As we have noted a few weeks ago, the handing over of the personal details of 4,726 users who illegally downloaded the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club from Australian Internet Service Providers to Voltage Media (the company that owns the rights to Dallas Buyers Club) has created a groundswell of Australian VPN interest.
It seems this Dallas Buyers Club fiasco is only the beginning. The Australian government has taken some very alarming steps in its efforts to curb illegal downloading and piracy across the country. This is most certainly due to heavy pressure from media industry groups (like Voltage Media) trying to maintain a stranglehold on content delivery and access throughout the country. Media giant Sony has even lobbied the Australian government to block access to content not licensed specifically within the country.
Using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a great method of protecting yourself from prying digital eyes, be it snooping governments or, in this case, media companies. With this growth in interest, we have been receiving much attention from Australian VPN users looking to get the most out of their setup by using a FlashRouter. Using a FlashRouter, you can set up a VPN network in your home, and use a VPN on devices like Roku and AppleTV, which otherwise have no VPN support.
This being said, while we are in the slow transition from Spring to Summer here in the United States, over in Australia, it seems the Winter season is about to begin. Though Aussies do not have to go through the same winters that, say, people who live in Buffalo, New York have to go through, we figure that colder weather probably means a lot more time indoors and time indoors probably means a lot more time streaming Netflix.
And now that Netflix has finally come to Australia, upgrading your router to handle some high-quality Roku streaming certainly seems like a good idea. And if you would like to switch back and forth between a US IP and an Australian IP to take advantage of multiple Netflix regions, a FlashRouter can help with that too!
However, we know Australia is a long way from the East Coast of the United States and the cost of shipping a router this distance can be rather intimidating.
This is why, to celebrate this splurge of new Australian VPN users, we will be setting a flat priority shipping rate of $25 for all FlashRouters over $200 to anywhere in the Commonwealth of Australia. To take advantage of this deal, simply select Australia as your shipping country in the cart and it will appear. Sorry, this deal has expired.
Now, on to the routers…
|Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT||Asus RT-AC56U|
|1 Ghz Broadcom, Wireless-AC, 4 External Antennas||800 Mhz Broadcom, Wireless-AC, USB 3.0|
|Best in Class Asus Model||Economy Wireless-AC Favorite|
If you are going to be streaming with a VPN in Australia, using a FlashRouter is your best bet. With a FlashRouter, you will not only be protecting individual devices with a VPN, but rather your entire network. However, connecting to a VPN will always cause some kind of drop in speed, as you will have to tunnel your connection to a VPN server and back. To even out this slowdown, using a high-powered FlashRouter like the 1 GHz powerhouse Asus RT-AC87U will certainly suffice. The RT-AC87U uses four external antennas, providing a wide WiFi range. This is a fantastic device for a large home, small business office or for anyone looking for a gaming wireless router.
Interested in a powerful wired option as opposed to a wireless connection, the Netgear AC1450 FlashRouter is a recommended router as it uses an 800 MHz processor at the competitive price point of $199.95. The AC1450 uses internal antennas, making this the preferred device for users looking to get the most out of their connection without focusing on expanding their wireless range. For Australian VPN users who looking for Wireless-N support at a value, the TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT is a choice mid-range router. For more information on these three devices, as well as the rest of our catalog, check out our Best Wireless Routers of 2015.
Best Australia VPN Providers
As you may have noticed, there are a slew of providers available for would-be Australian VPN users and picking which provider you will choose to spend your hard-earned money on can be a bit of a challenge. So, with this, let’s see some of the best VPN providers for Australian users.
ExpressVPN offers great a service for Australians, with servers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malaysia. On top of this, ExpressVPN also provides a high-speed service and highly rated customer support. PrivateInternetAccess is another well-reviewed service popular with Australian VPN users. In addition to hiding your IP address, PrivateInternetAccess also encrypts your data at a packet level, providing even more security. The service is also available at a great value.
Lastly, IPVanish is one of the most highly regarded VPN providers supported by FlashRouters and is a great choice for Australian VPN users. IPVanish has servers in more than 60 countries and keeps zero logs. FlashRouters also has a slew of other supported VPN providers.