The Untangle Custom Router App Has Arrived!

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As FlashRouters has stressed again and again, factory installed backdoors and frequently re-occurring bugs make routers with default firmware undesirable for use. Consequently, this is why FlashRouters advocates using alternative, Open Source firmware.

Accordingly, Open Source firmware allows for the integration of Virtual Private Networks. FlashRouters offers support for setting routers up with VPNs from providers, but not for individualized VPN setups. All things considered, setting up a VPN with DD-WRT firmware is not an impossible task. However, it is not exactly “user-friendly.” The Untangle router app changes all of this and then some.

What Is the Untangle Router App?

The Untangle router app is an OS for home routers based off Untangle’s popular NG Firewall product.

Untangle, a company based in San Jose, California, specializes in designing security applications. Furthermore, Untangle specifically focuses on the security of small businesses and home offices. The FG Firewall is the most popular Untangle product.

The Untangle FG Firewall is a free software that allows for users to manage traffic and policy on their networks at an enterprise-level with the ease of a consumer product. The router app integrates this NG Firewall at the router level.

Introducing the Untangle Router

The best Linksys DD-WRT Router ready for improved security

Due to the size of the Untangle app, the feature is only available on the Linksys WRT1900ACS. The Untangle app takes up a hefty amount of space, so only a router like the WRT1900ACS, with 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash Memory, can handle it.

In addition to boasting a strong memory drive, the WRT1900ACS also possesses a 1.6 GHz Dual Core Marvell processor alongside 4 external antennas. The WRT1900ACS not only has the ability to support Untangle but offers a great performance regardless.

The Untangle custom flash also includes a custom upgrade USB drive integrated to allow for the max capability of this amazing network security and intrusion prevention device.

AND…  as a special launch deal, save $50 on the Untangle inksys WRT1900ACS. That is amazing features, functionality including OpenVPN Server Setup, Captive Portal WiFi Hotspot Setup,Advanced Bandwidth Control, Management and Reports like no other SMB Firewall software. Get secure by using an Untangle Router today!

What are the Benefits of the Untangle Router App?

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As stated above, one of the top benefits of the Untangle Router App is the ability to create your own OpenVPN server. You can also use the app to connect to the OpenVPN server at your office. FlashRouters previously only allowed for connecting to servers from VPN services like IPVanish and ExpressVPN at the router level. The ability to create a personal VPN server is one of the most requested features here at FlashRouters. Finally, it is made easy.

The creation of OpenVPN servers is not the only benefit of the Untangle router app. Using Untangle also allows for the ability to make Turnkey Captive portal/WiFi hotspots. Using the Untangle Router App to create a WiFi hotspot is much easier than using DD-WRT or Tomato firmware to do the same.

Furthermore, Untangle provides users with a slew of additional features. These features include robust reporting of traffic logs and the easy access ability to set access restrictions.  Some features available only on the Paid version of Untangle as well as on the router level are load balancing, bandwidth limitations, and IPSec support.

Moreover, these features (and more) allow users full control of their network. Using Untangle on the router level will allow for you to utilize all of the benefits of Untangle’s NG Firewall on all of your devices.

What’s the Difference Between the Untangle Software and the Router App?

The only difference between the Untangle software and the router app is that some features will not work at the router level. These features include intrusion protection, SNORT, web cache, and the virus blocker. However, the router takes advantage of many other features, like the ones listed above, and more, that make the experience of owning an Untangle router a must have.

How to Watch truTV Online From Anywhere With VPNs

Watch truTV Online From Anywhere

Watch truTV Online From Anywhere

You already know about truTV, but it’s far more convenient to watch truTV online. The cable station that’s seen in millions of American homes need not be watched on your TV. In fact, you don’t even need to watch it in America (despite the fact that it’s only broadcast in America).

We’ll explain what we mean in short order, but first:

What is truTV?

Whereas many popular US channels traffic in reality television, truTV raises the game by offering up “Actuality” television.

Okay, that’s more than a little hokey. But lame slogans aside, truTV has grown out of Court TV into something a lot more entertaining. Reality, prank, and game shows rule the day at truTV now. And you can get them on your tablet, smartphone, laptop, desktop, whatever you want!

So if you’re in the mood for practical jokes and comedians commenting on idiotic behavior on the internet, this is the way to go. And we’ve got a few suggestions about which truTV shows most deserve your attention.

