Australia almost got Netflix. The subscription service devoted to streaming television and movies (as well as a rent-by-mail system) had planned to follow up it’s UK expansion by further stretching around the globe and launching Netflix Australia.
Alas, for reasons kept somewhat vague but attributed to a self-imposed “pause on opening new international markets until we return to global profitability” that expansion hasn’t come to fruition yet, leaving would-be Netflix users from Canberra to Sydney to Melbourne to Perth out in the cold for an indeterminate period.
Moreover, if you’re visiting Australia from America, either on extended business or for a lengthy vacation, you won’t be able to enjoy your own Netflix streaming account on your laptop or other portable device.
Unless you read on and follow our advice. FlashRouters, with the help of some friendly affiliates, want to make sure you can take advantage of your Netflix streaming account, no matter in what part of the world you may find yourself. And it’s easier than you’d think.
How to Watch USA Netflix Streaming in Australia Using a VPN
It’s no small hassle to travel to Australia, what with the lengthy flight and the disorienting and drastic time change. So it stands to reason that your trip includes a considerable adjustment period, during which you might want to kick back with some Netflix streaming while you get your head on straight; And even though Netflix is not available in Australia, you can still do just that. All you have to do is subscribe to a VPN.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a subscription service designed to increase your internet security and online presence. By encrypting your data flow and tunneling your information through one of their secure serves located around the world, VPNs ensure that no one can use your online information or activity for nefarious purposes. It’s an invaluable service in a time of uncertain and ever-developing security issues.
Most importantly, considering the subject of this post a VPN allows you to change your IP address to one in any country of your choosing. This allows you to effectively trick your computer into believing it’s in an entirely different country than the one it’s in. Ergo, if you’re in Australia and you wish to visit a regionally restricted website like, say, Netflix USA, all you have to do is log in to your VPN, choose an American IP address, and boom! You’re watching Breaking Bad in Brisbane or The Walking Dead from New South Wales.
Popular VPN providers for US IP addresses include IPVanish VPN and PrivateInternetAccess VPN. FlashRouters also offers a new VPN provider comparison list to help you find the virtual private network that best suits your needs.
So Where Does FlashRouters Enter the Picture?
Every router in our lineup offers something unique, but the common thread that unites them is that they’re all flashed with firmware (either DD-WRT or Tomato) that maximizes their potential, and revolutionizes the way you use your wireless network.
Whether you go for the Netgear AC1450 (which is our best-seller under $200), or the Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 DD-WRT (our best overall DD-WRT router), or if you go all out and get the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight (our best Tomato router and one of the top routers available, especially for high end HDTVs), you’re guaranteed a device that will make your network for versatile, more manageable, safer, and much, much faster (here’s a list of some of best-sellers).
When used in conjunction with our routers, a streaming device like a Roku, Apple TV, laptop, Sony PS3, Xbox One, Samsung Galaxy etc. will operate beautifully, freeing you from the frustrations of mid-movie or mid-show stalls and freezes. And you can be certain that the same applies to gaming.
And, of course, all of our routers come with a built-in VPN connection, effectively saving you the time and energy involved in setting up a VPN connection on your own. Don’t waste an afternoon trying to configure your router when a FlashRouter takes care of that job for you. You can even use a FlashRouter to connect several devices to the same VPN account!