadericon WATCH: How To Improve Wireless Signal By Changing Router’s Transmission (Tx) Power

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In recent weeks, we’ve shown you videos on how to pick the right WiFi channel for your DD-WRT or Tomato router, the benefits and features of Tomato firmware, the benefits of DD-WRT firmware, and how to set up Overplay VPN on your DD-WRT FlashRouter. We’d like to think these videos have been helpful to our customers and readers, so unless we hear otherwise, we’re going to keep showing ways to improve your network.

Our latest video should be particularly helpful for people looking for ways to change their router’s transmission power. Note that we didn’t say “increase” their router’s transmission power, nor “decrease” because, as the video explains, “if you’re trying to manage multiple routers in a congested area, decreasing the power will decrease the overall noise and interference.”

Conversely, “if you’re suffering from a weak signal, increasing your transmission power can help boost it.”  So if you’ve got a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter, and you’re looking to alter the device’s transmission power in one direction or the other, please give this video a look, and learn how to make your WiFi network that much more powerful.

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