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Best\most economical DDwrt compatible router with ipvanish VPN service?

YanksIn2009 3,111 773 September 3, 2015 at 03:23 PM
OK I am trying out ipvanish VPN service which seems to be pretty good so far for me. Looking to install it at the router level. Do not really want to mess with my current router (Linksys e4200 v2) which is running standard Linksys firmware. Was thinking of getting another router of similar or better capabilities on the cheap (maybe used on Ebay...can always resell the e4200 or use as a switch\repeater). Can anyone recommend a ddwrt compatible router for this task that works with ipvanish?

I really only need wireless n, gigabit, dual band...no AC devices yet. Do not want to spend 100+ on some fancy new router. Thanks.

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ASUS RT-N66R [newegg.com] (Refurbished)

Best bang for the buck given no need for AC. Powerful, lots of flash and memory, and supports dd-wrt AND tomato (imo, superior to dd-wrt).

Also, like most Asus routers, almost impossible to brick (has a special recovery mode that kicks in should the user installed firmware fail to boot for any reason).
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ASUS RT-N66R [newegg.com] (Refurbished)

Best bang for the buck given no need for AC. Powerful, lots of flash and memory, and supports dd-wrt AND tomato (imo, superior to dd-wrt).

Also, like most Asus routers, almost impossible to brick (has a special recovery mode that kicks in should the user installed firmware fail to boot for any reason).

Thanks...The reviews on this unit are pretty lousy though with more 1 and 2 star bad reviews (40) than 4 and 5 star reviews(39) For ex:

"Cons: Believe all the bad reviews. Whatever Asus did to refurbish these- they must have had a terrible batch lately. When I bought this router back in January the reviews were overwhelmingly positive. If you look since then, they have turned very very bad. Ours lasted for right around the 2-3 month period. Now about 6 months in, it's going to need replaced."


Never been a fan of ASUS either as in my experience, their quality control is lousy.
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The fact it's a refurb does add some risk since we don't know why it's a refurb. But that's also why it's so cheap. So to some extent, at least in terms of hardware, it's a gamble, like all refurbs.

That said, most of the reviews involve Asus firmware, NOT dd-wrt/tomato, and that's typically what turns a crap router into a great router, provided the underlying hardware is reliable.

You also have to take reviews that dump on the signal strength/range w/ a heavy grain of salt since a LOT of times this has more to do w/ that particular user's environment than the router itself. That's why you can find one user calling it a piece of junk in this regard, and the very next one praising it.

FWIW, if it was me, and given your criteria, and I needed it now, that's what I'd buy.

Btw, you may also be able to save another $10 w/ the Amex checkout promo (if you haven't used it already).
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The fact it's a refurb does add some risk since we don't know why it's a refurb. But that's also why it's so cheap. So to some extent, at least in terms of hardware, it's a gamble, like all refurbs.

That said, most of the reviews involve Asus firmware, NOT dd-wrt/tomato, and that's typically what turns a crap router into a great router, provided the underlying hardware is reliable.

You also have to take reviews that dump on the signal strength/range w/ a heavy grain of salt since a LOT of times this has more to do w/ that particular user's environment than the router itself. That's why you can find one user calling it a piece of junk in this regard, and the very next one praising it.

FWIW, if it was me, and given your criteria, and I needed it now, that's what I'd buy.

Btw, you may also be able to save another $10 w/ the Amex checkout promo (if you haven't used it already).

I completely agree on the user reviews being problematic if related to setup, esp. with routers. Most people have no clue what they are doing in this area. And almost no one outside of tech people are going anywhere near DDwrt.

That said, if it were any other reputable brand I might give it a shot, but my experience with ASUS as noted is that their hardware QC is horrible. So a refurb'ed ASUS I really would not trust at all, esp. one which is getting hammered in the reviews...it would be a roll of the dice imo as it is more likely than not that the unit had rf\hardware issues.
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refurb netgear ac1450

dual core processor.
runs both tomato and dd-wrt.
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refurb netgear ac1450

dual core processor.
runs both tomato and dd-wrt.

why such poor reviews on this router though?
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