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Watch Netflix France from Anywhere With a VPN

The Netflix European invasion is underway, and even if you’re in the US, there are still plenty of reasons to get excited about it.

The Newly Launched Netflix France

Watch Fargo on Netflix France

Fargo – Available on Netflix France

As of Monday, September 15th, 2014, the streaming giant known as Netflix is offering their inimitable services to all of our friends and relatives in France.

Good news for the French, but good news for those of us living stateside as well. There are certain shows, movies, and other programs that are just too expensive for Netflix to license for streaming in the USA. Shows like FX’s critically acclaimed crime drama Fargo, or Showtime’s horror series Penny Dreadful, and huge family hits like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are all available on Netflix France, not Netflix US.

It’s not so expensive to license those shows for overseas streaming, and that’s exactly what Netflix has done. Now, you might be thinking, what good does overseas streaming do for me in the US? Well, despite geographical internet restrictions, accessing overseas streaming material is easier than you may be aware…

How to Watch Netflix France with a VPN

Best VPN Service Providers for Netflix France

FlashRouter-Ready VPNs for Netflix France

The first and most important thing you’re going to need is a VPN subscription.

What’s a VPN, you say? Glad you asked. A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service with a dual purpose. First, it secures your network from the many malevolent forces that exist on the internet these days. One need only think of the NSA PRISM scandal, and the recent Heartbleed bug to realize just how many dangers linger out there for us internet-based lifeforms.

When you log into your VPN service, all of your online information is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world, thus keeping your sensitive data (e-mails, credit card numbers) safe.

The second thing a VPN does – and this is where you overseas streamers may want to really pay attention – is allows you to circumvent geographical internet restrictions. When your VPN service tunnels your info through their encrypted servers, you’re assigned a new IP address in the country of your encrypted server, which makes your internet-capable device think that it’s in an all new country. And since you’re allowed to pick the country of your encrypted server, you can make your device behave like it’s in any country you want. Want to stream Fargo off of Netflix France (we know we do)? Log in to your VPN service and pick a France-based server. Voila (as they say)!

Any and all VPN services on our official supported provider list are recommended by FlashRouters, but the very best VPN service providers for France-based IP addresses are IPVanish (4 servers), Earth VPN (6 servers), and HideMyAss (6 servers).

Enjoy Netflix France with a FlashRouter

Okay, now you’ve got your VPN service and you can stream Netflix France anytime you want, but is your router strong enough to handle overseas streaming?

That’s the type of thing you won’t have to worry about if you’ve got a FlashRouter. As the above video demonstrates, we offer superior routers at FlashRouters, the kind guaranteed to boost your wireless performance immeasurably and future-proof your network.

How do we ensure that? By taking already powerful routers and flashing them with DD-WRT and Tomato. These replacement firmwares open up a whole world of networking possibilities for users, such as the ability to extend your wireless range, access advanced security options, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (something overseas streamers of Netflix will want to take advantage of).

If you’re not convinced yet, you should know that a FlashRouter even improves your VPN experience. If you’re subscribed to a VPN service on our supported provider list, we’ll send your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN right out of the box! Better yet, hold on to your old router, and try out our popular dual router setup, which allows you to have one dedicated local router, and one dedicated VPN router, allowing you to switch back and forth with ease.

Picking a FlashRouter is no easy task, as they all have plenty to offer, but we’d recommend looking at our best of 2014 list to get started. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter, the knockdown MVP of our line, with unbeatable power and speed on its side. If you’re looking for a more modest upgrade, then sleek, excellent options like the Linksys E2500 Tomato FlashRouter and the Linksys E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter are the perfect choice.

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How to Watch Now TV Outside the UK

Watch Now TV from Anywhere

Now TV – How to Watch Outside the UK

Since 2012, our friends in the UK have had a significant advantage over everyone else in the streaming media game, but we’ll show you how to even things out…

Now TV

Launched by BSkyB in 2012, Now TV collects the best from the worlds of movies, television, and sports, and presents them all in one simple, affordable package.

