The Best Tomato Routers of 2016

2016 is brand new, and if you’re one of the many whose New Year’s Resolution involved improving and securing your wireless network, as well as diminishing the ways in which your important online information can be compromised, we can help you accomplish your goal.

Or maybe you’re just tired of constantly buffering while streaming, dealing with wireless dead spots in your office or home, interruptions in gaming, or resetting your router again and again when it inexplicably stops working. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade that will put you will ahead of any technological developments for the foreseeable future.

That’s why we want to introduce you to the very best of the very best. You’ve seen our favorite DD-WRT routers of 2016, and now it’s time to get to our best Tomato routers.

What Is Tomato Firmware?

The Full Selection of Tomato Alternative Firmware Routers

FlashRouters Tomato Firmware Routers

So that’s the very first question, right? What exactly is Tomato firmware? And how does it improve a router?

To put it simply, your average router’s stock firmware is unreliable. Actually, some of the top routers’ firmwares are plagued by vulnerabilities and are limited in their feature-sets. That’s why open source replacement firmwares like Tomato are just the curative these fantastic devices need to let their potential flourish.

In addition to plugging major holes in Broadcom-based Linksys, Asus, and Netgear firmware, Tomato firmware gives users the opportunity to try out an assortment of useful options that will make running your wireless network that much easier. You can increase your WiFi strength with Tomato’s adjustable transmission settings, or monitor your bandwidth in real time, or over a day or month. You can even view other wireless networks in your neighborhood to determine how you need to adjust your settings.

Is that enough? How about all of this?

  • Access Restrictions – Time, Website, Program, & User-Based
  • Advanced QOS (Quality Of Service) Bandwidth Controls – 10 Unique QOS Classes Defined. Real-time Graphs Display Prioritized Traffic with Client Level Control
  • OPENVPN, PPTP, & L2TP VPN Client Integration – OPENVPN & PPTP Server Options As Well
  • Advanced Wireless Modes – Access Point (AP), Wireless Client Station (STA), Wireless Ethernet (WET) Bridge, Wireless Distribution System (WDS AKA Wireless Bridging), Simultaneous AP & WDS (AKA Wireless Repeating)
  • Advanced USB Support – Print, NAS, Media, FTP, 3G and 4G LTE USB Modem, UPS Monitor
  • User-friendly AJAX-Based Interface
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support – Create Segmented Wireless Networks From the Same Router
  • Improved Network Stabilitiy & Network Status Information
  • Dynamic DNS Service Integration
  • Integrated Bittorrent & Tor Client
  • Advanced Port Forwarding – Create Port Forwards, Redirects, & Triggers With Included UPNP (Universal Plug and Play)

Get the picture?

Why Choose a TomatoUSB Firmware Router

Why Buy a FlashRouter?

Experienced Open Source Firmware Support

FlashRouters is staffed with experts who specialize in testing, upgrading, and supporting open source firmware like TomatoUSB by Shibby. Our team only selects the top-performing routers, with the best variation of TomatoUSB firmware for users’ needs, and delivers them right to your door.

Any FlashRouter includes a minimum of 3 months 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

Want to expand the reaches of your wireless network? Do you wish you could access the Netflix Instant libraries of the UK, Canada, or South Africa? Do you want to stream Hulu from the United Arab Emirates? With a VPN, you can do all of this and make your network much more secure in the process. And a Tomato-flashed router will allow you much greater flexibility when using your VPN.

We support 50 of the best VPN service providers available with our device, and we’re the preferred router seller for VPNs as excellent and varied as 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.

VPN Pre-Configuration

Want an easy plug and play setup? If you supply us with the username, password, and preferred server location of your VPN provider and your router will work with your VPN account right out of the box. Don’t want to give away this information? We provide an easy to follow setup guide with all of our routers.

Best Tomato Routers of 2016

And the top of the best Tomato routers of 2016 is (*drumroll)…

New FlashRouters

The Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter ($449.99)

(*fanfare) Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Best Tomato routers of 2016 is the Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter!

