The 10 Best DD-WRT Routers

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10. GL.iNet GL-AR150

8. Asus RT-AC66U

7. GL.iNet GL-AR750

6. Motorola MR2600

5. Netgear R6700

4. Netgear R7000P

3. Netgear R7800

2. Linksys WRT1900ACS

1. Asus RT-AC5300

Editor's Notes

October 29, 2019:

If you're looking at DD-WRT routers you probably know your way around complex software, and if you're looking for the most powerful, look straight to the Asus RT-AC5300, though the Netgear R7800 and Netgear R7000P offer competitive performance levels as well. The Netgear R6700 is one of the most reliable under $100, while the TP-Link Archer C7v4 is by far one of the most popular -- just make sure you have the right firmware for your particular hardware revision (though this is always true of open-source firmware flashing). The Linksys WRT1900ACS is one of the few developed directly for use with custom firmware, and as such is one of the most reliable and versatile. The GL.iNet GL-AR750 and GL.iNet GL-AR150 are similarly power-user-focused, and in fact they both come with customizable firmware pre-installed, though be aware that if you want to flash to classic DD-WRT, the AR750 is not the right choice for you. For that matter, neither is intended for use with gigabit-class networks. They're actually designed for personal networks or even attaining control over your public connections when you're not at home. The Asus RT-AC66U and Motorola MR2600 are two more mid- to low-end models that hold up well despite not having the absolute fastest hardware components.

Now, if you're not looking for wireless connectivity, please check out our list of layer 3 switches, which will offer you, at a minimum, a partially-managed setup for your hardwired network. And if you change your mind and would rather not undergo the hassle of flashing custom firmware, we can point you towards some of the newest and most reliable end-user routers as well.


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