As of this past year, there’s a Now TV box, which brings all of these channels under one roof. It’s easy to hook up, and cheap (as low as 9.99 pounds). Otherwise, Now TV is viewable on your PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox®360, Roku, YouView, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, Mobile*, Tablet and more.

So what do you get in the individual sections? We’re glad you asked…

Now TV Movies

Now TV movies has over 800 movies that you can choose to watch at any time for 8.99 pounds a month, including the recently added Gravity, and with the promise of 16 new features added each month. Upcoming features from Now TV movies include Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, American Hustle, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Now TV Entertainment

Technically, this is  Now TV Television, but since that title would be unforgivably redundant, they’ve gone with Now TV Entertainment.

And we can’t fault them for that, since there is a lot of entertainment to be had in this category. Popular shows like Hannibal and Scandal coexist with kids shows from Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel, as well as informative and exciting documentaries from The Discovery Channel. All for 4.99 pounds a month.

Now TV Sports

Enjoy Now TV Sports

Now TV Sports

Since Now TV is affiliated with Sky Sports, if you’re a Now TV user, you can sign up for a Sky Sports pass for as little as 6.99 pounds a month.

That means soccer (or Football), Formula 1 racing, cricket, golf, tennis, and many more activities and games are all at your fingertips with the help of Now TV.

Watch Now TV Outside the UK With a VPN

Best VPN Service Providers

FlashRouter-Ready VPNs

Now TV is not available outside of the UK, which is unfortunate for those of us who live anywhere else.

But fear not, non-Anglos, and UK people who are outside of their native country for business or vacation, there’s a way to enjoy Now TV from anywhere in the world: it’s called a VPN.

A VPN service (or Virtual Private Network Service) is a subscription-based service that offers users an easy way to secure their networks and all of the sensitive information (e-mails, credit card numbers) on it. When you log in to a VPN, all of your online activity is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world, thus ensuring that hackers, identity thieves, and snooping governments are unable to access your information.

What does that have to do with Now TV and accessing it outside the UK? Well, when you log in, you’re given the ability to choose what encrypted server you’d like to use, and when you pick a server, you’re assigned a new IP address. Pick a server in another country, and you’ll get an IP address in another country, which will make your computer thing you’re in that country.

So all you have to do is pick a UK-based server, which will give you a UK-based IP address, and you’ll be streaming Now TV from the US or China or anywhere else in the world you happen to be. It’s that simple.

FlashRouters supports tons of fantastic VPNs, and if you’re looking for a good one, we suggest checking out our official supported provider list. That said, popular VPNs for UK-based IP address include HideMyAss, IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccess, and Overplay. Tell ‘em FlashRouters sent ya.

Enjoy Now TV With a FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC68U

Asus RT-AC68U FlashRouter

Now that you’ve got your Now TV and VPN subscription all in order, there’s only one thing left to do: get your wireless network in order.

And for that, you’re gonna need a FlashRouter.

At FlashRouters, we sell devices that are designed to future-proof your wireless network. By flashing all of our routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, we ensure that every customer receives a top-notch device loaded features that your average router just can’t touch. Extend your wireless range, access advanced security options, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated with a FlashRouter.

Better still, a FlashRouter even improves your VPN experience. If you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official supported provider list, we’ll send your FlashRouter completely set up to work with your VPN right out of the box! Hold on to your old router, and you’ll be able to use our popular dual router setup, which allows you to have a dedicated VPN router and a dedicated local router that you can switch between with ease.

You can’t go wrong with any FlashRouter, but if you want to get a better idea of what we offer, we suggest taking a look at our best DD-WRT routers of 2014 list. There’s almost certainly something there for you, from remarkable and thoroughly affordable devices like the Linksys E1200 to the Asus RT-AC68U, a networking powerhouse that features blinding speeds.  Then there’s the R7000 Nighthawk, which blows all of its competition out of the water without breaking a sweat.

