As FlashRouters has stressed again and again, factory installed backdoors and frequently re-occurring bugs make routers with default firmware undesirable for use. Consequently, this is why FlashRouters advocates using alternative, Open Source firmware.
Accordingly, Open Source firmware allows for the integration of Virtual Private Networks. FlashRouters offers support for setting routers up with VPNs from providers, but not for individualized VPN setups. All things considered, setting up a VPN with DD-WRT firmware is not an impossible task. However, it is not exactly “user-friendly.” The Untangle router app changes all of this and then some.
What Is the Untangle Router App?
The Untangle router app is an OS for home routers based off Untangle’s popular NG Firewall product.
Untangle, a company based in San Jose, California, specializes in designing security applications. Furthermore, Untangle specifically focuses on the security of small businesses and home offices. The FG Firewall is the most popular Untangle product.
The Untangle FG Firewall is a free software that allows for users to manage traffic and policy on their networks at an enterprise-level with the ease of a consumer product. The router app integrates this NG Firewall at the router level.
Introducing the Untangle Router
Due to the size of the Untangle app, the feature is only available on the Linksys WRT1900ACS. The Untangle app takes up a hefty amount of space, so only a router like the WRT1900ACS, with 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash Memory, can handle it.
In addition to boasting a strong memory drive, the WRT1900ACS also possesses a 1.6 GHz Dual Core Marvell processor alongside 4 external antennas. The WRT1900ACS not only has the ability to support Untangle but offers a great performance regardless.
The Untangle custom flash also includes a custom upgrade USB drive integrated to allow for the max capability of this amazing network security and intrusion prevention device.
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What are the Benefits of the Untangle Router App?
As stated above, one of the top benefits of the Untangle Router App is the ability to create your own OpenVPN server. You can also use the app to connect to the OpenVPN server at your office. FlashRouters previously only allowed for connecting to servers from VPN services like IPVanish and ExpressVPN at the router level. The ability to create a personal VPN server is one of the most requested features here at FlashRouters. Finally, it is made easy.
The creation of OpenVPN servers is not the only benefit of the Untangle router app. Using Untangle also allows for the ability to make Turnkey Captive portal/WiFi hotspots. Using the Untangle Router App to create a WiFi hotspot is much easier than using DD-WRT or Tomato firmware to do the same.
Furthermore, Untangle provides users with a slew of additional features. These features include robust reporting of traffic logs and the easy access ability to set access restrictions. Some features available only on the Paid version of Untangle as well as on the router level are load balancing, bandwidth limitations, and IPSec support.
Moreover, these features (and more) allow users full control of their network. Using Untangle on the router level will allow for you to utilize all of the benefits of Untangle’s NG Firewall on all of your devices.
What’s the Difference Between the Untangle Software and the Router App?
The only difference between the Untangle software and the router app is that some features will not work at the router level. These features include intrusion protection, SNORT, web cache, and the virus blocker. However, the router takes advantage of many other features, like the ones listed above, and more, that make the experience of owning an Untangle router a must have.