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.
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:
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:
As these governments continue to try to control online activity, it is quite likely that other countries will follow suit. In order to get around these deterrents and avoid legal issues, a Virtual Private Network is necessary. Encrypt your connection and unblock porn sites using a VPN.
Best VPN to Unblock Porn for 2019
According to the Huffington Post, 70% of men and 30% of women watch online porn. While social stigmas surrounding porn have lessened, viewing adult content is something many would like to keep private. On the other hand, as mentioned above, viewing pornography is illegal in various countries around the world. Taking advantage of a VPN will unblock porn sites and ensure your privacy against snooping governments.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. A VPN tunnels your connection to a remote server and back. This not only encrypts your web traffic but allows you to change your geo-location. If you are located in a country that has banned porn, such as Russia, connecting to a VPN server in the United States will open the door to accessing blocked adult content.
Subscribing to one of these services grants users access to servers around the world. Connecting to one of these VPN servers will encrypt your connection and unblock porn sites.
Unblock Porn Using a VPN Router
At any rate, while a using a VPN will open access to blocked porn sites, not all devices are VPN-ready. In fact, many of the devices used to access porn, like Smart TVs and gaming consoles, have no native VPN support.
The only way to take advantage of a VPN on a device without native support is to use an Open Source router. Flashing a router with Open Source firmware not only removes bugs and factory installed backdoors but also enables the router to create a VPN network. With this, any connected device will be encrypted by the VPN. This is the case whether or not the device has native VPN support.
Best VPN Routers for Streaming Adult Content
FlashRouters sells pre-flashed VPN-ready routers. The pictured-above Asus RT-AC5300 is one of our most powerful devices. Boasting eight external antennas, a 1.4 GHz processor and a sleek design, the AC5300 is the perfect router for any large home. With its impressive range, the AC5300 can comfortably reach your upstairs bedroom. As a result, the RT-AC5300 is the perfect router to unblock porn sites using a VPN.
Looking for a router that is a bit less of a behemoth? Here are some of our most popular economy options:
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Great for Streaming
1.7 GHz Qualcomm Processor
4 External Antennas
One of Our Most Powerful Routers
Unblocking Adult Content With the FlashRouters Privacy App
Intimidated by the world of VPN routers? FlashRouters has made encryption worry-free with the FlashRouters Privacy App. The FlashRouters Privacy App can be accessed with any web browser. Logging on to the app makes VPN features like switching servers more user-friendly than ever. Here is a brief overview of some of the features available:
The FlashRouters Privacy App also makes it easier for users to sort and manage devices. Worried about your connection being exposed during a VPN drop? With the FR Privacy App, enabling Kill Switch by device commands your Internet connection to drop immediately if the VPN cuts out. This feature will be especially helpful for viewing adult content in countries where it is blocked.
Get any new gadgets this holiday season? Looking to upgrade your wireless network to stream with your new Amazon Fire TV Stick? Need to reduce lag playing on your Nintendo Switch? Look no further, FlashRouters has a list of the best DD-WRT routers of 2019 for all your streaming needs!
Our expert in-house technicians have tested the top consumer routers available to bring you the list of the best DD-WRT routers this year. These models have been extensively tested and vetted by our specialists to ensure a smooth and seamless experience using DD-WRT. Don’t have any idea what DD-WRT is? Read on to find out!
Special Offer: Use the coupon code BEST2019 to get $20 off any router on this list!
DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware upgrade project created to enhance the performance and features of consumer wireless routers. It is used by many networking-savvy users to enhance wireless router stability, privacy, and (most importantly) network security.
Essentially, DD-WRT unlocks expensive features usually limited to high-end business routers and runs them right on popular consumer models. To get these advanced features, you need to to have a DD-WRT installed router.
Additionally, DD-WRT has a slew of VPN & non-VPN related features to meet the common and niche needs of every user. For a more complete list of DD-WRT features, we recommend you review our full Intro to DD-WRT!
FlashRouters takes high-powered consumer grade hardware with stock firmware and, by adding improved DD-WRT firmware, turns a $50-$400 wireless router into something worth double or triple its value. This replaces out-of-date and vulnerability-riddled stock firmware adding features and security.
Additionally, flashing a router with DD-WRT can be a frustrating task for some, involving a lot of research, finding the correct model, file, trial and error that can easily lead to making a router unusable. Referred to as a dead router or a “bricking”, all this work would be for naught and completely void the device’s manufacturer warranty.