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What to Watch on CTV & How to Watch CTV Outside of Canada?

Meet Canada's top channel, CTV, and learn how to watch it outside of Canada

CTV: How to Watch It Outside of Canada

When it comes to online streaming sites, the United States has its fair share of options. We’re the home of Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime, among many others, so it seems fair to say that we have to no call to complain about a lack of streaming material.

But our neighbors to the north have something we don’t have; something we are most certainly envious of, and that something is…

CTV: Canada’s Best Source for Online TV

CTV has been a standby in Canadian households going back a long ways, and they’ve done a more than admirable job adjusting to the changing ways in which we get our television. Since being one of the first Canadian broadcast networks, CTV has since modernized to become one of the cornerstone of Canadian television content. There are…

CTV’s American Favorites

That’s right. Late night shows on CTV include

  • Late Night Talk Shows: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, and The Daily Show,
  • Daytime Talk Shows: Bethenny, Live! With Kelly and Michael, and Dr. Phil,
  • Beloved dramas and sitcoms like Orphan Black, Two and a Half Men, and Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

But that’s not all you can get streaming on CTV.

CTV’s Popular Web Exclusives

CTV web exclusive Guidestones.

Guidestones: A CTV Online Exclusive

CTV users have access to web exclusives. Lots of them.

From the thrilling espionage-fueled charge of Guidestones, to the additional world-building of Arrow: Blood Rush, CTV: Extend gives TV fans the opportunity to get even more out of their favorite shows by loading them up with all the extras they can consume.

Watch CTV Outside of Canada with a VPN

Best VPN Service Providers

FlashRouter-Ready VPNs

But there’s a problem, at least for those outside of Canada: CTV is only available online within Canada.

No worries, though; it’s an easy enough problem to circumvent. All you need to do is subscribe to a VPN.

A VPN service is a subscription-based service designed to protect your online identity and allow you greater online freedom. VPNs accomplish the former by tunneling all of your internet activity through encrypted servers that are set up all over the world, safeguarding them from hackers, identity thieves, and the nosy folks at the NSA.

As for the internet freedom part – and this is the part that really comes in handy for streaming geographically restricted material – VPNs allow you to trick your computer into thinking that you’re somewhere that you’re not. When you log in to your VPN, you’re given the option of choosing your encrypted server. Once you choose the server, you’re assigned a new IP address that comes from the server’s location.

So if you’re in the United States, and you want to watch CTV, all you have to do is log in to your VPN, choose a Canadian server, and voila! Your computer will be have as though it’s in Canada. It’s that simple.

At FlashRouters, we’re affiliated with so many VPNs that we had to go ahead and make an official supported provider list, and any VPN service providers on that list are absolutely recommended. That said, if you’re looking for the best VPNs for Canadian servers, our top recommendations are HideMyAss, IPVanish, and EarthVPN.

Enjoy CTV with a FlashRouter

As the video above explains, the best way to experience CTV, and any streaming media, is with the high-performance power of a FlashRouter on your side.

Our DD-WRT and Tomato routers give users a networking experience they could only dream of. With a FlashRouter on your side, you can access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated, which particularly comes in handy when you partake in a lot of streaming media.

But the best part about it is that you can even improve your VPN experience.

Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup - Local & VPN

How To Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup

That photo is an illustration of our popular dual router setup, which helps users improve their VPN usage. All you have to do is hold on to your old router, and now you can use it as a dedicated local router while using your powerful new FlashRouter as your dedicated VPN router.

If you’re subscribed to a VPN on our official supported provider list, we’ll send your FlashRouter ready to work with your VPN subscription right out of the box!

