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Most Popular & Best Wireless Routers for DD-WRT Firmware 2015

Looking for the best wireless routers of 2015 to meet every need and budget? Have you heard a lot about popular firmware enhancements like DD-WRT and wondering what benefits from this powerful and simple upgrade anyone can have? Tired of buffering or having to reset your router a few times a day just to get it to work? Or maybe you are in the market for the best dual band router or upgrading to Wireless-AC for your current network setup? Look no further, you have found an expert list of the best wireless routers available in 2015.

Wireless router technology seems to be leaping at a breakneck pace so we have decided it was time for an update to our yearly list of the Best Wireless Routers of 2015, a yearly tradition as you can see from last year’s Fastest & Best Performing DD-WRT Wireless Routers. Our list of the best wireless routers of 2015 mixes our top tested devices based on in the field experience, months of testing, and their interaction with premium alternative firmwares and various streaming players like Roku, AppleTV as well as the top gaming consoles like Xbox 360/ Xbox OnePS3/PS4 & Wii/WiiU.

What is DD-WRT Firmware?

DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware upgrade project created for maximizing router features and usage potential. DD-WRT is used by many networking-savvy users to enhance your wireless router stability, privacy, & (most importantly) network security while making previously unavailable networking functions the norm. Basically, DD-WRT unlocks expensive features usually limited to high-end business routers and runs them right on popular consumer models. But to get these advanced features, you need to to have a DD-WRT installed router.

DD-WRT is extremely reactive to bugs like the Heartbleed and future online terrors. The DD-WRT site itself is a very helpful resource for anyone with an interest in getting the most out of your router, setting up features like a static IP address or allocating bandwidth management. Being open-source, these firmwares are community vetted by users looking to maximize their router’s functionality and security.

DD-WRT has an additional slew of VPN & non-VPN related features to meet wide and niche needs of every user. For a more complete list of DD-WRT features, we recommend you review our full Intro to DD-WRT FAQ.

Feature Upgrades of DD-WRT Firmware

  • Advanced Wireless Modes: Access Point (AP), wireless client birdge & repeater modes.
  • DHCP Server – Using DNSmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases
  • Wi-Fi hotspot Integrations: For business or neighbors with a verification page using the integrated Chillispot or NOCATSPLASH
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings – To increase WiFi strength
  • Wake-on-LAN – Remote network access
  • Advanced Port Forwarding – Create port forwards, redirects, & triggers with included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)
  • NAT (Network Address Translation) support
  • JFFS2 Support
  • Samba file-share/CIFS client
  • WDS: Wireless distribution system (WDS aka wireless bridging)

Why Choose a DD-WRT FlashRouter?

DD-WRT Preinstalled

FlashRouters takes high-powered consumer grade hardware with stock firmware and, by adding improved firmware, turn a $50-$400 wireless router into something worth double or triple its value. Don’t stand for the vanilla, boring, under-performing, easily hackable wireless routers you buy directly at a Best Buy or on Amazon (something every manufacturer from Netgear to Asus to Linksys to D-link has dealt with in the past year). Router manufacturers have little incentive to add business level, advanced features to consumer grade routers as they often price this type of functionality at upwards of $1000.

Flashing a router with DD-WRT can be a frustrating task for some, involving a lot of research, trial and error and a complex process that can easily lead to making a router unusable. If one tries to do this on their own, it is very possible that they can lead to a dead router or a “brick” that would completely void his or her warranty. That is where FlashRouters comes in.

Experienced Open-Source Firmware Support

FlashRouters specializes in testing, upgrading, and supporting DD-WRT firmware upgraded routers worldwide. Our team only selects the top performing routers, with the best variation of DD-WRT firmware for users’ needs and delivers them right to your door. Any FlashRouter includes a minimum of 3 months of expert tech support via e-mail and chat as well as remote Teamviewer sessions to walk your through your basic Internet and VPN setup tasks.

Total Network VPN Integration

Trying to watch Netflix US on an Apple TV in Australia? Blocked out games on MLB.tv on your Roku? Using a router flashed with DD-WRT will also allow for you to use your VPN service to change your IP address on all your devices with a single setup!

Our team is supports 50+ VPN Providers and is the preferred router seller for some of the top VPN providers around like IPVanish – a tier 1 only provider that owns all their own servers, HideMyAss who offers the most IP addresses, PureVPN with servers in 100+ countries,  the low cost option PrivateInternetAccess, VPN & SmartDNS innovator Overplay, plus the security-obsessed, based-outside-the US IVPN and Perfect Privacy.

