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Top Reasons You Need A FlashRouter Even Without A VPN

Top Benefits of a Open Source Firmware DD-WRT Router from FlashRouters

As you may know, FlashRouters offers users premium DD-WRT routers that are work hand-in-hand with VPN services. But what if one does not want to use a Virtual Private Network? What else does a DD-WRT upgraded FlashRouter offer?

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What Exactly Is A FlashRouter? 

Let’s start with some basic definitions. A FlashRouter is essentially a supercharged wireless router with additional capabilities and features. Moreover, some things that make a FlashRouter different from a standard wireless router are:

Of course, one of the main reasons we flash DD-WRT onto our devices is to enable our users to utilize a VPN on the network level. Furthermore, using a VPN on a DD-WRT router allows any device connected to the FlashRouter to be covered by the VPN tunnel.

What Can A DD-WRT FlashRouter Do?

Luckily, you don’t need to use a VPN to get the full benefits of a FlashRouter. Along with everything mentioned above, a DD-WRT enabled FlashRouter provides a slew of additional networking and security enhancements. These include but are definitely not limited to:

Advanced DD-WRT Firmware Features

  • Router firmware backdoors, bugs & fixes
  • Improved Network Stability & Network Information
  • Advanced Wireless Modes: Access Point (AP), wireless client bridge & repeater modes
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) Support
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings – Increase wireless strength and coverage
  • Policy Based Routing – Choose segments of Internet activity based on website, device, wireless network etc.
  • Access RestrictionsCustom time, website, app & user-based restrictions
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP VPN Client/Server Integration
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS) service integration
  • SPI Firewall/ IP Tables
  • IPV6 Support
  • Advanced Port Forwarding – Create port forwards, redirects, & triggers with included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play).
  • DNS forwarder – DNSmasq with local hostnames, domain names, and internet address caching
  • Bandwidth Graphing/Statistics: Real-time, daily & monthly
  • DHCP Server – Using DNSmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases
  • WPS Disabled
  • Wi-Fi hotspot Integrations: Create hotspots for businesses with a verification page using the integrated Chillispot or NOCATSPLASH system
  • Wake-on-LAN – Remote network access
  • Samba file-share/CIFS client
  • WDS: Wireless distribution system AKA wireless bridging
  • Telnet/SSH Support
  • Radius Authentication: Enterprise level wireless security
  • JFFS2 Support
  • NAT (Network Address Translation) support

As you can see, DD-WRT’s list of features could be a little confusing and overwhelming. So what does all this tech jargon mean to you?

Top DD-WRT FlashRouter Benefits Outside of VPN Integration

Top Benefits of an Open Source FIrmware/ DDWRT FlashRouter

To put it simply, a FlashRouter can upgrade and enhance your entire home network experience. Furthermore, some key features that DD-WRT offers include:

Improved Network Stability

Through DD-WRT, users can enable and disable features that use precious memory and processing power. You can also limit connections and set some the connection timeout to a shorter amount of time. This allows for a more efficient wireless router, cutting back on how often you need to restart the device.

Advanced Wireless Modes

DD-WRT routers allow for users to use their wireless routers in different wireless modes. This includes the AP or access point mode, wireless client bridge, and even wireless repeater bridge. Further on, this feature enables users to use their FlashRouter to extend their wireless range throughout their home.

Advanced Port Forwarding

Online gaming consoles require certain ports to be forwarded in order to connect to the game consoles network. DD-WRT routers let users create port forwards, redirects, and triggers. Moreover, the firmware also includes universal plug and play (UPnP) for quick and seamless access to your games.

Adjustable Antenna Transmission

With DD-WRT, users can easily tweak the antenna transmission and power. As a result, adjusting the transmission power settings allows for a broader transmitting range thus giving you more coverage in your home!

