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Best VPN & Privacy Articles of 2018: 2018 FlashRouters Recap

2018 was another monumental year for cyber-security. Here at the FlashRouters blog, we covered trends in privacy, security, and worldwide tech news. Curious how the world of routers developed over 2018? Here are the best FlashRouters posts of 2018.

Best FlashRouters Posts of 2018: Privacy

Privacy featured heavily in our stories this year. Accordingly, we’ve compiled a list of some of our best FlashRouters Privacy posts in 2018.

ISO vs. NSA

In May, we covered the International Standards Organization’s battle against the National Security Agency. Providing security for citizens against snooping government agencies is one of FlashRouters’ chief concerns. The NSA is no exception.

In 2013, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the corruption internal to the National Security Agency. Through his research, we learned the NSA sabotaged the National Institution for Standards and Technology’s cryptographic standards. This sabotaging of security standards has effectively nullified and discredited the institution.

This time around, the NSA would like their cryptographic algorithms “Simon” and “Speck” to serve as the standard for all IoT devices. While the NSA firmly maintains that these algorithms are secure, and are made to require little processing power, many ISO members did not believe these claims.

The International Standards Organization, to its credit, has rejected this request for three years. Further, as this action reveals, the ISO shows no signs of acquiescing to the NSA.

Firmware Vulnerabilities

In June, we wrote on a topic dear to our hearts: firmware vulnerabilities, specifically factory firmware vulnerabilities. FlashRouters “flashes” routers with Open Source firmware. This process removes the vulnerabilities found in factory firmware.

With this in mind, it is important to understand just how flawed factory firmware is. In June 2018, Insignary, a firm that runs binary-level code scanning, brought to light the fact that most wireless vendors have yet to patch old firmware vulnerabilities.

These vulnerabilities include the key re-installation attack known as KRACK, the Denial of Service attacks FFmpeg and OpenSSL, and a remote code execution attack called Samba. In other words, using a router with factory firmware opens the door to these attacks. An Open Source FlashRouter, on the other hand, like the Netgear R7800, voids these vulnerabilities.

Router manufacturers rarely support and update routers after the first two years. Conversely, the communities behind Open Source firmware are consistently repairing router flaws.

Amazon Alexa Privacy Concerns

In December, we expressed our concerns about Amazon Alexa.

Amazon Echo and its voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service, Alexa, is presently the most highly-rated smart speaker system on the market.

Many Alexa users believe the device is recording every word it hears. This is not the case, as in fact Alexa is set to be on the lookout for a wake word. However, without the security of a Virtual Private Network from an Open Source router, the Amazon Echo is vulnerable to attacks from hackers.

Even if a hacker were to access only voice commands, this would still be a serious cause for concern. Thankfully, a FlashRouter is able to provide remedy for this issue.

Best FlashRouters Posts of 2018: Hacks and Attacks

Secure Your Routers From Rusian Malware VPNFIlter

Hacks and attacks also featured heavily in our stories this year. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some of our best FlashRouters Hacks and Attacks posts in 2018.

VPNFilter Attack

In May, the Russian malware bug known as VPNFilter came to our attention. VPNFilter infected at least 500,000 devices in at least 54 countries.

This is a particularly dangerous bug. VPNFilter can delete itself and render infected routers inoperable. Additionally, VPNFilter may be used to incorporate infected routers into a botnet to be used in a Distributed-Denial-of-Service attack.

Thankfully, flashing your router with Open Source firmware can prevent this vulnerability.

Xfinity and Reddit Hacks and Bugs

In June, security researchers discovered the Xfinity router activation website was leaking sensitive information. This leak allows would-be hackers to easily obtain Comcast customers’ SSIDs and passwords. With this information, a hacker has unauthorized access to routers, exposing unencrypted traffic on customer’s wireless networks.

In August, we revealed how attackers hacked Reddit. By intercepting two-factor authentication from Reddit employees’ phones, hackers were able to access their accounts.  This enabled the attackers to gain read-only access to backup data, source code, and other logs. Some of these logs included all Reddit data prior to 2007, including user e-mails, private messages, and internal files.