No Need To Change Your Current Setup

Using one of the top routers of 2015 does not mean you will need to replace your current router setup. Using our popular Dual Router Setup for a dedicated VPN connection a FlashRouter can work side-by-side with any current router, ISP router/modem or ADSL router/modem right out of the box.

Customized Pre-configuration

Every router is customized individually by our technicians based on user request to make sure you get the right router, premium performance and advanced features right out of the box. Custom setup/troubleshooting guides are also included.

Best Selling DD-WRT Routers 2015

Well that’s enough explanation, now on to the good stuff, below we have categorized some of the best wireless routers to utilize everything explained above.

Top Wireless Router of 2015

Netgear Nighthawk R8000 DD-WRT ($429.95)

DDWRT Installed R8000 Netgear X6 - OpenVPN
The Netgear R8000 is the fastest DD-WRT WiFi router of 2015. A premium dual-band 802.11AC router, the R8000 boasts a sleek design similar to an alien spacecraft. Boasting 6 external antennas (a DD-WRT first with tri-band wireless) meaning 3 segmented wireless bands for created dedicated streaming networks, and a high-end 1 GHz processor, the R8000 is a future-proofing networking workhorse ready to take your network by storm.

The R8000 also offers a networked USB 3.0 port for enhanced backup speeds and network sharing via network attached storage devices. Using those sharp looking and compact six powerful external antennas, the Netgear R8000 is the best wireless router for anyone looking to get the most out of their Internet connection, and also the best router of 2015 for gaming.

 Premium R8000 DD-WRT Features

  • 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 300-800 MHz on others
  • Wireless-AC Up to 3200 Mbps  vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
  • USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on many other wireless routers
  • 6 powerful external antennas

What Makes the Netgear R8000 the Best VPN Router of the Year?

For VPN, the most important factor for a router is often processing power as this is the resource most taxed with the constant encryption and decryption of your data inside your network. The Netgear R8000 DD-WRT offers the max wireless transmission capabilities at 3200 Mbps, the most external antennas at 6 and matches most robust processor with 6 external for the best overall networking experience around.

Netgear R8000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to future-proof & get the maximum potential out of their setup with the best Wireless-AC router.

Special Offer: Use the coupon code “best2015″ through 9/30/2015 and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter priced over $100!

More Top DD-WRT Wireless Routers Contenders

We’d be remiss to mention a few other contenders as the race for best wireless router of 2015 is always a rough.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT ($349.95)

Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk is perfect for streaming Netflix Instant from Europe.The Netgear Nighthawk was the top router of 2014 and matches its compatriot the R8000 on many specs. The Nighthawk also boasts a 1 GHz processor and USB 3.0 with 3 external antennas (versus the R8000’s 6) and speeds of up to AC1900 (vs. AC3200). The R7000 has been our site DD-WRT bestseller 4 months running. It is also our top choice if you are looking for a wired-only workhorse.

Premium R7000 DD-WRT Features

  • 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 300-800 MHz on others
  • Wireless-AC Up to 1900 Mbps  vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
  • USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on most other wireless routers
  • 3 powerful external antennas

Netgear R7000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking for a high-end processor at a $100+ savings from the R8000 and high end VPN performance.

Side View - Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT RouterAsus RT-AC87U DD-WRT ($429.95) – Asus has always been a favorite of real router lovers and those Asus fans have a champion. Pictured above, the Asus RT-AC87U offers speeds of up to 2400 Mbps from four powerful antennas with a 1 GHZ Broadcom processor as well.

TP-LINK Archer C9 DD-WRT ($329.95)- Our latest 1 GHz addition, the Archer C9 has that clean white exterior and matched up spec-wise with the competition – 1 GHz processor, AC1900, 3 external antennas but at an even better value.

Best Wireless-AC Model Under $300

Asus RT-AC66U ($299.95 New/ $249.95 Factory Recetified)

Best Asus DD-WRT Router of 2014

If you decide you do not want to go for the tank that is the Nighthawk, you can go with the “Dark Knight” itself, the Asus RT-AC66U. Itself a powerful Wireless-AC router, the FlashRouters AC66U Dark Knight removes the lackluster Asus firmware associated the router and presents upgraded stability. A true stalwart of Wireless-AC popularity and long time favorite for Asus lovers as the best wireless router available in its price range.

Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to upgrade their setup to Wireless-AC.

Top DD-WRT Router Under $200

Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT ($199.95)

Best Routers 2015 - Budget Wireless-ACAn under-the-radar favorite priced just right, the Netgear AC1450 has quickly launched itself into the go to model for VPN users looking for a budget Wireless-AC solution. With a top of its class 800 MHz processor, up to 1450 Mbps wireless transmission performance, a USB 3.0 port, 6 internal antennas, and gigabit ports. The only downside is the missing external antennas for max coverage.

Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to for premium VPN encryption/decryption performance in smaller/medium sized environments.

Best Wireless-N DD-WRT Routers

Netgear WNDR4500 - N900, 600 MHz Dual Band Wireless-N

Netgear WNDR4500 ($179.95) – If you are interested in Wireless-N but trying to find a more advanced router, look no further than the Netgear WNDR4500. The WNDR4500 offers top of the line Wireless-N wireless performance (N900) and processor (Broadcom 600 MHz) Don’t forget true power from the 5 GHz band, which maintains a strong connection in smaller areas with better signal quality.

Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to upgrade their router setup to the dual band level, without making the future-proofing jump to Wireless-AC.

TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT ($149.95) – Just like the Archer C9, TP-Link makes an excellent router at a significant discount. This model offers dual band N600 speeds while adding external antennas and offers a 560 GHz Atheros processor.

All Time DD-WRT Classic

Asus RT-N16 ($179.95)

The Asus RT-N16 is a classic router in the field of DD-WRT with a great reputation for reliability and performance. The Asus RT-N16 is the perfect router for any home or small office, and one of the most popular routers to be flashed with DD-WRT firmware, due mostly in part to the Asus RT-N16’s massive 128/32 MB RAM/Flash Memory.

Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT recommended for: Users with primarily gigabit wired needs.

Best DD-WRT Router under $100

Cisco Linksys E1200 ($89.95)

This stalwart just never seems to fall off the radar. The E1200 Linksys Router may not have the processing power of the R8000, but this Linksys router offers some of the best wireless throughput from a single-band 2.4 GHz Wireless-N consumer router. A basic but steady performer for those looking for minimal effort and max value. It does lack gigabit wired support and dual band however.

E1200 DD-WRT Linksys Router Recommended for: Users looking for a basic VPN router or a wireless extender, repeater, or bridge.

Added DD-WRT Router Benefits from FlashRouter

As bandwidth hungry activities continue to fill the home with streaming video and music services such as Netflix, YouTube, Watch BBC iPlayer From Outside the UK, the importance of having a high-performance network centerpiece is a must. A powerful wireless router allows Hulu, Crackle, Fandor, Spotify, Pandora and other new options arriving seemingly every day to perform at their peak while prepping your network for new and exciting Internet services coming down the pipe.

VPN Service Provider Drop Down Menu:
Already using one of the 50+ VPN Providers we support just select them from the VPN Provider List when making a purchase so we can configure your upgraded router accordingly and include a customized setup guide. Don’t see your provider listed, select Other and type in your provider. We will gladly test it if we haven’t already or notify you if we have any issues.

Don’t need any VPN setup or support, please select none. VPN setup is not required at all, it is just a courtesy service that we offer to our customers. We added this much requested feature by customer request to help avoid confusion on options for different wireless routers. Many IT professionals use DD-WRT routers as a means of a more secure and customizable wireless router for home and small office environments around the world.

DD-WRT & VPN Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT Support Plans. Different routers come with slightly different plans. Users looking for support for their own devices or routers can visit the support plan center to see what the different plans cover from assisting you in flashing your own device to remote VPN setup options.

Knowledge Base & Help Desk: FlashRouters also offers a DD-WRT & VPN Knowledge Base and support desk to better handle the many requests and inquiries we receive.

Have a question? Send it our way!

Still not sure? Have additional question? Looking for a recommendation on the best router or VPN for you and your setup? Send it over. Our DD-WRT specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.

We hope you enjoyed our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year!

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “best2015″ through 9/30/2015 and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter over $100!

Netflix Instant & Amazon Streaming Movies & TV Added in September 2015

Enjoy Streaming Videos on Netflix

Enjoy Streaming Videos on Netflix

Streaming Movies and Television Shows Added in September 2015

Ever since Netflix stopped letting people know what’s been subtracted from their Instant streaming lineup, it’s been a little difficult to keep track of what’s coming and going in their library.

