Netflix VPN Ban Affects IPv6 Users

How the Netflix VPN Ban Affects IPv6 Users

Netflix VPN Ban Affects IPv6 Users

As you may or may not be aware, Netflix has been taking no prisoners in their war on VPN usage in conjunction with their streaming service. Since Netflix’s library of movies and television varies wildly from country to country, users around the world had previously been taking advantage of VPN services’ geo-switching feature, which allows users to pretend to be in the country where the Netflix catalog is more to their liking (read all about it in our Learn section for Netflix).

So Netflix’s solution has been basically a zero-tolerance policy towards VPN usage. While we understand that Netflix is beholden to contracts that they hold with production companies (which provide them with the content that fills the streaming service’s libraries), this Netflix VPN ban has always struck us as a bad idea.

The primary purpose of VPN usage is to protect one’s sensitive online data by tunneling it through encrypted servers, and given the prevalence of data hacks, it seems unwise to discourage VPN usage, even if the activity Netflix is seeking to prevent is a little underhanded. Furthermore, a Netflix VPN ban restricts users who are overseas, or on US-based government locations like military bases, and consulates that can’t get a US address despite being legitimately in the US region.

And now it seems there’s further collateral damage from the Netflix ban.

Netflix Ban Affects IPv6 Users

As reported in Tech Republic, the Netflix VPN ban has led to a further ban on users of the Internet protocol IPv6. This new Internet protocol is provided by certain ISPs like Charter and Hurricane Electric, and basically offers users access to an emerging IP network that is not nearly as over-crowded as IPv4, which has issued over 4.3 billion IP addresses since 1981, almost all of which are in use.

Since IPv6 is a new protocol, it lacks the infrastructure of the long-in-use IPv4. Consequently, ISPs that offer IPv6 have to include a tunneling service for their users, much in the same way VPNs tunnel their users to new IP addresses. Because this activity is similar to VPN usage, Netflix has been blocking IPv6 users, despite the fact that IPv6 users are typically tunneling from one part of the country to another part of the same country.

So IPv6 users, who are not engaged in any geo-switching chicanery for the purpose of accessing other countries’ Netflix Instant libraries, are being summarily booted from Netflix for engaging in VPN-like behavior. Netflix’s response to all this is to suggest that users demand that their ISPs stop using IPv6.

As Tech Republic rightly points out, Netflix is the one in error:

The logical means of solving this problem is simply to fallback to IPv4, though Netflix has not implemented this behavior. For a client-side fix, users of Hurricane Electric’s Tunnelbroker can use  this script to send a blank AAAA response for Netflix domains, thereby forcing the connection back to IPv4 without having to disable IPv6 entirely.

So until Netflix gets there house in order, we recommend steering clear of VPN usage in conjunction with Netflix, or even engaging in any tunneling behavior that Netflix may misconstrue as geo-switching. And maybe sign the My Netflix, My Privacy, a petition supported by NordVPN that is intended to encourage Netflix to end their VPN ban.

5 Reasons You Need a Better Router for Gaming

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5 Reasons To Get a Better Router for Gaming

Are you finding your online gaming experience frustrating? Do you find yourself sitting through gaming lags, buffering, skips, etc.? Are you limited in the range of international gaming options you can access?

We understand how aggravating this can be, and there is an easy way to experience better gaming. The problem lies with your router.

In the past, we’ve shown you some of the best routers for gaming consoles like Xbox and PS4, but we thought it was time for a broader look at the ways in which the right router for gaming is the solution you’re looking for.

Top 5 Reasons You Need a Better Router for Gaming

As the video above argues, the solution to your online gaming woes is a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter. With our open source devices, you’ll be enjoying a flawless gaming experience, because your wireless network will be run on a device that is built to handle any amount of bandwidth you can throw at it.

How does a FlashRouter ensure the best online gaming experience possible? Here are the top five reasons you need a top router for gaming:

1. You’ll Get a Much More Powerful Performance from your Router for Gaming

 Suffice to say, if you’re running your Xbox or PS4 or whatever your console of choice off of a weak router, with a weak CPU with limited RAM/flash memory, you’re going to find out real quick the limitations of your gaming experience.