In both of these cases, we recommended a number of security steps to take to ensure privacy against hackers. However, more than anything, we recommend taking advantage of a VPN service.

Best FlashRouters Posts of 2018: VPN Bans Around The World

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The use of VPNs once again came up as an important issue. Countries and businesses alike have banned or severely restricted VPNs.

Countries Taking Actions Against VPNs

2018 brought us VPN bans in Russia as well as in Turkey. As draconian governments continue to infringe on the privacy of individuals, it is more than likely that more countries will follow suit in 2019.

One way to get around VPN bans is to purchase a pre-configured FlashRouter. Supplying the FlashRouter Support Team with your VPN username and password will allow the device to show up at your door plug and play. Also, if the country you are in has blocked access to VPN sites, bringing a pre-configured FlashRouter over the border will allow unlimited Internet access.

Streaming Services Blocking VPNs

Draconian governments are not the only actors looking to stop VPN use. Streaming services, abiding by copyright law, are looking to do the same.

2018 saw an uptick in the list of streaming services blocking VPN traffic. Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, HBO Now, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube TV, and Google Play all blocked traffic from VPN servers during the year.

This does not mean all hope is lost. In fact, some of our most trusted VPN providers, ExpressVPN and NordVPN, are working around the clock to provide working servers for these services.

Best FlashRouters Posts of 2018: The FlashRouters Privacy App

2018 also saw the introduction of the FlashRouters Privacy App.

The Privacy App expands VPN compatibility to all wireless and wired devices, including those without native VPN support. With the FlashRouters Privacy App sorting and managing devices is simple, even as more devices connect to the VPN network.

The FlashRouters Privacy App also includes simple server switching and a by-device VPN kill switch.

To view the full list of features, just visit our FlashRouters Privacy App Page.

Have questions about our App? Curious about router news in 2019? Send us a message.

VPN Access for Army and Armed Forces Using Open Source Routers

Here at FlashRouters, we pride ourselves on being a U.S. based company. Despite the ubiquity of outsourcing IT jobs overseas, the FlashRouters Sales, Support, and Shipping Teams are all exclusively based in the United States.

With this in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the brave men and women who make up the U.S. Armed Forces. Deployed military service members make up a significant portion of our customer base. As a result, providing VPN access to members of branches of the military is one of our most valued services.

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VPN For Deployed Military Service Members

VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. A Virtual Private Network filters an Internet connection through a remote server and back. Tunneling between servers encrypts the connection. It also changes the appearance of a user’s geo-location. For example, if you are at a military base in Germany but are interested in viewing American streaming content, selecting a stateside VPN server will open the door to accessing geo-blocked content.

While it is possible to set up a site-to-site connection between two private servers, the most popular option for VPN access for members of the military abroad is subscribing to a paid service. Many of our military customers have found great success using one of the following services:

NordVPN
ExpressVPN
IPVanish
As low as
$2.99/month
As low as
$8.32/month
As low as
$6.49/month
- Strict no logging policy
- Military grade encryption
- Award winning customer service
- 5000+ Servers in 60+ Countries
- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer service
- 2000+ Servers in 94 Countries
- Recommended for the Middle East
- No logs
- Owns and operates their own servers
- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
Learn More
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Army VPN Access With a FlashRouter for Military Personnel

Subscribing to a VPN service is a great way for troops stationed around the world to access geo-blocked American content. However, many streaming devices, like Smart TVs, game consoles, and media players have no native VPN support. The only way to take advantage of a VPN on one of these devices is to connect it to an encrypted network from an Open Source router.

Factory firmware is frequently laden with backdoors and bugs. Flashing a router with Open Source firmware voids these issues. Moreover, flashing also allows for the router to serve as a gateway to a user’s VPN server of choice. With this setup, any device connected to the router, wired or wirelessly, will be encrypted by the VPN connection. This is the case whether or not the device has native VPN support.

