A Quick Thank You + Cyber Monday Deals!

Thanks From The FlashRouters Team

Initially, we had a witty, long intro but since we figure you just want to just get to the deal, we’d like to say just one thing: THANKS! Thanks for making a 2015 already a great year for the FlashRouters Team!

FlashRouters Cyber Monday Special

Just for CYBER MONDAY (11/30/2015), save 10% on ANY FlashRouter with the code CM10.

That’s right. Now, there’s no good reason not to finally make that wireless router upgrade your devices deserve.

Save on many of FlashRouter favorites from the Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 DD-WRT to the Asus RT-AC56U AC1200 Shibby Tomato.

This also means you can take full advantage for the freshly released batch of hot open source firmware routers from the past few days. (We also have launched an all new site… Thanks for noticing!)

Tomato Installed Asus RT-AC3200 Open Source WiFi Router

Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato Firmware FlashRouter – Our latest unleashing of the powerful Tomato firmware maximizes the potential of this premium Asus networking hardware. Get 6 powerful external antennas, a 1 GHz Broadcom processor and a USB 3.0 support for max speed internal network backup/transfers. If you are an antenna fan, then the RT-AC3200 is your man. Compatible with all of our most complex setup options including Dual Gateway/VPN Splitter and pretty much anything you can throw at it.

The best Linksys DD-WRT Router ready for improved security

Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT – This ain’t your daddy’s old blue Linksys router. Updated for the true needs of modern streaming and Internet demands, the Linksys WRT1900ACS offers wireless speeds of up to 1900 Mbps from four external antennas with an amazing 1.6 GHz Marvell Processor. The best of breed Linksys DD-WRT has truly arrived.

TP-LINK Archer C7 DD-WRT – A stealth favorite AC compatible DD-WRT router that ranks as one of the best overall value performers across the interwebs including The Wirecutter’s “The Best Wi-Fi Router (for Most People).” Snag this AC1750 DD-WRT beast it for under $225 with our Black Friday Special.

What Makes A FlashRouter Different?

Why Buy a FlashRouter?

A FlashRouter is a surefire way to revive your tired wireless network. What we do here is take already powerful routers and replace their faulty firmware with superb firmware options like DD-WRT or Tomato. They are firmware options developed by users with other users in my mind providing advanced options and configuration opportunities right out of the box that manufacturers want you to pay more for.

What does this mean to you? Advanced security features like VLAN network segmentation & complete VPN integration, extendable and tweakable wireless range, better access controls and bandwidth monitoring to name a few. Plus if you’re subscribed to one of the 50+ VPN Providers we support, we include free integration of their service on your router so all of your network traffic can be automatically encrypted. No more network security holes!

Choosing the right FlashRouter can be a tricky thing, even if you really can’t go wrong with one of our devices. That said, this is the future of your wireless network, and we want you to get just the right router. So we recommend that you take a look at some of our recent best-sellers or the top DD-WRT routers of 2015 list. Or you can just send us a question and our expert sales team will happily help you find the best router for your needs.

Protect Yourself from the New UK Investigatory Powers Bill


Once again, we find ourselves reporting on another bill designed to give government officials outlandish amounts of surveillance power, and this time it’s coming from our friends in the UK.

The UK’s Investigatory Powers Bill 

Also referred to as “Snoopers’ Charter”, the newly drafted Investigatory Powers Bill is a piece of legislation proposed by the UK government designed to give police and surveillance agencies the right to access metadata of websites that are suspected to have been visited by criminals. Most troublingly, police and surveillance agencies would not require warrants to access this information.

Mercifully, metadata does not include the content of the visited sites, but granting authorities access to the details of your online activities (what sites you visited and for how long, etc.) without meaningful oversight does strike us as unforgivably invasive. And that’s to say nothing of the fact that communications service providers will be required to hold on to all of your metadata for potentially as long as a year. No doubt this will put a strain on many of these companies.

And if you need to hear it from a seriously knowledgeable source, even the UN’s privacy chief, Joseph Cannataci, has called the Investigatory Powers Bill “worse than scary.”

How To Increase Internet Privacy in the UK

Of course, there are ways to keep your sensitive online information away from snooping governmental eyes. All you need is the right VPN.

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) service provider serves the invaluable function of protecting your digital privacy. The process is simple: subscribe to the VPN of your choice, log in, and the VPN service providers runs all of your online data through encrypted servers positioned around the world for the utmost privacy.  Some users also enjoy the additional benefit of allowing access geographically restricted content, but that’s a story for another day.

