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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 12/31/2015 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 WNDR4500 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 12/31/2015 and get an extra $10 off any FlashRouter over $100!

Netflix Instant By Country Showdown #8: Tom Hanks

Netflix Comparison by Country - US, UK, Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Canada

There are few issues about which the US is in lock-step agreement, but one of them is the overwhelming nature of Tom Hanks’ everyman charm. He’s a genial interviewee, a modest megastar, and a supremely talented actor to boot.

Ever since winning consecutive Best Actor Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, Hanks has held an unchallenged position on the A-list. He’s only bolstered that position by appearing in one beloved film after another: movies like Apollo 13Saving Private Ryan, and the recent Captain Phillips.

And he’s nowhere near done yet. This coming October, we’ll be treated to a Hanks/Steven Spielberg reunion when Bridge of Spies hits theaters nationwide. Something tells us you can look forward to a Steven Spielberg Netflix showdown in the near future as well.

In the meantime, let us inaugurate Tom Hanks into the hallowed halls thus far occupied by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer LawrenceDenzel Washington, etc. Let’s see which country’s Netflix Instant has the most Tom Hanks movies!

Top Netflix Instant By Country – Tom Hanks Movies

Find out how to stream your favorite Tom Hanks movies on Netflix Instant from anywhere

Castaway – Netflix Instant By Country Showdown: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Argentina – Toy Story of TerrorToy Story 3CarsThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanToy Story 2You’ve Got MailToy StoryForrest GumpTurner and HoochBig.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Australia – Saving Mr. Banks, Ken Burns: ProhibitionAngels & Demons, The Da Vinci CodeCarsThe Polar ExpressThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanSaving Private Ryan, Apollo 13Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Austria – And the Oscar Goes To…The TerminalCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionToy Story 2Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Belgium – Cloud AtlasToy Story 3Angels & DemonsThe Da Vinci CodeThe Polar Express, The TerminalCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionSaving Private Ryan.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Brazil – Toy Story of TerrorToy Story 3CarsThe Polar ExpressThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanToy Story 2You’ve Got MailToy StoryForrest GumpTurner and HoochBig.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Canada – And the Oscar Goes To…Cloud AtlasKen Burns: Prohibition, Catch Me If You CanForrest Gump.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Colombia – Toy Story of TerrorToy Story 3CarsThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanToy Story 2You’ve Got Mail, Toy StoryForrest Gump, Turner and HoochBig.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Denmark – Saving Mr. BanksCloud Atlas, Larry CrowneAngels & DemonsThe Da Vinci CodeThe Polar ExpressCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionYou’ve Got MailSaving Private RyanForrest GumpPhiladelphiaTurner and Hooch.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Finland – Saving Mr. BanksLarry CrowneAngels & DemonsThe Da Vinci CodeThe Polar ExpressCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionYou’ve Got MailSaving Private RyanForrest GumpPhiladelphiaTurner and Hooch.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix France – Toy Story 3Angels & DemonsThe Da Vinci CodeThe Polar ExpressThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionToy Story 2Toy Story.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Germany – And the Oscar Goes To…The TerminalCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionToy Story 2, Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Ireland – And the Oscar Goes To…Ken Burns: ProhibitionAngels & Demons, The Man With One Red Shoe.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Luxembourg – Ken Burns: ProhibitionToy Story 3The Polar ExpressThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionToy Story 2Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Mexico – Toy Story of TerrorToy Story 3CarsThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanToy Story 2You’ve Got MailToy StoryForrest GumpTurner and Hooch, Big.

How to stream your favorite Tom Hanks movies on Netflix Instant from anywhere

Toy Story – Netflix Instant By Country Showdown: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Netherlands – Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. BanksAnd the Oscar Goes To…Cloud AtlasThe Da Vinci CodeThe Polar ExpressThe TerminalCatch Me If You CanSaving Private Ryan.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix New Zealand – Ken Burns: ProhibitionAngels & Demons, The Da Vinci CodeCarsThe Polar ExpressCatch Me If You CanSaving Private RyanApollo 13Forrest Gump.