Popular truTV Shows

Billy on the Street – You know Billy Eichner. If you live in New York, you may also be afraid of running into Billy Eichner. And the reason for that fear is Billy on the Street. This is the show that launched Billy Eichner’s stardom, largely due to his overwhelming and angry enthusiasm. Billy Eichner has been dragging celebrities around the streets of NY, forcing them to play games like “Would You Have Sex with Paul Rudd?” or “Would Drew Barrymore Like That?“, and hilariously assailing average citizens with all manner of bizarre questions. And the upcoming fifth season will surely follow the same pattern, so get on board.

Impractical Jokers – Impractical Jokers follows in the grand tradition of Candid Camera and Punk’d, but the twist is hard to resist. The four members of the comedy team do not know the nature of the prank they’ll be pulling until they’re about to start. If the prank fails, the member who messes up goes on a loser board. Whoever loses the most per episode is suitably punished. This is one of truTV’s most popular shows, and season six is on its way!

Adam Ruins Everything – This show is one of the newer additions to truTV’s lineup, and it seems poised for serious attention. College Humor writer and comedian Adam Conover seeks to debunk major mistakes in all of our thinking through funny and thoughtful sketches and expert interviews. So far, Conover has “ruined” voting, weddings, death, and many more subjects. You’d do well to tune in and learn something while enjoying a laugh in the process.

Use VPNs to Watch truTV Online From Anywhere

Watching truTV online in America is simple enough.

Outside of America, truTV is seldom found. And that’s unfortunate for Americans taking extended vacations, working overseas, or stationed at military bases around the world. But just because truTV isn’t available overseas doesn’t mean you can’t watch truTV online.

Therefore you need a VPN Service. A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service. The core function of a VPN is to protect the online data of any its users. Logging in to a VPN means tunneling all of your web activity through encrypted servers set up all over the globe. By doing so, you make your sensitive information (e-mails, credit card numbers, etc.) untraceable. This keeps them away from identity thieves, hackers, snooping government officials, and so on.

One of the other major benefits of VPN usage is that it allows you to access geographically restricted material from anywhere. When you log in to your VPN, you’re allowed to choose any server the VPN offers. Whichever you choose dictates your new IP address. Consequently, your computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. think it’s in a completely different part of the world than where it actually is.

So if you want your laptop to think it’s in America, log in and pick an American server. Problem solved!

VPN Recommendations

We’ve got plenty of VPN friends who are more than worth your time. Check out our official supported VPN provider list, and pick the one that suits you best. Or maybe one of the options on our bestseller list is the one for you.

Watch truTV Online With A FlashRouter

We can make your streaming truTV online experience even better. A FlashRouter is a surefire way to achieve as fluid and powerful a wireless network as can be experienced.

What is a FlashRouter, you ask?

We take already powerful devices and replace their stock firmware with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. These replacement firmwares open up a whole world of functionality that stock firmwares can’t provide. Enjoy advanced security options, the ability to extend your wireless range and control the allocation of your bandwidth (important for people who regularly stream HD video) with DD-WRT and Tomato.

Better yet, let FlashRouters install your VPN. If you subscribe to a VPN on our supported provider list and order a FlashRouter, we’ll make sure that your router arrives ready to work with your VPN subscription right out of the box. Don’t get tangled up in a tricky installation process, only to end up bricking your router. FlashRouters has your back!

How to Choose the Right FlashRouter

FlashRouters offers a range of DD-WRT and Tomato devices. Excellent, supremely affordable home and small office devices sit comfortably next to networking beasts that can handle any amount of traffic you throw at them. Check out the Linksys E2500 N600 Tomato FlashRouter or the Asus RT-AC56U AC1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter for an example of the former or a pair of Wireless-AC monsters: the Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter and the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter

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NEW FEATURE: Choose VPN Connection By Device On The ExpressVPN Router App

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Introduced in August, the Express VPN Router App FlashRouter has quickly become one of the most popular VPN setup solutions for security-minded individuals.

Offering a user-friendly interface, the Express VPN Router App – exclusive to the WRT line of Linksys models the WRT1200AC and the WRT1900ACS – is perfect for any beginner to expert when it comes to integrating VPN on their network.

Additionally, changing servers on the App is as simple as selecting a location from a drop-down menu. On other routers, changing servers is a matter of copying and pasting from the VPN site into the firmware. The Express VPN Router App makes that process even easier.

