DD-WRT is Linux-based firmware used to upgrade routers. It was originally developed for Linksys routers, but has become popular among other brands for its rugged performance. DD-WRT software replaces existing router software to improve functionality and security. There are many advantages to using DD-WRT, including faster connection speeds, more customization options, improved security, better quality of service, and improved VPN performance. It makes sense to get a DD-WRT router because of the advantages, but many of them are very expensive. This review takes a look at the best DD-WRT routers you can get for under $ 100 Image Via Amazon The Netgear AC1200 is an inexpensive router that has been around for quite some time. It might be missing some modern features like beamforming and MU-MIMO, but it still works well enough to redeem itself. The 1200 Mbps wireless speed isn’t the fastest, but it’s still good for streaming and gaming. It also has a range of up to 1,000 square feet and allows up to 15 devices to connect simultaneously. This router also has four Ethernet ports limited to 100 Mbps and a USB port to support a storage drive.The AC1200 is easy to configure using the Nighthawk app, and it also has some of the better parental controls that can work on individual devices. This router would benefit greatly from a DD-WRT firmware update to improve some of its functionality.Image via Amazon The Asus AC1750 barely makes the cut at just under $ 100 and still deserves a mention on this list. . It performs well on both bands with up to 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz, 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz and a combined speed of up to 1750 Mbps. It also has a huge range of 3000 square feet which can be expanded with Aimesh technology. The AC1750 is compatible with AiRadar beamforming and is supported by Trend Micro network security. The dual-core processor of this router ensures smooth network traffic, and it also comes with USB 3.0 capability and parental control AiProtection Pro. Gamers will appreciate having Nvidia Gamestream ready. The Asus AC1750 already has some great features, but it won’t hurt to tweak the firmware.Image via Amazon The Linksys E2500 is a low budget router that still manages to achieve speeds of up to 300Mbps over the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. It comes with four Ethernet ports limited to 100 Mbps, as well as a USB port. Unfortunately, the range is limited and is best suited for smaller homes or apartments.The E2500 is easy to set up using the included Cisco Connect software and is compatible with most types of encryption, including WPA and WPA2. There aren’t a lot of cool features on this router, but you’d expect around $ 30. What it lacks in functionality it makes up for in durability. A DD-WRT upgrade could do wonders to improve its performance. Image via Amazon The TP-Link AC170 Archer C7 has been around for ages and is showing its age. It still has dual-band performance with a maximum combined speed of 1.75 Gbps. There are also four Ethernet ports and one WAN port with gigabit speeds and two USB ports. This router offers excellent coverage, probably thanks to the three internal antennas and the three external antennas. Other features include QoS and compatibility with TP-Link Tether app. The AC1750 Archer C7 is a basic, no-frills router that does its job with connectivity, but could do with a DD-WRT update. The Asus RT-AC56 AC1200 might be cheap, but it still looks sophisticated with the black design and diamond pattern. It works on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands with a combined total speed of 1167Mbps. The four LAN ports are all capable of gigabit speeds, and it has a USB 2.0 port and a single USB 3.0 port. When it comes to security, there’s built-in Aiprotection, Trend Micro software, and parental controls. It also has other useful tools like QoS, Guest Network and Asus AiCloud 2.0. One of the best things about this router is the AiRadar beamforming which increases the coverage. This router hits well above its weight and offers better signal strength than most similar price rivals.Image via AmazonThe Linksys WRT1200AC is another dual-core, dual-band router that has been around for quite some time. While it works on both bands, performance is slightly sluggish, with a 2.4GHz top speed of 400Mbps and a 5GHz maximum speed of 867Mbps. All four Ethernet ports are capable of gigabit speeds, and there’s also a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 eSata combo port for network storage. This router is easy to configure and comes with the user-friendly Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app. It also comes with a beamforming capability for a stronger signal and better connectivity. The WRT1200AC is specifically designed to work with open-source firmware, so installing DD-WRT should be easy Image via Amazon The Netgear Nighthawk R6700 is more expensive than most routers on this list but is more modern and has more features. It’s also trendy because of its features like Google Assistant compatibility, Netgear Armor cybersecurity, and Circle parental controls. It also has an extended coverage of 1500 square feet and can connect up to 25 devices at a time. This dual band router has speeds of up to 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz. It also has four Gigabit LAN ports and a USB port for file sharing. Beamforming plus guarantees better connectivity and you can also prioritize your devices with an intuitive QoS interface. The R6700 already has fantastic performance, and upgrading to DD-WRT can make it even better. Image via Amazon If you need a mobile router that you can take anywhere, the GL.iNET GL- MT300N-V2 is one of the best options and comes at a fantastic price. This tiny router weighs just 1.41 ounces but still manages to accommodate two Ethernet ports, a USB port, and 128MB of RAM. It also has a built-in firewall and supports VPN. This travel router is versatile and can connect to the Internet via cable or as a repeater. It can also connect via USB modem or connected to your smartphone. The top speed of 300Mbps isn’t the fastest, but it’s good enough when you’re on the go.