So the purpose of this post – which will be continually updated on this site as new movies and television shows are added to the Netflix Instant streaming lineup – is to keep you, the dedicated Netflix Instant streamer, apprised of what new additions should be watched immediately, or should go on your queue but not be considered a top viewing priority.

Improve Netflix Streaming Experience With Powerful Router

Streaming HD video is a bandwidth intensive activity that puts major stress on a wireless home network. Our wireless routers are popular with heavy Netflix streaming users because they are designed to handle high-volume jobs with ease. With a FlashRouter, you can extend your wireless range, tweak wireless sensitivity, control your bandwidth allocation, and add layers of advanced security. How do we achieve all this? By flashing our routers with DD-WRT & Tomato firmware, open-source replacement firmwares that boost a router’s functionality and feature-set.

Check out our recent best-sellers of June 2015 list to find some of our most popular devices. Routers from all price ranges, all ready to revolutionize your network, such as the sleek and thoroughly affordable like the Linksys E2500 Tomato FlashRouter. Or if you’re looking to spend a little extra to get the best router money can buy, check out the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT FlashRouter, or the Netgear R8000 Wireless-AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter with it’s triband (!) wireless speeds.

It’s also worth mentioning that we’re affiliated with a number of VPN service providers who can not only make your online experience safer, but can also keep you in touch with your Netflix streaming account even when you’re in countries where Netflix isn’t available.

By tunneling your online information through secure servers all over the world, VPNs also allow you to trick your computer into thinking it’s wherever you want it to be, allowing you access to geographically restricted material. For more information, check out one of our many articles about accessing Netflix from places like Korea or Dubai or South Africa.

If you’d like some help choosing the VPN that best suits you, we recommend checking our Supported Provider List. We can customize our routers for any of the VPNs on that list, which saves you a lot of the time and trouble that comes with installing the VPN software on your own. Don’t end up with a bricked router when we can handle all of the tough stuff for you.

Best Netflix Instant Streaming Added in September 2015

Watch Up in the Air on Netflix Instant (September 2015)

Up in the Air – Netflix Instant (September 2015)

New to Netflix (September 2015)

Now we’re back in the swing of things with plenty of great new streaming titles for Netflix Instant users.

Up In the Air – We’ll start this month’s list with a choice offering from writer/director Jason Reitman (though he’ll show up again on this list with a less auspicious outing). George Clooney stars as Ryan Bingham, an expert in corporate mass firings who travels from business to business doing what he does best. With the help of young protege (Anna Kendrick) and a new love interest (Vera Farmiga), Bingham grows to discover that maybe his life of perpetual travel and callous indifference to those he fires is somewhat empty.

Sleepy Hollow – At the time of its release, Sleepy Hollow was treated as an entertaining enough trifle of a horror film from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, whose collaborations (Edward ScissorhandsEd Wood) only seemed to be growing more rich and rewarding. Of course, the pair have collaborated on a series of stinkers since Sleepy Hollow (save for Sweeney Todd), and now this movie – about Depp’s Ichabod Crane and his attempts to thwart the murderous Headless Horseman (Christopher Walken) – lands firmly in the positive column for Depp/Burton.

About Elly (September 11) – From the peerless dramatist, Asghar Farhadi (maker of the essential A Separation and The Past), comes About Elly, the story of a kindergarten teacher who goes missing while on a picnic. This movie actually came out before A Separation and The Past, back in 2009, but growing interest in Farhadi’s work allowed About Elly to be re-released, and we’re all about to benefit as a result.

Comedy Bang Bang: Season 4, Part 2 (September 13) – Surely no one was happy to hear that Reggie Watts was leaving the ridiculous world of Comedy Bang Bang, but who better to step in and fill his shoes than Kid Cudi? Otherwise, everything is nominal at Comedy Bang Bang: the guests are plentiful for the second half of season 4 (James Marsden, Brie Larson, Carly Rae Jepson), the absurd characters come at a steady clip, and, as ever, nothing makes too much sense.

Moonrise Kingdom (September 16) – Moonrise Kingdom was called the most Wes Anderson-iest of all Wes Anderson movies at the time of its release. Then The Grand Budapest Hotel came out and seemingly claimed that title for itself. Still, everything you love about Wes Anderson movies – the dollhouse-level fastidiousness, the amusingly emotionally-stilted characters, Bill Murray – is all here, in service of a story about two kids who sneak away from their respective summer camps to run away together.

