Grillin’ Up Memorial Day Savings!

Best Price on Best Routers of 2016

Ah, Memorial Day. What’s not to like? Every American, from 8 to 80, is excited for the long weekend, the family and friends’ BBQs, trips down the shore (if you are near a shore like we luckily are), and the semi-official start to the summer. Good times aside, one should not forget the meaning behind the holiday, which is the honoring of those brave American soldiers who gave their lives defending freedom in conflicts past.

At FlashRouters, we give thanks to the United States military year-round, not just on Memorial Day. Members of the military and their often transferring families have long been among our most loyal customers and we are glad we can help them out and potentially give them some comforts of home.

It has been our policy from day one to offer free shipping to US military personnel via their APO, FPO, DPO addresses with the coupon ARMEDFORCES. And if you’re an active military service person shipping to a non-military address, contact us and we’ll do whatever we can to help you. In fact, it would be our honor.

FlashRouters Memorial Day Deals!

To get everyone in a celebratory mood this Memorial Day weekend, we thought it was worth it to offer even bigger savings. Now through Memorial Day (Monday May 30, 2016) SAVE $25 off any router over $199.

Just enter the code MD16 and we’ll take care of the rest. Take some time to relax out by the pool, fire up the grill, and enjoy the company of friends and family this weekend. And remember that you have made things even better for the next party. Save money and improve your wireless stability, security and coverage. What could be better!

New FlashRouters

The Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

Premium FlashRouter Cuts

Since you have a brief window to decide on which supremely powerful, fast, yet versatile FlashRouter to choose, why don’t we just cut to the chase and offer our top DD-WRT and Tomato-flashed routers ready to revamp your ailing wireless network.

Not sure which device is for you? Use our handy FlashRouter Finder to pinpoint the best router for your home or small office needs.

And if you are looking for the top VPN service providers to use with your FlashRouter, we recommend checking out user favorite VPN services.

And don’t forget for use the code MD16 for your discount!

Please note:  This code cannot be combined with any other offer or be applied to purchases prior to 5/26/2016.

New Disney, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Marvel Movies Coming to Netflix US

Netflix becomes official home to Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney.

Netflix Strikes Deal With Lucasfilm, Pixar, Disney, and Marvel

If you’re walking down the street today, and you happen to see a despondent executive for HBO NOW, or Amazon Prime Instant, or Hulu, Showtime Anytime, etc., try and understand the majorly devastating news they’re grappling with this morning.

Disney, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Marvel Sign Exclusive Deal With Netflix US

You read that right. All at once, Netflix has earned the exclusive rights to all of the latest movies from seemingly the last four fiscally solvent movie producers in America. As of September, any movie from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney, and Pixar will exit movie theaters and eventually reach the loving arms of Netflix US streamers.

Given the faux-sheepish way this news was announced (buried in an otherwise innocuous press release about “…Summer on Netflix US“), Netflix is seemingly playing it cool about this major streaming coup. This means that Netflix will have the sole streaming rights to the movies produced by studios engaged in the last profitable types of filmmaking: computer animated children’s movies and superhero blockbusters based on comic books.

The deal affects any movie made by these companies from 2016 and beyond, so non-Netflix streaming channels can take some solace in the fact that they can still show everything from Disney, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Marvel up through the end of 2015. Still, that’s some cold comfort on the day Netflix effectively solidified their streaming dominance.

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FlashRouters’ 2016 Graduation Gift Ideas Guide

Well, it’s mid-May, and it’s getting near that season where high school students wrap up their four-year tenure and move on to the next phase of education. Time to move away from the folks and learn how to fend for oneself.

Which means that there’s a whole new list of supplies that your son or daughter needs, ranging from bedding to housewares and on into infinity. We’ll let you handle that stuff. We’re here to tell you about tech that your kid will appreciate. And you know what? All of these things will make terrific 2016 graduation gifts for any student.

FlashRouters 2016 Graduation Gift Ideas Guide

Premium performance WiFi Router from FlashRouters

DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter – Let’s start with the very best thing you can do for your kid heading off to college or even one still in high school: get them a FlashRouter (okay, it’s a self-serving boast, but we mean it).