How to stream the best Tom Hanks movies on Netflix Instant

Forrest Gump – Netflix By Country Showdown: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Norway –  Saving Mr. BanksCloud AtlasLarry CrowneAngels & DemonsThe Da Vinci CodeThe Polar ExpressCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionYou’ve Got MailSaving Private RyanForrest GumpPhiladelphiaTurner and Hooch.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Sweden – Saving Mr. BanksCloud AtlasLarry CrowneAngels & DemonsThe Da Vinci CodeThe Polar ExpressCatch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionYou’ve Got MailSaving Private Ryan, Forrest GumpPhiladelphiaTurner and Hooch

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix Switzerland – Cloud AtlasToy Story 3The Polar ExpressThe Terminal, Catch Me If You CanRoad to PerditionToy Story 2Forrest Gump.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix UK – And the Oscar Goes To…Ken Burns: ProhibitionAngels & DemonsThe Man With One Red Shoe.

Tom Hanks Movies on Netflix USA – And the Oscar Goes To…, Ken Burns: Prohibition, Forrest Gump, Sleepless In SeattleThe Burbs.

And the Winner Is…

We have another tie! Just ever so slightly leaving Brazil and their 12 Tom Hanks movies out in the cold are our Nordic friends in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, all of whom can stream 13 Tom Hanks movies from their local Netflix Instants anytime they want.

On the other end, we have Ireland and the UK, both of whom tied for last with a paltry 4 Hanksian titles. And despite Tom Hanks’ much-vaunted all-American charm, we here in the states are only given 5 Tom Hanks movies to stream in his home country, and only two of those qualify as Hanks classics (Sleepless in SeattleForrest Gump). But that’s no big deal, because…

Streaming Tom Hanks Movies From Anywhere

If the Tom Hanks movie is on Netflix Instant anywhere in the world, you can watch it, provided you’re subscribed to a VPN.

The purpose of a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is to secure your online data by tunneling your information through encrypted servers set up all over the world anytime you log in. In that regard, VPNs are truly necessary and invaluable, but VPNs are also incredibly useful for those of us who wish to bypass arbitrary geographical web restrictions.

As we’ve demonstrated above, Netflix Instant’s libraries change dramatically from country to country, and with a VPN, you can explore them all. All you have to do is log in to your VPN, choose a server in the country with the Netflix Instant you want to see, and you’re ready!

Best VPNs for Netflix Instant Location Changing

Just about any of the VPNs on our official supported provider list will offer top-notch coverage in South America and Europe (where many of Tom Hanks movies are available), so we whittled it down to the cream of the crop for you.

  1. HideMyAss – Most IP Addresses in the Netflix countries listed.
  2. IPVanish – The only tier-1 only VPN service for premium performance and speeds.
  3. PureVPN – A server in each of these Netflix covered plus virtual US & UK servers for top speeds.
  4. Overplay – Includes TurboDNS and JetSwitch for quick and fast Netflix location jumping without potential VPN speed slowdown.

Best FlashRouters for Netflix Instant

But ensuring that your wireless network is versatile and secure enough to enjoy Tom Hanks movies whenever you’d like involves more than just picking the right VPN. A FlashRouter is the missing piece if it’s flawless international streaming that you’re looking for.

To start, our DD-WRT and Tomato-flashed routers are designed to give you a powerful, fast, and reliable wireless network. But a FlashRouter is so much more than that: you can extend your wireless range with a FlashRouter, or access advanced security options, or even control the allocation of your bandwidth, allowing you to prioritize bandwidth-hogging websites (like Netflix).

A FlashRouter even makes VPN usage easier: if you’re subscribed to any VPN service on our supported provider list, we’ll send your router ready to work with your VPN right out of the box, cutting out the annoying VPN-installation process for you.