That’s why we offer routers for gaming with DD-WRT best-in-class processors. Devices like the Asus RT-AC87U run off dual core 1 GHz Broadcom CPUs, which are built to handle high-performance routing and enable seamless online gaming. They’re particularly helpful for all of the encryption and decryption involved in VPN usage (more on that right below).

2. There is a Higher Level of Added Security 

It goes without saying, but this is an important one: if you’re going to be competing with other people online, you’re leaving your network wide open for invasion by nefarious online forces. Hackers are waiting for opportunities like this to access and hijack your important info. That’s why you need a router for gaming with advanced security options like VPN-compatibility to keep your network secure.

And at FlashRouters, we take this quite seriously, which is why we’re affiliated with and fully support a wide variety of some of the top VPN service providers around. Not only do VPN service providers allow you to access geo-restricted gaming options around the world, but they also protect your network by tunneling all of your online activity through encrypted servers whenever you log in.

So we like to make your VPN experience that much easier by offering to send your router with your VPN subscription fully installed if it’s on our supported provider list. Furthermore, if you want to make VPN usage that much easier, we recommend holding onto your old router for day-to-day usage and using a new, more powerful FlashRouter like the Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT as a dedicated VPN router for gaming. Our popular dual router setup is an easy and effective way to simplify your network and make it that much more powerful.

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Gaming With an Open Source Router

3. Changing the Firmware Creates a More Stable Performance

We’ve all been through our share of reboots and network malfunctions over the years. It’s these sort of issues that made us start FlashRouters in the first place; we wanted to be able to offer more network stability, lest we have our gaming sessions interrupted by yet another service breakdown.

And with our DD-WRT and Tomato routers, network stability is exactly what you’ll get. Among the many benefits of the open source firmware on your router for gaming is a more reliable build, which means a device you can trust with a longer shelf life. A router like the Cisco Linksys E2500 may seem to be a bottom shelf router, but adding Tomato firmware can certainly change the dynamics of the performance of this device. Enjoy online gaming with a mind unbothered by potential service interruptions around the corner.

4. Routers with Alternative Firmware Offer More Versatility 

One of the top benefits of owning a FlashRouter is the versatility of our devices. Third party firmwares are so special because the open source community is continuously updating and improving on them. As DD-WRT and Tomato have grown, so has the feature list of our devices, and we pass the benefits on to you.

Got wireless dead spots in your home? Well, you can extend the range of your wireless network with a FlashRouter. Want to prioritize certain sites and channels on your network so they get the most bandwidth? Again, a FlashRouter like the Netgear Nighthawk R7000, which can be used with both DD-WRT and Tomato firmware, is what you need.

Meet the Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT FlashRouter

The Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT FlashRouter

5. Better Capabilities Means a Faster Performance

 FlashRouters offers any number of Wireless-AC devices that can deliver wireless speeds the likes of which you’ve never seen. For example, the Netgear R8500 DD-WRT can give you gaming speeds of 5300 Mbps over three bands! For that matter, so can the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT, which comes with the added benefit of looking like one of the face-huggers from Aliens (as shown above). Those are some of the top speeds available anywhere, and you’d better bed sure you’re ready to play when the live stream comes in that quickly.

Four of the Best Asus Routers for DD-WRT Firmware

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT OpenVPN Router

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If you find yourself wondering why your wireless network is underperforming, we can tell you. In all likelihood, your router is not nearly up to snuff.

But before you run off and just buy any router, there’s a few things you should know. To start with, your average router’s stock firmware is unreliable in a number of ways. Just look at this recent news story about major security vulnerabilities in Asus routers.

With the help of DD-WRT replacement firmware, you don’t need to worry about anything like that happening to you. In fact, at FlashRouters, we have a whole line of terrific Asus DD-WRT routers that can give you the wireless network of your dreams.

What Are the Benefits of DD-WRT?

But before we dig into the Asus DD-WRT routers, perhaps it’s worth reviewing what exactly makes this firmware so special. This brief video should help get us started:

Didn’t watch the video? That’s okay. We’ll keep it simple. Your average router’s stock firmware is faulty, which is why we need open source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT. Basically, DD-WRT plugs holes in your router’s security and adds all sorts of performance-improving features to make your wireless network faster, stronger, and more versatile.