These easy steps make your online activity virtually impossible to trace, thereby stymying the efforts of invasive governments, hackers, and identity thieves alike. As online life grows increasingly fraught with dangers, a VPN is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity.

Best UK VPN Service Providers

Best Routers & VPNs in the Uk - FlashRouters Learn Section

At FlashRouters, we support top VPN service providers for the UK, but since combing through our entire list of officially supported VPN providers can be exhausting, we thought we’d share a few favorites that are particularly appropriate for UK users.

First you can look at our just launched Top VPN Services & VPN Routers in the UK  in our new Learn section. This page features a wide array of information for UK Internet users on what streaming services are most popular in their area, the top VPN services for our UK customers among much more.

And if you are look for a quick answer, here are a few of the top UK VPN services and why they are so popular.

  • HideMyAss – The most IP addresses for a VPN provider.
  • IPVanish – A tier-1 only VPN service for premium performance and speeds.
  • Private Internet Access – Most popular economy VPN service w/ rates as low as $3.33/mo.

Protect Your Network with a VPN FlashRouter

Of course, protecting yourself with a VPN is just the first in a series of steps to get the wireless network you need and deserve. The issue with using a VPN service can be making sure it is running on all your devices. That is where a FlashRouter comes in.

What’s a FlashRouter, you ask? This brief video will explain…

Not only can we provide you a router that arrives pre-configured with the VPN of your choice, but we’re offering you an opportunity to have a wireless network that’s faster, more powerful, and more versatile than any you can imagine.

How do we achieve such a lofty goal? By flashing all of our devices with DD-WRT and Tomato firmware. We take good routers and replace their faulty firmware with these open source replacements, unlocking a world of functionality and allowing these devices to truly bloom.

Access advanced security options, extend the range of your wireless network, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (a serious boon for fans of Netflix streaming and online gaming), all with the help of a FlashRouter.

We hate to play favorites with our routers, but we figure you need some direction for picking out the device that’s right for you. So we recommend starting with our recent best-sellers list, and if you don’t see the FlashRouter for you there, then move on to our best DD-WRT routers of 2015. You’re bound to find the router to meet your needs.

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Bestselling VPN Routers & VPN Services – October 2015

Well, Halloween has come and gone, and we hope that our routers have helped make the process of streaming every last horror movie you can find as easy as possible.

So now that we’re halfway through autumn, it’s just about time to get ready for holiday shopping (we agree, it’s too early, but that’s the reality). So if you want to avoid the hassles of in-store shopping, you’re going to want a fast, powerful wireless network to make online shopping as fluid and reliable as possible. And that’s where FlashRouters comes in.

Benefits of an Open Source Firmware Upgrade

So why buy a FlashRouter? Your wireless network is passable, right?

We disagree…

As the brief video above explains, a FlashRouter is the key to a wireless network that is, feature-wise, as advanced as any you can find out there. Don’t worry about buying a router that is quickly eclipsed by the next generation of tech: a FlashRouter is a surefire way to future-proof your wireless network.

How do we achieve that lofty goal? Quite simple, really. We flash all of our routers with open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato, and we do that because it unlocks a world of flexibility and versatility in our devices. Care to know what DD-WRT and Tomato do to a router? Here you go:

  • 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 services, & popular websites.

And that’s not even close to whole list of DD-WRT and Tomato features. We didn’t even mention that a FlashRouter allows you to extend your wireless range (did you know you could do that?). So maybe it’s time to take a look at these routers and determine which one is going to revolutionize your wireless network, eh?

Most Popular Wireless Open Source FlashRouters of October 2015

Best Wireless Routers for Cordcutters

The Netgear R7000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Well, as we predicted in September, the revamped Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT router had no trouble cracking the bestsellers list in its first full month of distribution. Color us not the least bit surprised.

It seems like it’s going to take some for a router to come knock the Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT router off it’s throne, as it claimed the top spot once again. What can we say? Users respond to unbeatable power and speed.

  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-N66U Router TomatoUSB Router – A.K.A. The Dark Knight, a consistent powerhouse.
  3. Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT Router – The new kid on the block and a perfect update of a classic.
  4. Asus RT-AC56U Wireless-AC1200 DD-WRT Router – A super-fast Wireless-AC router at a thoroughly affordable price.
  5. Linksys E2500 Shibby TomatoUSB – The go-to economy Wireless-N Dual Band device for bargain seekers.