Top Routers for Netflix Streaming

Top Netgear VPN Router for Netflix- R7000 TomatoUSBAsus RT-AC56U - Best Wireless AC DDWRT Under $200Best 802.11n VPN Router for Netflix - The Netgear WNDR4500 Dual Band DD-WRT FlashRouter
R7000 Nighthawk TomatoAsus RT-AC56U DDWRTNetgear WNDR4500 DD-WRT
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor, 3 Ext Antennas800 Mhz Broadcom, Wireless-AC, USB 3.0Dual Band Wireless-N900, 2 USB 2.0
Top Range, Enhanced TomatoUSB VPN Splitter FirmwarePopular for High Speed in Smaller HomesPopular Economy Wireless-N Option

That’s just the start of great FlashRouters devices. We encourage you to check out our Best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list, or just browse our site for a bit. You’re bound to find a router that suits you.

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Bestselling VPN Routers & VPN Services – Sept 2015

School is back in session, folks. It’s time to make sure our wireless networks are in proper working order. And what better way then with a FlashRouter!

Of course, we’ve got a lot of terrific routers on our line and we’re affiliated with a lot of fantastic VPN service providers who keep your online data safe. Narrowing down the right VPN router or VPN can be intimidating, given the glut of great options.

With that in mind, we thought it was a good time to take a look at some of our user’s favorites. Who knows? Maybe the wireless router and VPN you’re looking for are in there somewhere.

Benefits of a Open Source Firmware Upgrade

But before we get into the lists, perhaps you can use a primer on what makes a FlashRouter such a special thing…

In case you choose not to watch the video (c’mon though, it’s really short), a FlashRouter is a shortcut to the wireless network you always dreamed of: one that’s powerful enough to handle any workload, fast enough to deliver what you want when you want it, and versatile enough to offer features you may not have even realized you needed.

Thankfully there are open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato. Extending your wireless range and controlling the allocation of your bandwidth is easily within reach when DD-WRT and Tomato are on your side.

But the perks don’t stop there:

  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support for segmenting wireless networks in the same router.
  • Advanced Bandwidth Management and Restriction Tools.
  • Removes firmware security holes like WPS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges.
  • Enhanced QoS (Quality of Service) Prioritize traffic for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.

It’s worth pointing out again that list above is abbreviated. There are simply too many advantages of owning a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter to list in full here. Let’s get looking at those best-sellers lists and you can experience the power of a FlashRouter for yourself.

Most Popular Wireless Open Source Routers of September 2015

No major shake-ups here, folks. As was the case last time, the Netgear R7000 has a stranglehold on the number one slot. People just can’t get enough of the Nighthawk, and who can blame them?

Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT Router - 1.2 GHz Processor. Fastest Wireless Routers of 2015.

Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT Router

Our newly launched Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT, the revamp of the classic Linksys blue router, just missed the list being available for only half the month. With its best in breed 1.2 GHz, we’re pretty sure it will crack the list in no time.

  1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – One of our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gamingAlso available in a Tomato version with a Selective VPN option.
  2. Asus RT-AC87U 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. Netgear R8000 Wireless-AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – No surprise to us to see this Tri-Band Wireless-AC beauty makes its best-sellers list debut.
  4. Asus AC56U AC1200 Shibby TomatoUSB – Our newest economy Wireless-AC model with a powerful 800 MHz processor.
  5. Linksys E2500 Shibby TomatoUSB – The go to economy Wireless-N Dual Band device for bargain seekers.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers of September 2015 – By User Request

IPVanish is back on top this month with our newest supported VPN provider, ExpressVPN, cracked the top five. Stallwarts HideMyAss and PIA are right on IPVanish’s tail with PureVPN also creeping up the list.

  1. IPVanishOffers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide & popular in the Middle East.
  2. HideMyAss – Most overall US & UK server options
  3. PrivateInternetAccess – Top budget VPN service.
  4. PureVPN – A time-tested, incredibly popular VPN.
  5. ExpressVPN – The newly supported premium VPN provider with top performance in Asia and Australia.