Using the example from above, if you are located at a military base in Germany and want to watch U.S. Netflix on your Xbox One, you will be geo-blocked. And, since Xbox does not support VPNs natively, it is impossible to connect the Xbox to a VPN directly. However, connecting the Xbox to a FlashRouter such as the pictured-above Asus RT-AC5300, configured with a VPN, will change its geo-location and unlock Netflix (or another streaming service) from abroad.

Army VPN Access FlashRouter Recommendations for Military Personnel

Military personnel deployed around the world are essential to our nation. In order to show our appreciation for our valued military customer base, FlashRouters offers free shipping for all active military personnel within the US or APO/DPO/FPO regions with the coupon code ARMEDFORCES.

Interested in a device that is a little bit less robust than the Asus RT-AC5300 above? Then check out some of our economy options:

Netgear R6400V2 AC1750
Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900
Netgear R7800 AC2600
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 GHz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Great for Streaming
Wireless-AC2600 Mbps
1.7 GHz Qualcomm Processor
4 External Antennas
One of Our Most Powerful Routers
$199.99$299.99$349.99

Plus, a FlashRouter also comes with our very own FlashRouters Privacy App.

The FlashRouter Privacy App for Enhanced VPN Access for Army Personnel

Every DD-WRT FlashRouter comes with the free FlashRouters Privacy App. The FlashRouters Privacy App revolutionizes and simplifies using a DD-WRT router with a VPN. With the Privacy App, users can:

  • Switch between locations with the tap of a button
  • Manage which devices go through the VPN and which don’t
  • Change VPN Providers with a few clicks on the same device

Want better support for your entire network? The FlashRouters Privacy App is here to help.

To find a full list of features, screenshots, visit our FlashRouters Privacy App website.

Have any other questions on unlocking VPN access for Army, Navy, Marines, or other US Military Personnel? Feel free to contact us. 

Amazon Alexa Privacy Concerns: VPN For Smart Speakers Security

Over the past few years, Internet of Things (IoT) devices have entered into the mainstream. The most popular IoT devices are smart speaker systems. Smart speaker systems consist of wireless voice command devices with integrated virtual assistants. Out of the smart speakers available to the public, the Amazon Echo and its voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa is the most highly rated. While easy-to-use, Amazon Echo and Alexa privacy concerns have many users worried.

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Smart Speakers Security Concerns

A smart speaker system like Amazon Echo is hands-free and voice controlled. Uttering the magic word “Alexa” awakens the Echo speaker, allowing users to listen to music, make phone calls, send e-mails, check the weather, and much more.

Due to the fact that the Echo is voice-controlled, the Alexa system is in “listening” mode at all times. Many Alexa users believe that the Amazon Echo is recording every word it hears. However, that is not the case. Instead, Alexa is on the lookout for a wake word, set to “Alexa” by default. Once the Amazon smart speaker hears the wake word it records the commands it hears, analyzes the voice input, and sends back a response to the user. In most cases, this process happens in the span of a second.

While Alexa may not be listening at all times, Alexa privacy concerns are valid. For example, if someone hacked an Amazon Echo, it could open the door to illegal eavesdropping. While hackers have yet to hack into an Amazon Echo and record users at all times, it is a possibility. And, even if hackers were able to access only voice commands, it is still an unwelcome thought.

Taking advantage of a Virtual Private Network is the best way to ensure smart speaker security and prevent Alexa spying. Some of the most highly-rated VPN providers include:

NordVPN
ExpressVPN
IPVanish
As low as
$2.99/month
As low as
$8.32/month
As low as
$6.49/month
- Strict no logging policy
- Military grade encryption
- Award winning customer service
- 5000+ Servers in 60+ Countries
- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer service
- 2000+ Servers in 94 Countries
- Recommended for the Middle East
- No logs
- Owns and operates their own servers
- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
Learn More
Learn More

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Unsure which VPN provider is best for you? Send us a message.

