Improving Network Security

A good place to start improving your network security is by looking at the tools and equipment that you’re using in your network. Here’s a list of things we’d recommend to keep your home network safe.


Of course, your choice of router is very important in determining how safe your network is. We’ve tested a lot of them for various characteristics, and here’s the list of routers that we’d recommend:

Best Overall – Asus RT-AC88U

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The RT-AC88U is a superfast router with lots of useful features. The web-based interface is intuitive and easy to use, especially for those who aren’t so comfortable with doing their own IT support. These devices can be a bit pricey, but will provide the power and speed that you’re looking for.

Additionally, the RT-AC88U has an integrated security package developed by Trend Micro called AiProtection. This package provides you with parental control, as well as added protection for web browsing. As you browse it can identify network vulnerabilities as well as malicious sites and keep you safe from them.


Most Secure – Synology’s RT2600AC


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The RT2600AC offers advanced security for your smart home. It contains advanced wireless features such as  MU-MIMO and beamforming technology to provide you with ultrafast WiFi that operates over a large portion of your house. Additionally, this device has advanced security options such as parental controls and blacklisting of malicious websites.


Best Value – Linksys EA6900

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The EA6900 comes with a budget friendly price, yet many of the features that he pricier router models have. It has a Guest Access feature, and the Linksys Smart WiFi smartphone app for other security controls, including:

  • Parental controls
  • Guest WiFi passwords (sent via text or email)
  • Guest device priority
  • Remove access

For the price, this is a terrific little device.

Open Source Routers

Studies have shown that the most secure home routers are those that are running “Open Source Firmware” such as DD-WRT. If you aren’t comfortable installing new firmware on your router, consider buying a router with this firmware already installed. We like what the guys at FlashRouters are doing. They sell the same name brand routers that you’re already familiar with, but they upgrade them by installing firmware to make these the most secure routers that you can buy. They even provide VPN support to make your internet sessions not only secure, but also more private.