Advantages of Purchasing an Open Source FlashRouter

Setup VPN Service with Any Device

Dual Router Setup – FlashRouters

As we’ve more than demonstrated, a FlashRouter is not your average wireless device. So in order to make sure our users get the most out of our feature-heavy routers, we offer:

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide
  • Dual Router VPN Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer plug and play setup on demand and setup/troubleshooting guides for more than 50 VPN services.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS & FedEx. 

Still have a question? Not a problem. Open a ticket and our friendly and helpful team of networking experts will swiftly answer any questions you may have.


Latest FlashRouters Hacking and Cyber Security News Roundup (September/October 2015)

FlashRouters Cyber Security News Roundup

Hack iOS 9 and Get A Million Dollars – Cyber Security News Roundup

Hacks, router vulnerabilities, invasive governments, identity thieves…it’s all part of a sinister mosaic that makes up the state of cyber security. New ways to feel endangered pop up on the web all the time.

But it’s not all hopeless. For every malware report, there’s a corresponding previously unthinkable technological leap forward. That’s why today’s FlashRouters cyber security news roundup is more of a mixed bag than usual. For every jarring story about a malicious online presence, you’ll find a reason to be excited about the future of cyber security. Happy reading!

Hacking and Cyber Security News

One Million Dollars to Hack iOS 9 – If you offer the most secure mobile OS, you’re just begging people to come knock you off the throne. Hence cyber security firm Zerodium’s new offer of one million dollars to anyone who can expose a security in the recently released iOS 9 operating system. Do you have what it takes?

Apple Confirms Discovery of Malicious Code in Some App Store Products – And despite the news in that previous article, here we are: Apple has confirmed that some malicious code has been discovered in some 40 App store products. Apparently, hackers copied and modified a tool software developers use for apps that make it into the App store. In fact, some of the most popular apps in China, including a widely used ride-sharing app, have been affected.

Near-Perfect Computer Security Is Closer Than You Might Think – And despite reporting on the infiltration of the most secure mobile system in the world, we’re here to give you some positive news about the state of cyber security. According to Wired, a cryptographic method called “indistinguishability obfuscation” or “IO”, first introduced in 2013, has made significant advances, and is thought to be an honest-to-goodness chance at creating a form of near-perfect computer security.

D-Link Accidentally Publishes Cryptography Keys – Well, this is exactly the sort of embarrassment a company that specializes in secure networking devices does not need in this day and age. It would seem D-Link published the cryptography keys – which, funnily enough, are there to ensure the trustworthiness of firmware – in their open-source firmware package. Apparently, this mistake went undiscovered for seven months. It remains to be seen how this will affect the security of D-Link users, but this could be a damaging hit for the company itself.

Hackers Launch Balloon Probe Into Stratosphere to Spy on Drones – Are you all sick of the government hiding secrets from you in the sky? Okay, that sounds ridiculous, but seriously, communications satellites and drones are perfect ways to keep secret governmental programs out of view of the public. And that’s why a group of activists/technologists called Critical Engineering have launched a balloon probe called “Deep Sweep” into the stratosphere, hoping to intercept some high-flying data and analyze it when the probe returns to Earth. Here’s to ingenuity, eh?

FlashRouter Cyber Security News - Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden Says NSA Encryption Prevents Alien Contact

Edward Snowden Says Encryption Might Be Preventing Alien Communiques – In a recent conversation on Neil Degrasse Tyson’s podcast, Star Talk, data collection whistleblower Edward Snowden speculates that encryption could be preventing our planet from ever making contact with aliens. As he explains:

“You can’t distinguish a properly encrypted communication, at least in the theoretical sense, from random noise…So if you have an alien civilization trying to listen for other civilizations, or our civilization trying to listen for aliens, there’s only one small period in the development of their society where all of their communications will be sent via the most primitive and most unprotected means.”

Sounds reasonable enough (maybe, for all we know), though it does seem to open Snowden up to charges of being a crackpot.

VPN Blocking in China After WWII Parade? – According to the popular VPN, Astrill, China has been making efforts to block their service, which first noticed outages during the lead-up to the country’s 70th anniversary of WWII parade. Considering China’s notoriously heavy-handed approach to internet censorship, this could represent even more stringent rules to come.