Alleviate Alexa Privacy Concerns with a VPN Router

A Virtual Private Network encrypts connections by tunneling user traffic through a remote server and back. For example, any prying eyes, such as a snooping Internet Service Provider, will be able to see the VPN tunnel, but none of the traffic moving through it.

In order to use a smart speaker system like Amazon Echo through a VPN, you will have to use an Open Source router. Smart speaker systems do not have native VPN support. However, connecting to an Open Source VPN-ready router will encrypt all devices on the network, including Amazon Echo.

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router for Alexa Privacy Concerns - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Routers with factory firmware are frequently full of bugs and hacker-ready backdoors. Flashing a router with Open Source DD-WRT firmware eliminates these bugs and allows for a slew of previously unavailable feature sets, like the ability to use the device as a connection to a VPN server.

The Netgear Nighthawk R9000 (pictured above) boasts a 1.7 GHz processor alongside next-gen Wireless-AD coverage. Flashed with DD-WRT firmware, this router is truly a networking behemoth. If you are looking for a device robust enough to handle a large amount of traffic through a VPN, look no further.

The Netgear Nighthawk R9000 is the perfect device for smart speakers security in any large home or situation involving heavy WiFi usage.

For a setup that is a little less intense, recommended routers include:

Netgear R6400V2 AC1750
Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900
Netgear R7800 AC2600
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 GHz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Great for Streaming
Wireless-AC2600 Mbps
1.7 GHz Qualcomm Processor
4 External Antennas
One of Our Most Powerful Routers
$199.99$299.99$349.99

FlashRouters Privacy App Solution for Amazon and Alexa Privacy Concerns

Every DD-WRT FlashRouter comes with the free FlashRouters Privacy App. The FlashRouters Privacy App revolutionizes and simplifies using a DD-WRT router with a VPN. With the Privacy App, users can:

  • Switch between locations with the tap of a button
  • Manage which devices go through the VPN and which don’t
  • Change VPN Providers with a few clicks on the same device

Want better support for your entire network? The FlashRouters Privacy App is here to help.

Have any other questions? Feel free to contact us. 

How To Secure Torrent Downloads with a VPN Router

Torrent downloads are a popular way of users sharing bits of a larger file in order to enable fast download speeds. Users around the world download torrents of music, movies, video games, and a host of other media files every day for disseminating their favorite content.

Secure Torrent Downloads - Top Torrent Safety Solutions

In the early days of torrenting, centralized services like Napster and Limewire offered users access to a universe of downloadable content. Legal battles lead to the demise of both services.

Currently, the BitTorrent protocol is the most popular method for downloading torrents. BitTorrent is a decentralized protocol providing the means to share torrent files and magnet links. While BitTorrent is a completely legal means of sharing files, torrent tracker sites like KickassTorrents and ThePirateBay find themselves in a legal gray area.

KickassTorrents and ThePirateBay function like search engines for torrent files. However, much of the content on these sites is copyrighted. While downloading torrents is legal, downloading copyrighted material is not. In order to avoid unwanted legal issues with your ISP while downloading media, utilizing a service that focuses on encrypting these activities is of the utmost importance.

In 2017 alone, 367 file sharing cases found their way into U.S. district courts. In order to protect yourself from potential legal issues, encrypting your downloads is mandatory.

Below are the best methods for securing a home WiFi network to ensure you and your family avoid legal issues while downloading music and movies online.

The Legality of Torrenting

Torrenting is not illegal in and of itself. However, downloading unsanctioned copyrighted material is illegal. Knowing what content is legal to torrent and which isn’t can be confusing. Filtering traffic through a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an ideal solution to hide activity download history from ISPs, government eyes and copyright trolls monitoring torrent networks.

A VPN protects the network by tunneling any traffic to a remote server and back.

With this in mind, using a VPN is a secure method to encrypt your torrenting. However, not all VPNs support torrenting. Here are the best VPNs for torrenting.

