We’re inching ever closer to summer, and with the arrival of May, there comes the concurrent arrival of the panic of suddenly needing to think of a Mother’s Day gift.
Long past are the days when we could simply dismiss the Internet and social networks as a young person’s game. All of our mothers are on Facebook and using Rokus and facetiming with their kids and grandkids, so while it may not seem like the most natural thing in the world to do, your mother would certainly appreciate having her network optimized.
So why don’t you take a look at some of our best-selling routers and most popular VPN service providers? We guarantee that your mother would love to have her Facetime chats free of halting video, her Netflix streaming devoid of freezes, and her online information safe and sound.
The FlashRouters Difference
One thing that makes our routers stand above the rest is that they come pre-flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. These replacement firmwares are designed to take an already powerful router and expand the range of their abilities and improve their speeds.
Of course, you can attempt to install these firmwares on your own, but the process of installing these firmwares is complicated (as well as lengthy), and is best left in the hands of professionals; professionals like the ones employed to carry out this very task for FlashRouters. Why risk bricking your new router when we can prevent that sort of heartache and handle all of the hassle for you?
At this point, you’re probably wondering what exactly it is that DD-WRT and Tomato firmware can do for you. Well, here’s an abbreviated list of some of their more noteworthy features:
- 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!
And while that should be enough to get you on board with these firmwares, there are plenty of other benefits that we’re not going to get into here, but you can read about DD-WRT here, and check out some of our popular Tomato routers here and here.
Most Popular FlashRouters DD-WRT & Tomato Routers
Little has changed from our previous list. Unsurprisingly, people are still flocking to the superior E4200 DD-WRT router, with only the heavy-hitting upstart, the RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router, posing any real threat. Then again, the Dark Knight is fairly new to our line-up, so things could change next month.
- Cisco Linksys N750 E4200 DD-WRT Router – Best Overall DD-WRT Router
- Asus RT N66U N900 TomatoUSB Router (NEW) – Best Overall Tomato Router
- Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router
- Asus RT-N16 N300 DD-WRT Router
- Netgear WNDR4000 N750 DD-WRT Router
- D-Link DIR-825 DD-WRT Router
A Brief Introduction to VPNs
Before we jump into the list of the most popular VPN service providers, it’s probably worthwhile to get the uninitiated up to speed.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a subscription-based service, the purpose of which is to greatly heighten the online security of the user. Once you’ve logged in to your VPN, your data flow is encrypted by being tunneled through secure servers that VPNs have set up all around the world.
Aside from the security benefits, one of the virtues of using a VPN is that when you log in, you can choose an IP address in countries other than your own. This means that you can access regionally restricted websites from anywhere in the world. If you’re in China on business and you wish to access your Netflix queue, all you need to do is log in and choose an American-based server. Simple as that!
For more information about VPNs, read this Introduction to VPN located in our Support section.
Most Requested VPN Service Provider Set-Ups of April 2013
Congratulations again to our stalwart VPN partners at Overplay for once again topping our most popular VPN service provider list! 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, so it’s no wonder that they’ve landed at number one again.
But just like with our list of most popular routers, the competition is heating up. HideMyAss still poses a threat with their superior American coverage, and our fondness for PrivateInternetAccess knows no bounds, which is why we’ve recently announced a line of pre-flashed, open-sourced routers for PIA users!
- Overplay VPN – Easiest to integrate in your router and use OpenVPN.
- HideMyAss (HMA) – Top Overall US & UK server selection.
- PrivateInternetAccess – Best Budget VPN Service
- IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest server speeds worldwide.
And while you’re upgrading your network with one of our routers, securing your online information with a VPN, and allowing yourself the freedom to access regionally restricted material, why not drop by our media shop and pick up a Roku or an AppleTV so you can really take advantage of all that your new network has to offer?
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.
We work hard to ensure that every Flashrouter is fast, efficient, and durable: it’s our passion. But we don’t expect everyone else to have the same experience nor the same proficiency with our products, and we want everyone to get the most out of the routers that they purchase from us. And so we promise to be available to help you maximize the potential of your network. In keeping with that promise, we offer 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.