School is back in session, folks. It’s time to make sure our wireless networks are in proper working order. And what better way then with a FlashRouter!
Of course, we’ve got a lot of terrific routers on our line and we’re affiliated with a lot of fantastic VPN service providers who keep your online data safe. Narrowing down the right VPN router or VPN can be intimidating, given the glut of great options.
With that in mind, we thought it was a good time to take a look at some of our user’s favorites. Who knows? Maybe the wireless router and VPN you’re looking for are in there somewhere.
Benefits of a Open Source Firmware Upgrade
But before we get into the lists, perhaps you can use a primer on what makes a FlashRouter such a special thing…
In case you choose not to watch the video (c’mon though, it’s really short), a FlashRouter is a shortcut to the wireless network you always dreamed of: one that’s powerful enough to handle any workload, fast enough to deliver what you want when you want it, and versatile enough to offer features you may not have even realized you needed.
Thankfully there are open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato. Extending your wireless range and controlling the allocation of your bandwidth is easily within reach when DD-WRT and Tomato are on your side.
But the perks don’t stop there:
- 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!
- VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support for segmenting wireless networks in the same router.
- Advanced Bandwidth Management and Restriction Tools.
- Removes firmware security holes like WPS and manufacturer backdoors.
- Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges.
- Enhanced QoS (Quality of Service) Prioritize traffic for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.
It’s worth pointing out again that list above is abbreviated. There are simply too many advantages of owning a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter to list in full here. Let’s get looking at those best-sellers lists and you can experience the power of a FlashRouter for yourself.
Most Popular Wireless Open Source Routers of September 2015
No major shake-ups here, folks. As was the case last time, the Netgear R7000 has a stranglehold on the number one slot. People just can’t get enough of the Nighthawk, and who can blame them?
Our newly launched Linksys WRT1900AC DD-WRT, the revamp of the classic Linksys blue router, just missed the list being available for only half the month. With its best in breed 1.2 GHz, we’re pretty sure it will crack the list in no time.
- Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – One of our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gaming. Also available in a Tomato version with a Selective VPN option.
- Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT AC2400 – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.
- Netgear R8000 Wireless-AC3200 DD-WRT FlashRouter – No surprise to us to see this Tri-Band Wireless-AC beauty makes its best-sellers list debut.
- Asus AC56U AC1200 Shibby TomatoUSB – Our newest economy Wireless-AC model with a powerful 800 MHz processor.
- Linksys E2500 Shibby TomatoUSB – The go to economy Wireless-N Dual Band device for bargain seekers.
Most Popular VPN Service Providers of September 2015 – By User Request
IPVanish is back on top this month with our newest supported VPN provider, ExpressVPN, cracked the top five. Stallwarts HideMyAss and PIA are right on IPVanish’s tail with PureVPN also creeping up the list.
- IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide & popular in the Middle East.
- HideMyAss – Most overall US & UK server options
- PrivateInternetAccess – Top budget VPN service.
- PureVPN – A time-tested, incredibly popular VPN.
- ExpressVPN – The newly supported premium VPN provider with top performance in Asia and Australia.
Advantages of Purchasing an Open Source FlashRouter
As we’ve more than demonstrated, a FlashRouter is not your average wireless device. So in order to make sure our users get the most out of our feature-heavy routers, we offer:
- An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
- Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide
- Dual Router VPN 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.
- Free VPN Service Integration: We offer plug and play setup on demand and setup/troubleshooting guides for more than 50 VPN services.
- Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS & FedEx.
Still have a question? Not a problem. Open a ticket and our friendly and helpful team of networking experts will swiftly answer any questions you may have.