The Walking Dead: Season 5 (September 27) – For those of us following along with The Walking Dead on Netflix Instant, September 27th can’t come soon enough. We were last left with the group(s) as they arrived at Terminus, which promised salvation but none-too-surprisingly turned out to be a trap for our heroes. What violent, degrading depths will The Walking Dead crew resort to in order to get out of this situation? We’ll know soon enough.

Other Great Streaming Movies & TV Shows

Since other streaming sites are stepping up their games to compete with Netflix Instant, we thought we’d highlight some of their best options. Everything you’ll see in this section is available from Amazon Prime Instant.

The Blair Witch Project – The original found footage horror film finally arrives on Amazon Prime. Certainly the scares in The Blair Witch Project are more psychological than primal, which put off some audiences, but that’s what makes this movie so special. Three young filmmakers get lost in the woods, leaving behind only their footage, and it’s up to us as the audience to infer the nature of just what is terrorizing them as they try and fail to find their way out.

Hand of God (September 4) – We can’t say we’ve kept up with every last Amazon original program, though Transparent certainly suggests that their developers know what they’re doing. That said, we’re pretty hyped for Hand of God. The plot sounds cool enough – about a judge who has a breakdown and believes God wants him to start punishing people as a vigilante – but it’s the cast (Ron Perlman, Garret Dillahunt, Dana Delaney, Andre Royo a.k.a. Bubbs from The Wire) that has us the most excited.

Dear White People (September 4) – A social satire exploring the lives of four black people attending an ivy league institution, Dear White People reflects the experiences of writer/director Justin Simien who attended the mostly white Chapman University. Simien brings a sharp wit and keen insight to his first full-length feature.

Men, Women, & Children (September 12) – And now for the part of Jason Reitman’s career that is a little more worrying, we have Men, Women, & Children. The movies follows a group of high school kids and adults as they deal with the many ways that technology has affected our lives. If that sounds like a common and not particularly insightful point of view, then you’re in lockstep with critics and audiences alike, who either panned or ignored the movie.

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How to Use HBO Now on Chromecast & Android With a VPN

Use a VPN to stream HBO Now on your Chromecast or Android device.

HBO Now – Available on Chromecast & Android

The cord-cutting revolution continues. Hot on the heels of announcing their own a la carte streaming service for Apple users, HBO Now is already expanding.

HBO Now on Chromecast & Android

That’s right. Apple may have a three-month exclusive on HBO Now, but that exclusive ends this summer. When it does, the premium channel’s cable-package-independent streaming service will be available to those using Google Chromecast and Android devices.

Do we need to run down the litany of amazing HBO shows that come with $14.99 a month service? Let’s do it for fun: The SopranosThe Wire, GirlsDeadwoodSex and the City, Game of ThronesSilicon ValleyVeepTrue Detective and on and on and on. Plus movies and boxing and comedy specials.

Frankly, you can spend almost all your streaming time on HBO Now, and again, no cable package necessary. The day is ours, cord-cutters!

Watch HBO Now on Your Chromecast or Android Through a VPN

We’ve already guided you through the best VPNs and VPN-routers for watching HBO Now, and that list holds true. If you’re looking for the best VPN service providers for maintaining online privacy while watching HBO Now, or if you just want to be able to watch it from outside the country, click on that link at the beginning of this paragraph.

The more important question may be: how exactly do I watch HBO Now on my Chromecast or Android while using my VPN?

While VPNs are not particularly suited for configuration for streaming media devices, it’s still easy enough to enjoy anything you’d want on your streaming device through your VPN. All you have to do is connect to your VPN at the router level, integration limited to open-source firmware, and any activity on your wireless network will be tunneled through the encrypted VPN server of your choice. It’s that simple.

Oh, what the heck. Let’s give you that list of top HBO Now VPNs again:

  1. IPVanish – Keeps adding more & more servers with some of the fastest server speeds worldwide.
  2. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  3. HideMyAss – Top number of servers and IP addresses in US & UK server choices.
  4. PureVPN – Budget yearly pricing under $50 + huge server location list.
  5. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN. Includes SmartDNS subscription.

Stream HBO Now on Your Chromecast or Android with a FlashRouter

And now, to put this finishing touch on your wireless network to ensure the best possible HBO Now streaming experience, add a FlashRouter.