Should Colleges Release Transparency Reports Like UC-Berkeley – UC-Berkeley has taken the unprecedented step of publishing a transparency report, outlining all governmental requests for student and staff data. Slate thinks every college should follow suit, and we’re inclined to agree.

Mapping the Spread of Anonymity Network Tor – When it comes to tracking the popularity of a widely used product, basically anything you choose is going to be easier to trace than an online anonymity project. Yet here’s Onionview, launched by a coder named Luke Millanta, which basically serves as a map to track and count the location of Tor nodes, which are computers used to help Tor encrypt internet traffic and give their users the privacy they seek.

Tales of Online Health

If You’re a Millenial, You’re Likely Suffering From Digital Eye Strain – If you’re youngish and you’ve been staring at a computer all day, thinking that you could use a break, maybe you ought to take it. Apparently, millenials stand a good chance of contracting digital eye strain which, as it sounds, is a result of staring at computers all day. So if your eyes feel dry or watery or fatigued, or if you’re just getting a headache reading this, it’s time to step away from the keypad.

Lastly, And Most Hopefully

Are You Ready For Your Invisibility Cloak? – Okay, this one doesn’t have much to do with cyber security, but in theory, an invisibility cloak would make you at least a little safer, right? We admit we’re wedging this one in, but c’mon, it’s an invisibility cloak! Created by scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, no less! Don’t pretend you aren’t at least curious to try one.

The Meeting That Spawned WiFi – Would you believe that the meeting that led to the creation of WiFi, which took place 25 years ago, was about retail remodeling for a cash register company? PC World has got the full story for you.

How to Get Internet to the Other 4 Billion People On This Planet – Of course it feels like everyone is on the internet, but more than half of the planet currently lacks this service which is seeming more essential all the time. So Wired decided to take a look at what the people in unwired countries are doing to create an infrastructure that can support internet for all. Of course, there are also the efforts of philanthropic billionaires to push these projects along. We may be looking at a fully wired planet sooner than we had thought.

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ExpressVPN Joins FlashRouters Supported VPN Provider List


For fans of online privacy and internet freedom, it doesn’t get any better than this: FlashRouters and ExpressVPN have joined forces. FlashRouters is the official recommended provider for DD-WRT and Tomato routers.

When it comes to ensuring a safe and boundary-less internet experience, it doesn’t get much better than ExpressVPN, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to our ever-growing supported VPN provider list. This online privacy giant offers apps for any device and servers located all over the world to ensure your complete security. Combine that with a FlashRouter, and you’ll be moving swiftly and securely through a restriction-free internet.

There’s plenty more to learn about all ExpressVPN and FlashRouters can do for you (both separately and together), and we will cover that extensively below. So please read on and find out what kind of benefits await you!

Advantages of FlashRouters for ExpressVPN Users

We have no doubt that there are many ExpressVPN users who are unfamiliar with what we do here at FlashRouters, so allow us to introduce ourselves…

At FlashRouters, our mission is to provide our customers with open-sourced solutions that are affordable, easy-to-use, and reliable. We take already high-functioning routers and flash them with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that make routers faster, more powerful, and more adaptable.

Using a FlashRouter allows you all of the usual perks of a wireless router, only with the added benefits of being able to extend your wireless range, enjoy advanced security options, and control the ways in which your bandwidth is allocated (among many other benefits). And while ExpressVPN is a worthy investment on its own, an ExpressVPN subscription used in conjunction with a FlashRouter is the best way to make the most of your VPN.