The Best FlashRouters For Your Everyday Needs

Ready to take the leap and upgrade from your old router? Check out some of our best Open Source Firmware FlashRouters of 2018 or some of our top recommended devices below!

ac5300-front-900Nighthawk Netgear Secure VPN Router
Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRTR7800 Nighthawk DD-WRTLinksys WRT1900AC v2 DD-WRT
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 Ghz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC2600 Mbps
1.7 Ghz Broadcom Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Prepares Your Network For All The Latest Devices
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Use in Small-Medium Homes

Have any questions or concerns? Feel free to reach out to our support team for more information!

How to Stream MTV Tr3s From Anywhere


Have you had trouble finding a streaming station that caters its programming to a Latin American audience? Search no longer, because we’ve got just the channel for you. It’s called Tr3s, and we’re going to tell you why you should be watching. Most importantly, we’re going to tell you how to watch Tr3s from anywhere in the world.

What is MTV Tr3s AKA MTV en Espanol?

Tr3s is an American cable and satellite station geared specifically towards a young Latin American demographic. The station initially offered programming that varies from original reality shows to music videos and even kid shows.

Tr3s’ origins go back to MTV S, which became MTV en Espanol. MTV en Espanol gradually turned into MTV Tr3s. In 2010, the station dropped the “MTV” part, finally leaving us with what we now know as Tr3s.

Now you’re wondering what “Tr3s” is, and we can’t blame you. “Tr3s” is merely a hipper way to say the word “tres”, meaning “three”. “Tres” represents the three pillars of the station. The pillars are “Music” (represented by the many music videos the channel offers), “Making it” (represented by Tr3s’ devotion to programming about achieving the Latin American dream), and “Milestones” (inspirational stories about Latino youth coming of age).

Maybe that sounds a little too serious for your tastes. Nonetheless, this is a fun enterprise, as one glance at the streaming site will let you know. Tr3s offers loads of music videos, artist videos, bio pages and shows designed to make this a one-stop entertainment shop for those in the market for Latin American culture. Don’t miss out.

Use VPNs to Watch Tr3s From Anywhere

Tr3s’ service doesn’t extend outside the US. Therefore, you will have to resort to somewhat unconventional means to see it if you live elsewhere.

FlashRouters encounters these issues all the time. Users ask about getting getting Netflix access in a country where it’s not available or streaming European television from anywhere. We always return to the same answer, which is that you’ve got to subscribe to a VPN.

VPNs (or Virtual Private Networks) are subscription-based service designed to offer users the top level of online security. They work as follows: first of all, a user logs into a VPN. Once this is done, all of his or her activity is tunneled through secure servers set up all over the world. Consequently, hackers and snooping governments can no longer access your most sensitive information (emails, credit card numbers). Most VPNs are not free, but they are cheap and utterly necessary.

The Best VPN Service Security Providers 2016

Top VPN Providers

But you might be asking, how does this let me watch Tr3s from anywhere in the world? The answer is quite simple, actually. Log in and choose the encrypted VPN server you prefer. Pick your server, and now you receive an IP address in that server’s location. Now your network is secure and furthermore, your computer believes it’s somewhere that it’s not.

And now you can access any web pages that are available in that country. Want to stream Tr3s from England? Log in to your VPN and pick an American server. VPN protection is that simple, effective, and ingenious.

FlashRouters supports routers setup for tons of the best and most popular VPN services. Check out our official supported provider list in order to get a good look at them.

Watch Tr3s With A FlashRouter

By now, we’ve hopefully convinced you of the merits of a VPN service. It will keep you safer online and allow you to view Tr3s from anywhere in the world. But there’s another side to a complete network, and it starts with us.

Streaming stalls and freezes are routine if you have an outdated router. Therefore, you’ve need a FlashRouter. We flash our routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares we install to optimize already powerful routers in order to super-charge them. Access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated with DD-WRT and Tomato. Don’t worry about HD streaming issues, because FlashRouters is here to save the day.

