Holiday Savings Have Arrived!

It’s almost Thanksgiving! You know what that means – time to partake in one of our favorite yearly rituals – the sacred rite of taking advantage of holiday deals in anticipation of the gift-giving season.

If history has taught us anything, it’s that FlashRouters is going to deliver with the deals. And wouldn’t you know it – once again the discount elves at FlashRouters have cooked up something special for Black Friday and the holiday season.

The First FlashRouters Deal of the Season

From November 22 through November 26, you can just go ahead and take $40 off any router over $299. This means many of our favorite routers of 2017 are considerably cheaper right now, so if you’ve been waiting for the right moment to give yourself a world-class WiFi network, we’ve got news for you; the time is now.

So pick your router and enter code BF40 at checkout to save $40 right…. NOW!

VPN Service Provider Deals

Naturally, the road to a perfect WiFi setup in your home or office wouldn’t be complete without the security provided by VPN service. Fortunately for you, some of our favorite VPN providers are also getting into the holiday spirit with fantastic deals on VPN subscriptions.

NordVPN’s Cyber Month Special – $99 for a 3-Year Plan ($2.75 per month),  a 77% discount. (Expires 12/7/17)

IPVanish’s Cyber Week Deal – Exclusive 2-year plan for $69. A one-year IPVanish plan is normally priced at $77.99 a year. (Expires 11/29/17)

ExpressVPN’s Black Friday and Cyber Deal – 49% off one-year subscriptions plus three FREE months of the service. (Expires 11/28/17)

PrivateInternetAccess Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deal – $89.95 for three years of the service, a 64% discount. (Starts 11/24 and expires 11/27)

How To Get Around Virgin Media Blocks With an Open Source Router

 

Virgin Media is among the UK’s post popular ISPs with over a half million subscribers. It is well known that Virgin Media also has a very strict list of blocked websites.To get around the Virgin Media blocks, using a virtual private network, or a VPN, is recommended.

Why Does Virgin Media Block Certain Websites?

Virgin Media blocks websites only when completely necessary. For one, the Internet Watch Foundation, or IWF, can ask the ISP to block certain websites to protect children and customers from potentially illegal content. Secondly, the Courts are legally able to order Virgin Media to block access to a website or server.

The IWF, funded by the European Union and various ISPs, provides a confidential hotline to report illegal activity. Their main concern is child sexual abuse images. The IWF works closely with law enforcement and ISPs to restrict access to websites with sensitive content.

Additionally, a court order could present Virgin Media a reason to block a website, typically for copyrighted or illegal content. Many torrent sites are subject to being blocked for this matter.

Accessing Websites Blocked By Virgin Media

The easiest way to access websites blocked by your ISP is by connecting to a VPN.

A VPN circumvents restrictions by changing the country that you appear to be connecting from. For example, Virgin media blocks websites that connect from within the UK. Connecting to a different country, like the US, would then allow you to thwart the Virgin Media blocks.

Popular VPN services include but are not limited to ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish.

Using A FlashRouter To Get Around Virgin Media Blocks

VPN providers typically only offer a limited amount of simultaneously connected devices.

With a FlashRouter, this device limit is lifted, allowing all your devices to be covered by your VPN service. These devices include computers, cell phones, game systems, and tablets.

Using a FlashRouter allows your entire home network to access blocked websites, as well as offering an extra layer of encryption.

Win a Perfect Privacy VPN Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

FlashRouters and Perfect Privacy VPN have a once-in-a-lifetime deal for our users. Get ready for unprecedented WiFi power and online security to boot!

Win a Perfect Privacy Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter With a 1-Year VPN Subscription

Two lucky customers will not only win a Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter upgraded with a Free 1 Year Warranty & 1 Year of Premium Support (valued at more than $350 each!)  with a year of Perfect Privacy VPN to boot.

That’s right. For the cost of absolutely nothing, two users get a year of Perfect Privacy’s premium VPN service installed on one of our top open source devices. Moreover, this is a gateway to a virtually unbeatable WiFi network, and it will cost you nothing to get it.