Best Routers for Unnblocking & Watching CTV

We don’t like playing favorites around here, and ordinarily we’d just tell you to take a look at our best DD-WRT routers of 2014 list and pick out whatever seems right for you, but we’ll give you a few recommendations anyway…

If you want a complete overhaul of your network, a full-scale amplification of your current network’s speed and power, then you can’t go wrong with the Asus RT-AC66U Tomato FlashRouter. If that’s a little too intense of a change, than one of our sleek, excellent, economy models, like the Linksys E12oo DD-WRT or the E2500 Tomato may be just what you need.

But if it’s the best of the best you want, the grandaddy of them all, then you go with the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter, or you go home.

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WPS Makes Your Router Supremely Hackable

WPS Vulberability from DD-WRT

WPS Makes Routers Supremely Hackable

Don’t say we didn’t warn you

It was over two-and-a-half years ago that we wrote about the dangers of WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), and while we don’t want to pat ourselves on the back too aggressively, it would seem our warnings have been proven right.

Hackers Use WPS to Break WiFi Routers

According to VPN Creative, the Swiss Security Firm, Oxcite, has released some research that shows that routers with certain chipsets enable hackers to skip right past the supposed protection of WPS. This could potentially affect a great deal of Broadcom routers, as well as another company that went unnamed by Oxcite.

WPS-enabled routers have always been vulnerable to attacks, but until this recent report, would-be hackers had devote at least a few hours and whole lot of whittling down to their work. Not so anymore. A little bit of offline work and one guess and you’re in.

The FlashRouters Difference

How To Create a Wireless Off Button on a WiFi Router

Disabling WPS

So what should you do about this? It’s quite simple, really. Go to your ROUTER SETUP PAGE and disable WPS.

After all, that’s what we do for every single FlashRouter. So if you’re not up for doing this on your own, maybe a FlashRouter is what you need.

Every single one of our devices is flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware which, among its many features, gives users advanced security options and allows for easier VPN usage.

A FlashRouter is a safeguard against an uncertain age of online usage.

If you thought having a secure wireless network just wasn’t possible in these increasingly treacherous times, check out some of our finest routers, and learn why our users are so satisfied with the decision they made to join our family.

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Streaming Live NCAA College Football Online in 2014

Streaming Live College Football

Streaming Live College Football

College football is finally here!

Like most of us cord-cutters you are probably looking forward to a long college football season streamed directly to your device without those ridiculous bills at the end of the month. Thankfully there are plenty of places to be streaming live college football online.

Outside of the US? No problem. Streaming College football online outside the US has never been easier (and we’ll show you how to do it).

Best Sites For Streaming Live NCAA College Football Online

WatchESPN  –  The top choice for streaming college football online. Scores, Schedules, Drafts, Recruiting, Rankings, Teams, Stats, Standings and more are available on ESPN’s front page.

With WatchESPN, you’ll get all the live college football action and up-to-the-minute analysis you’ll ever need.

Most major devices are supported such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Roku, XboxOne and many more.

Disclaimer: Double check your ISP is a WatchESPN partner.The full list of participating providers here.

SEC Network – If you are intent on streaming Southeastern Conference football online look no further than ESPN’s new SEC networks. A new addition to the online football streaming arena SEC network offers very specific and targeted coverage of Southeastern Conference football. Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, Auburn fans rejoice!

On top of online football streaming SEC offers addition content such as: SEC Rewind (which offers classic games, such as SEC and BCS championships), SEC Storied (a film series devoted to covering interesting eras of the SEC such as the Manning family’s history in the SEC), and SEC Now with daily SEC news.

Be sure your network provider is supported.

PAC-12 Network - A fan of the PAC 12 conference? No problem! The PAC 12 network is a streaming site owned by all 12 PAC schools including USC, Arizona and one of this year’s major NCAA BCS Playoff contenders Oregon. The PAC 12 Network will be showcasing and streaming the highest quality content of their teams. Whether you are rooting for Stanford, UCLA, or Arizona State (I know I am) the PAC 12 is definitely the place you want to be.

Be sure you are covered, the PAC 12 Network has a very specific network provider coverage but if you have cable in any of the PAC 12 states you will be covered.

