According to a recent article on BBC.com, the Chinese government has heightened their state censorship systems, blocking the sites of many popular VPN providers.
Using a VPN provider to mask your IP address is an important step towards encryption and protection in any country, but to provide one’s self with a free and open Internet in a country like China, a VPN service is practically mandatory. With some of the strictest Internet censorship protocols in the world, even basic browsing is an issue, as sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter are all blocked by the Chinese government.
One VPN provider that has maintained a strong stance in the world of providing Internet Freedom to Chinese users is ExpressVPN. Boasting over 97 VPN locations in 78 countries, such as the United States, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Israel, ExpressVPN can offer a layer of encryption and safety to users in China as well as the rest of the world.
Using ExpressVPN DD-WRT and Tomato FlashRouters
An important step towards safety within your entire network is using a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter pre-configured for use with your ExpressVPN account. Using a FlashRouter will allow any device connected to the FlashRouter WiFi network to be encrypted with ExpressVPN using OpenVPN or PPTP.
With this, you will only need one connection and one setup to ExpressVPN, and devices like Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire, and Samsung Smart TVs that offer no native VPN support can be protected under the ExpressVPN FlashRouter network.
Upgrading to an ExpressVPN DDWRT FlashRouter doesn’t mean you will have to get rid of your current router, as a FlashRouter can fit within nearly any router setup.
Using a modem router or a modem/router combination as a connection to your ISP? Simply connect a FlashRouter via Ethernet cable to your modem or modem router, and you will have a Dual Router Setup: two segmented WiFi networks, one for VPN use and one for use with your ISP.
If you would like to connect a device to ExpressVPN, simply connect it to the ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter network. If you would like to have the device operate without ExpressVPN, simply connect it to your ISP network.
Best Routers for Use With ExpressVPN
While any FlashRouter will work with your ExpressVPN account, using a high-powered 1 GHz FlashRouter like the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT or the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT will allow for a faster connection to the VPN, and with this, allow for higher quality streaming and less buffer time with streaming services like Netflix and YouTube.
If you are interested in the user-friendly interface of Tomato, the Asus RT-N66U is the best Tomato FlashRouter, combining Tomato features like the ability to use two OpenVPN servers side-by-side alongside three powerful external antennas.
Just select ExpressVPN from any router’s VPN Provider dropdown menu and we’ll do the rest. Add you ExpressVPN information in the final step of the checkout process and we will complete a full pre-configuration for the ultimate, out-of-the-box ExpressVPN WiFi network experience!