Best VPNs For Torrenting

In deciding the best VPNs for torrenting, it is important to select a VPN Service that has a no logging policy, fast speeds, and strong encryption.

Here are three recommended VPNs for torrenting:

   



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

VPN Router To Protect Torrent Downloads

Using a VPN on the router level means one can send all their online traffic through the secure tunnel. The Internet Service Provider can view the traffic from outside the tunnel but not what the traffic is. Devices like Playstations, Xbox, Rokus and Smart TVs have no native VPN support available otherwise which makes a VPN Router a must have.

To use a router level VPN, a router flashed with open source router firmware is required. Default manufacturer router firmware is frequently laden with backdoors and firmware bugs and oftentimes lacks advanced features like VPN integration.

FlashRouters expertly implements and modifies our routers for VPN prior to shipping every order. An exclusive addition including with every FlashRouter is the FlashRouters Router Privacy App – a user-friendly interface for all things VPN!

Here is an image of the Privacy App in action:

One advantage of using a VPN router for torrenting is the “kill switch” feature. With a VPN kill switch, the router’s Internet connection will drop if the VPN falls over.

This is important for anyone looking to keep their torrent files hidden from their ISP and copyright trolls. These files will no longer be exposed to an unencrypted Internet connection during a drop out. Instead, the router’s Internet connection will drop altogether, preventing any outside snoopers from seeing what is happening on your network.

Top VPN Routers For Torrent Downloads

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200Using a router with a high-end processor like the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 above can help keep speeds up for downloads.

In order to add this security, a VPN connection tunnels to a remote server and back. The downside is a VPN will always involve some level of a slowdown in speeds. A high-end processor router can help alleviate his slowdown and offer users stable speeds while downloading torrents.

Have any questions about using a VPN router and the best VPN for torrenting? Send us a message.

Other recommended VPN routers for torrenting include:

Linksys WRT1200AC AC1200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900
Wireless-AC1200 Mbps
1.3 GHz Marvell Processor
2 External Antennas
Great for Small and Medium Homes
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 GHz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Great for Streaming
$199.99$199.99$299.99

 

Top 3 Reasons For A Wireless Router Upgrade

 

Assuming that a wireless router is a set-it-and-forget-it device is an increasingly bigger security risk. If you are truly interested in the best performance and maximum privacy, vigilant monitoring of your home network is a must.

Older wireless routers are often the culprit when network security or WiFi performance problems arise due to unfixed manufacturer flaws or outdated hardware performance.

When issues are consistently occurring, a wireless router upgrade can be the cure!

The Importance of A Wireless Router

A wireless router is the centerpiece of any home network. Every device that uses a connection to the Internet takes advantage of the network created by the router to get online. For more information, FlashRouters has a comprehensive overview of what a routers actually does.

Single Router Setup

A powerful wireless router provides connected devices with the speed and performance to keep activities, like Netflix streaming and online gaming, working optimally.

The speed of a wireless connection is based on a variety of factors, starting with your Internet Service Provider (ISP) package. ISPs offer various subscription packages which are differentiated by bandwidth limitations. Economy subscription packages offer slower connectivity, as ISPs incentivize subscribers to purchase advanced plans for greater bandwidth.

The second factor affecting the speed of the wireless connection of devices is the distance from the router. Simply put, devices that are closer to the router will have a stronger connection to the router’s wireless network.

Furthermore, the make and model of the router affect how fast data is processed. The number and size of antennas, the speed of the internal processing unit (CPU), and the amount of flash memory embedded in the router all affect performance.

Still unconvinced? Here are the top reasons to upgrade:

More Devices Covered

According to research, the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things will jump from nearly 27 billion in 2017 to 125 billion in 2030. Having the proper wireless network infrastructure to support more devices is critical.

Enter MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO technology (Multiple User Multiple Input Multiple Output) reduces competition between devices on the WiFi network. With a MU-MIMO router such as the Netgear R7800 DD-WRT or the Linksys WRT3200ACM, multiple devices communicate with the network at the same time.