How to Enter to VPN Router Contest

In order to enter the contest, all you need to do is tweet @Flashrouters and @PerfectPrivacy with the hashtag #vpnrouter. Additionally, you can like the FlashRouters on Facebook  and share Perfect;s Privacy’s content post.

Don’t wait! This contest will run now through December 7, 2017.

FlashRouters and Perfect Privacy

Merging open source firmware routers with the online security and freedom Perfect Privacy enables is a no-brainer. Our devices are versatile, fast, and powerful. Furthermore, Perfect Privacy’s VPN service is superlative, effective, and affordable. Subsequently, they form the backbone of what a great modern WiFi network should be.

Maybe you’re wondering what’s so great about the Asus RT-AC3200 in particular, and why winning one would be so beneficial.

Asus RT-AC3200 Features

  • Tri-band wireless speeds with up to 3200 Mbps Wireless-AC (600 Mbps 2.4ghz, 1300 Mbps 2.4/5ghz, 1300 Mbps 5ghz)
  • Best-in-class Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU
  • 6 Powerful External Antennas
  • 1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0
  • Bestselling FlashRouter of 2016!

Pretty impressive stuff, huh? Now let’s take a look at some of Perfect Privacy’s top features.

Perfect Privacy VPN Features

  • No logging/log-files
  • Cascading of multiple VPN servers
  • Configurable port-forwarding
  • No traffic limit.
  • Up to 1000mbps bandwidth

Get the picture? Perfect Privacy and FlashRouters are already a dream pairing. Winning a router featuring both for free is the luck of the century. Enter now!

The Roskomnadzor Strikes Back: Kremlin Online Crackdown

With China enacting stricter VPN regulations, Russia is following suit. Recently, China has banned the usage of many VPNs, forced app stores to remove VPN programs, and even jailed VPN multiple VPN sellers.

The Kremlin Online Crackdown

The law signed by President Vladimir Putin July imposing restrictions on Internet privacy tools has gone into effect November 1st. The Kremlin online crackdown limits the usage of virtual private networks, or VPNs, as well as anonymous proxy servers.

VPN providers must work closely with the Russian media, called the Roskomnadzor. This translates to the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass media.

How Will Restrictions Work?

Despite what many think, this law does not completely ban the usage of VPNs and proxies. However, the law does restrict the access to a list of many websites.

VPN services that wish to continue operation must adhere to the Roskomnadzor’s blacklist of banned websites. According Banki.ru, to The Roskomnadzor will also be given access to their servers  “within the legal framework.”

According to Leonid Levin, the head of the Russian State Duma’s information policy committee, the law is meant to block access to “unlawful content”. Restrictions made by this law will not impose restrictions to law-abiding citizens.

Will The Restrictions Work?

Through the Kremlin online crackdown, the Roskomnadzor is working to identify and block suspicious websites, there are still some hoops to jump through.

For instance, only one registry of banned domain names exists. This past summer, one of Google.ru’s web pages redirected to a blocked online gambling domain. As a result, the entire search engine was blocked for several hours.

According to many IT experts, corporate VPNs will be exempt from the new regulations. Currently, it is unclear on how the Roskomndazor will differentiate between corporate and public VPNs.

As stated by Leonid Yevdokimov, an expert on the Tor Project, it is presently impossible to distinguish between the two.

Avoid Kremlin Restrictions with a VPN

While it is unclear what the difference between corporate and public VPNs is in the eyes of the Roskomnadzor, it is still imperative to look into VPN services to help prevent the Kremlin from spying on your activities.

Some recommended VPNs for Russia include ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish.

Using a FlashRouter, you can integrate a VPN on the router level. Furthermore, any device that is connected to a FlashRouter network will be encrypted. This will work for all devices, regardless of whether or not the product has native VPN capability.

Here are some of our most popular models:

   
Netgear R78001.7 GHz Broadcom Processor
4 External Antennas
AC2600 Wireless
Linksys WRT3200ACM1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 External Antennas
AC3200 Wireless
Asus RT-AC56U800 MHz Broadcom Processor
4 Internal Antennas
AC1200 Wireless

Tips For Setting Up Your Wireless Router At Home

The Internet plays an essential and fundamental role in our households today. With how frequently the Internet is being accessed, it is a must for our connection to the Internet to be strong and stable.