If the award was given for most intimidatingly awesome design, the Asus RT-AC3200 would win in a walk, but there’s a whole lot more to it than that. Those six external antennas sticking out the back like an impenetrable forcefield also allows you to enjoy unbeatable wireless range. Using Tri-Band WiFi, the AC3200 uses a 2.4 GHz band alongside two 5 GHz bands. Have a bunch of users on your network? A slew of devices? Allocating users and devices to specific bands will not only organize your network, but allow for faster speeds.

Then there’s the speed the AC3200 offers. Prepare yourself for three bands of up to super-fast 3200 Mbps WiFi, because if you don’t we’re worried that kind of wireless speed will give you whiplash. Moreover, the 1 GHz Broadcom processor ensures that your network performance will be consistently superb. And this is before all of those benefits of flashing Tomato firmware onto this unbelievable device kick in.

What more needs to be said? This is the best of the best Tomato routers of 2016. Hands down.

Premium Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB Router Features

  • Up to AC3200 Mbps Gigabit Tri-band Wireless WiFi
  • 1 GHz Broadcom Processor
  • OpenVPN & PPTP Compatible
  • 6 Powerful external Antennas
  • Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed

Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB Router Recommended For: Multi-story homes, 10+ users, HD streaming, lag-free gaming.

Recommended TomatoUSB Options – Best Tomato Routers

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 Tomato FlashRouter ($349.99)

The Nighthawk had been making waves at our offices before we even offered a Tomato version. Now that we’ve got a Tomato Netgear R7000 Nighthawk on our line, it’s pure pandemonium, certainly one of the best Tomato routers.

Calling this router a dynamo would be an understatement, as its 1 GHz Broadcom CPU and 3 supremely powerful external antennas make your average networking task as easy as can be, and make high bandwidth jobs seem as simple as sending an email. Ready to completely take over your wireless network and make it more fearsomely powerful than you could ever imagine, the Nighthawk more than earns its intimidating name.

Premium Netgear Nighthawk Tomato FlashRouter Features

  • Wireless-AC1900
  • 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0
  • Best-in-class Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU
  • Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed
Asus RT-AC68U featuring an ARM processor.

Asus RT-AC68U Tomato FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC68U AC1900 Tomato FlashRouter ($349.99)

One of the more recent additions to our line, the Asus RT-AC68U Tomato FlashRouter is quickly making a splash, and it’s easy enough to see why. The Asus RT-AC68U is the exact sort of router you need to contend with our increased dependence on WiFi for work and entertainment.

With its extraordinary dual band speeds and ability to rise above neighboring networks WiFi interference, this is a one-of-a-kind device destined to become the networking centerpiece your home or small office needs.

Premium Asus RT-AC68U TomatoUSB Router Features 

  • Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit WiFi
  • 2x USB Port (1 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0)
  • High-powered 800 MHz Broadcom CPU.
  • Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed

Best TomatoUSB Budget Routers

Linksys E2500 Tomato FlashRouter ($129.99)

A FlashRouters favorite, and one that consistently ends up on our best-sellers lists, the Linksys E2500 is perhaps the top economy model of our line. Offering reliable performance from four powerful internal antennas, the E2500 is an easily affordable way to improve the quality of your online streaming and general network activity.

All Time TomatoUSB FlashRouter Classic

Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato FlashRouter ($249.99)

We can remember adding this one to our line like it was yesterday (it was only a couple of years ago), as it caused such a sensation in our office and it’s still wowing customers to this day.

Probably the fastest and most powerful non-Wireless-AC router, the Dark Knight is every bit as intimidating as its name indicates. With its 600 MHz processor and top dual band wireless speeds of 900 Mbps, the Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter is ready to take on any and all challengers.

