How To Stop a DDoS Attack with a FlashRouter

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A distributed denial-of-service attack is a type of attack where multiple compromised systems are used to target a single system. Specifically, denial-of-service attacks disrupt a network by flooding it with useless traffic. These types of attacks can cause serious damage to a network. Moreover, hackers are always thinking of new methods for employing DDoS attacks. Looking for some methods on how to stop a DDoS attack? FlashRouters is here to help.

The Dyn DDoS Attack of October 2016

Over the last year, DDoS attacks have made the rounds on the news. A notable attack occurred on Friday, October 21st. On this date, bogus traffic hit targets belonging to Dyn, a company which provides DNS services to other companies. A DNS, or Domain Name System, sends users information requests to the correct website.  Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Spotify, and many services use Dyn as a DNS provider. As a result of the attack, these services and many others were not accessible for several hours.

The 10/21 attack was able to happen through the direction of bogus traffic towards Internet of Things devices. The Internet of Things is comprised of “smart” devices. Smart devices are everything from baby monitors to refrigerators. Essentially, any device that uses WiFi is a smart device. In our current age, nearly everything is a smart device.

Moreover, one can attempt to prevent DDoS attacks through the use of strong passwords on devices. A DDoS attack can also be prevented by disabling UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and updating security patches as soon as they become available. However, there may be a more surefire solution…

How To Stop A DDoS Attack With a FlashRouter

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Asus AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

At any rate, using a router flashed with Open Source DD-WRT or Tomato firmware is your best bet for securing your network. A router with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware voids the vulnerabilities that come with factory firmware. Furthermore, there is no chance one will encounter a factory installed backdoor. Additionally, one will not see a firmware bug from a manufacturer update using alternative firmware.

On the other hand, dealing with the specific question of how to stop a DDoS attack, integrating a Virtual Private Network at the router level will secure all Internet of Things devices. If you use a DD-WRT or Tomato router like the powerful RT-AC5300 Asus FlashRouter and integrate a VPN, all connected devices will be going through the VPN server.

As most IoT devices have no native VPN support, using a router with alternative firmware is the only way to encrypt them. Furthermore, if devices are encrypted, they will be safe from DDoS attacks.

How To Protect Your Router From the C.I.A.

There is an old Chinese proverb that states it is a curse to live in interesting times. Given the state of the modern world, it is hard to disagree with that statement. It is almost impossible to escape the chaos of modernity. Furthermore, this chaos is making its way to the universe of Technology. Regardless of one’s political affiliations, it is important to stay aware of the potential dangers which lay ahead. Whether it is Net Neutrality opponent Ajit Pai heading the FCC or the recent Wikileaks Vault7 reveal, these interesting times are sure to become more interesting. However, given the weight of the Vault7 reveal, it is important to know how to protect your router from the C.I.A.

Why You Should Protect Your Router From the C.I.A.

It appears the Tin Foil hats are correct. Americans are being spied upon. Additionally, it is the 21st Century. Of course, the government can still listen to your phone calls. However, new technology opens the door for new ways of spying. The State can now watch you through your laptop and even spy on you through the Internet of Things. In Police-State America, your T.V. watches you!

Yes, this is all very troubling. It is even more troubling given that this is happening in the United States- a country with a base population which values individual sovereignty and personal privacy. The fear of a real Orwellian “Big Brother” has been building up for years. Now, due to Julian Assange’s revelations, it has proven to be a concrete reality.

So how do we protect our networks? One should start at the router level as this is where the network starts. As FlashRouters has shown time and time again, routers are frequently chock full of firmware bugs and factory installed backdoors. What do you think those backdoors are for? Who do you think has access to these backdoors? If you value personal privacy, you should find a way to close those backdoors- and quickly.

How To Protect Your Router From The C.I.A.

If you do not want the C.I.A. (or anyone else for that matter) accessing your router through factory installed backdoors in the firmware, your best bet would be to change the firmware of your router. This is where Open Source Firmware becomes relevant. Open Source Firmware is created by teams of dedicated developers, working for free, to provide users with a safe and secure connection to the Internet through their router- one free of nefarious backdoors.

You can flash your router for free on the DD-WRT site – or – if you are a technical novice, FlashRouters will gladly flash (and support) your router with the purchase of a Support Plan. However, it is important to note that flashing a router will void the factory warranty. If this is a concern, FlashRouters has plenty of routers pre-flashed and ready for purchase.

Here are some of our favorites:

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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$249.99

March Madness Deals for 2017 on VPN FlashRouters!

Best Wireless WiFi Router for Streaming NCAA College Sports - March MadnessTime to get those brackets ready, college basketball fans, because March Madness is right around the corner!

And those who know us at FlashRouters know full well that March Madness is exactly the sort of thing that makes us a little deal-crazy. So if your wireless network has been a little sluggish lately or ever since you bought your router, we have good news for you…

FlashRouters March Madness Deals

Now through 3/24, GET $15 OFF ANY FLASHROUTER $249+or more with the code BRACKETS.