Here are a few recommended spots for finding the ideal device for you

A FlashRouter is a surefire way to provide your son or daughter with the best possible wireless network. Our routers offer a fast, powerful, and versatile Internet experience that make work and recreation that much easier. Give your kid a serious head start with a FlashRouter with free expert tech support to make sure their network iss safe and secure right from the start.

Range Extender ($59.99) – Don’t feel like going all out for the Wireless-AC router, but still want to improve your kid’s wireless experience? Here’s a considerably more affordable way to help: the TP-Link RE200 AC750 Universal Wireless Dual Band Range Extender. It does exactly what it sounds like it does; strengthens and extends your wireless service, roots out dead spots, and even uses its Ethernet port to act as a bridge.

VPN Service – Here’s something we constantly recommend, whether in conjunction with a FlashRouter or purchased separately: secure your network with a VPN service provider.

In case you’re not familiar, a VPN offers two essential services for the modern day Internet denizen: the first is they secure your network by tunneling all of your data through encrypted servers set up all over the world. You want your passwords, credit card numbers, emails, etc. kept private? This is the best way to do it. The second is that VPNs allow you to bypass geographical web restrictions, allowing you to, say, enjoy Hulu even when you’re in a country that doesn’t offer Hulu, for example.

We work with a great deal of VPN service providers and we can heartily recommend any of them. Some of our users favs include ExpressVPN, IPVanish and NordVPN or choose one for youself on our supported VPN provider list, which means we can send you a router with your VPN subscription fully installed if your VPN appears on the list. If you’re worried about the security of your child’s data, a VPN is just what they need.

Roku 4 ($129.99) – There are plenty of streaming media players out there and, frankly, your student offspring will probably be happy with anyone that offers the basics: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube.

But we recommend going for our favorite, which is the Roku 4. It’s got all the channels you could ever want on a streaming media player, plus voice recognition, a remote locator, a headphone jack for private viewing and, most impressive of all, 4K streaming capability. If your kid cares about viewing clarity, then this is the media player for him or her.

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Mubi – FlashRouters 2016 Graduation Gift Ideas Guide

Mubi ($5.99/mo.) – Got a budding film student or cinephile on your hands? Maybe their movie education can be enhanced after class hours with the help of Mubi. If Netflix or Amazon Prime just doesn’t cut it for your young art-house cinema fan, then a Mubi subscription is just what the doctor ordered. This streaming service offers 30 impeccably curated movies at a time – one rotates in and another rotates out every day – that will jump-start any film-lovers interest. Trust us: they’ll be eternally grateful.

The iRobot Braava Jet 240 ($199.99 – Amazon) – Don’t trust your child’s ability to maintain a clean house on their own? We don’t blame you, and they can either learn how to clean up after themselves the hard way, or you can make cleaning easy and fun for them with the Braava Jet 240. Yes, we’re recommending that you buy a robot to clean up after your child, but this is a particularly cool one, with the capability to sweep and mop on a variety of surfaces and in spots that aren’t so easy to reach. Maybe you should get one for yourself while you’re at it.

Toshiba CB35-B3340 13.3 Inch Chromebook ($366.99 – Amazon) – One thing that any soon-to-be-college-student could use is a laptop, particularly a reliable and affordable Chromebook. We’re recommending the Toshiba CB35-B3340 Chromebook 2 because it offers a powerful Intel Celeron 3215U processor, 4GB of RAM and, most importantly for your kid taking notes in class, seriously impressive battery life. Not only that, it’s got a sleek design and a luminous screen. Maybe throw in a $23 laptop lock to keep it safe.

Logitech X100 Bluetooth Speaker ($49.99) – We’ve only got a couple more here so we’re going to give you a thoroughly affordable and totally reasonable gift before we get to the all-out, wallet-busting option. A good, solid bluetooth speaker is exactly the sort of thing any student (or office-worker) would be happy to receive. We’ve suggested the Logitech X100 because it offers good, crisp sound, a nice, compact design that makes it portable and easy to put anywhere, and it’s even got an auxiliary input for non-Bluetooth devices.