Features like what, you may be asking? How about these?

And that’s just a sample of the benefits of owning a DD-WRT-flashed router. Check out our DD-WRT FAQ to learn even more.

The Very Best Asus DD-WRT Router

The best DD-WRT routers of 2016 - Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT

Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter ($599.99)

So where to start with this router? There’s simply so much to talk about. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the design, which accurately represents the intensity of the router’s performance power. Those 8 external antennas ain’t just for show either. That’s how you end up with a router that support speeds as blindingly fast as 5300 Mbps over three bands. That makes it the fastest router we have, and frankly the fastest router we’ve ever seen.

But that’s not all…

  • BROADCOM 1.4 GHZ (1400 MHZ) DUAL CORE PROCESSOR
  • 8 MASSIVELY POWERFUL EXTERNAL ANTENNAS
  • USB 3.0 PORT
  • BEST-IN-CLASS RAM/FLASH MEMORY IN A WIRELESS ROUTER

Is it any wonder this is our winner for top Asus DD-WRT router? It may be the top router across our whole line of routers, and it’s right there waiting for you in our store.

Top Contenders for Best Asus DD-WRT Router

Top Streaming Router of 2016: Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT Upgraded

The Asus RT-AC88U AC3100 DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT FlashRouter ($499.99)

It was not easy keeping this router off the top of our list, but that’s the way it goes when you’re overloaded with incredible devices. If you’re a gamer or heavy streamer looking for a router that can support any amount of bandwidth you require, then look no further. The Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT FlashRouter is truly one of the superheroes of our line and offers some of the best specs around on any router. For example:

  • BROADCOM 1.4 GHZ (1400 MHZ) DUAL CORE PROCESSOR
  • 4 MASSIVELY POWERFUL EXTERNAL ANTENNAS
  • USB 3.0 PORT
  • BEST-IN-CLASS RAM/FLASH MEMORY IN A WIRELESS ROUTER

Need we say more? Get the Asus RT-AC88U on your side and get gaming!

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter ($399.99)

If it’s a networking centerpiece you’re in the market for – something that will future-proof your whole network and save you the trouble of updating for a good, long time – then we have just the router for you: The Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter has got the whole package; killer speeds (2400 Mbps), loads of processing power, and DD-WRT firmware to give it that extra versatile edge.

  • BROADCOM 1 GHZ (1000 MHZ) DUAL CORE PROCESSOR
  • 4 MASSIVELY POWERFUL EXTERNAL ANTENNAS
  • QSR1000 WIRELESS CHIP – THE ONLY WIRELESS-AC CHIP THAT INCLUDES 4X4 MIMO
  • USB 3.0 PORT
  • BEST-IN-CLASS RAM/FLASH MEMORY IN A WIRELESS ROUTER

As you can tell, this DD-WRT Asus router does not mess around. This is one of the best options we offer for users who are ready to up their network’s game for good.

Best Economy Line Asus DD-WRT Routers

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Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter ($249.99)

Not looking to make a major investment, but still want the DD-WRT benefits that come with a FlashRouter? No worries, the Asus RT-AC56U is perfectly suited for you needs. With an 800 MHz processor, this is the sort of device that gives your streaming experience a boost at the rate of routers almost twice its price.

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Big 4th of July Savings at FlashRouters

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Strike up the grill and keep a reasonable distance from your friend/family member who loves setting off fireworks; Independence Day is upon us!

We’re sure you’re purchasing record amounts of burgers, dogs, chips, charcoal, etc. but one underrated yet wholly essential element of your 4th of July party is a good WiFi network.

We hear you scoffing, but let us ask you this: are you planning on streaming Apple Music, Spotify, or some patriotic Pandora playlist in your backyard during your get-together? Surely your guests will want to hop on your wireless network for real-time Instagramming and other assorted social media needs. You don’t want to be embarrassed by wireless dead spots when you’re supposed to be focusing on the grill.

Lucky for you, we’ve got a serious 4th of July sale going on our top-of-the-line open source routers that will spare you the embarrassment of shoddy wireless performance at your Independence Day BBQ. In fact, you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of a FlashRouter year round.