  • All FlashRouters come equipped with built-in VPN connectivity, which saves you the time and trouble of attempting to install the tricky VPN-installation software, only to end up with a bricked router.
  • Use VPN on All of Your Devices and Streaming Players A FlashRouter is the only way you can use ExpressVPN on devices that do not have VPN integration of their own such as Roku, AppleTV, Xbox360, PS4 and more.
  • Dual Router Setup Out of the Box What’s more, if you hold onto your previous router, you can use our popular dual-router set-up, which allows you to switch back and forth between your local network and your VPN with minimal effort!
  • Quick Start Setup Guide We’ve also teamed up with ExpressVPN to provide a quick setup guide tailored specifically for ExpressVPN users.
  • Free Plug ‘n Play VPN Integration If you enter your username, password, and preferred IP location in the secure checkout Comments section. Your ExpressVPN Router will be pre-configured to be used out of the box. If you would not like to share this information, you can set up the router yourself using a helpful setup guide that comes with every router.
Meet the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk Tomato FlashRouter

Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter

Though we offer a wide range of wireless routers from a variety of brands, our technicians are ready to customize any of our products for ExpressVPN users. Just pick the model and version that works for you, and let our experts handle the flashing, configuring, and testing. Soon you’ll be using our device to connect multiple devices through one VPN account.

Our technicians work tirelessly to provide maximum quality assurance, and the results speak for themselves. So what are you waiting for? Pick out the FlashRouter that will revolutionize your whole ExpressVPN experience!

ExpressVPN & It’s Many Perks

How ExpressVPN Works For You

How ExpressVPN Works For You

There are plenty of terrific VPNs out there, but for tremendous coverage and sheer ease of use, you’ve got to go with ExpressVPN. There’s no lack of identity thieves, online spies, and general malevolent forces out there on the internet these days, and ExpressVPNs servers keep you safe from all of them. Log in to your ExpressVPN network, and you’ll be untraceable as you hop from site to site.

Here’s a few more important things to note when making your VPN choice.

  • Access to Any Site Using ExpressVPN’s many servers located around the globe, you can bypass geographical restrictions on websites. Simply pick a location that’s friendly to the site you want to visit, and your laptop, smartphone, desktop, tablet, or any other device you can imagine will be able to sneak right in. There are hundreds of ExpressVPN IP addresses waiting for you. No need to worry about regional censorship.
  • No Logs ExpressVPN does not monitor your activities nor keep logs of it, and they keep third parties from doing the same.
  • Server Locations ExpressVPN’s list of servers is growing all of the time, but for now, you can get coverage in over 75 countries, with hundreds of servers at the ready to protect your sensitive online information (credit card numbers, e-mails, etc.).
  • Affordable Coverage Prices range from $12.95/month (if you go with the one-month plan) to as cheap as $8.95/month if you get a full year of coverage (this is the choice we recommend). ExpressVPN also offers a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, if you’re not satisfied with their service (though we can’t see why you wouldn’t be).

Top ExpressVPN DD-WRT & Tomato Routers

Though there’s no way to pick poorly, you may be wondering: which ExpressVPN FlashRouter is the right one for you? Here are your options:

  1. ExpressVPN Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk Tomato – If you want the highest available speeds on any router, this is the device for you.
  2. ExpressVPN Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 DD-WRT – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece ready for ExpressVPN.
  3. ExpressVPN Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT – Dizzying Wireless-AC speeds at a thoroughly affordable price. What could be bad?
  4. ExpressVPN Linksys E2500 Tomato – One of our finest and most popular economy models.

Have Questions About ExpressVPN & FlashRouters?

E-mail us and one of our VPN networking experts will be glad to help you out.

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Featured VPN Router: Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato

Perhaps you’ve heard about Wireless-AC – that hot wireless networking standard that has been dazzling users with its incredible speeds – and decided the time has come to bolster your own network. Maybe you looked up some Wireless-AC routers and noticed that the prices are a little on the steep side.

FlashRouters to the rescue! Having introduced you to one of our most affordable, high-performing Wireless-AC DD-WRT routers, we thought it was time you met its Tomato firmware counterpart. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato FlashRouter.

Meet the Asus AC56U Wireless-AC Tomato FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC56U Tomato Firmware OpenVPN RouterThat’s right: for a mere $229.95, you can get yourself a router flashed with one of the best replacement firmwares available, supported by the fastest wireless networking standard, and ready to be secured by any VPN on our official supported provider list.

