The 2013 NBA Playoffs are heating up (forgive the term). Those of us at FlashRouters who live in the Tri-state area were sad to see our own Brooklyn Nets get taken out by the Chicago Bulls (at our own grand, new Barclays Center, no less), but we’ve still got the Knicks to look to.
But anyway, we’re down to eight teams, and this already exciting playoff season is showing no signs of relenting. As proud cord-cutters who’ve weathered a few consecutive seasons without the benefit of a pricey cable package, we can tell you that we know how to stay in touch with the NBA without relying on cable television. And we can say, without hyperbole, that NBA Game Time is an invaluable resource for cord-cutters trying to keep in touch with their favorite hoops teams.
For those of you who haven’t had the chance to explore the world of NBA Game Time, we’ll guide you through the benefits of this great channel below, and we’ll even tell you how to optimize your wireless network so that you need not miss a single game. Read on!
But First, What is NBA Game Time?
We already gave you a bit of a primer on NBA Game Time when we were discussing the best Roku channels for sports, but it’s worth running over the benefits of this premium channel once again.
Put simply, NBA Game Time is a channel devoted to connecting basketball fans with the NBA through connected devices like Rokus, iPads, Apple TVs, etc. What you get out of your NBA Game Time experience depends on whether or not you get a subscription for a League Pass, but there’s plenty of great highlights, stats, scores, and schedules to be had for the fan who doesn’t feel like paying for a subscription.
On the other hand, the League Pass users get the benefit of live games, as well as on-demand game replay and extra highlights. So if you take your NBA seriously, it’s probably worth going for the League Pass, and you’re running out of chances to take advantage of it during this current NBA season, so hurry up!
Use a VPN to Watch NBA Game Time From Anywhere
But what if you’re looking to watch the 2013 playoffs and you’re out of the US on business or you’ve already made vacation plans outside of the country? Well, it couldn’t be simpler; all you need to do is subscribe to a VPN.
A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network, is a subscription-based service designed to protect your online information. When you log in to a VPN, all of your data in tunneled through one of your VPN’s many encrypted servers located around the world!
Popular VPN service providers for US IP addresses include PrivateInternetAccess, Overplay VPN, IPVanish VPN, HideMyAss VPN, and StrongVPN. FlashRouters also offers a handy VPN provider comparison list to help you find the VPN service that best suits your needs.
Aside from securing your information, logging in to a VPN will also allow you to change your IP address to one in any country of your choosing. So if you’re overseas doing business in, say, Tokyo and want to catch up on highlights and stats on NBA Game Time, all you need to do is log in to your VPN, select an American-based server, and your laptop or portable device will be convinced that you’re in America. You’ll be all caught up in no time!
The FlashRouters Difference
And while you’re improving the security and NBA streaming access around your network, why not ensure that it runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible by upgrading to a FlashRouter?
All of our routers are flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, which are replacement firmwares that significantly boost the power, speed, and adaptability of any router in which they’re installed. Some of their more noteworthy features include:
- 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.
- WiFi Hotspot Portals.
Some of our most popular routers include the Cisco Linksys E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter, the fleet-footed point guard of our router roster. Then there’s the Netgear WNDR3700 DD-WRT FlashRouter which, as our small forward, offers both durability and a deft touch. And, of course, we have to mention our towering center, the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato Router, which has the power to bring down the thunder against any competitor.
A FlashRouter can even help make your VPN experience, and thus your NBA Game Time experience, as hassle-free as possible. All of our routers come with built-in VPN connections options for PPTP, L2TP, & OpenVPN for certain VPN providers, making them VPN routers. This saves you the trouble of setting up a VPN connection on your own, which is a time-consuming and difficult process that can lead router-bricking.
Don’t risk the health of your costly device when a FlashRouter will save you the trouble and will run smoother than any other router on the market. Using a FlashRouter, you can even have multiple devices using the same VPN account on one set-up. Or you could go with the popular dual router setup, which lets you switch back and forth between a local connection and a VPN server in another country with almost no effort.
Find out more about some of best-selling routers and the most popular VPN providers here. And while you’re checking out some of our fine merchandise, you can always swing by our media device section and find a Roku or Apple TV upon which to stream NBA Game Time, and make your playoff season complete!