2 Router Setup Diagram

Moreover, your VPN experience improves with our devices. FlashRouters will set up your router to work with your subscription right out of the box if you belong to a VPN on our supported provider list! Better yet, hold on to your old router, and try out our popular dual router set up. Now you can switch between your local network (for day-to-day usage) and your VPN (for advanced security and accessing geographically restricted material) with tremendous ease.

Improve your wireless network today. Start by looking at our recent best-sellers list. Or you can check out three of our best routers here:

Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 R7000 NighthawkLinksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
One of our Most-Popular Routers
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Use in Small-Medium Homes

DD-WRT and Tomato: Which Is the Best Router Firmware?

DD-WRT Logo - Power to the Router

DD-WRT Firmware- Best Router Firmware

FlashRouters takes pride in the quality of service that we bring to our customers, but we wouldn’t be able to do what we do with such consistent results without help from the best router firmware available. In this case, the best comes split in two different forms: DD-WRT and Tomato.

These replacement firmwares boost the functionality of every single FlashRouter immeasurably, and we’re proud to offer devices that benefit from the many advanced features that the best router firmware, DD-WRT and Tomato provide. Of course, while both kinds of open-source firmware offer a lot of the same features, there are considerable differences.

We’re going to explore some of the differences below, in the hope of offering our customers a clearer picture of each open source firmware, and allowing our customers the ability to have a better idea of which is the best router firmware for them.

The Benefits DD-WRT and Tomato Share

As we mentioned above, both DD-WRT and Tomato open source firmware share a lot of virtues; they both allow users to access advanced features like the ability to extend your wireless range, tweak wireless sensitivity, control your bandwidth allocation, and add advanced layers of security that stock firmwares simply can’t provide.

If that was all these firmwares did, they’d be worth the upgrade, but there’s also all of this:

  • 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!
  • Dual WAN and 3G/4G USb Failover options.
  • Major security holes removed like WPS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.

That’s a whole lot of features, and that’s just what DD-WRT and Tomato have in common.

Now let’s get to the differences…

Tomato Firmware Benefits Unavailable on DD-WRT

To start with, Tomato simply offers better OpenVPN support, allowing you to connect to your work’s VPN with ease or to use with the popular VPN service provider of your choice. In fact, our testing has shown a higher rate of success with Tomato when setting up and connecting with OpenVPN.

Tomato is also noteworthy for having a more user-friendly graphical user interface, and some helpful visual add-ons of connected ethernet devices.  There’s also a wireless survey page that helps users find the best channel to use for a wireless network, and Tomato has recently added a feature that notifies users when updates are available. Tomato has integrated Tor and Bittorrent clients, and even makes USB integration easier.

If you are interested in using two OpenVPN servers side by side, Tomato is a recommended option. Tomato allows for the integration of two OpenVPN servers you can easily switch back and forth from, even if they are from different providers. If you have an IPVanish server that works well in New York, and a NordVPN server you prefer for Los Angeles, there is no need to fear.

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Bandwidth Monitoring in Tomato

Tomato is also recommended for bandwidth monitoring use. Tomato offers real time, 24 hour, daily, weekly, and monthly bandwidth monitoring, while DD-WRT only offers real-time bandwidth monitoring. If you have multiple devices on your network, bandwidth monitoring will allow you to see which devices are clogging up your speeds.

The Policy Based Routing setup is also recommended for Tomato users over DD-WRT users. Policy based routing, or the Dual Gateway Setup, is recommended for use with higher-end routers, like the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Tomato FlashRouter. Using the Dual Gateway with a router like the R7000 will allow you to use the router as both an ISP and a VPN connection. This is advantageous because it allows you to use both the ISP network to get the most out of the R7000’s processor, while also protecting specific devices with a VPN.

DD-WRT Firmware Benefits Unavailable on Tomato

Tomato may have a host of features that you simply cannot find on other kinds of open source firmware, but DD-WRT certainly gives it a run for its money.

One thing DD-WRT has going for it over Tomato is that DD-WRT is more readily available. DD-WRT supports some Atheros-based and Ralink-based chipsets, which means that you can flash DD-WRT on a bigger selection of devices. In fact, manufacturers such as D-Link, TP-Link and more are available with DD-WRT.