Premium Dark Knight TomatoUSB Features

  • N900, Simultaneous Dual Band
  • 3 External Antennas, 2x USB Port
  • 600 MHz Processor
  • Tomato Shibby Firmware Installed

Best Tomato Routers Under $100

The Cisco Linksys E1200

The Wireless-N Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter

Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter ($99.99)

Are you looking for a network upgrade on the cheap? Then look no further than the Linksys E1200 Tomato FlashRouter. For a mere $99.99, you can get one of the best-reviewed and most popular basic routers, with four fast Ethernet ports and versatile Tomato firmware to boot. If you want to consistent wireless performance in your apartment with easy VPN integration, this is your best bet.

Linksys E1200 TomatoUSB Router Recommended for: Users looking for a basic Wireless-N upgrade to cover a small apartment and encrypt 1-2 VPN devices.

Added TomatoUSB Router Benefits From FlashRouter

Let’s face it: your entertainment and high-bandwidth activities are inextricably linked for the foreseeable future. Short of some new medium coming along to replace the Internet, you’re going to need a router that can handle your Playstation 4, Xbox One, Roku, AppleTV, or any other streaming device as it handles your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, and any other streaming service you rely upon.

That’s why FlashRouters offers, among many other things, the following:

Benefits of FlashRouters

VPN Service Provider Drop Down Menu: Already using one of the 50+ VPN Providers FlashRouters supports? Just select it 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.

Tomato & VPN Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced Tomato 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.

Have a question? Send it our way!

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

We hope you enjoyed our best Tomato routers of 2016 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year!

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “best2016″ through 3/31/2016 and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter over $100!

Netflix Instant & Amazon Streaming Movies & TV Added in February 2016

Enjoy Streaming Videos on Netflix

Enjoy Streaming Videos on Netflix

Streaming Movies and Television Shows Added in February 2016

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 October 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 February 2016

Stream Better Call Saul and other great options on Netflix (February 2016)

Better Call Saul – Best New Netflix Streaming (February 2016)

New to Netflix (February 2016)

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

Better Call Saul: Season 1 – Breaking Bad is a tough act to follow, and creating a show based on a character from an extremely popular show’s universe is typically a recipe for mediocrity. Yet Better Call Saul defied the long odds against it, creating a show that quickly stood on its own two feet on the strength of the thoughtful writing and terrific acting of Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Michael McKean. If you haven’t caught up yet, now’s your chance.

Mad Men: Season 7 (February 5) – We personally can’t imagine how any serious Mad Men fan could have lived the last 8 or so months knowing that the final episode had already aired, but if you’ve managed to strictly rely on Netflix for your fix, your patience is going to be rewarded. The final season you get to spend with Don Draper, Peggy Olsen, Roger Sterling, Pete Campbell, and yes, even Harry Crane, is finally available for streaming. Enjoy your binge.

Dope (February 10) – One of the breakout hits from the Sundance film festival of 2015 is coming to Netflix. Dope is a coming-of-age movie set in the ’90s that follows a teenager as he accidentally gets involved in a drug deal with his bandmates. Though that’s a sufficient plot description, it doesn’t quite capture the wild energy of this fun and original movie.

The Returned: Season 2 (February 17) – Okay, here’s one where now we admit that we’ve been patiently waiting for this to reach Netflix. Anyone who watched the utterly spellbinding first season of The Returned – which takes place in a small French village where once dead friends and relatives suddenly and mysteriously start to, well, return – knows why we’re excited to see new episodes of this uniquely spooky and hypnotic show.

Love (February 19) – And here’s Netflix’s big original outing of the month, and it’s got a good enough pedigree to warrant a few streams. Love follows star and co-creator Paul Rust (a fantastic comic/writer whose credits include Arrested Development and Comedy Bang Bang) as he tries to sort out his complicated love life. Sure, that’s not exactly a thrilling summary, but Love is helped along by co-creator Judd Apatow (lets not forget his TV resume: Freaks and GeeksUndeclaredGirls) and features the sitcom return of Community‘s arguable MVP, Gillian Jacobs.

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.

Amy – Trying to catch up with all of the nominees for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards? Well, we recommend starting here, because Asif Kapadia’s sensitive and harrowing examination of the too short life of Amy Winehouse is the odds on favorite to take the Oscar this year (we’d further recommend checking out fellow nominee Cartel Land, which is also streaming on Netflix Instant).