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However, until recently, you could not utilize the Dual Gateway Setup (one of the most popular FlashRouters features) within this easy to use VPN wireless router app.

Dual Gateway Setup Now Available on the Express VPN Router App

What the Dual Gateway Setup or Policy Based Routing means in essence is that you can select which devices go through the VPN within the router firmware. This allows you for example to use VPN to secure your work laptop and SmartTV but skip it on your AppleTV.

Many FlashRouters customers utilize one ISP modem/router and one VPN FlashRouter side-by-side, creating the plug and play Dual Router Setup. The Dual Gateway Setup allows for the feature set of the Dual Router Setup on one device instead of two.

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How to Select VPN by Device within the ExpressVPN App FlashRouter Firmware?

As you can see above, the Dual Gateway interface on the ExpressVPN App is very easy to manage.

  1. Go to VPN Options in the left side navigation.
  2. On the page that appears choose, Let me select which devices should be protected
  3. Scroll down to Recently Connected Devices and toggle protection ON or OFF for each connected device.
  4. You can also click the pen on paper icon to Edit a device name for future reference to make this simpler for yourself in the future.

So as of today, you can pick and choose VPN by device on any Express VPN app routers. This is currently exclusive to the setup is available on all routers using the Express VPN app. This includes the WRT1200AC and the WRT1900ACS. Furthermore, it also includes the newest Express VPN App router, the Linksys WRT3200ACM.

Benefits of the Express VPN Router App

  • Escape draconian data retention laws: Recommended for use in Asian countries with restrictive governments to utilize unique configuration options to continually connect to OpenVPN.
  • Switch locations with one click: Choose any VPN locations from an easy access drop-down menu. This is the simplest setup for router-based VPN service integration.
  • No worries about device limits: Unlimited number of devices connected to the router will go through ExpressVPN as the router will only count as one device.
  • Protect everything: Devices without native VPN support (the Internet of Things) will be encrypted. This includes Google Chromecast, Roku, AppleTV, and various Smart Home Appliances.
  • Save time: No need to install ExpressVPN on each device. The router arrives plug and play ready so any device you add to its network will be encrypted. It’s that simple! One setup to protect all your devices.
  • Update notifications: The firmware notifies when an update is available but for security reasons you must select to download and install it. Auto-updates on a network-wide level are considered by us to be a huge security risk and not recommended. (We believe you should have to authorize updates and know what is happening to your machine to protect it from any potential issues.)

Introducing the ExpressVPN App WRT3200ACM OpenWRT

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Introducing the New WRT3200ACM

And now you can enjoy this latest feature of the ExpressVPN App for Routers with the latest in Linksys OpenWRT router technology – The Linksys WRT3200ACM OpenWRT ExpressVPN. Featuring the latest wireless technology to optimize your coverage while customized to your privacy desires and needs,

1.8 GHz MHz Marvell processor: Top of the line processor to handle the constant encryption/decryption activities necessitated by the ExpressVPN integration.

Four external antennas: – Exceptional WiFi range.

MU-MIMO technology:  The “M” in “WRT3200ACM” stands for MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO, or Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output, allows for routers to communicate with multiple devices at once. The technology allows for more simultaneously connections to the router without queuing interference from other devices.

Why Buy a FlashRouter?

Consequently, the WRT3200ACM is a reckoning force as a result. If you are an ExpressVPN customer looking for an easy and efficient solution, look no further than the Custom Linksys WRT3200ACM FlashRouter – preconfigured For ExpressVPN and exclusively available here at FlashRouters – the network solutions and privacy experts.

Prevent the Netgear Authentication Bypass Flaw

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It seems like Netgear can’t catch a break. After resolving a major firmware bug in mid-December, a new security vulnerability is causing more problems for Netgear users. Discovered by Trustwave security researcher Simon Kenin, this new flaw can be exploited to reveal the password used to secure Netgear routers, giving hackers access to and control of these devices.

Luckily, Netgear users may not be as exposed as they think. There are some requirements necessary for someone to take advantage of the Netgear Authentication Bypass Flaw. One requirement would be for someone to have physical access to your router. Alternatively, they can access your router if you have remote administration on. However, it is set to off by default.

Furthermore, the router is affecting specific Netgear models and their firmware. For a list of affected devices, please check this post from CVE Details. Among the affected routers are the Netgear Nighthawk series – the R7000, R8000, and R8500.

