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Shipping Routers to Countries with Import Restrictions

FlashRouters ships around the world. Currently, people in over 75 countries use a FlashRouter to connect to the Internet. However, many countries impose import restrictions or bans on electronic devices, like routers. As such, we cannot ship to these countries directly.

FlashRouters is committed to providing network protection for anyone with an Internet connection. For people who live in a country with shipping limitations, we have to options for you: look into a freight forwarding service or take advantage of our one-on-one FlashRouters Remote Support Plan.

Benefits of Using a FlashRouter

For those unfamiliar, a FlashRouter is a wireless router flashed with customized Open Source firmware. Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability, increased range, and enhanced security.

And unlike most default configuration routers, a FlashRouter can be configured with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs work by tunneling your data through a secure tunnel, preventing outside snoopers from spying on your activity. Meaning that with a VPN, you can keep you and your family’s data secure.

Recommend VPN service providers include:

  



ExpressVPN
- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer service



IPVanish
- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
- Owns and operates their own servers
- 3 months free with subscription


NordVPN
- Strict no logging policy
- Military grade encryption
- Award winning customer service

While VPNs also work for individual devices, VPN subscriptions only extend to specific devices and have limited connections per account, usually far below the number of connected devices that the average person has. However, with a FlashRouter you can configure your router with a VPN and cover all your devices with a VPN.

For a look at some recommended routers:

Linksys
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Great For Large Homes
$349.99$199.99$499.99

If you are interested in purchasing a VPN-configured FlashRouter, but live in a country that has import restrictions, read on to learn how Freight Forwarding can help!

Using A Freight Forwarder

For shipping to a country with import restrictions, a freight forwarding service is a great option for bringing a router to your door. A freight forwarding service does not actually ship the package, but instead acts as an intermediary between the shipper and various transportation services. In other words, freight forwarders handle logistics for the shipping of goods between one international location to the other.

Managing these shipping logistics requires extensive knowledge of shipping routes, trade regulations, and customs. Keeping track of all of these would confuse most people or small businesses looking to send a package overseas.

Thankfully, freight forwarders make this seemingly improbable task probable.

The Freight Forwarding Process

The freight forwarding process begins when a package is sent to the freight forwarder’s warehouse. There, the package receives clearance to leave its country of origin and is unloaded, inspected, and validated against its booking documents. Afterward, authorities check the package’s customs paperwork. Finally, the package is transferred from the import warehouse to its destination.

During this process, a host of documents must be filled out. These documents include the commercial invoice, Bill of Lading contract, certificate of origin, inspection certificate, export license, export packing list, and the shippers export declaration document. The documents always follow the product and are checked at each point in the shipping process.

Freight forwarders manage both sides of the shipping process. They plan the route, fill out the paperwork, and deal with customs. And, because they are able to legally bring in goods into territories with import restrictions, there are no legal implications.

Shipping to Countries With Import Restrictions

Countries with restrictions on importing routers include Israel, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Malaysia, Yemen, Russia, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and countries in Africa with the exception of South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt.

All of these countries have specific reasons for not allowing packages from the United States. Let’s go down the list for some of our most asked about restricted shipping countries and see why.

Shipping a VPN Router to Israel

Israeli law has very strict import policies regarding the import of telecommunications devices, which includes wireless routers. The purpose of this law is to protect local industry. While Israel and the United States do have fairly robust economic relations, sectors like agriculture and technology include significant import barriers.

Israeli customs checks all packages upon entrance and customs agents have final jurisdiction over what enters into the country. Using a freight forwarder to ship a FlashRouter to Israel solves this problem. Here is a list of shipping agents to choose from in Israel.

Open Source Routers in Cuba

In 1962, the United States government imposed a strict embargo against Cuba. Since then, aspects of the embargo have softened. However, telecommunications devices (including routers) have harsh restrictions.

Despite the change in policy, the existing legislation banning investment mentioned above is still in place. Meaning, exporters to Cuba could potentially face legal challenges. And, goods can still be seized by Cuban customs, so shipping directly to Cuba is very difficult. As such, shipping a router to Cuba would require a freight forwarding service. Crowley is one such service customers can use.

Using a VPN Router for Russia

The Russian Government places extreme restrictions on the import of technological goods from the US, including routers.

Following Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, including its role in shooting down a Malaysian air jet, the US and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia. In turn, the Russian government imposed several rounds of bans on many products from the US, most recently in mid-2018.