Batman – Cast your mind back before Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale and Heath Ledger and Tom Hardy and even Joel Schumacher and remember a time when Tim Burton’s was considered the dark vision of Batman. Oh, it happened, young people, and on February 1st, you can revisit Jack Nicholson’s Joker in all of his campy glory and get a load of Michael Keaton toning down his manic energy in service of delivering a pretty straightforward Batman.

Lost In Translation – Maybe it’s too early to dub this one a classic, but for a certain age group, there’s no real other way to describe it. Lost In Translation is a wonderfully controlled tone poem from writer/director Sofia Coppola about a lonely aging movie star (Bill Murray) in Japan who befriends a lonely young woman (Scarlett Johansson) accompanying her working photographer husband. Murray and Johansson’s chaste romantic connection is one for the ages.

Chi-Raq (February 5) – Getting this movie to the screen was not easy. Spike Lee’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata set in modern day Chicago found itself up against angry resistance going all the way up to Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. But Spike Lee is not one to shy away from controversy, and the bold, incendiary Chi-Raq eventually opened to unsurprisingly divided reviews. Now you’ll have a chance to judge for yourself when it hits Amazon Prime Video on February 5th.

The Americans: Season 3 (February 15) – As though the first two seasons of The Americans weren’t tense enough, season 3 introduced the concept of Philip and Elizabeth – two Soviet spies living with their two children in suburban America – revealing their secret to someone close to them. To say more would be giving away too much, but get ready to dig your nails into your couch.

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Special Super Bowl Deals at FlashRouters!

Well, the dust has settled: Super Bowl 50 will be fought between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Will Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to glory, or will Cam Newton and his Panthers prove too formidable to defeat?

No matter the outcome, the real winner is you! To celebrate the big game, we’re offering unbeatable upgrade deals that will make your streaming video and gaming dreams a reality.

Get the router you need for $30 less because of our super bowl deals!Super Bowl Deals at FlashRouters

BIG GAME SAVINGS – $30 Off Any Router $299+

That’s right: Through Feb 8, 2016, go ahead and take $30 off any FlashRouter $299+ by entering the code WINNER at checkout. Now let’s find out who’s up for the challenge of the ROUTER BOWL!

DD-WRT Router Bowl Championship Contenders

DD-WRT has long been the go-to powerhouse in open source firmware for many reasons supporting a wide array of devices and making excellent hardware infinitely better by adding business class security and features. Here are just a few of the contenders for best DD-WRT routers of 2016:

Top Seeds

Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT ($599.99) – A mind-blowing with its 8 external antennas and three bands delivering speeds up of AC5300. Some may say its the source of evil, we think its just the source of power.

Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 DD-WRT ($529.99) A Netgear combatant astoundingly, just as fast and provides 6 powerful external ports?

Wild Cards

Meet the Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT FlashRouter

The Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT ($499.99) – With a top-of-the-line 1.4 GHz Broadcom processor and eight gigabit ports this has been a quick favorite for the hardcore gamer and those looking for a premium wired networks. (Plus those antennas kind of look like goal posts right?)

Linksys WRT1900ACS ($399.99) The Linksys WRT1900ACS is a stealth favorite for value and performance. Premium processor at 1.6 GHz Marvell but maxes out at AC1900 wireless from 4 excellent external antennas.

TomatoUSB Router Bowl Championship Contenders

TomatoUSB is more of an upstart that has been picking up-steam and fan support for increased versatility and user-friendliness in the user interface. :

Top Seeds

Tomato Installed Asus RT-AC3200 Open Source WiFi Router

Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB

Asus RT-AC3200 Upgraded with TomatoUSB ($449.99) – The go to Asus model when it comes to performance and wireless range.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 TomatoUSB ($349.99) A perfect mix of performance and price makes the R7000 our best-selling open-source firmware router sitewide.