Oculus Rift 2

Oculus Rift ($599.99) – At last, if you’re really feeling like going with an absolute mind-blower of a gift, how about a device at the forefront of virtual reality technology? People around the world have been waiting for the next generation of VR tech for a long time, and the Oculus Rift delivers. Utterly immersive and dazzling, the only real danger of the Oculus Rift – at least as a gift for a graduate – is that they spend all of their time using it instead of focusing on their studies. That said, the recipient will certainly remember your generosity.

TotalVPN DD-WRT and Tomato FlashRouters Now Available

TotalVPN DD-WRT and Tomato FlashRouters

The FlashRouters Official Supported VPN Provider List has once again been bolstered with the addition of another sterling VPN service.

Now Offering Router Support for TotalVPN Users

Get ready for low-cost to no-cost security and online freedom combined with a more powerful and versatile wireless network, because TotalVPN DD-WRT and Tomato FlashRouters are now available!

That’s right. You can now enjoy the benefits of a open source FlashRouter and the peerless protection that TotalVPN provides in one user-friendly package. Fan favorites like the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk Tomato and the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT are now made even stronger with the help of TotalVPN’s excellent service.

Top TotalVPN Features

So why should you favor TotalVPN over any other VPN available? Let’s start with the fact that you can enjoy a limited version of their service for zero cost.

For $0 a month, you can get three secure servers for location jumping (in Iceland, Singapore, and Amsterdam), available for all protocols, though data transfer and bandwidth are limited. Still it’s hard to beat free VPN service that you can test and try.

Of course, there is the premium service, which is almost as affordable. For $5.99 a month, you get access to the following fantastic TotalVPN features:

  • 30+ Locations 
  • Unrestricted Bandwidth 
  • Unrestricted Data Transfer 
  • All Protocols
  • 3 Device Connections
  • Premium Proxy

And there’s more. Are you finding yourself a bit frustrated by geo-blocking on YouTube and other video streaming sites? A TotalVPN subscrition includes SmartDNS to bypass blocks and offer even faster speeds.

So you get supremely fast, comprehensive VPN service and online security, plus an avenue to the wide world of geo-blocked streaming services, all for $5.99 a month. And we haven’t even told you about the benefits of pairing TotalVPN service with a FlashRouter yet…

Best Recommended TotalVPN Routers

Your average router will provide compromised VPN service, as the location jumping tends to create network slowdowns, but luckily our DD-WRT and Tomato FlashRouters are so powerful, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your regular wireless network and your VPN.

DUAL-ROUTER

In fact, if you buy a FlashRouter and hold onto your old router, you can try out our popular dual router setup, which allows you toggle back and forth between your local network and your VPN with the simple flick of a switch. That’s not to mention the many other benefits of a FlashRouter, such as an extendable wireless range and the ability to monitor and control your own bandwidth.

Plus with one single setup, you can connect TotalVPN to any device, even those that do not offer their own VPN integration like Roku, AppleTV, PS4, Xbox and SmartTVs.

Best AC1200 DD-WRT Router - Linksys WRT1200AC

You have the ability to resuscitate your tired wireless network at the tip of your fingers. We recommend the:

1. Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT – A terrific and thoroughly affordable device, packed with an 800 MHz Broadcom processor.

2. Linksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT – A wonderful “high-mid range” router, two external antennas alongside a 1.3 GHz Marvell processor.

3. Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT – A high-powered router with four powerful external antennas, perfect for any multi-story home.

FlashRouters and TotalVPN : A match made in heaven. Experience the freedom, security, and performance power that only TotalVPN and FlashRouters can provide.

What Is Sonos and How Do I Use Sonos Over a VPN?

Using a VPN with Sonos Wireless HiFi Systems

How to Use Sonos over a VPN

Where do you do most of your music streaming? Spotify? Tidal? Do you prefer to stick to curated stations from Pandora? Or maybe Amazon Music Player is more your speed.