These restrictions make it nearly impossible to transport technology into the country. However, parcel services like MyUs are a potential way to ship to Russia. Services like MyUs will handle paperwork and customs.

To avoid dealing with the hassle of understanding import restrictions customers can also purchase a FlashRouters Remote Support Plan.

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While using a freight forwarding service is one way to receive a FlashRouter, it is not the only way to do so. There is always the option of purchasing the router locally and having the FlashRouters Support Team flash it remotely.

To do so, customers can purchase a FlashRouters Support Plan. Purchasing a subscription to the FlashRouters Support Plan grants you access to a support session with one of our trained technicians will flash your router from a remote location. This is an option perfect for anyone who already owns one of 50+ compatible routers we support.

The FlashRouters VPN Setup Plan installation also includes the latest open source firmware as well as integration of our custom VPN Router Privacy App. The app includes a variety of simplifying features to increase your network controls and enhance your privacy.

In addition, having a subscription to the Support Plan also means you will have access to the FlashRouters Support Team for any questions about your network configuration or VPN integration.

Have any other questions? Feel free to contact us. 

How To Use Tails And VPN To Increase Privacy

If you’re concerned about your Internet privacy, you’ve probably heard about Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) and Virtual Private Networks.

Here is a rundown on how to use these tools to help protect your data.

What Is Tails OS?

tails-and-vpn

Tails is a Linux-based, live operating system that you can boot up on almost any computer from a USB drive or DVD. Tails runs independently of the computer’s operating system, leaving no trace unless you explicitly ask it to.

The goal of Tails is to preserve your privacy and anonymity and to help circumvent censorship. It includes several applications pre-configured with security in mind. These include but are not limited to: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, and many more.

Tails uses the Tor anonymity network to protect your online privacy. Tor works by bouncing your connection around a volunteer-based network of relays around the world.

Using Tails And VPN To Increase Privacy

The best way to use Tails and VPN in unison is by placing the VPN connection before the connection to Tor. This setup yields the most benefits, including but not limited to:

  1. The Tor network thinking you are the VPN server.
  2. If the Tor network is compromised, they must also get past the VPN server.
  3. If your ISP blocks the Tor network, the VPN allows access to the Tor network.

This configuration enables Tails to operate exactly as designed but with a VPN server between your computer and the Internet. This can be easily achieved with a VPN FlashRouter.

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

A FlashRouter is a custom wireless router with VPN capabilities, allowing for easy connection to your favorite VPN provider. This set up allows for perfect connection from your Tails computer, to your VPN provider, to the Tor network, enabling multiple layers of security.Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Have any questions on which FlashRouter to choose? Check out our most popular models or contact our support team for more assistance!

What Can I Do With A FlashRouter?

What Can I Do With A FlashRouter?

What exactly is a FlashRouter? What makes it different from a store bought router? What can it do for you?

In short, a FlashRouter is an open-source, all-in-one privacy solution for your home networking needs. So, why do you need one? Read on to find out!

What Exactly Is A FlashRouter?

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

A FlashRouter is a powerful wireless router that comes pre-installed with open-source firmware called DD-WRT. The DD-WRT firmware enhances and upgrades performance and features of wireless routers. The firmware lifts restrictions that are built into the default stock firmware that comes with store-bought routers.

DD-WRT Upgrades And Enhancements

DD-WRT firmware comes with a slew of upgrades to stock firmware. Some of these upgrades include, but are not limited to:

  • Firmware bug fixes to stock firmware
  • Improved network stability & network status information
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) support
  • Advanced wireless modes such as access point, wireless client bridge, & repeater mode
  • Advanced DNS forwarding
  • Processor overclocking
  • Increased wireless signal strength
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP support
  • VPN server and client integration and support

What Does A FlashRouter Do?

With DD-WRT pre-installed on a router like the popular, reliable Linksys WRT3200ACM, possibilities for network security nearly endless. With VPN support built into our devices, users can easily integrate their VPN service straight into their wireless router.

This enables users to protect their entire home network with a secure VPN connection, creating a wireless home VPN network. Here are some other advantages:

Counts as only one VPN connection

  • VPN providers typically only offer a limited number of connections to their VPN service.
  • A FlashRouter counts as just one connection, allowing for all devices connected to the FlashRouter to count as one connection as well.
  • This nullifies the VPN providers’ connection limit, freeing up the other available connections for other devices.

Protects all devices under your VPN subscription

  • Any device connected to the FlashRouter will go through the VPN connection.
  • This goes for wired or wirelessly connected devices.
  • Devices that don’t natively support VPN connections will be encrypted to the VPN.

