Spring has finally pulled back winter’s grey curtain. It’s time to finally put away those heavy coats and enjoy the fruits of the season.
You might be thinking that there’s no need to update your network during these, the outdoors months, but there are still plenty of good reasons to make sure that your wireless connection is as reliable as ever.
As we’ve mentioned in recent posts, it’s baseball season! And what better way to ensure that your MLB.tv experience is as fluid as possible than by consulting our list of bestselling WiFi routers and most popular VPN services.
Those of you who are less sports-oriented have reasons to keep your network current as well. After all, there is a new season of Mad Men underway. If you’ve cut the cord on your cable bill, as so many have, you wouldn’t want your Vudu stream compromised in the middle of an episode of the new AMC classic.
Similarly, the third season of Game of Thrones has only just begun, and you wouldn’t want your HBO GO channel to stall in the middle of some crucial Machiavellian machinations.
These are just a few of many reasons you’re going to want to have your network optimized during the upcoming months. Find out which of our WiFi routers and services are the most popular and effective by reading on!
The FlashRouters Difference
All of our WiFi routers are flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, both of which are replacement firmwares designed to vastly improve upon the stock firmware that comes with your WiFi router.
You can attempt to install these firmwares on your own, but it’s a tricky and time-consuming process, one that can leave you with a “bricked” (read: useless) router at the end of it. So why not save yourself the trouble and money and trust our specialists to handle the hassle for you? And believe us, you’re going to want your WiFi router to run off one of these firmwares.
DD-WRT and Tomato firmware offer much that your average router’s firmware overlook or leave out:
- Adjustable antenna capabilities which allow you to boost the strength of your wireless signal.
- Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges.
- Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.
- Captive WiFi Hotspot Portals.
- Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
Read more about the benefits of DD-WRT here, or check out some information on a couple of our more popular Tomato routers here and here. We assure you, the list of advantages that come with owning a DD-WRT or Tomato WiFi router is borderline endless!
Most Popular FlashRouters DD-WRT & Tomato VPN WiFi Routers
The E4200 remains a strong favorite, with the AsusRT-N66 Tomato router (a.k.a. The Dark Knight) posing a serious threat. Neither result is too surprising, considering the performance power of these superior devices.
- Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – Best Overall DD-WRT Router
- Asus RT N66U TomatoUSB FlashRouter – Best Overall Tomato Router
- Netgear WNDR3700 DD-WRT FlashRouter – Best Router Under $150
- Cisco Linksys E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – Best Router Under $80
- Cisco Linksys E4200 Tomato FlashRouter
- Cisco Linksys E3000 DD-WRT FlashRouter
- Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT Router – Most Popular Wired Only Option
- D-Link DIR-825 DD-WRT FlashRouter
A Brief Introduction to VPNs
We made mention of VPN’s throughout this article without totally explaining what it is that a VPN provides, so before we get to the list of the most popular VPN’s, first a quick tutorial.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a subscription-based service that provides your online identity with an extra, impenetrable level of security. These services encrypt your information by tunneling your data flow through their secure servers based all around the world.
A VPN will also protect your online identity by masking and allowing you to change your IP address to one in any country of your choice. Aside from providing another layer of security, this allows you to trick your computer into thinking that it’s in a country it isn’t in, meaning you can access regionally restricted material. So if you’re in England, and you want to watch MLB.tv, just log into your VPN account, choose an American-based IP address, and you’ll be streaming a Yankee game from London before you know it.
For more information about VPNs, read this Introduction to VPN located in our Support section. Enjoy the list!
Most Requested VPN Service Provider Setups of March 2013
Once again, Overplay VPN has taken the top slot on VPN Providers list; no surprise, given the level of quality service Overplay provides. Overplay features high-speed OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP VPN servers in over 6o countries, as well as simple DD-WRT integration and reliable speeds and service.
- Overplay VPN – Easiest to integrate in your router and use OpenVPN. By request, any FlashRouter order includes a coupon code for the Best Price on OverplayVPN Yearly Subscription.
- HideMyAss (HMA) – Excellent US server selection.
- IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest server speeds worldwide.
- PrivateInternetAccess – The excellent, economy VPN service.
What’s more, accessing Overplay’s VPN service is simple and intuitive. Just log into your router, go to the MyPage, and before you know it, you’ll have access to servers all over the world!
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention any of the other providers on the list, such as second-place winner HideMyAss (HMA) VPN. HideMyAss certainly is a strong competitor to Overplay, offering even better American-based coverage, but Overplay’s MyPage integration is enough to give it the edge for our beginner and novice users looking for easy integration of VPN service for watching Netflix on their Rokus.
IPVanish & PrivateInternetAccess have increasingly become strong contenders especially with our recent addition of PrivateInternetAccess specific DD-WRT & Tomato routers.
Of course, what good would a FlashRouter and VPN service be without a Roku or some other streaming device with which to properly take advantage of the advanced service? After all, with a FlashRouter, you can integrate several devices into one VPN account. Just makes sense to make the most of it.
The FlashRouters Guarantee
Every FlashRouter order includes free custom home networking configuration guide, custom setup guide and 3 months of networking support including VPN service provider setup.
As we’ve detailed above, our WiFi routers are fast, reliable, and adaptable. We don’t expect every single one of our customers to necessarily be able to take full advantage of their FlashRouter’s capabilities on their own, so we’re happy to provide any kind of support to help you maximize the potential of your network. We promise the following:
- An extensively tested version of DD-WRT will be flashed on your router.
- Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide: A FlashRouter configuration specialist will personally contact you to tailor your new router to your networking plans if you don’t tell us in your order comments.
- Dual Router Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
- Online Tech Support: Our support staff is available to make sure your open-source firmware router and VPN service connection gets up and running. Satisfaction Guaranteed!
- Free VPN Service Integration: We offer setup guides for just about every VPN service, including: OverPlay VPN, Hide My Ass, IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccess, StrongVPN plus many more.
- Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS.
If you have a specific DD-WRT or Tomato question, concern, setup request or if you’re confused about any element of our product line, all you have to do is open a support ticket or drop us a line. Our friendly sales and support staff are happy to answer any questions.