Big news for fans of both online privacy and open source firmware: OpenVPN is now fully supported on our line of DD-WRT flashed routers designed to work with one of your favorite VPN service providers, HideMyAss.
Up until recently, if you wanted to enjoy OpenVPN on your HideMyAss FlashRouter, you chose a Tomato firmware router or you were required to use PPTP and L2TP connections only. Now, after much tweaking, testing, trial, error, and retesting, we’re finally confident enough to offer and support a full DD-WRT HideMyAss OpenVPN solution.
The Difference Between OpenVPN & PPTP For HideMyAss Users
So you may be asking, what are all those protocols. Why would one prefer OpenVPN versus PPTP?
According to Wikipedia’s PPTP page:
PPTP has been the subject of many security analyses and serious security vulnerabilities have been found in the protocol. The known vulnerabilities relate to the underlying PPP authentication protocols used, the design of the MPPE protocol as well as the integration between MPPE and PPP authentication for session key establishment. PPTP is (as of October 2012) considered cryptographically broken and its use is no longer recommended by Microsoft.
So that sounds like more tech gibberish to most. Basically, PPTP is a VPN protocol/connection type that is easier to implement. PPTP has long been integrated into Windows-based devices and Apple devices without any further installation. However, that ease of use also makes it less secure generally. PPTP VPN connections are still of great use to many users around the globe. PPTP VPN is better than using no VPN connection at all and still provides an anonymous IP address in the country of your choosing, which allows for the unblocking of geographically restricted content for users. OpenVPN is simply a more secure, open-source based project that has some of the best and brightest in the IT security world preferring it.
So basically, you will be trading the simplicity of use with PPTP for the advanced security with OpenVPN. And isn’t security the most important concern when it comes to networking in the modern world? While we always have wanted to fully support this option, it took us years of testing to find stable, suitable setups that our team could replicate, create setup guides for and be able to support with ease.
Multiple HideMyAss OpenVPN Setup Options
We are introducing two methods of OpenVPN support for HMA connections at this time with some solid benefits to both connection methods.
Option #1: HMA OpenVPN Command Line Installer
If you navigate to your HMA account area on their website, then go to Download & Setup, you will notice an area specifically designated for DD-WRT router setups the DD-WRT command line installation generator. The first steps are fairly self explanatory and quite simple. Enter your regular HMA password in the specified field (NOT your PPTP password), then select your preferred server location using the radio button option. You can choose a specific HMA server in your preferred location, or you can allow the installer to select a server randomly if you like. Our configuration specialists make a few final customizations to all HMA routers before we ship them out to customers. This allows users to then generate their account-specific command line, and immediately run the command on their FlashRouter.
FlashRouters Support is more than happy to complete the entire command line installation before an order is shipped for any HMA customers who desire. By no means do we require your account information, to configure your HMA router, however you may leave your information in the SSL-secure Order Comments section when checking out with your HMA router if you would like a completely out of the box configuration.
No need to worry about changing your HMA VPN server location after receiving your FlashRouter. Once our routers are primed with the HMA command line installation, generate server configurations for any location you desire and then run them on your router to connect to your new preferred geographical location.
Option #2: HMA OpenVPN DD-WRT Startup Script Method
This option is based on HMA’s official router setup tutorials in detail. Not as clean and simple as HMA’s command line installer, it is quite effective and allows for some truly amazing advanced setup setup options.
With the extended scripting method, FlashRouters Support will still set up everything for you in the router so when you receive your new device you simply have to input your HMA username, password, and in the case of the extended script your preferred server locations. When we say locations, that is not a typo. This often requested feature for advanced Internet anonymity is now available. With this extended script you can actually input several HMA servers at once, then your HMA DD-WRT router will connect to one of your preferred servers at random each time you start up the router and connect.
Utilizing this method you can make it so that you are not always connecting through the same VPN server address. This round robin connection setup to HMA servers makes it even harder for anyone who might be trying to peek to pin you down. Keep your IP address randomized every time you connect.