Get your wireless network in order today so you don’t miss a single moment of streaming March Madness basketball. If you’re sick of skips and stalls in your college basketball buffering, then a FlashRouter is just the cure your network needs.

The Rivals Pining for the Throne

Of course, March Madness wouldn’t be a competition if there weren’t any contenders for the champion’s throne. So, shall we meet our final four favorites in 2016….

Top Seed

This season, the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT has proved to be Top Dog. Carrying a 1.8 GHz Marvell processor, the WRT3200 is sure to satisfy any gamer or streamer playing or watching content through a VPN. Using the classic style of the first DD-WRT router, the WRT54G, the WRT3200ACM is the rare remake that is lightyears ahead of the original. It’s like The Thing or Scarface of routers.

Router of the Day - The Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Contender

Speaking of reboots and remakes, the Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7800 is the latest edition to the Nighthawk line. And what does this Nighthawk have that sets it above the R7000 and R8000?

Up the processing power 700 MHz, for starters. Add MU-MIMO Support with QuadStream X4 Wireless Architecture- meaning you are going to get some top of the line WiFi with this bad boy. Can the the Nighthawk X4 beat out the WRT3200ACM for the Top Spot? It will be a close call.

Benefits of FlashRouters

Surprise Performer

While DD-WRT is a more popular firmware, Tomato can occasionally pop out of nowhere and surprise us all. Tomato is known to have a more user-friendly interface than DD-WRT.

The Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato is an underrated beast and top notch router of the firmware. The Asus AC3200 uses six very powerful external antennas offering great range. Will range and user-friendliness outshine monster processors? Tune in to find out.

Cinderella

And as always, every competition needs a rags to riches story. The underdog who rises to the top. The Asus RT-N66U may be lacking the wireless ac standard of its rivals, but it makes up for it with a solid performance and the most affordable cost of any router in this tournament.

Still not sure? Check out the handy, updated Open Source Router Finder to find the perfect OpenVPN-compatible WiFi Router for your needs.

No matter which way the ball bounces this tournament, make sure your network security and protection are working at peak performance with a FlashRouter and use code BRACKETS to save 15!

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How To Fix Buffer Bloat with DD-WRT

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If you are an active Internet user (and who isn’t these days), you may be experiencing the active frustration of learning how to deal with buffering. Buffering, of course, being the process of storing data in a buffer while it is being processed.

At any rate, most users are familiar with buffering, but not buffer bloat- the massive drag on Internet performance created by previous attempts to make the network work better. The more time a router spends buffering data, the more buffer bloat is created, and the overall performance of the network becomes gradually worse. However, a solution is available. FlashRouters will show you how to fix Buffer Bloat with a DD-WRT router.

Am I Experiencing Buffer Bloat?

If one wants to learn how to fix Buffer Bloat, one should first determine if their router is experiencing it. Consequently, here is an easy to follow step-by-step for determining if your router is bloated:

  1. The first step requires you run a Ping Test to google.com. If you are unsure on how to run a ping test, here is a user-friendly guide from iiiNet.
  2. Look at the ping test. You should see a series of lines appearing between 20-100 milliseconds.
  3. In addition to the Ping Test to Google, run a Speed Test.
  4.  Watch the two tests side by side.
  5. If the times jump up while you are uploading or downloading content, your router is bloated.

How To Fix Buffer Bloat With A DD-WRT Router

If your router is bloated, do not fear. There is hope! You can minimize Buffer Bloat by flashing your router with DD-WRT firmware. However, you will only be able to prevent future Buffer Bloat with this solution. On the other side of things, you can purchase a newly flashed, supported, and warranty-equipped DD-WRT router from FlashRouters. With a new DD-WRT router, you can secure the performance of your router by making sure it is never affected by Buffer Bloat.

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All things considered, the Netgear Nighthawk R7800 X4S is a fantastic choice for anyone looking to improve Buffer Bloat. Moreover, the R7800 uses a super-powerful 1.7 GHz Broadcom processor. The processor of a router, in many ways, serves as the engine. A powerful engine with withstand more use compared to a weak engine and the same goes with a processor. At any rate, a high-end processor will certainly provide a defense against Buffer Bloat. As will DD-WRT.

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Above, you can see the Quality of Service settings for DD-WRT. Setting the maximum download and upload speeds below the rated speed of your ISP will certainly help limit Buffer Bloat. There will be a sacrifice of speed but this limitation will offer a much better performance for not only the router but the overall network.

Why You Should Use Custom Open Source Firmware on a WiFi Router?

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Custom firmware routers (also known as alternative or open source firmware) is our bread and butter here at FlashRouters. Custom firmware is, in fact, the very key to flashing our router. Without custom firmware routers, we’d be nameless and directionless.