As the video above explains, our DD-WRT and Tomato-flashed routers are versatile, powerful, and VPN-friendly. If you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official supported provider list, your FlashRouter will arrive ready to work with your VPN right out of the box. Or you can hold onto your old router and use your new FlashRouter as a dedicated VPN device. That’s called the dual router setup and it’s a popular FlashRouter feature.

But really, a FlashRouter is just the best way to make sure your streaming experience, whether it be over a VPN or just on your regular local network, is as fluid and flawless as possible. With an extendable wireless range, bandwidth you can control, and a host of other features, FlashRouters make that dream a reality.

Check out our recent best-sellers list to take a look at some of our more popular routers (and VPNs, for that matter), and enjoy a few suggestions for the best HBO Now routers you can find anywhere:

  1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter Our highest powered Netgear router, the Nighthawk has been dominating our best-sellers list since it was introduced last year.
  2. TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter – The newest entry to our line and our first Wireless-AC TP-Link device. A gem with power and style to spare.
  3. Netgear AC1450 Wireless-AC DD-WRT VPN FlashRouter – A networking dynamo and a surefire way to guarantee yourself the most fluid streaming experience.
  4. Asus RT-AC87U Wireless-AC2400 DD-WRT FlashRouter – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece and a quick favorite around the FlashRouters office.
  5. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router Our most popular Tomato & Wireless-N VPN Router.

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Big Back to School Sales at FlashRouters!

Free US Shipping for FlashRouters Back to School Sale

Back to School Deals at FlashRouters

We don’t like bringing up bad news, but July is already done, and August is almost half over. So if you have a child attending school, you can bet they’re feeling the end of summer bearing down on them.

But there can be great joy in the ending of summer. We here at FlashRouters are certainly doing our part to take the sting out of the new school year with a…

FlashRouters Back to School Sale


That’s right. For the rest of August, keep checking back in with us to find a variety of back to school sales. The deals will change week to week, so we urge you to stay vigilant.

To start, we’re offering…

Free US Shipping On Any FlashRouter Over $150

If you’re looking to update and future-proof your wireless network, then a FlashRouter is the absolute best way to do just that. And now is the best time to order a FlashRouter if you’re living in the US, because our first back to school deal is free shipping to anywhere in the US!

Just use the code BTS short for Back To School in the shopping cart to receive the savings. Then select the Free Shipping option and we’ll get your router out for free via USPS Priority. This code will be valid for a limited time only and may be pulled at any time so make sure and grab your FlashRouter while you!

PLEASE NOTE: You will have to select your Zip Code, State, and Country BEFORE applying the BTS discount code since it’s dependent on that information in applying the discount. The site might be smart but it doesn’t read minds!

R8000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

The Netgear R8000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Top Back To School Wireless Routers

So take the time out to peruse some of our best and brightest FlashRouters on our recent bestseller list, or check out our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 like the Netgear R8000 x6 AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter with maximum wireless coverage and network processing power pictured above. You and your future leaders of the world won’t want to miss out on an opportunity to revolutionize the way you stream media, do some intense online gaming, or actually do some online schoolwork.

And again – and we can’t stress this enough – check back in to find out what other back to school sales we’ll be offering over the course of the next month. There’s money to be saved and top-notch routers to be had!

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How to Unblock Netflix US in Japan

Netflix is coming to Japan

How to Watch Netflix US in Japan

Netflix Is Coming to Japan

Netflix Instant’s plans for world streaming dominance – or, more specifically, to be in 200 countries by the end of 2016 – continues unabated. At long last, the streaming giant has announced their first foray into the Asian movies and TV streaming market.

Come September 2nd, 2015, our friends in Tokyo and Kyoto and Osaka will be able to enjoy House of CardsOrange Is the New BlackWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and so much more, because Netflix is coming to Japan.

News is somewhat scarce at this point, so there’s no real way of knowing exactly how much content Japanese Netflix Instant viewers can expect. There is a Netflix Japan Twitter page, which will be useful to anyone who speaks Japanese. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include us.

Watch Netflix US From Anywhere With A VPN

Fastest VPN Service Provider Routers - IPVanish

FlashRouter-Ready VPNs

So congratulations to our friends in Japan and across Asia, as this surely means Netflix will soon be available widely across the continent.

In the meantime though, those living in Asian countries without Netflix Instant will just have to be patient. Furthermore, given the uncertainty of the amount of content coming to Netflix Japan, Japanese people and people traveling to Japan on business or vacation may find themselves without a great deal of streaming options while the new venture is getting underway.