FlashRouters 4th of July Sale

In honor of US Independence Day, get $4 Flat Rate USPS Priority Shipping on any router shipped throughout the USA. Just enter the code HAPPY4 in the shopping cart to snag your discount.

For our International friends, use the coupon code BEST2016 to get $10 off your router purchase.

Why You Need a FlashRouter

A FlashRouter is the cure for your ailing wireless network. Are you experiencing buffering issues while streaming Netflix? Dead spots in your apartment, house, or office? Deeply irritating lags in the middle of online gaming sessions? Wipe ’em all out with a FlashRouter.

Why Buy a FlashRouter?

By flashing already powerful devices with third party open source firmware like DD-WRT or TomatoUSB, you can ditch the endless reliability and security problems associated with stock firmware. That is just the beginning. Our routers that are positively brimming with advanced features such as:

  • Advanced Bandwidth Monitoring- Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Live Reports
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) Integration
  • Access Restrictions- Time, User, Program, & Website Based
  • Dynamic DNS Service Integration
  • Wireless Filter- Block or Permit Specific MAC Addresses

You get wireless that is reliable, as well as easy to control and extend. You get vital security features that keep hackers and invasive government agents out of your personal business.

So no matter which FlashRouter you choose in order to take advantage of our 4th of July sale, you’re guaranteed a better wireless network. That said, here’s a few of our favorites that are worth checking out, particularly while the 4th of July deals are this good:

Asus RT-AC5300The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.
Asus RT-AC56UOur best mid-range Tomato router, making up for a lack of external antennas with a top-of-the-line 800 MHz processor.
Netgear Nighthawk R8000Dizzying speeds thanks to Tri-Band Wireless-AC and six powerful external antennae... this is the upstart rookie on our line well on its way to being a superstar.
Linksys WRT1900ACSOur latest Linksys addition to the FlashRouters line-up is already wowing customers with its 4 Gigabit Ports, Wireless-AC 1900 Mbps, and 1.6 GHz Dual Core Marvell Processor.
Cisco Linksys E2500Widely considered our best low-priced Tomato router that boasts the speed and efficiency of a router twice the price.

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Best New Netflix & Amazon USA Movies & TV July 2016

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Enjoy Streaming Videos on Netflix

Best Streaming Movies & TV Added in July 2016

Ever since Netflix stopped letting people know what’s been subtracted from their Instant streaming lineup, it’s been a little difficult to keep track of what’s coming and going in their library.

So the purpose of this post – which will be continually updated on this site as new movies and television shows are added to the Netflix Instant streaming lineup – is to keep you, the dedicated Netflix Instant streamer, apprised of what new additions should be watched immediately, or should go on your queue but not be considered a top viewing priority.

Better Router = Better Netflix Instant Streaming

Streaming HD video is a bandwidth intensive activity that puts major stress on a wireless home network. Our wireless routers are popular with heavy Netflix Instant streaming users because they are designed to handle high-volume jobs with ease.

With a FlashRouter, you can extend your wireless range, tweak wireless sensitivity, control your bandwidth allocation, and add layers of advanced security. How do we achieve all this? By flashing our routers with DD-WRT & Tomato firmware, open-source replacement firmwares that boost a router’s functionality and feature-set.

Routers from all price ranges, all ready to revolutionize your network. Here are some of our most popular:

Top Netgear VPN Router for Netflix- R7000 TomatoUSBAsus RT-AC56U DD-WRT Netflix VPN RouterThe 8 port AC3100 Asus RT-AC88U
R7000 Nighthawk TomatoAsus RT-AC56U DD-WRTAsus RT-AC88U DD-WRT
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor, 3 Ext Antennas800 Mhz Broadcom, Wireless-AC, USB 3.04 External Antennas, 1.4 GHz Broadcom
Top Range, Enhanced TomatoUSB VPN Splitter FirmwarePopular for High Speeds in Smaller Homes.Advanced Processing Speeds, Powerful WiFi, USB 3.0
$349.99$249.99$499.99

Looking to get the best router money can buy, check out the lists for Best DD-WRT Router & Top Tomato Firmware Router.

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