How To Prevent the Netgear Authentication Bypass Flaw

So how can you defend yourself from this Netgear firmware bug? Well for starters, make sure remote administration is off, be careful if you bring your router to public Wi-Fi access points, like coffee shops or anywhere an attacker can have physical access to the router. Additionally, make sure your firmware is always up to date.

Of course, the best solution is to replace the potentially insecure firmware on your router outright with open source DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. Using Open Source firmware will allow you to bypass any factory installed backdoor or default firmware bugs.

Furthermore, you can always purchase an Open Source router from FlashRouters. FlashRouters offers many of the Netgear models pre-installed with open-source firmware. FlashRouter Netgear models like the Netgear R7000 and R8000 come flashed with DD-WRT firmware.

At any rate, the Netgear R7800 is another recommended device. This router was the FlashRouters Router of the Month in November of 2016. Featuring four external antennas and a mammoth 1.7 GHz Broadcom processor, it is not easily dismissed. If you want to avoid this Netgear firmware flaw, purchasing a Netgear router with DD-WRT as opposed to Netgear firmware is a great place to start.

Own a Vulnerable Router? Let’s Flash It

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Additionally, if you already own of the potentially vulnerable routers, there is no need to panic. FlashRouters offers multiple Support Plans to help with remote TeamViewer installation and support of this firmware security enhancement.

 

Incidentally, there is no need to ship the router into FlashRouters. Moreover, the flashing process takes about 30 minutes. By the same token, purchasing a subscription to our Support Plan will fix the vulnerability issue concerning your router, and you won’t even have to leave the house. It also includes a minimum of 3 months of expert tech support to get you up and running.

Apple Abandoning AirPort Routers: Use An Open-Source Alternative Router

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With news of Apple abandoning AirPort routers, many Apple users are aghast in regards to the future of their WiFi network.

The design of the Apple AirPort is meant to offer a solid performance with Apple computers and iDevices. Moreover, many Apple users prefer to exclusively use Mac products. These Apple users desire to link their iAccounts on all of their devices. However, with Apple abandoning AirPort routers, a substitute will have to be found.

The Downside of The Apple AirPort

Apple AirPorts are popular devices for Mac users. However, on a technical level, they are not very impressive, especially compared to routers from other brands. Correspondingly, there have been no updates for the wireless and Ethernet features of the Apple Airport Express and Extreme in almost five years. Also, the Airport Express still uses Wireless-N, which is becoming an increasingly out-of-date WiFi standard.

Additionally, Apple AirPorts lack external antennas. Furthermore, Apple routers also do not offer Virtual Private Network integration.

Even if one was to continue using an Apple Airport, there would be no firmware updates for the device. Apple will not only stop offering new Airport models, they will stop supporting the devices altogether.

Use a FlashRouter Instead

If you are looking for a new router, have no fear. Apple abandoning Airport devices is not the end of the world. Rather, it is an opportunity to boost the power and capabilities of y our network.

One may think if Apple will not longer be producing Airport routers, that a hefty device from Netgear or Linksys will suffice. In this instance, you would be correct in regards to the processing power or WiFI capabilities of the device. However, you would be incorrect in reference to the sustainability of the firmware within the Linksys or Netgear firmware.

As we see time and time again, default firmware is frequently laden with factory installed backdoors and firmware bugs. Flashing a router with Open Source DD-WRT firmware voids these worries. Using DD-WRT allows for the integration of Virtual Private Networks. Apple routers and routers using default firmware do not allow for VPN integration. The only way one can integrate a VPN into a wireless network is to use a DD-WRT or Tomato router.

If you are interested in obtaining an Open Source router, you have come to the right place.

Best Options to Replace Your Airport

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Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT RouterR7000 Nighthawk TomatoLinksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 Ghz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top TomatoUSB Router
Wireless-AC1200 Mbps
1.3 GHz Marvell Processor
2 Ext Antennas
Use in Small-Medium Homes
$599.99$349.99$299.99

The most powerful Apple Airport Extreme router uses a 1 GHz Broadcom processor. Concerning the DD-WRT and Tomato routers sold by FlashRouters, a 1 GHz processor is fairly middle-of-the-road. As you can see in the table above, the more powerful FlashRouters have processors well above 1 GHz. In fact, the Nighthawk R7800 uses a 1.7 Ghz processor. This is nearly the same processing power as a computer.

Simply put, using a FlashRouter will allow for a better performance than you would attain with an Apple Airport. If one can get a hold of more security and less vulnerability, what is there to lose?