It’s shaping up to be a brutal summer, with temperatures leveling off around the mid-80s (at least for those of us on the east coast). Some choose to brave the humidity and get the most out of the sun. Not us, we prefer to stay indoors and stay cool with our air-conditioners.
So for those of you who’d rather avoid sweating bullets, you’re going to need to occupy your time somehow. Thankfully, there’s endless gaming and streaming movie and television options available to those of us who prefer to beat the heat by avoiding it.
But if your home network isn’t up to snuff, then you might be on the verge of having a seriously frustrating summer. Well, that’s what FlashRouters is here for. We’ve got the WiFi routers flashed with open-sourced firmwares designed to keep your home network humming, and our partnerships with VPN service providers will help us keep your online identity safe and sound.
Read on to find out about some of our most popular WiFi routers and the VPN service providers that we love.
The FlashRouters Difference
For those of you unfamiliar with what we do here at FlashRouters, allow us to give you a little introduction: At FlashRouters, we enhance already powerful WiFi routers by upgrading them with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. These replacement firmwares basically allow the user to enjoy a more adaptable, powerful, and faster router.
Installing these firmwares can be done by anyone, but it’s a tricky process and one best left to experts like those on our staff. Believe us, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than putting in lots of time and effort to improve your router only to end up bricking it. Let us take care of the trouble for you. It’s our pleasure.
Anyway, in case you’re looking for more specific reasons that you should want a router upgraded with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, why not check out this partial list below?
- 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!
As we said, this is far from a complete list of benefits, but you can read more about DD-WRT here, Tomato here, and check out some of our popular Tomato routers here and here. We promise you that there’s no better way to upgrade a router than with these open-source solutions.
Most Popular DD-WRT & Tomato FlashRouters of June 2013
Although the Linksys E4200 has topped most of our previous best-sellers lists, and has done it once again, it’s days on top may soon be done. As we posted about recently, Linksys is getting out of the open-sourced firmware business, and affordable, adaptable routers like the E4200 and the E1200 and the E2500 may no longer offer that distinctive touch that only DD-WRT and Tomato firmware can provide.
In the meantime, Asus is picking up the slack and fast. Tremendously powerful routers like the RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router and the RT-AC66U DD-WRT router are climbing our list and fast, commensurate with the incredible speeds these devices offer. So if you’re in the market for a open-sourced Linksys router, act quickly, or be ready to make the switch over to Asus.
Anyway, enjoy our best-selling routers list! There’s sure to be something here that meets your needs.
- Cisco Linksys N750 E4200 DD-WRT Router – Best Overall DD-WRT Router
- Asus RT N66U N900 TomatoUSB Router (NEW) – Best Overall Tomato Router
- Cisco Linksys E4200 N750 Tomato Router
- Cisco Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router
- Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router
- Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC1750 DD-WRT Router
- Asus RT-N16 N300 DD-WRT Router
- Cisco Linksys E1000 DD-WRT Router
- Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router
Most Requested VPN Service Provider Set-Ups of June 2013
Well, it seems like we say this every month (mainly because we do), but congratulations are in order for Overplay VPN! Once again, the superlative VPN service provider has topped our most requested list, probably due to the fact that they offer OpenVPN, PTPP, and L2TP VPN servers in over 60 countries!
But we’ll see how the list switches up in the coming months, especially since we’ve recently added OpenVPN Tomato routers designed specifically for IPVanish users. For more information on that subject, we direct you to a recent, more exhaustive post on the subject. In the meantime, check out this list and find the VPN service provider that is just right for you!
- Overplay VPN – Easiest to integrate in your router and use OpenVPN.
- PrivateInternetAccess – Best Budget VPN Service
- HideMyAss (HMA) – Top Overall US & UK server selection.
- StrongVPN – A popular choice with those in Latin America.
- IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest server speeds worldwide.
Once you’ve secured your network with a VPN, stop by our media store and pick up a Roku or an Apple TV. Using a VPN, you can enjoy streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle, or Amazon Prime Instant from anywhere in the world!
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.
So obviously, it’s incredibly important to us that you are happy with your purchase. That’s why our technicians are available around the clock, eager and ready to help any of our customers in need of assistance. We want you to get the utmost out of our products, and there’s a lot to get out of our products. That’s why we promise the following:
- An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmwarewill 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.