The HMA DD-WRT Script Method allows you the option to set different servers within a single location as well, in case one fails to connect, the script will attempt to connect to the next server in line. You may also setup connection with servers in different US states or countries. If your foremost concern is security and anonymity rather than the benefit of gaining access to content in a specific localized region, then you can keep connecting to VPN in different countries randomly each time you start the VPN connection.
Again the FlashRouter support team is more than happy to setup the entire extended script method for you before shipment. When placing your order for an HMA router, specify your desire in the Comments section. If you would like to take advantage of the advanced scripting method out-of-the-box, please provide your HMA account information with your list of favorite HMA server locations to input on your FlashRouter. If you don’t provide this info, a setup guide will always be included.
Best HideMyAss OpenVPN DD-WRT Routers
Whew, that is a lot of options. If you feel privacy is paramount, having all this at your fingertips makes using a DD-WRT FlashRouter even more exciting and enticing. For FlashRouters, this updated configuration support means that a whole slew of beloved DD-WRT routers are able to work with HMA OpenVPN right out of of the box.
One of the most popular reasons for installing an OpenVPN connection at the router level is that any device that connects to the router is then connected to the OpenVPN connection. That means you can now connect a Roku 3 to HideMyAss via OpenVPN which is not possible otherwise. Being an open-source firmware platform that is constantly updated makes using DD-WRT highly advantageous and the choice for in-the-know tech users who truly value control over their privacy and network security.
Ready to choose the privacy protector of your future.? Here’s a few of our best HideMyAss OpenVPN ready routers from basic/economy to next-gen top end wireless and everywhere in between.
HideMyAss Netgear R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter – Our top of the line Tomato router.
The Netgear Nighthawk has been one of the most popular FlashRouters for almost a year now, and it’s easy to see why. Packed with a 1 GHz processor alongside three powerful external antennas, the Nighthawk is the perfect defense against any slowdown caused by connecting to a VPN server. Now available with user-friendly Tomato firmware, this device is even more unstoppable.
Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC1750 OpenVPN DD-WRT Router – A classic, high-end Wireless-AC device.
Powerful processor, huge RAM/Flash memory, better cooling for better performance and Next-gen AC wireless, OpenVPN ready for HMA users. And don’t forget about those ever popular, powerful external antennas.
Linksys E1200 HideMyAss OpenVPN DD-WRT Router – Now, if you’re looking for OpenVPN DD-WRT for HideMyAss FlashRouters, but you’re in the market for something a little more modestly priced, we can wholeheartedly recommend this incredibly affordable device.
If you’re looking for a quick way to considerably upgrade your network, the E1200 DD-WRT is one of those quick, simple, and economical solutions that only seem too good to be true. The Linksys E1200’s consistently excellent performance offers the sort of stability and reliability that routers twice the price cannot.
Netgear WNDR4000 HideMyAss OpenVPN DD-WRT Router – If you haven’t had a chance to yet, please meet one of our favorite high-end DD-WRT routers. The Netgear WNDR4000 was selected by PCMag as an “Editor’s Choice” and was further complimented as a “throughput thoroughbred in the 5 GHz band.”
You can easily land distinctions like that when you offer features like Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless for optimal performance in crowded areas such as crowded apartment buildings, busy downtown districts and cities with heavy wireless interference. Throw in the extra features added by DD-WRT and the extra security of a HideMyAss subscription, and you’ve got a wireless network that can’t be beat!
Benefits of a Purchasing a DD-WRT Router from FlashRouter
Yes, you can flash any device yourself at your own risk. But that is part of it, risk. FlashRouter takes the risk out of it and gives you a whole lot more. All FlashRouter purchases include a minimum 90 day warranty, a 30 day satisfaction guarantee and 3 months of VPN/Internet Setup Support from our US-based open-source firmware experts.
Our goal is provide you with the best hardware with the best firmware and have your back if you run into any stumbling blocks. We think it is important that everyone has more privacy and knows more about what is going on in their network as it is increasingly the most important and most vulerable part of your home!