Better yet, if you’re interested in wireless repeater modes, DD-WRT has it all over Tomato. DD-WRT offers use of repeaters on alternate subnets, whereas Tomato only has the repeater bridge/WDS.

And if you’re looking to create a WiFi hotspot, DD-WRT has more advanced, built-in options than Tomato, such as Wifidog, Sputnik, and many others.

So Which Is the Best Router Firmware?

We hate to end inconclusively when we’ve promised to answer the question about the best router firmware, but ultimately, it depends on which features are most important to you. If OpenVPN connectivity is your main goal, we’d say go with Tomato. If you’re more concerned with repeater modes, then DD-WRT is the way to go. No matter what feature matters most to you, make sure to check whether DD-WRT or Tomato offers it before you commit to a purchase.

Whatever your preference, we offer plenty of routers featuring both brands of firmware.

Some of our most popular DD-WRT routers include;

Netgear Nighthawk X4S R7800 AC2600 – 1.7 Ghz Broadcom Processor and 4 Antennas

Linksys WRT3200ACM – 1.8 Ghz Marvell Processor and 4 Antennas

Asus RT-AC5300 – 1.4 Ghz Broadcom Processor and 8 High Powered External Antennas

Some of our most popular Tomato routers include;

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 – 1 Ghz Broadcom Processor and 3 External Antennas

Asus RT-AC3200 – 1 Ghz Broadcom Processor and 6 External Antennas

Want to learn more about DD-WRT, Tomato, and other open source firmware news? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

What Is UPnP & How Do I Set it Up UPnP in DD-WRT?

UPnPAs the way we store movies, music, TV shows, etc. grows increasingly sophisticated, we’ve managed to multiply the ways in which we can get frustrated with or lose track of our media. If you want to stream an album stored on your phone through your laptop or PS3, you can drive yourself nuts trying to figure out how to get your gadgets to work together.

Fortunately, there’s a simple feature on your routers that will allow you to sync up your home devices and create an easily accessible library of media. This solution is called UPnP.

What Is UPnP?

UPnP stands for Universal Plug and Play, a feature that allows you to share media stored on different devices all over your network. UPnP-friendly devices include Xbox One, PS4, and even some DVD players, Blu-Ray players and SmartTVs.

So if there’s something on your home computer that you’d like to see on your big screen TV, all you need to do is enable UPnP on your home network (which we will discuss in the section below). No need to re-download files. Just stream them on the UPnP-friendly device of your choice.

How Do I Use UPnP With DD-WRT?

How to set up UPnP in DD-WRT


Now that you know what UPnP is, you’re probably wondering how you go about enabling it…

If you’re one of the fortunate people with a powerful router upgraded with the endlessly versatile firmware known as DD-WRT, then the process of turning on your UPnP is remarkably simple.

Looking for a DD-WRT router? FlashRouters offers a great variety of routers specifically flashed with DD-WRT, from the user favorites like the Linksys WRT1200AC DD-WRT Router to the powerhouse  Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk.

First, you need to start by logging in to your router on your browser (the default LAN IP address of a DD-WRT router is You should see a screen like the one above.

Click on the NAT/QoS tab. Once you’ve done that, click on the UPnP tab right below. Then you’ve just got to click “Enable” next to the UPnP service line.

And that’s it! Your home network and the devices using it are now UPnP-enabled. Start streaming YouTube videos on your big screen TV and iTunes through your home theater system!

TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT VPN FlashRouter: Power & Style in One Package

We’ve got another beauty of a router that we’re excited to introduce: the lone white Wireless-AC option, meet the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter.

Meet the TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter

The TP Link Archer C9 1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter

So you may be wondering why you should give any more attention to the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter when we’ve just admitted to adding a number of excellent routers to our line?

Well, we’re glad you asked.

