Best Ways to Unblock YouTube

Using VPNs to Unblock YouTube

How to Unblock YouTube

YouTube is one of those flashpoint moments for the Internet. First, it seemed like the perfect way to kill time until you could leave work. Then it became essential, impossible to imagine the Internet without. Thus, people living in countries with repressive governments needed to quickly learn how to unblock YouTube.

Any time a restriction-minded leader gets fidgety about their citizenry, a YouTube block inevitably follows. Whether it’s a video that questions the wisdom of the ruling class or part of a blanket social media ban, YouTube seems to live on the perpetual chopping block.

Countries With YouTube Blocks

Not too many countries on this list will be surprising. North Korea rely upon their own Internet, which features around 1,000 sites. Unsurprisingly, YouTube didn’t make the cut.

The Great Firewall of China keeps YouTube out . China also blocks Google, Twitter, and many other sites. Turkey has ping-ponged back and forth between allowing and disallowing YouTube. This happened most recently during the military coup in July. As of this writing, YouTube is unblocked in Turkey.

Here is a 2015 YouTube video about YouTube censorship (there seems to be a cottage industry based around these videos):

So basically, if you’re in certain countries like Brazil, Turkey, Libya, Morocco, you’ve seen your YouTube access come and go. If you live in Germany, you have access to YouTube. However, disputes between YouTube and the German government put a great deal of content in jeopardy.

If you live in Iran, Syria, China, North Korea, or Pakistan, don’t expect to see your YouTube access reinstated anytime soon.

Best Ways to Unblock YouTube

Whether you live in a country with a permanent YouTube ban, a temporary YouTube ban, or the threat of a looming YouTube ban, it’s not fair. But don’t worry, VPNs make this a fairly easy problem to solve.

Virtual Private Networks do not just provide you with an invaluable level of personal security when you log in. VPNs are particularly useful for getting passed geographical web restrictions. Virtual Private Networks also secure your important data by tunneling it through encrypted servers set up around the world whenever you log in.

Which means that, if you live in one of the countries mentioned above and want to unblock YouTube, log into your VPN.  Then, pick an encrypted server in a country with unfettered YouTube access. Now your computer thinks you’re in the United States, or Canada, or Mexico, or the United Kingdom, or any other country where YouTube is unrestricted. Voila! That’s how you unblock YouTube.

We recommend taking a look at our official supported provider list to get a sense of some of the best VPNs out there to unblock YouTube.

Blocked CountryRecommended VPN
North KoreaHideMyAss!

Unblock YouTube with a VPN FlashRouter

You should know that streaming video over a VPN can put a bit of a strain on your bandwidth. VPN streaming is not as fluid as streaming from a local network. A router with the power to handle heavy bandwidth jobs is recommended.

If you’re looking for a modest network boost, an excellent affordable device like the Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter is recommended. For a complete network overhaul, the earth-crushing Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Tomato FlashRouter or the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter are the life-changers you’re looking for.

Buffered VPN FlashRouters Now Available

Buffered VPN DD-WRT & TomatoUSB VPN Routers Now Available

Buffered VPN FlashRouters Now Available

In our endless quest to give you the best options for online security, we at FlashRouters have added another superlative VPN service provider to our official supported provider list. Please help us welcome the Buffered VPN!

Buffered VPN FlashRouters Now Available

It’s time to lock down your sensitive personal information. All too often we watch as Twitter accounts, e-mail addresses, logins, passwords, etc. get swiped out from under unsuspecting Internet denizens. You need a VPN subscription today, and that’s where Buffered VPN swoops in like a knight in shining armor.

And not only will Buffered VPN’s service keep the many malevolent hackers and snooping governments out of your personal business, as of today, you can get that service provided to you wrapped up in a state-of-the-art open source FlashRouter.

So let’s start with the basics: Why Buffered VPN over other VPNs?

Top Buffered VPN Features and Benefits

Not only will Buffered VPN provide a top-tier VPN service – which is to say, allowing you to utilize the web with complete peace of mind and even bypass geographical web restrictions – but they’ll do it incredibly well and for a lot less than most VPNs.

Since launching from Budapest in 2014, Buffered VPN has built up a server list that covers 31 countries! In a short time, the service has earned rave reviews from BestVPN, VPN Fan, and VPN Analysis – all of whom were taken with the quality of servers provided by Buffered VPN. Here are a few more of the top Buffered VPN features:

  •   30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked.
  •   World class support system available to you at any time. 
  •   Unlimited speed, bandwidth and  server switching.
  •   No logging of your online activities.

Color us impressed. All of this security and online freedom can be yours for a mere $8.25 a month (if you go with the yearly plan. The monthly plan jumps you up to $12.99, or you can go with the bi-annual $9.99 plan). What are you waiting for?

Buffered VPN FlashRouters

So now that the case has been solidly made for Buffered VPN’s place in your life, you might be asking, “Why get the FlashRouter too? Why not settle for the service and keep my current router?”

There are, frankly, too many reasons to count as to why your current router is insufficient. Lags in streaming, gaming interruptions, dead spots in your house, apartment, or office…these things become all too common when you’ve got the wrong router. And if you’re running a VPN, you’ll need a supremely strong device to back up all of the location jumping.

