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Best openvpn options for speed ddwrt

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One recently sent us a question that we receive pretty frequently. So we figured we’d publish the latest in our series of popular FlashRouter FAQs.

Open Source Firmware on DSL Modem Routers

I have a DSL modem from my ISP.

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Can I flash my DSL modem/router with DD-WRT so I can use VPN on it?

– Chip in Chattanooga, TN

Thanks for the question Chip! The simple answer is no.

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DD-WRT firmware is not compatible with DSL, VDSL or ADSL modem combinations.

A common issue for many users looking to integrate DD-WRT or Tomato within their setup is the fact that modems and, with this, modem routers cannot be flashed with Open Source firmware.

As these devices do not use Broadcom or Atheros chips and the drivers for these products have not been made public or released to open source development teams, modem routers simply have not developed with and cannot be flashed with alternative/non-ISP firmware.

There are two major reasons we see this as the case.


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DSL Modem/Routers Are Usually Outdated, Cheap Throw Ins – Usually DSL modem router combo devices are offered with outdated technology to minimize bandwidth use which cost providers more. So basically, the more powerful the router, the more bandwidth you will use.

Therefore, they offer you a free device that gives you just enough to keep you somewhat happy without maximizing the capabilities of your network.

Even the best DSL modem router, being a combination of a modem and a router, is a less powerful device when compared to a standalone router or FlashRouter, as the specs of the device need to be lessened to host an actual modem.

They usually force you to rent this underpowered device which also adds to their profits.

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Generally, the router part of these modems are basic single band wireless-N devices with a 300-400 MHz processor with max wireless transmission at 300 Mbps with older generation fast Ethernet ports.

If you upgrade to a higher plan, they might throw you a bone and double that wireless speed to up to 600 Mbps transmission power with average range.

You will not see a Wireless-AC device with max range for transmitting streaming video signal through you home or 1 GHz processors of up to 2400 Mbps.

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We are talking a minimum of 3-4 times as powerful devices when it comes to standalone Wireless-AC DD-WRT options.

2. ISPs Want To See Your Traffic Usage & Data – The average customer just wants their router to work so an ISP has limited impetus for improved, enterprise level firmwares.

Open-source firmwares are developed to be used on standalone routers and the modems complicate the firmware part.

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Plus these modem routers are usually an under-powered combination.

Using VPN with a DSL modem router combo network-wide is not a built-in option that most ISPs do or will ever offer. ISPs are in the business of monitoring and managing traffic so to offer built-in protection for privacy protocols like VPN is antithetical to their business model, meaning it will not make them money.

Using VPN with a DSL Modem Router

The best option for users having this dilemma is to use a VPN FlashRouter in tandem their DSL modem/router combination.

What makes a good VPN router?

Add a DD-WRT or TomatoUSB behind it to router and manage your traffic as your main network gateway using the FlashRouters Dual Router Setup.

Within a Dual Router Setup, the modem router maintains a connection to your ISP passing that connectivity to a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter alongside it, creating a second network more powerful network with limited setup or frustration.

If you choose to use your FlashRouter as a VPN (Virtual Private Network) router with a service like HideMyAss or IPVanish, your second network will be a VPN-dedicated device network so you can add any devices connected to the network will be encrypted by a VPN.

Most Popular/Best DSL Modem Router Combos By Region

As the world is covered by a diverse list of Internet Service Providers, there are many modem routers that may have found their way into your home, such as the:

  • Telmex (Mexico, Brazil, and the rest of Latin America) – Technicolor Tg582n Nuevo Daa
  • Movistar (Spain and Latin America) – Huawei Echolife HG520V FTTH
  • Orange (UK, France, Kenya, Poland, Switzerland, etc.) –Livebox
  • Virgin Media (UK) – Super Hub
  • Bell (Canada) – Wi-Fi Pod
  • Sky (UK) – Sky Hub
  • Foxtel (Australia) – iQHD
  • FRITZ!Box (Germany) – Fon WLAN 7490
  • Etisalat (Middle East) – D-Link Wireless N 300 Router
  • Verizon (United States) – FiOS Actiontec Modem Router
  • …and any other DSL/Cable/Fiber-Optic modem router from any provider around the world!

A FlashRouter can work alongside any of these popular modem/router combinations.

The process is as simple as connecting a FlashRouter to a modem router via Ethernet cable. Once this connection is established, you have will have two networks, one for your ISP and one, if you so choose, for your VPN connection.

If you are using a modem router from any provider, we can support it.

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DD-WRT Router To Use VPN with a DSL Modem Router Combo

Whether you are a Telmex customer in Brazil, a FusionGOL subscriber in Japan, or a Comcast user in the United States, a FlashRouter will comfortably slip right into your setup behind a modem router combo.

Here’s just a few of our enhanced router favorites FlashRouters ready to overhaul your DSL, ADSL, or VDSL network connection!


Netgear Nighthawk R7800

The FlashRouter Netgear R7800 Nighthawk X4S DD-WRT is the beefed-up brother of our all-time customer favorite: the R7000 Nighthawk.

Open Source Firmware on DSL Modem Routers

Netgear's premium Nighthawk line offers the best of both worlds with increased wired connectivity and future-proofing wireless AC2600 networking performance. Upgrading from 3 to 4 powerful external antennas and ramping up to 1.7 GHz Dual Core Processor (70% more powerful) to handle the increasing needs of every day web activities.

  • Great For Medium To Large Homes
  • Perfect For 10+ Devices
  • Works With All ISPs & Supported VPNs
  • Compatible Worldwide
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Need more info?

Don’t hesitate to shoot us a message and our team will be more than happy to walk you through the process.


Linksys WRT32X AC3200

Introduced in 2002, the classic Linksys WRT54G served the role as the first Open Source DD-WRT router.

Now, in this age of remakes and reboots, Linksys has brought the WRT series back from the techno-graveyard, bigger and badder than ever.

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That clunky blue and black box with two antennas prodding out of the back has been improved with a sleek starship design, complete with four external antennas.

  • Great For Medium to Large Homes
  • Perfect For 6-8 Devices
  • Works With All ISPs & Supported VPNs
  • Compatible Worldwide
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Asus RT-AC5300

The Asus RT-AC5300 not only looks like a robotic Alien "facehugger", it performs like one too.

Featuring a best-in-class 1.4 GHz processor alongside 8 (yes, eight!!) external antennas, the AC5300 is the ultimate, top-tier (or should we say "God Tier") router for lag-free gaming and high quality 4K streaming. With cross-platform compatibility and game acceleration, the AC5300 is a must for any gamer looking to seriously "rekt" it up.

  • Great For Large Homes
  • Perfect For 10+ Devices
  • Works With All ISPs & Supported VPNs
  • Plug n Play Setup Available
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