Let’s start with the processor upgrade: Your VPN’s performance and streaming media experiences will be flawless thanks to the DD-WRT best-in-class Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU that the Archer C9 offers.

There are also two USB ports (1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0), making sharing and transferring files between devices quick and easy. Then there’s the three adjustable and supremely powerful external antennae to ensure the maximum reach for your wireless network.

The latest FlashRouter - The TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT

TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 (Back)

For those looking for the light colored high-end DD-WRT router, the TP-Link Archer C9 DD-WRT is the only device that is not black. That does matter to a few of you out there we know. And we haven’t even started talking about the Wireless-AC…

The Advantages of Wireless-AC

Put simply, there’s Wireless-G, Wireless-N, and Wireless-AC. Of those, Wireless-AC is the one you want, as this primer helps explain in further detail.

The primary appeal is Wireless-AC is networking speed. This networking draft leaves its competitors in the dust, beating Wireless-G (up to 54 Mbps) and Wireless-N (450-900 Mbps) handily. This particular dual-band device tops out at 1900 Mbps (450Mbps Wireless-N + 1450 Mbps Wireless-AC). So the max transmission speed is minimally 2x the highest end Wireless-N device and about 20x older Wireless-G routers you might still be struggling with.

As we’ve demonstrated, the TP-Link Archer C9 is a remarkable device, no matter what you do to it. Yet the router does not reach its full potential until it’s flashed with DD-WRT, a replacement firmware that immeasurably improves upon the stock firmware of every router it graces.

If you’ve suffered through skips, stalls, freezes, and all manner of annoying interruptions while streaming videos on YouTube, movies on Netflix Instant, TV shows on Amazon Instant etc. then you need a router flashed with DD-WRT firmware. Watch as these persistent issues become a thing of the past now that you’ve got a DD-WRT FlashRouter.

But that’s just the beginning of DD-WRT’s virtues…

As you can see, a DD-WRT upgrade is an absolute must if you want a wireless network that is strong, fast, and versatile. Anything less is a compromise.

The benefits of owning the TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 DD-WRT extend beyond the realm of FlashRouters. We’re affiliated with a great deal of top-notch VPNs that make your online security and freedom their top priority, and you can ensure the strength of your network with a VPN-capable FlashRouter.

If you’re subscribed to any VPN on our official supported provider list, we’ll send your TP-Link Archer C9 AC1900 ready to work with your VPN right out of the box. Don’t bother with tricky VPN-installation processes. Let our experts handle it.

Better yet, if you hold onto your old router, you can take advantage of our popular dual router set-up (illustrated below):

Setup VPN Service with Any Device

Dual Router VPN Setup – FlashRouters

This allows you to have one dedicated VPN router and one local router for day-to-day usage, making the process of switching between the two as simple as can be.

Using a VPN Archer C9 with DD-WRT installed allows for integration of an Internet Kill Switch or an auto-block on disconnect., preventing any worries about locational or security leaking within your network since it would be set at the router level.

In the market for a good VPN, checking our supported provider list is the best way to go. But, in the meantime, we can offer up a few tried and true favorites to start your browsing:

  • HideMyAss – Top number of servers and IP addresses in US & UK server choices.
  • ExpressVPN – Great customer service with servers all over the world
  • NordVPN – Popular streaming option with no logs.

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The FlashRouters Support Routers Advantage

Customer service is something we take with utmost seriousness here at FlashRouters, and our already superlative service has just been improved…

Knowledge Base & Help Desk: Our site has a handy Knowledge Base and support desk to better handle the many requests and inquiries we receive.

Picking the right router for your needs can be a tricky process, so the Knowledge Base and support desk are designed to help you with any questions or concerns you may have before or after you’ve picked your router. Our experts are ready and eager to assist you.

Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT support plans. Due to the variety of DD-WRT routers we offer, different routers come with slightly different plans. Users looking for support for their particular router type such as can visit the FlashRouters Flash My Router & VPN Support Plan.

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Updated 05/11/2016