That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to us, but a newcomer may not have such a firm grasp on why a router flashed with custom firmware should be important to them.

Suffice to say, we believe that a good wireless network is run on a router that has its stock firmware replaced with custom firmware. Read on and we’ll tell you why you should feel the same.

What Are Custom Firmware Routers?

First of all, let’s clarify a bit what firmware is and how it differs from software. For a more detailed explanation, check out the Router FAQ post on What is Difference Between Firmware & Software.

What Makes Custom Firmware Routers Different?

Plainly and simply, your average router’s stock firmware severely limits the functionality of your wireless network. And though one might suspect that’s just an unfortunate reality, there is plenty you can do about it.

This is where the idea of custom firmware routers come in.

Basically, your router’s firmware is its operating system which controls flow of your network’s traffic. In addition, the router firmware offers an assortment of standard settings. But if you want to get the most out of your router’s capability, a third-party firmware/community-vetted (like DD-WRT or Tomato) can give you a whole lot more flexibility. Furthermore, you have the ability to access to features you just can’t find in your stock firmware.

What features, you ask? Keep reading…

Top Features of Custom Firmware Routers

To go into the full list of advantages that come with owning a router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato, we recommend checking out those linked items. It’s a long list. In the interest of brevity, we whittled down the advantages of custom firmware routers to a succinct five.

Quality of Service

This is a great starting point because its one of the great custom firmware features people have a hard time believing exists. First of all, you can prioritize activities on your wireless network with the help of Quality of Service (or QoS) settings. That means that you can make sure bandwidth isn’t loaded down with things you don’t much care about in favor of things you do care about. Give priority to applications, IP addresses, and even whole devices with the help of QoS.
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Network Security

As we’re seeing again and again, the security on WiFi routers with stock firmware is dangerously lax. These companies often take months to patch significant security holes only to have a new major issue pop up a few days later with the same lax response. Open-source firmware are community vetted by users looking for a more secure continual firmware interface experience.

That means that if you use DD-WRT on this router and switch to another compatible router (which there are hundreds), you will be familiar with the setup options from the continuity and the continual troubleshooting and performance improvements. It also means the goal isn;t profit by making a more secure platform for users to best utilize this hardware however they like whether it is for consumer purposes or more advanced enterprise features.

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Open-sourced firmwares are far more surgical about protecting against backdoors with constant security updates. Routers flashed with DD-WRT and Tomato have VPN client/passthrough capabilities, which is typically omitted on stock firmware as it is considered a commerical function.

Therefore, VPNs all but require DD-WRT and Tomato to work at top security levels. Follow that link to learn more about the utter necessity of a VPN in this day and age.

Access Restrictions

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As we’ve explained before

Access Restrictions can be configured to control what Internet content is available to the users on the LAN (Local Area Network). This may be beneficial for many reasons, including Office Control (limiting personal use during office hours) and Parental Control (restricting what websites can be accessed during and after school hours).

Don’t want your kids clogging up the network with hours of gaming? Don’t want your employees spending all of their work time on Twitter? This is how you prevent unwanted activity on your network, and it’s easy with custom firmware routers.

Stronger Wireless Signal

Using a custom firmware router allows you to strengthen and extend your wireless signal. By allowing you to find the wireless channel with the clearest signal, a FlashRouter ensures clear WiFi service. Alleviate dead spots in your home and apartment with the help of DD-WRT and Tomato.

Port Forwarding

You should know about port forwarding, because it’s a simple and popular networking solution. Since your router assigns one IP address to every device on your network, it can make receiving information a bit confusing for your router. Port forwarding allows you to more precisely direct the information. As a result, the info only goes to the device you want it to go to.

Router Stability

Most of all, custom firmware routers provide stability. Sick of constantly needing to reboot your router and waiting while your network struggles to get back online? Running a Linux-based, non-proprietary firmware is a surefire way to boost your router’s stability, and you can have that with DD-WRT and Tomato.

Best Custom Firmware Routers

Difference of a FlashRouter

Of course, flashing your device into a custom firmware router is possible to do on your own. But why torture yourself with tricky installation processes when FlashRouters will do the whole thing for you on a top-of-the-line router?

All custom firmware routers sold by FlashRouters are tested and re-tested since we want to ensure the strongest, fastest, and most versatile devices for our customers. We offer a wide variety of routers at a range of prices, all of which are guaranteed to revolutionize your wireless network. Therefore, whether you’re buying for your home or for a large-scale office, a FlashRouter is the way to go.

Since we’ve got a lot of routers we’re proud of, picking favorites doesn’t come easy to us. Nonetheless, we thought we could highlight a few additions to our line that are wowing customers around the world.

ac5300-front-900Nighthawk Netgear Secure VPN Routerhttps://www.flashrouters.com/routers/router-types/dd-wrt/linksys-wrt1200ac-ddwrt-router
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$249.99