CBS Sports – A quick visit to CBS Sports’ college football page hint at a network very excited for the upcoming season. CBS Sports is geared up with videos, countdowns, and constant updates. Although CBS sports offers solid game analysis and commentary, it is not as specific as SEC nor does it offer a streaming options.

If you are looking to stream CBS Sport’s CollegeSportsLive has got you covered. The website’s free service allows access to some pre-game commentaries and a select few games during the days such as Temple vs. Vanderbilt Thursday August 28th. If you want to have full access to the schedule of live and radio commentary games the cost for a premium subscription is $9.95 a month or $99.95 for a full year subscription.

Wiziwig – On the less official front you can always find streaming online college football games (and many other sports) on Wiziwig. You’ll have to download their software and be reliant on external links to get what you want, but hey, it’s free, and there is no cable provider required. Please be careful what you download from these types of sites and they do often have some malware.

Live Ball – Another similarly unofficial and free college football watching option is Live Ball, whose online college football streaming features include:

  • FREE live footage college football HD streaming

  • No sign in or subscription

  • Quick search of your favorite team matchups

  • Watch more than 1 game at a time

Although this seems like a pretty good deal to us we are slight off put by Live Ball’s site references to the “hideous fans of NCAA football playoffs,” which we assume is a minor mistranslation, so don’t be put off by it (they probably mean “enthusiastic”, not “hideous”).

Stream Live College Football Online Anywhere with a VPN

Most of the options above are offered predicated on the notion that the user is in the United States, as most of these sites aren’t available outside the US.

If you’re interested in college football and you’re outside the US you might think you have no way of watching your favorite team online. Not so…

All you need to do is sign up to a VPN service provider.

A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, simply put,  is a subscription-based service that is designed to increase user security and allow the user to enjoy more internet freedom. When you sign into your VPN, all of your online information becomes encrypted as it’s tunneled through secure servers all over the globe.

While VPN is a popular solution for data encryption, we know what you really need in your life is streaming online college football. With a VPN you can pick a server based in the US and online football streaming is available just like that.

It works like this:  log in and your VPN provider asks you to pick a server anywhere in the world. If you pick the US, you get a US-based IP address. Now, even if you’re in Rome, or Tokyo, or Berlin, your computer will think it’s in the US. Congratulations  and welcome to  the world of online college football streaming.

Recommended VPN Service Providers to Streaming Live College Football Online

At Flashrouters, we are affiliated with a whole slew of VPN service providers, and they’ve all got plenty of US-based IP addresses, but if you want to find the ones with the most US coverage, we’d recommend checking out HideMyAss (300+ servers in 34 states) IPVanish (40+ servers in 11 states) & Proxy.sh (50+ Servers in 18 states).

Streaming College Football Online with a FlashRouter

But the benefits of VPN usage really kick in when used in conjunction with a FlashRouter.

At FlashRouters, we’re committed to offering the best of the best. That’s why we take already powerful routers and enhance them by flashing them with DD-WRT and Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that improve on the original router’s speed, power, and versatility. With a FlashRouter, you can control how your bandwidth is allocated (an important feature for heavy streamers), extend your wireless range, and access advanced security options.

Better yet, a FlashRouter is a gateway to a smoother VPN experience. If you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official provider list, we’ll send your router ready to work with your VPN right out of the box, saving you the trouble of messing around with tricky VPN-installation processes.

Or you can keep your old router and go with our dual router setup, illustrated below:

Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup - Local & VPN

How To Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup

This allows you to have a dedicated VPN router and a dedicated local router that you can toggle between with ease.

We abhor playing favorites when it comes to our routers, so if you’re trying to decide what FlashRouter is right for you, we recommend looking at our best-sellers of 2014 list, or our best DD-WRT routers of 2014 list.

That said, there’s no getting around the fact that the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter is the most powerful router we’ve ever had the privilege to feature. But if you are an Asus fan, the Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT FlashRouter, which gives the Nighthawk a run for its money.

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