Comes with our new VPN Privacy App

  • The FlashRouters VPN Privacy App allows for easy setup and configuration of your wireless network.
  • Access your FlashRouter simply by entering FlashRoutersApp.com.
  • An optimized UI enables users to set up their router via any browser or mobile phone.
  • Easy access to login to your VPN account
  • The app also includes easy-to-use server switching (seen in the screenshot below).

 

Now that you see what a FlashRouter does, you may be asking, what can I do with it?

What A FlashRouter Can Do For You

In the age of Internet streaming, data breaches, and of course a restrictive government, a FlashRouter is an all-in-one solution. With seamless setup, US-based support, and our new FlashRouters Privacy App, taking the Internet back into your hands has never been easier.

1. Easily get around restricted content and geo-blocking

Some services, such as Netflix or Hulu, only offer certain shows and movies in different areas of the world. Using a VPN connection allows you to change their IP to a different location, allowing you to stream whatever you want, wherever you want.

The FlashRouters VPN Privacy App features a seamless way to easily switch VPN servers at your leisure, enabling you to appear as if you are anywhere in the world.

2. Prevent data breaches and potential hackers

Unfortunately, data breaches and hacking is becoming the norm. Protecting your home network with a VPN encrypts your sensitive data and information by routing it to a secure VPN server.

Using a FlashRouter effectively shrouds your entire home network and any connected device with the VPN service of your choice.

3. Securely circumvent government censorship

With countries such as China and Russia cracking down on Internet censorship, true Internet freedom is slipping away. A VPN enabled FlashRouter allows for an easy way to get around new laws and regulations restricting access to the Internet.

Not only does a FlashRouter allow for a secure VPN connection on all your devices, it encrypts and routes your data to bypass any government censorship.

FlashRouters: The All-In-One Solution

Premium performing VPN Router for HideMyAss - HMA 2017-2018

As you can see, there are many advantages to using a FlashRouter (like the WRT3200ACM pictured above) for your home network. The DD-WRT firmware pre-installed on our devices upgrade and enhance the stability, security, and functionality of a standard wireless router.

With that being said, the added VPN support on our FlashRouters allows for unprecedented security and privacy on any and all connected devices.

So what are you waiting for? Upgrade and secure your network today!

Have any questions or concerns? Contact our support team for more information.

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?

Table Of Contents

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
$499.99$349.99$249.99

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

A Bug on the Comcast Site: Xfinity Customers Need A VPN

Xfinity Logo

Security Flaws In The Xfinity Router Activation Website

Do you lease an Xfinity router from Comcast? If so, you need to start using a VPN as soon as possible.

Recently, security researchers Karan Sanai and Ryan Stevenson revealed the Xfinity router activation website was leaking sensitive information. Sainai and Stevenson found that the website contained several security holes.

First, the website sends customers’ SSIDs and passwords in plain text over the Internet. This makes it easily accessible to anyone snooping on the network.

Second, accounts that are already activated can be “activated” again. Even more so, users only need an account number and street address to access the service.

Essentially, would-be hackers can obtain customer’s SSIDs and passwords with ease. This enables them to gain unauthorized access to routers, exposing unencrypted traffic on customer’s wireless networks.

How To Protect Yourself From Xfinity’s Security Flaw

The good news is that Comcast, Xfinity’s parent company, took down the service and claims that it will “take all necessary steps to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.” Nevertheless, this should cause customers to think twice about leasing devices from Xfinity.

One way to protect yourself from these types of router insecurities is to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, to encrypt your wireless network. Unfortunately, Xfinity routers do not support VPN connection, but a FlashRouter supports it natively.

Using A FlashRouter In A Dual Router Setup

Plug and Play VPN Router Privacy

A Dual Router Setup is a network configuration that uses a FlashRouter alongside your Xfinity router. This configuration allows for the use of your unprotected Xfinity network or your encrypted FlashRouter VPN network.

With the new FlashRouters Privacy App, integrating a FlashRouter into a Dual Router Setup is quick and seamless. This is done as easily as plugging in the FlashRouter to your modem router and accessing flashroutersapp.com via the web browser of your choice.

Using this set up gives you the option of staying with Xfinity as your ISP but also gives you the chance of protecting your home wireless network.

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Check out some of our best FlashRouters of 2018 to protect your network today!

Any questions or concerns? Reach out to our support team for more information.