Our point is that it can be exhausting keeping track of the various formats available for music streaming, and wouldn’t it be nice to have each of these channels available in one easily controllable format? Perhaps one that allows for a bit of variety as you wander through different sections of your house.

What Is Sonos?

Enter Sonos. From one convenient app, you can stream Spotify in your living room, Apple Music in your bathroom, Tidal in your basement…basically whatever configuration of services, wireless compatible devices, and rooms you can imagine.

Simply put, you get an app and a smart speaker system that gives you full control over your music experience. All of your favorite streaming services are connected under the Sonos banner, from the megastars like Apple Music, Tidal, and Pandora, to more niche-specific services like Daytrotter, Hype Machine, and Mixcloud. And they’re all at your service on the Sonos app. You can even change the volume on the speakers several rooms away with Sonos.

Sonos offer a wide variety of products for enabling their services, from speakers to home theater systems to the Sonos connect, which allows you to enable your existing stereo or theater system to be a part of your Sonos universe. We recommend doing the necessary research about what level of streaming you’re looking for before committing, but you’re certain to improve the audio quality of your life.

Enjoy Streaming Services Anywhere With Sonos Using VPN

Of course, Sonos app and wireless HiFi systems bring listeners some of the finest audio quality for streaming from popular music services, but not all of these music services are readily available around the world. Tidal is rapidly expanding, but it’s still only available in 43 countries, and Pandora is merely available in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

So if you want to enjoy some fine Sonos-quality streaming from outside of these countries, then you’re going to need a VPN on your side.

The primary purpose of a VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is to give your wireless network, and thus your sensitive online information, the security it needs in this age of rampant hackers and invasive government agencies. VPNs accomplish this by tunneling your data through encrypted servers set up all over the world whenever you log in. We can’t overstate how vital services like this are if you’re interested in protecting your emails, credit card numbers, etc.

But VPNs also have the benefit of allowing you to bypass geographical web restrictions, like the ones that prevent you from using Pandora in, say, Brazil. If you’re in Brazil and wishing to listen to Pandora through your Sonos speaker system, all you need to do is log in to your VPN, pick an encrypted VPN server in America, at which point you’ll be assigned an American IP address. Suddenly your internet-capable devices think you’re in America, and you’re streaming Pandora in Brazil. It’s that simple!

Best VPN for Sonos

So which VPN service provider should you choose for Sonos streaming and online security. Basically, if it’s on our VPN supported provider list, there’s no way you could go wrong, but here’s a few suggestions to help you get started:

  • IPVanish – A tier-1 only VPN service for premium performance and speeds.
  • ExpressVPN – The newly supported premium VPN provider with top-rated performance.
  • HideMyAss – The most IP addresses for a VPN provider.

Use Sonos Over a VPN with FlashRouter

Of course, while getting a VPN to expand the boundaries of where you can enjoy Sonos’ streaming services is a good start, for premium Sonos enjoyment, you’re going to need a FlashRouter.

At FlashRouters, we are devoted to giving customers a fully revitalized wireless network. We achieve that by taking already strong routers, removing their stock firmware, and replacing it with open source marvels like DD-WRT and Tomato. Doing so improves your wireless network’s versatility and functionality by giving you advanced security options, allowing you to extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated.

With a FlashRouter on your side, even your VPN experience can improve. If you’re subscribed to any VPN on our supported provider list, we’ll send your router with your VPN subscription fully installed, saving you the hassle of dealing with the aggravating VPN installation process.

Best Routers for Sonos

We’re proud of every last router on our line, but we’ve got a few recommendations for which of our routers is particularly well-suited for Sonos streaming. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, perhaps you should take a look at our recent best-sellers list. Then move on to our respective best DD-WRT and Tomato routers lists. You’re bound to find the perfect FlashRouter for your needs. Happy hunting!

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Top Router Processor for Gaming & StreamingEnhanced TomatoUSB VPN Splitter FirmwarePopular for High Speed in Smaller Homes
$499.99$349.99$249.99