Benefits of FlashRouters

And a DD-WRT firmware or Shibby TomatoUSB-flashed router is exactly the cure your network requires. Our devices are positively brimming with special features, advanced security options, and unique setup capabilities, particularly when it comes to VPNs on that last one (check out our popular dual router setup above to see how you can give yourself a VPN-dedicated router).

A FlashRouter alone is a powerful way to future-proof your network. A FlashRouter used in conjunction with Buffered VPN’s service is the best way to protect anything and everything in your home/office network in one step.

Top Routers for Buffered VPN

The best Linksys DD-WRT Router ready for improved security

Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT Router

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Open Source Router Firmware Allowed on TP-Link Routers Thanks to FCC


Don’t worry, folks; TP-Link allows users to install open source, third party router firmware on their devices.

“But wait,” you might say, “we knew that. You can flash DD-WRT on TP-Link routers. Have been able to for years. In fact, FlashRouters offers several open source TP-Link routers.”

That’s all true, but for about half a year now, it appeared the connection between TP-Link and open source router firmware might be permanently severed.

New FCC Rules Affecting Open Source Router Firmware

Last year, the FCC changed some of its standards for “U-NII devices operating on the 5 GHz bandwidth”. It was basically intended to prevent users from toying with radio frequency on routers and WiFi-enabling devices.

Whether they intended to or not, the FCC had just put router manufacturers in a difficult position.  If they wished to comply with these FCC regulations, the easiest thing for router manufacturers to do is lock down their firmware. Those who care about this sort of thing noticed, and the resulting outrage forced the FCC to clarify that this wasn’t their intention. Furthermore, they didn’t expect it to be a consequence.

The FCC didn’t help matters by sending a compliance guide to manufacturers. In this guide, the FCC forces manufacturers to explain how they prevent “flashing” and the installation of third-party firmwares like DD-WRT. Somehow, the FCC managed to claim that this didn’t mean they intended to block open source firmware installation.

TP-Link Locks Down Router Firmware

Well, to no one’s surprise, one major router manufacturer started locking down their stock firmware on new devices. TP-Link confirmed as much in a section on their FAQ page, writing:

Why is TP-LINK limiting the functionality of its routers?
“TP-LINK is complying with new FCC regulations that require manufacturers to prevent certain firmware customizations on wireless routers.”

Why This Could Be a Major Problem

If you’re interested in online security, privacy, and freedom, this was terrible news. As we’ve argued many times in the past, the benefits of open source firmware are myriad. Open source technology allows users to hone and perfect it. Also, open source is more secure, more versatile, and more functional than stock router firmware.

Limiting routers to their stock firmware is a surefire way to make wireless networks weaker in terms of usefulness, and infinitely more vulnerable.

Open Source Firmware TP-Link Routers Saved By the FCC

In an unexpected twist, the FCC is now forcing TP-Link to allow users to flash third party router firmware on their devices.

That’s right. After all of this warranted concern that the FCC’s rules would indirectly force router manufacturers to keep their customers away from open source firmware, the FCC heads in the opposite direction. According to Ars Technica,

Networking hardware vendor TP-Link today admitted violating US radio frequency rules by selling routers that could operate at power levels higher than their approved limits. In a settlement with the Federal Communications Commission, TP-Link agreed to pay a $200,000 fine, comply with the rules going forward, and to let customers install open source firmware on routers.

What’s particularly bizarre about this ruling is that TP-Link did not violate any FCC rules by blocking open source router firmware. Perhaps the FCC saw an opportunity to demonstrate their willingness to work with the open source community by bundling the issue with TP-Link’s somewhat unrelated violation.

Whatever the case, TP-Link and open source router firmware are back together again. And it also means that if you have a supported TP-Link model, FlashRouters offers remote flashing and support setup for your wireless router to make sure it has the best firmware possible.


TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT

This story illustrates the potential issues that the open source firmware community could be dealing with in the future, even if it ended on a qualified positive note. Even if the FCC is willing to tolerate open source firmwares, the rules still skew against them. We recommend contacting your elected officials and voicing your displeasure. FlashRouters will certainly be doing the same.

Back to School VPN Router Special & Giveaway

Free US Shipping for FlashRouters Back to School Sale

Back to School Deals at FlashRouters

If you’re between, let’s say, ages 5 and 22, it’s may just be the most awful time of the year… it’s back to school season!

While no one can make the next nine months in the classroom as fun as a summer day at the beach, protecting your household’s online presence from security threats – that we can do! The FlashRouters team specializes in providing home/school/small-office security solutions to protect your most sensitive data.

And thanks to our back to school contest, you might just be on the verge of saving a lot more money than you could have hoped.

Back to School Cord-Cutting Bundle Giveaway

Want to get a home network enhancement just in time for the school year? Enter our Back to School Sweepstakes by September 12th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Linksys WRT1200AC FlashRouter AND a Roku 1 for free with one year of Premium Support!* A brand new streaming player to handle all of your Netflix and Hulu needs, backed up by unbeatable Wireless-AC power of a FlashRouter. That’s over a $375 value. And don’t worry if you miss the grand prize; three more entries will also win a free Roku 1. If that doesn’t get your school year off on the right foot, we don’t know what to tell you.

Linksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT FlashRouter Benefits

So what’s so special about this router you can potentially win? We’re glad you asked…

A modern update of an early 2000s classic, the Linksys WRT1200AC is the kind of router that will be a workhorse for years to come. Boosted by one of our more powerful processors – a 1.3 GHz Dual-Core Marvell ARM CPU – the WRT1200AC delivers the best performance available for its price range. The Linksys WRT1200AC is also outfitted with an eSATA port for convenience and optimal data transfer rates which can also serve as a secondary USB 2.0 port.

And that’s prior to flashing your choice of either open source DD-WRT firmware or the brand new ExpressVPN firmware onto it. The ExpressVPN app, installed exclusively at FlashRouters, in particular represents an unprecedented level of simplicity for VPN router solutions. Now you’ve got one of the most versatile firmwares backing up an already incredibly fast and strong wireless router.


Plus Something for Everyone… A DEAL!

Like the idea of a secure, reliable VPN router but don’t want to wait on the prize drawing? We’ve got you covered too.

Enter code WRT in the online shopping cart to save $20 off any Linksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT or ExpressVPN Linksys WRT1200AC Custom Router. This offer will only be available for a limited time, so act quickly. It’s our way of taking away some of the class-related stress.

Happy Back to School!

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*The Not So Fine Print: The giveaway is available to US & Canadian customers only, but entrants from outside the US & Canada will be able to win site credit. No purchase is necessary to enter, so you literally have nothing to lose. And if you’ve recently purchased a Linksys WRT1200AC, you can still win and receive a full refund for your purchase.

What Is Eurosport Live and How to Watch Eurosport Online

What Is Eurosport and How to Watch Eurosport Live Online

What Is Eurosport and How to Watch Eurosport Live Online

Eurosport is the premiere spot for viewing athletic events on the European continent. Whatever sporting event around the world you’re looking to watch, Eurosport covers it across at least some part of Europe. Because of the diverse makeup of countries across Europe, certain sporting events are only broadcast in certain countries. Eurosport does a remarkable job of catering to that diversity, offering coverage in 20 different languages.

What Can I Watch on Eurosport Live?

Frankly, the world of sports is your oyster with Eurosport. Tennis, basketball, rugby, F1, cycling, football (lots and lots of football, as you can imagine), and anything else you can think of gets comprehensive coverage on Eurosport and its streaming channel Eurosport Live.

For example, visit Eurosports Rugby and get immediate access to the latest scores, news, videos for each of the top rugby leagues (Guiness Pro 12, Six Nations, and the European Cup, to name a few). More a fan of the racquets? Get top flight tennis coverage including Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the US Open and much more.

Basically, if it’s a sport you care about, it’s on Eurosport Live.

What Do I Need To Watch Eurosport Live?

The Eurosport Player app is available for Apple iOS and Android devices. It is also available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Smart TVs.

Unblock Eurosport Player with VPN Service

Streaming Top Football and Cricket Leagues Eurosport Live

And did we mention football? You into Premier League? What MLS? Champions League? FA Cup? Bundesliga? All of these and more? No matter. Eurosport has got you covered with news, scores, videos, and live streams of games. That said, live streaming sports is a surefire way to gobble up your bandwidth. So maybe take a look at our premium DD-WRT or Tomato routers, which can handle the excess wireless usage without breaking a sweat.

Prefer Cricket? Again, Eurosport has your back, offering peerless coverage. To experience cricket with premium video streaming clarity, a high-performance wireless router like the Netgear Nighthawk X8 DD-WRT is recommended. Trust us, you don’t want to try Eurosport live streaming sports without some powerful hardware on your side. These two routers have power in spades.

Where Is Eurosport Live Available?

What Football is Available to Stream on Eurosport

Eurosport Player is available in the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyane, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Kazakstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, and Wallis and Futuna.

So this means that your ability to stream games on Eurosport live that mean the most to you may be dependent on where you happen to be in Europe (or a European commonwealth). But rather than be subject to the complicated rules of streaming rights, just make your online presence more geographically flexible. Subscribe to a VPN service.

Aside from being a necessary hedge against the many dangers that lurk online – hackers, snooping governments, etc. – VPNs allow you to bypass regional restrictions on websites. This means you can stream channels that are only available in certain countries, even if you aren’t in any of those countries.

VPNs work by tunneling all of your online data through encrypted servers located around the world whenever you login. When you tunnel through, say, an encrypted server in Germany, you’re assigned a German IP address, which means your Internet-capable device on your VPN now thinks it’s in Germany too. Now you can stream things available in Germany. Want to location-hop to France? Pick a server in that country, and you’re virtually there.

European VPN coverage is not too hard to come by, and any of the VPN services on our supported provider list will deliver, but we’ve found that ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish have been particularly good in this part of the world. Something to consider if you want to watch Eurosport live online from anywhere.