But you can still rely on Netflix US, even from Japan. All you need is a VPN.

VPN services, or Virtual Private Network services, are subscription-based services that serve two important functions. The first is to secure all of your private online information (sensitive emails, credit card numbers, etc.) by tunneling all of your online activity through encrypted servers set up all over the world. In the age of rampant hacking and governmental snooping, this service cannot be overvalued.

Some of the best VPNs for Netflix US streaming include HideMyAss, PureVPN, and IPVanish, .

The second purpose, and the one that particularly applies in this instance, is to allow internet users greater online freedom. Geographical restrictions, often imposed by heavy-handed governments, can keep people off of important websites (Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc.), but VPNs allow users to circumvent those restrictions.

How, you ask? It’s quite simple. As we mentioned, VPNs tunnel your activity through servers that are scattered globally, and you, as the VPN user, get to pick which server you want to use. You are then assigned an IP address in the country of your choosing.

So if you’re in Japan and want to watch Netflix US, all you have to do is log in to your VPN, pick a US-based server, and you have access to your American queue. It’s that simple.

Get the Best Netflix Streaming Experience With A FlashRouter

So now you’re set up to access Netflix Instant from anywhere in the world, but in order to ensure the very best possible streaming experience – no skips, no stalls, just flawless, fluid streaming – you’re going to need a FlashRouter.

You might be wondering what makes a FlashRouter different from your average router. It all comes down to the firmware. At FlashRouters, we take already strong routers, remove the faulty firmware, and replace them with DD-WRT and Tomato. These replacement firmwares open up a whole new world of possibilities for users conditioned to expect basic features from their router.

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The Netgear R7000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

We hate to play favorites with our devices, and if you’re looking to purchase a FlashRouter, you really can’t go wrong. But we think it’s worthwhile to simplify things a little for our users.

So maybe after you peruse this brief list of the current most popular routers, you can head over to our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list to get a better idea of the range of options we offer. You’re sure to find something that suits your needs, be they big or small.

  1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – Our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gaming.
  2. Asus RT-87U DD-WRT AC2400 – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.
  3. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Our most popular Tomato & Wireless-N VPN Router.

Additional Benefits of a FlashRouter for Netflix VPN Users

Want advanced security options? Our routers have those. Care to extend your wireless range? Not a problem. Looking to prioritize your activities by bandwidth? Sounds difficult, but it’s no kind of issue for a FlashRouter.

What’s more, a FlashRouter even eases your VPN experience. If your VPN is on our supported provider list, we can send your router ready to work with your subscription right out of the box, saving you the hassle of dealing with the tricky installation process. Let our experts handle that.

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Not only that, if you hold onto your old router, you can try out our popular dual router setup, which allows a user to have one dedicated VPN router and one router devoted to day-to-day, simple networking.

Plus we ship all over the world including Japan and the rest of Asia every single day via USPS and FedEx International!

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How to Stream the 2015 Tennis US Open From Anywhere

Get your wireless networks ready for the 2015 Tennis US Open

How to Stream the 2015 Tennis US Open From Anywhere

It’s been nearly a year since Marin Cilic and Serena Williams took the top prizes at the 2014 US Open, and in the ensuing year we’ve seen some truly intense battles at all of the major tennis tournaments. Just this past month, Novak Djokovic took down Roger Federer at Wimbledon on the mens side, while Serena Williams managed to conquer the young upstart, Garbiñe Muguruza, on the womens.

But tennis tournaments don’t get much more important than the upcoming 2015 US Open, which begins on August 31st. Those of us unlucky enough to lack tickets to the event will likely be relying on live streams to stay up to date on all of the latest US Open news.

And you know what that means: we’d all do well to check our wireless networks to make sure they’re in tip-top shape to stream the 2015 Tennis US Open.

Where Can I Stream the 2015 Tennis US Open

First things first: Streaming the 2015 Tennis US Open.

If you’re not in front of your TV from your TV for one reason or another during the US Open, you have plenty of options in terms of streaming. For starters, there’s the official homepage of the US Open, which will have live coverage a-plenty.

US Open Tennis Moves From CBS to ESPN

But the big news in the world of Tennis US Open streaming is that CBS will no longer be covering the games. Instead, the US Open Tennis tournament has ended their roughly 50-year set-up with CBS in favor of an 11-year contract with ESPN. So for serious Tennis fans, we recommend getting your ESPN3 subscriptions in order, as ESPN coverage of the US Open will ramp up considerably, and they’ve got the money to cover the tournament in exhausting detail.