Before the introduction of MU-MIMO, routers used SU-MIMO technology (Single User Multiple Input Multiple Output). Devices connecting to networks using SU-MIMO technology compete for connectivity, as the network processes requests on a first-come, first served basis (as shown above).

In other words, devices form a line, like people entering a theater through one door. No one can enter the theater before the previous person enters. Likewise, device requests are processed only once the router processes the preceding device’s request. Consequently, if a network has many bandwidth-hogging devices, congestion can occur. This can lead to slow speeds and subpar performance.

A router using MU-MIMO technology, meanwhile, fixes this problem by breaking up bandwidth into streams. The router processes individual streams simultaneously, allowing for more devices to connect concurrently, thereby decreasing congestion. It is as if the theater above opened two, three, or four doors, instead of one. That allows for greater speeds and better connections.

Upgraded WiFi Standards

A wireless router upgrade can help your network stay up to date with the latest wireless standards. Check out the chart below to see how some of the older wireless standards compare.

 Wireless-GWireless-NWireless-ACWireless-ADWireless-AX
Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps7200 Mbps10000 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft500 Ft500+ ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz5/10/20 MhzUp to 160 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 GHz Bands, & 60 GHz Bands (Quad-Stream)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 Ghz Bands

As shown above, newer wireless standards allow for more device connections thanks to additional wireless bands. Wireless-AD expands on Wireless-AC by adding another wireless band. The new 60 GHz band allows for short range, powerful connections, reducing the load on other bands. Less load means that devices have a longer lifespan, saving you money.

Upgrading to a router with a newer wireless standard will extend wireless range considerably. Newer wireless routers come with more external antennas for better range and connectivity. Case in point, the Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT VPN FlashRouter. This customized Open Source router takes the top spot for range with eight external antennas, ensuring that any house can be covered by the network.

Better Security

Upgrading your wireless network also helps deal with the number one issue: security. Older routers are less likely to have updates and therefore have more vulnerabilities. Newer routers are more commonly updated and have better security protocols. However, even they are not free from trouble.

Recent router attacks like VPNFilter have shown that regular routers and stock router firmware are still full of security flaws and vulnerable to hacks. Plus, manufacturers are slow to respond to known flaws. So where does that leave you?

Luckily there is a open-source firmware solution like DD-WRT. It is constantly updated, ensuring that there are minimal issues and if issues do arise, they are resolved quickly. However, installing DD-WRT is difficult, time-consuming, and could leave your brand-new router nonfunctional. That’s where FlashRouters comes in! We’ll take the hassle out of upgrading your wireless network and let you enjoy your upgraded wireless network experience.

Upgrading To A FlashRouter For Maximum Performance

A wireless router upgrade is a great start, but upgrading to a FlashRouter is a more complete solution. A FlashRouter is a customized wireless router upgraded with highly customized open-source firmware. Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability and performance, increased range, and upgraded security.

Our router experts continually check routers for the newest builds, test them, and configure them onto your unique product. We then help you configure the router to ensure the optimal configuration for your environment. Check out some of our Wireless-AC FlashRouters below:

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

Interested in upgrading to the ultimate home networking centerpiece? Check out the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200. It boasts a powerful 1.7 GHz Quad Core Processor and 4 high powered external antennas will provide a powerful bedrock for any wireless network.

Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Bonus: VPN Protection

Upgrading to a FlashRouter allows for additional capabilities and upgrades to an already powerful wireless router, such as making it compatible for a VPN.

Furthermore, each one of our DD-WRT FlashRouters comes with our free FlashRouters Privacy App. The FlashRouters Privacy App revolutionizes and simplifies using a DD-WRT router with a VPN. With the Privacy App, users can:

  • Switch between locations with the tap of a button (as seen below using IPVanish)
  • Manage which devices go through the VPN and which don’t
  • Change VPN Providers with a few clicks on the same device

Want better support for your entire network? The FlashRouters Privacy App is here to help.

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to send us a message!