In this day and age, a wireless router is crucial for a household to function. The wireless router acts as a bridge between the Internet and your devices.

FlashRouters has some tips for you to optimize and protect your wireless connection to the Internet.

Tip #1: Invest In A Powerful Router

Firstly, choosing a router could be a daunting task. There are many terms and specifications that you may not be familiar with. Researching wireless routers is recommended to find an optimal setup for your home or office.

Here at FlashRouters, we can help by providing you with our handy router finder located on our homepage. This tool helps by finding the best possible router for your needs.

Tip #2: Double Check Your Ethernet Cables

Secondly, ethernet cables are commonly overlooked when installing a router. There are multiple categories of Ethernet cords. These include  3, 5, 5e, 6, 6a, and 7. In some cases, using the wrong category cable can impact your network speeds.

Below is a chart summarizing the most common types, including their maximum data transmission speeds and bandwidths.

Currently, the Cat5e cable is the cheapest and is also the industry standard. The Cat7 is to future-proof your home or office network.

Tip #3: Install The Router In An Optimal Location

Next, router placement impacts your wireless signal immensely. Placing your wireless router in the corner of a room or near metal objects could impact your signal strength throughout your house.

The best place to install your router is typically away from appliances and in the center of your home. This helps eliminate interference from devices on the same band and disperses your wireless signal more effectively.

For larger homes, the recommended course of action is to install multiple wireless routers.

Tip #4: Utilize Proper Password Security

Fourth, broadcasting your wireless connection unprotected could easily lead to hackers stealing your information. This leads to strangers and neighbors stealing your bandwidth and potentially slowing down your Internet.

The recommended security protocol is the WPA2 Personal method. Using uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers in your passwords is ideal, but special characters add extra security to your passwords.

However, WPA2 has been in the news recently as per the KRACK attack. The KRACK attack centered around the unveiling of a devastating security flaw in the WPA2 WiFi encryption protocol. Taking advantage of this exploit, hackers can read network traffic between devices and routers. Furthermore, using Open Source Firmware on your router can repair any issues you may have with WPA2.

How To Setup Wireless Password WPA2-Personal on DD-WRT

DD-WRT developers have been on top of this issue from the start and have had patches available through new firmware builds:

“An AP-side workaround for key reinstallation attacks (KRACK), this option can be used to mitigate KRACK on the station side (router), to help protect client devices that no longer receive updates, or receive updates very slowly. Since many devices out there will not receive an update anytime soon (if at all), it makes sense to include this workaround. Unfortunately this can cause interoperability issues and reduced robustness of key negotiation, hence the default setting of disabled. This workaround is NOT needed on current builds (newer than r33555) & if you know that your client devices are updated to patch KRACK on them already, or if the vulnerability doesn’t bother you. KRACK is already fixed in DD-WRT “properly” in both AP mode, & station mode (client/client bridge/WDS).”

Tip #5: Upgrade to Open-Source Firmware

Last but not least, some more information on why you should upgrade your router to Open Source Firmware. A wireless router fresh out of the box usually has stock firmware installed that is almost always out of date. Hackers can easily exploit old and unpatched firmware.

Upgrading your firmware to the latest one on the manufacturer’s website is good, but upgrading to open-source firmware such as DD-WRT and Tomato is far better. In conclusion, either firmware has the potential to supercharge your router. Open-source firmware upgrades your security by allowing it to run a VPN and even improving speeds by enabling further customization of settings.

Looking for a pre-configured open source router? Here are some of FlashRouters’ bestsellers:

   
Netgear R78001.7 GHz Broadcom Processor
4 External Antennas
AC2600 Wireless
Linksys WRT3200ACM1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 External Antennas
AC3200 Wireless
Asus RT-AC56U800 MHz Broadcom Processor
4 Internal Antennas
AC1200 Wireless