Wild Card

Asus RT-AC66U R7000 TomatoUSB ($299.99) A wireless-AC classic & favorite using a 600 MHz processor and 3 external antennas, perfect for a wireless upgrade on a budget.

Yup, every last one of those beauts are just sitting there on our website, ready to transform your struggling wireless network into a streamlined powerhouse, and at a $30 discount no less. Remember to enter the WINNER at checkout to claim your deal.

Haven’t Read Enough?

Want more Super Bowl info? Check out how to stream Super Bowl 50 from anywhere. Just make sure you have the best wireless network possible so you don’t spend a single down watching your stream buffer. Get going!

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Top Video Services For Streaming Kids TV Shows

Stream Sesame Street on HBO Now

Best Streaming Kids Programming – Sesame Street on HBO

Whether it’s upcoming snow days or a long summer without school, keeping your kids entertained and engaged with educational programming can be a bit difficult.

That’s why we’ve gathered up some of the best kids programming available on streaming platforms, and we’ll tell you how to make sure your child’s streaming experience is absolutely perfect.

As most of these programs are exclusive to the United States, if you are looking to stream the best kids programming from abroad, you will have to subscribe to a VPN service.

A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that both secures your wireless network from dangerous online actors and gives you the freedom to bypass geographical restrictions on web content.

Stream Kids Shows From Anywhere with a VPN

When you log into your VPN, all of your Internet activity is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world, preventing hackers and snooping governments from accessing your sensitive info (credit card numbers, emails, etc.).

In so doing, VPNs also allow you to mask your computer’s location. Since you get to pick one of the encrypted servers set up globally, you can make it so your computer is somewhere it actually isn’t. If you want to access US-based Internet, log into your VPN, pick a US-based server, and you’re all set. Your computer is assigned a US-based IP address, and now you can stream children’s programming only available in the US.

As far as VPN providers go, IPVanish is a Top Tier provider. IPVanish owns and operates their own servers, and is a US-based company. A FlashRouters favorite for years, IPVanish is a service you can trust. Other recommended providers are PureVPN and ExpressVPN.

Check out our full list of recommended VPN providers at the bottom of this post.

Where to Stream the Best US Kids TV Shows

Kids Streaming TV Programming on HBO Now/HBO Go

Let’s start with the one that’s been in the news recently. In a surprising turn of events, HBO is producing a new season of the seminal kids program that we all grew up on and love: Sesame Street. Sure, it’s a little discouraging that a show that nurtured the minds of so many children is only available on an app that you have to pay for, but the show is only temporarily exclusively available on HBO.

So if your kids can’t wait to hang around with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch until the new season of Sesame Street becomes more readily available, this is your best best. Otherwise, there’s not too much to speak of on HBO that is suitable for a child (At least not not yet.

Best Streaming TV For Kids – PBS Kids Video

The previous best bet for watching Sesame Street was on PBS, and thanks to a PBS app, you can still do that. Featuring classic and current kids favorites like Curious GeorgeSesame StreetDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and SUPER WHY!, among many more, PBS Kids Video is a terrific source of hours and hours of kid-safe, free entertainment.

Top Kids Shows on PBS Kids: Arthur, Curious George, Dragon Tales, Cyberchase

Streaming TV Shows for Kids – Netflix

It wasn’t terribly long ago that Netflix realized that our world is one in which kids now grow up streaming their favorite shows instead of watching them on live TV. Consequently, Netflix has inked deals with Dreamworks, and spent a great deal of their budget on programming from Walt Disney and Scholastic Media, which means the channel is a treasure trove for the young mind: a quick look at their Children & Family Movies section will tell you that.

From The Gruffalo to classics like Fantasia to an upcoming original from The Jim Henson Company called Word Party, Netflix looks like the new frontier for children’s programming.