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

The newbie, ExpressVPN, is creeping up the list fast, but not fast enough to unseat the reigning champion, IPVanish. Congratulations again to IPVanish! Otherwise, the most popular VPN service providers list experienced mostly minor shuffles in order.

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

The Advantages of Having a FlashRouter On Your Side

Setup VPN Service with Any Device

Dual Router Setup – FlashRouters

Our devices are certainly user-friendly, but taking advantage of all they have to offer can require a bit of expertise. But no matter your level of wireless knowledge, we want you to get the most out of your FlashRouter. That’s why 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. 

If you have any further questions, send us a message. Our team of networking experts are eager to help you with any issue you might be having.

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

Enjoy Streaming Videos on Netflix

Enjoy Streaming Videos on Netflix

Streaming Movies and Television Shows Added in December 2015

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

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

Improve Netflix Streaming Experience With Powerful Router

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

Check out our recent best-sellers of 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 December 2015

Watch Interstellar on Amazon Prime Instant (December 2015)

Interstellar – Best New Streaming (December 2015)

New to Netflix (December 2015)

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

Darkman – Liam Neeson’s transition from dramatic actor to stoic action hero of the highest order is officially complete, but Taken was not Neeson’s first foray in thrillers. Check out Darkman and see Neeson assay the role of a scientist who is transformed into an avenging superhero with the power to take on anyone’s appearance. Sam Raimi directing and Frances McDormand co-starring ought to sweeten the deal considerably.

Tangerine (Dec. 2) – The end of 2015 is coming up, so what better time than now to catch up on some of this year’s best movies? With that in mind, we’re happy to point you towards the positively kinetic Tangerine which, for a story about a prostitute (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, in a blazing star-making turn) simply trying to track down her cheating pimp boyfriend, remains engrossing and funny from beginning to end.

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (Dec. 3) – The life of Matt Shepard is permanently and irrevocably tied to his horrific and homophobia-fueled murder, but Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine chooses to go a different route in examining his life. If you know the name Matt Shepard and would like a more complete and rounded picture of the man, then this is the movie for you.

A Very Murray Christmas (Dec. 4) – It’s a Christmas special made for Netflix hosted by Bill Murray, and featuring Paul Schaffer, George Clooney, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Chris Rock, Phoenix, Michael Cera, Miley Cyrus, and Amy Poehler, among many others. Let’s not pretend we have to talk you into this one.

Queen of Earth (Dec. 22) – In the grand tradition of Repulsion and many other arthouse films about a woman slowly going crazy comes Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth. Another one of the year’s most unique and interesting movies, this one is definitely not for everyone, but even the skeptical will marvel at Elisabeth Moss’ fascinating, mysterious, and increasingly unhinged performance. Between this movie and Listen Up Phillip, we’re hoping Ross Perry and Moss have a long filmaker/muse relationship ahead of them.

Black Mirror’s “White Christmas” Episode (Dec. 25) – If you’re like us, you finally caught up to the UK’s Black Mirror when it arrived on Netflix Instant, and you didn’t quit until you had watched all six episodes. Well, we only have to wait 25 days to find out what sort of twisty, quasi-futuristic business the show will feature when its makers try their hands at a Christmas episode. All we know right now is that it stars Jon Hamm, which is a good sign to us.


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.



Transparent: Season 2 (Dec. 11) – We think we’ve waited long enough after the groundbreaking, brilliant first season of Transparent to check back in with the Pfeffermans, don’t you? That’s right; Amazon Prime Instant’s best original show is returning for its second season, and advanced word tells us that it’s just as funny, beautiful, and deeply felt as the first season.

Interstellar (Dec. 12) – Another entry in the canon of supremely adventurous and highly divisive Christopher Nolan movies, Interstellar is, if nothing else, certainly a feast for the eyes. Yes, the scientific dialogue comes a little quickly to parse and the sound is a bit of an issue, especially during action sequences, but it’s an ambitious, visually stunning, and surprisingly emotional movie with plenty to help you get past the cheesy parts.

Selma (Dec. 19) – One of 2014’s most justly acclaimed movies will finally be available for Prime streaming. Probably the best example of a historical biopic succeeding by narrowing the focus on a specific time in the subject’s life, Selma covers Dr. Martin Luther King’s efforts to organize a lengthy march to demand equal voting rights for black people. From the pitch-perfect cast to the flawless direction from Ava DuVernay, Selma is truly something to behold.