Tennis Delight for Cordcutters

Not only can you stream US Open Tennis live but if you are a true Federer Fanatic, you can watch all his matches on…Tennis Channel Everywhere, which is also affiliated with the US Open. Go with their Tennis Channel Plus program and yourself 24/7 coverage with over 1000 on demand hours of tennis.

Lastly, if you’re deadly serious about Tennis, then perhaps it’s worthwhile for you to subscribe to Tennis TV. It’s not exactly the cheapest service ($19.99 a month, or $129.95 for the year), but a hardcore tennis fan will be over the moon for the opportunity to watch four games at once, with 7 days full replay and pause and rewind functions.

Tennis US Open Streaming Availability by Country

Where you do your US Open streaming may be dependent on what country you’re in, and many of the best streaming services for these games are blocked outside of the US. Of course, you can use any of these streaming services with a VPN, but we’ll get into that later. Anyway, here’s a country by country breakdown of what you need to know for streaming the 2015 US Open:

  • United States: – ESPN, and the Tennis Channel
  • Belgium: – Eén, Canvas, and Eurosport
  • Brazil: – SporTV and ESPN
  • Canada: – TSN, TSN HD, TSN2, RDS, RDS2
  • Germany: – Eurosport 360 HD
  • India and Pakistan: – Ten Sports
  • Japan: – WOWOW 
  • South Korea: – XTM
  • Mexico: – Televisa Deportes cable network
  • The Netherlands and Germany: – Eurosport and Eurosport 2-
  • The Philippines: – Balls
  • Portugal and Spain : – Eurosport (only available on cable providers)
  • Russia: – NTV Plus, Eurosport
  • United Kingdom: – Sky Sports, Eurosport

Stream the 2015 Tennis US Open From Anywhere With a VPN

As you’re surely aware, not all of these services are available all over the world, but bypassing geographical web restrictions is no problem at all if you have the right VPN on your side.

A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service with two distinct functions. The primary function is to secure your online data by tunneling your online activity through encrypted servers set up globally. With near-constant hacks and rampant governmental snooping all over the news, believe us, you want to protect your sensitive information with a VPN.

More relevantly for would-be streamers of the 2015 Tennis US Open, a VPN can help you circumvent location-specific web restrictions. All you have to do is log into your VPN and pick a server in a country that offers the streaming service you desire. Your internet-capable device is then given an IP address in that very country, allowing you to view whatever you’d like. In this case, we recommend using a US-based server, as that’s where the most US Open streaming options are available.

We can rattle off VPN recommendations all day here at FlashRouters, but in the interest of concision, we’ll just give you a few favorites that will give tennis fans exactly what they need when the games start on August 31st.

  1. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  2. IPVanish – Keeps adding more & more servers with some of the fastest server speeds worldwide.
  3. HideMyAss – Top number of servers and IP addresses in US & UK server choices.

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Router – Best Streaming Sports Routers

Boost Your 2015 Tennis US Open Streaming Experience With a FlashRouter

The important thing to remember when considering your potential 2015 Tennis US Open streaming experience (aside from assuring that you can watch it from anywhere in the world with a VPN) is how powerful your network is. A lot can change in a second of tennis-watching, and you definitely don’t want to sudden freezes or stalls to interrupt a key moment.

That’s why you need a FlashRouter. Not only are our routers extremely VPN-friendly – if your VPN is on our supported provider list, we can send your router with your VPN subscription completely set up – but buying one is a surefire way to future-proof your wireless network.

With a FlashRouter, you can access advanced security options, extend your wireless network or, and this is a big one for streaming live sports, control how your bandwidth is allocated. This allows you the freedom to prioritize activities that require the use of a lot of bandwidth (streaming live sports falls exactly into this category), and make sure they aren’t compromised by other activities on the network.

Picking the right FlashRouter is a potentially intimidating process- we just offer too many good choices- but we can help you out by pointing you towards our recent best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list. Or maybe you’d be more interested in seeing the best-sellers of last month to find out which are the most popular FlashRouters right now. Whether you’re looking for an excellent and affordable upgrade or a full-blown network overhaul, you’re bound to find something that suits you:

  1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – Our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gaming.
  2. Asus RT-87U DD-WRT AC2400 – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.
  3. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Our most popular Tomato & Wireless-N VPN Router.

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