Best Programming for Children on Netflix: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Puffin Rock, Stella and Sam

How to stream the best kids programming, including Hulu Kids

Hulu Kids – Best Kids Programming to Stream

Stream TV Shows for Children on Hulu

If Hulu only offered shows that emanated from their deals with Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network, it would be worthy enough to include on this list. However, in addition to all of those great kids shows like Adventure TimeDougRugrats, and Spongebob Squarepants, Hulu offers a well-divided, intuitive interface that allows you to cater the programming to the age of your child (as opposed to Netflix’s massive Children & Family Movies section).

Go to “For Babies” and choose between Vocabulary & Numbers With Harry the Bunny or In the Giggle Park. Or check out “Kids 2-4″ for Doc McStuffins or Astroblast!. Basically, Hulu has your kids covered until they’re about 12. They can figure it out from there.

Top Shows to Stream on Hulu: Regular Show, Rugrats, The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe


Stream TV for Children on Amazon Instant

Last but certainly not least is Amazon Instant, offering a hefty 393 shows in the Kids’ Entertainment section. Amazon offers users the option to choose between “Themes”, with diverse options like “Set In the Future”, “Tough Guys”, “Dinosaurs”, and more at your fingertips. Perfect for satisfying the pickiest of children.

Best Shows on Amazon Instant: Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, iCarly, The Backyardigans

Best Kids Programming on The Nick App

And if you don’t have a Hulu subscription but you do have a cable subscription and your kids demand Nickelodeon on their phones, tablets, and laptops, you can just go straight to the source. The Nick App offers full episodes of the channel’s signature animated and live action shows, and is available on just about any streaming device you have, at least as of June of 2015, when it was added to the Roku roster.

Top Kids Shows on Nick App: The Thundermans, Henry Danger, Sanjay and Craig, Make It Pop

Stream the Best Kids Shows With a FlashRouter

Of course, while knowing where your child’s favorite shows are streaming is a good start, if you don’t have a dependable and strong wireless network supporting it, you’re going to end up with some disappointed kids.

That’s where we come in. At FlashRouters, we provide people with devices that will ensure a streaming experience that’s fluid, fast, and reliable. No need to worry about buffering and other interruptions with a FlashRouter on your side.

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

By taking powerful routers, removing their faulty firmware, and replacing it with open source marvels like Tomato and DD-WRT, we’re able to offer our users wireless networks that are incredibly versatile and feature-heavy. You can prioritize which channels get the most bandwidth (something quite useful for high volumes of streaming), extend your wireless network, and access advanced security options.

In addition, the FlashRouters setup is very user friendly, perfect for beginners. If you supply us with the username, password, and preferred server location of your VPN service before checkout, your router will arrive pre-configured. Talk about convenience.

With a FlashRouter on your side, your child’s entertainment and education programs are assured to stream without issue.

Best FlashRouters For Streaming Kids Programming

We don’t like picking favorites around here. All of the routers on our line are there for a reason: because we know they can all vastly improve our customer’s network performance and security. That said, there are some routers that perform particularly well when it comes to HD streaming.

Best Wired VPN Router for Gaming & Streaming- The Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 8 Port DD-WRT FlashRouterTop Netgear VPN Router for Netflix- R7000 TomatoUSBAsus RT-AC56U - Best Wireless AC DDWRT Under $200
Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRTR7000 Nighthawk TomatoAsus RT-AC56U DDWRT
1.4 Ghz Broadcom Processor, 8 Ports, 4 Ext Antennas1 Ghz Broadcom Processor, 3 Ext Antennas800 Mhz Broadcom, Wireless-AC, USB 3.0
Top Router Processor for Gaming & StreamingEnhanced TomatoUSB VPN Splitter FirmwarePopular for High Speed in Smaller Homes

Safety Benefits of a FlashRouter

Using a FlashRouter offers many safety benefits for concerned parents. The alternative firmware used on a FlashRouter remove backdoors or bugs in the default firmware to secure all the users behind it whether small of big. Used in tandem with hacker-preventing encryption a VPN service offers, FlashRouters also provide parents with easy to manage access restrictions, bandwidth monitoring, and a slew of other parental controls.

With a FlashRouter, you will not only have the ability to monitor your child’s computer use; you will have the ability to monitor and control the entire network.