The Asus AC56U truly is a dynamo of a router, and a steal at twice the price. With four powerful external antennae, a heavy-duty 800 MHz Broadcom processor, and a blindingly fast data transfer rate (1200 Mbps), this is easily one of the best deals you’re going to find for a Wireless-AC router anywhere.

Dual Gateway Support AKA The VPN Splitter

Aside from everything listed above (and to come), the Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter offers Dual Gateway Support, which means that the process of deciding which of your internet-capable devices you want running through your VPN or your local network just became much easier.

Shibby Tomato ARM Wireless-AC OpenVPN Client Screenshot

With the help of dual gateway support, you can effectively put your router in two virtual locations at once. Actually, because of Tomato ARM builds, you can even choose which websites you want to run through your VPN (like Netflix Instant, for example), allowing you to avoid arbitrary geographical restrictions and enjoy greater internet freedom.

The Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter Specs

Best Wireless-AC Tomato Firmware Router - Asus RT-AC56U AC1200

So now you know the broad strokes about the Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter. Time to dig into the gritty details…

Firmware Upgrade Tomato
Frequency Band(s) Dual Band (2.4/ 5 GHz)
Wireless Data Rates AC1200 (300+900 Mbps)
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11 a/c b/g/n
Ethernet Port Type Gigabit (10/100/1000Mbps)
USB Ports 2
Processor Model BCM4708A0
Processor Speed 800 MHz
RAM/ Flash Memory 256/128 MB

So you’ve got high-speed data transfer rates, a powerful processor, and all the flash memory you need. The Asus AC56U Tomato FlashRouter is powerful, high-efficiency machine loaded up with the hardware you need to run a flawless wireless network.

The Benefits of a Tomato Firmware Upgrade

As the brief video above explains, no matter how strong the router you purchased, your network’s versatility and reliability is dependent on the right firmware. That’s why we remove the stock firmware on the Asus AC56U and replace it with Tomato firmware: it provides a massive boost to the device’s functionality and adds a wealth of helpful, vital features.

What are some of those features you ask? Well, let’s start with…

  • Known bug fixes in Broadcom-based Linksys & Asus firmware.
  • Improved Network Stability.
  • Integrated Wireless Survey page: View other wireless networks in your area and adjust your network accordingly.
  • OpenVPN & PPTP VPN connection options: Create OpenVPN & PPTP servers or client connections.
  • Advanced access restrictions for increased network security: Limit access by day of the week, time, user, or block specific websites.
  • Advanced QoS: 10 unique QoS classes defined, real-time pie graph display of prioritized traffic with drill-down into class details
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings: Antenna selection with 14 wireless channels available.

There are plenty more premium router features on Tomato that we could discuss, but we don’t want to overwhelm you (that’s a pretty lengthy list up there). Suffice to say, the beauty of Tomato firmware goes beyond an extendable wireless range and advanced security features.

The FlashRouters Difference


The FlashRouters Support Routers Advantage

Setting up a FlashRouter is easy, but taking advantage of the many features a FlashRouters offer can require a little guidance. We’re only too happy to help out, which is why we offer:

  • Custom VPN Configuration: Include your preferred router & VPN setup options in the order checkout Comments area and we’ll take and integrate it for free.
  • TomatoUSB Firmware Setup & Troubleshooting Manual.
  • Easy Setup with No CD.
  • Free Open-Source Firmware Tech Support: Our skilled open-source router specialists can assist in getting your Internet or VPN setup running via remote Teamviewer support sessions.
  • Tomato Warranty: Tomato firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties. All FlashRouters include an 90-day warranty for Tomato installation that is upgradable to 2 years.
  • International Dual Voltage Compatible (100v – 240v): Ships with U.S. power cable, international adapters available here.

FlashRouters expert technicians are available and eager to answer questions you may have. Feel free to take a look at our knowledge base or send us a note. Whether you’re curious about which device is right for you or have a question about a FlashRouter you already purchased, we’re here to help. 

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