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Hardware acceleration is a feature that some users will absolutely require. Some users will inevitably be indifferent, and other users may have no idea what hardware acceleration is. Before you purchase a VPN router, it helps to know the difference between ASUSWRT and DD-WRT, and to understand if hardware acceleration is a must-have feature for you.
What is Hardware Acceleration?
Hardware acceleration is an optional feature on many different tech devices and software programs (like PC games). You might have had to toggle hardware acceleration on or off in the past in order to be able to run certain games or programs. The simplest explanation of hardware acceleration is that it shifts which component of a device will become the beast of burden.
Devices with CPUs will put all the hard labor onto the CPU by default. Hardware acceleration is when some other part of the device will pick up most of the slack, giving the CPU a bit of a break and improving the performance of whatever device you’re using or game you’re playing.
VPN routers have a much bigger job than a normal router, and hardware acceleration makes that job easier. By splitting the load, the VPN router can work faster and more efficiently. If you have a lot of devices that utilize the connection from a single VPN router, hardware acceleration will improve the connection speed of every single device on the network.
Some types of VPN router firmware will support hardware acceleration, and others won’t. If hardware acceleration is a must for you, it’s important to understand the differences between two common types of firmware and the way they work.
What is DD-WRT Firmware?
DD-WRT is an open sourced Linux based firmware commonly used on VPN routers. Since it’s open source, it’s able to be easily modified to suit a wide variety of applications. DD-WRT is far superior to the firmware that comes preinstalled on most routers and allows for a greater level of customization, making it a favorite of tech savvy users and companies that modify VPN routers.
DD-WRT is constantly being updated and improved to reflect current safety and security standards, something that is invaluable in the world of VPNs. People who use VPNs want to know that their devices are secure and invulnerable at all times. DD-WRT offers that peace of mind, but it comes at a slight cost. DD-WRT does not usually support hardware acceleration. While the protection and security are superior, the speed of a device utilizing DD-WRT firmware may not always be impressively fast.
What is ASUSWRT?
ASUSWRT is the response ASUS formulated to DD-WRT, and it’s what they use on their routers. It boasts a comprehensive and customizable set of features that are easy to access through an extremely user friendly interface. It also offers easy hardware acceleration among its wealth of features. ASUSWRT is able to provide better encryption speed and faster processing because of this feature – hardware acceleration properly distributes the load in a way that sets the VPN router up for optimum success.
The only downside is that ASUSWRT does not come with the same kind of frequent updates and support and highly advanced customization incorporated with DD-WRT, technically making it less secure and less accommodating to people who are very particular about the way their VPN router should be set up.
Which is Better?
There is no wrong answer here. Both ASUSWRT and DD-WRT are perfectly great firmware options for VPN routers. It just so happens that they each come with advantages and disadvantages. At the end of the day, it comes down to the priorities and preferences of the user. Would you rather sacrifice a little bit of security for speed, or sacrifice a little bit of speed for security?
PrivateRouter offers VPN routers of both varieties, and we’re certain we have a model that will meet the needs of your household, small business, or enterprise – no matter the firmware you choose.