Best VPNs for Streaming US Kids Programming

At FlashRouters, we’re affiliated with over 50 of the best VPN service providers in the world, and we heartily recommend all of them. But if you’re looking for the best when it comes to US-based IP addresses, here are a few of our favorites:

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

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IPVanish VPN: What’s New at FlashRouters

The new year is young, as is our brand new site. And while we’ve given you a bit of a tour around the new site, there were some important sections we didn’t fully explore.

So to correct that, we thought we’d start by updating you on one of our most popular VPN service providers, IPVanish.

IPVanish + FlashRouters - The Ultimate VPN Privacy Solution


What’s New From IPVanish VPN

As mentioned before, IPVanish VPN is practically unparalleled in the realms online security, privacy and freedom they provide for their users. Offering versatile open-source firmware routers for IPVanish has been a boon for both of our customers.

Like any good company, IPVanish VPN is not one to rest on its laurels. They continue to improve on their standard of VPN excellence.

New IPVanish VPN Servers

As recently as December of 2015, IPVanish increased their anonymous IP address pool by as many as 15,000, bringing their total IP address count to 40,000+!

Not only that, the stalwart VPN added 6 servers in 3 new locations (Prague, Lisbon, and Liverpool), as well as 43 new servers in previously established locations (London, Frankfurt, Singapore, parts of France, Dallas, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Atlanta), bringing their total server to over 400 in 60+ different countries

The message is clear. IPVanish VPN is growing even more formidable as a force for the cause of Internet protection and anonymity.

Latest IPVanish VPN FlashRouters

New IPVanish FlashRouters

The IPVanish Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

In the past year, we’ve added some serious fire power to our line of DD-WRT and Tomato-flashed routers. These VPN routers are ready to maximize your WiFi and VPN integration needs. Combining these amazing networking devices with the superior VPN service is a recipe for the best (and most secure) wireless network around.

IPVanish VPN Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB Router

Speed, speed, speed is what you’ll get with this brand new star of our Tomato firmware line. Sure, the 1 GHz Broadcom processor and six external antennas tell you plenty about the power and network flexibility you’ll get with the Asus RT-AC3200, but the tri-band wireless kicking at 3200 Mbps will positively give you whiplash. If you’ve got a big house that needs a lot of coverage, this is the router for you.

IPVanish VPN Netgear R8000 DD-WRT  Router

One of the most important things to know about VPN usage is that you need power. Your router is going to be encrypting and decrypting a lot, and consequently you’ll need a router with a strong processor to carry the weight. Luckily for you, the IPVanish R8000 DD-WRT is more than up to the task. With its 1 GHz Broadcom CPU and 6 external antennas, you’ll be location-jumping all over the world without any frustrating Internet slowdowns.

IPVanish VPN Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Router

Here’s one of the latest additions to the FlashRouters line that is quickly becoming an office and user favorite: the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT is the perfect entry point for those looking for that invaluable Wireless-AC upgrade while still retaining  full support with legacy devices (Wireless-N, Wireless-G). Combine the fluid performance of Wireless-AC with IPVanish’s peerless security and worldwide coverage, and you get a router that’s ready to take you around the world in record time!

New IPVanish VPN Router Setups and Options

As we’ve examined in our site tour, we’ve made it a lot easier for would-be FlashRouters and VPN users to familiarize themselves with these technologies and the features that exist within them.


As part of our site relaunch we introduced Learn sections to give you the basics on the latest info on VPNs by country, streaming service, and streaming device. One of our primary goals was to show you the various ways to integrate a router into your network. So let’s take a closer look at our best top VPN setup options:

  1. Dual Router Setup: Switch seamlessly between your local and VPN network on any device any time.
  2. Dual Gateway Setup: Choose between local and VPN networks on a single router.
  3. Wireless VPN Extender: Create a dedicated VPN connection from an existing wireless network.

Anything else you need to know about FlashRouters and our IPVanish-friendly devices? Let us know & our networking experts are eager to help you.

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