The Gambler (Dec. 26) – Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) from a script by The Departed scribe, William Monahan, The Gambler stars Mark Wahlberg as the titular character who, like any story about a gambler, gets in way over his head when he borrows money from a loan shark to cover his gambling debts. Not a massive hit by any stretch, but it’s got Brie Larson and Michael Kenneth Williams, plus any chance for Wahlberg to break out of his usual hunky tough guy mode is a welcome one.

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DD-WRT Router Benefits & Advantages: DLNA & UPnP Compatability


What is DLNA & UPnP?

What is DLNA?

DLNA stands for the Digital Living Network Alliance.  It’s a ubiquitous symbol that has become synonymous with wireless connected devices. And what a nifty looking icon it is – but sadly most people don’t take advantage of it to its fullest extent. Why? Because they don’t know what it is and the power it can hold.

DLNA is a standard of media home networking that is supposed to cross platforms and devices and make them share DNA, like making all your wireless devices brothers and sisters.

Just like Wireless-N or USB, it is attempt to synthesize something important across as many digital platforms as possible. How happy would you be if there were 20 different HDMI variations for different laptop or TV brands? What a cluster – I mean mess that would be. Just another collection of cords to add to the pile of decaying digital dreams.

DD-WRT Basics: What is UPnP (Universal Plug n Play)?

The Techie Basics of DLNA and UPnP (Universal Plug ‘n Play)

According to Wikipedia, DLNA provides “interoperability guidelines to enable sharing of digital media between consumer devices such as computers, printers, cameras, cell phones, and other multimedia devices”

DLNA is based on the widely used Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) platform for digital media management, file discovery and control. UPnP defines the types of device that DLNA supports and the methods for accessing the media over a network.

The Connected Home: This is Supposed to Be Easy…. Right?

DLNA is an attempt at simplicity and avoiding confusion and making someone feel safe that their devices will be compatible and act as together as they are intended. Let’s call it a gadget safety net.

An array of major gadget manufacturers signed onto DLNA including Motorola, Panasonic, Qualcomm, HTC, Verizon, Cisco, LG, HP, Huawei, Comcast, Microsoft, Nokia, AT&T  and Intel just to name a few.

Personally, I always have misgivings about anything called an “alliance.” It always seems that there is some backroom deal and that your cellphone is plotting with your laptop to overthrow your TV.

According to the lovely DLNA.org description

DLNA makes compatibility challenges a thing of the past. You remember the dark digital days, when trying to send movies, music and photos from one brand-name device to another seemed next to impossible? And although the PC in your office and TV in the den were just a room away, they were miles apart in compatibility. Those days are long gone. Welcome to a new day in digital living.

The Forgotten Centerpiece of a DLNA Network

While many devices work with DLNA, there is one important device that can left out of the decision-making process, the router of course.

Every device wants to claim the title the media hub of your seamlessly connected home or office network from your Smart TV to a media streaming box to your favorite gaming console. However, the first step to creating this harmony is making sure that the gateway to the Internet and wireless sharing is strong enough to handle it.

Without a proper router to handle the traffic, it doesn’t matter how fast or new your devices are. You can quickly be up a creek, having slowdowns and malfunctioning devices communicating improperly and inefficiently.

Some router models are DLNA and UPnP complaint however they suffer in other areas such as their generally flaw-filled firmware, lack of features such as PPTP or OpenVPN integration or bandwidth management. DD-WRT is a corrective measure that breaks a router out of a manufacturer’s prisons of limitations and restrictions. DD-WRT can add DLNA (or a smaller version called MiniDLNA) and UPnP compatibility to routers that did not have it previously.

Best Wireless Routers for Cordcutters

The Netgear R7000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Having a fully featured, steady networking device like a Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter as the centerpiece of your home network can allay your worries of possible conflicts between devices and make a setup easier. Once you get the hang of the DD-WRT basics, there are many different advanced features that you can toy around with like Optware, JFFS partitioning, creating virtual wireless interfaces and SSIDs, creating startup and firewall scripts and tons of other uber-nerdy fun.

FlashRouters’ main goal is to provide DD-WRT compliant models with latest working builds. We can help you avoid the elusive correct build for a router and offer free networking support to make sure your network is fully functioning.

Included in any FlashRouter purchase, we will configure your router and include a customized setup guide before it ships to make its install as smooth as possible. All this for practically the same price or less than you can buy it from your local computer store!


If you have questions or are looking for unique setups or routers configurations, contact us via our support ticket system for the fastest responses. And it’s the best way to sample our excellent support that we are more than proud to showcase.

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