Our team supports 50+ VPN Providers and is the preferred router seller for some of the top VPN providers around like European favoritesNordVPN, with premium speeds and support for users in Asia such as ExpressVPN, and the tier 1 only provider IPVanish that owns all their own servers.
5. Comes Included With Our FlashRouters VPN Privacy App
The new FlashRouters VPN Privacy App is an easy, free, and user-friendly way to access and configure your wireless network. Our app runs directly from any Internet browser on desktop or mobile devices.
This allows for easy tweaking and VPN configuration, including but not limited to:
Easy device management.
Kill switch and VPN bypass by device
Seamless VPN server switching.
Optimized UI on any browser or mobile phone.
Top 5 DD-WRT Wireless Routers Of 2019
Well that’s enough explanation, now on to the good stuff. Here are our best DD-WRT wireless routers of 2019.
Remember, use the coupon code BEST2019to get an extra $20 off any FlashRouter on this list!
Aside from looking like an absolute monster, the Asus AC5300 DD-WRT is just an unbeatable networking monster. Offering three bands of disorienting speeds adding up to 5300 Mbps (1000+2165+2165 Mbps) with 8 external antennas, 4 dedicated to transmitting and 4 transmitted to receiving, this device will never let you down.
Premium Asus RT-AC5300 FlashRouter Features
Blazing fast Wireless-AC5300 Gigabit WiFi
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Powerful External Antennas
Tri-Band WiFi Coverage
DD-WRT Firmware Installed
AC5300 DD-WRT Recommended For: Top VPN speeds and wireless performance with 10+ connected devices.
With its absurdly efficient dual core 1.8 GHz Marvell Processor, and a new, sleek, paint job, this router is sure to be everything you would need.
Premium Linksys WRT32X DD-WRT Features
Dual core 1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
Tri Band AC3200 Mbps
4 External Antennas
Linksys WRT32X Recommended For: Medium sized home or Small Office. Approximately 6-9 users looking for high quality video streaming and gaming on up to 15 connected devices. Ideal for wireless connections in larger homes and medium sized business offices.
The latest entry to the DD-WRT top 5 is a true economy Nighthawk with power! The Netgear R6400V2 DD-WRT packs more than enough power and style to bring your home network up to speed with Wireless-AC standards all around $200!
Premium Netgear R6400V2 FlashRouter Features
Dual core 1 GHz Broadcom Processor
Dual Band AC1750 Mbps
3 External Antennas
Top Economy Priced VPN DD-WRT Router
Netgear R6400V2 DD-WRT FlashRouter Recommended For: A high-powered router for 4 to 7 devices to stream high-definition video or play video games through a VPN.
Think of the Linksys WRT1900ACS as the younger cousin of the Linksys WRT32ACM above. While the two look similar, they both are different animals. In this case, the WRT1900ACS packs a powerful dual core 1.6 Ghz processor and only offers dual band capabilities. This router is sure to pack a punch at a lower price.
Dual core 1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
Dual Band AC1900 Mbps
4 External Antennas
Linksys WRT1900ACS Recommended For: Approximately 7 to 9 devices for 4k video streaming and online gaming in a medium to large home.
While Dual Band Wireless-AC routers offer users 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, Wireless-AD takes advantage of the 60 GHz Spectrum. In addition to wireless innovation, the R9000 boasts a massive 1.7 GHz processor, the largest currently available on a FlashRouter.
Premium R9000 DD-WRT Features
1.7 GHz (1700 MHz) Processor: 70% more powerful than the Standard Nighthawk
Future-proofing Wireless-AD: Up to 4 Gbps higher than the max speeds of Wireless-AC
6 Ethernet ports vs. four on most other wireless routers
4 powerful external antennas
DD-WRT Netgear R9000 X10 AD7200 FlashRouter Recommended For: Users looking to future-proof for top of the line, cutting edge wireless technology and open-source firmware integration.
Added FlashRouter DD-WRT VPN Router Benefits
As bandwidth-hungry activities like streaming video and music services such as Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer continue to fill the home, the importance of having a high-performance network centerpiece is a must.
A powerful wireless router allows Hulu, Crackle, Youtube, Spotify, Pandora and other new streaming options arriving seemingly every day to perform at their peak, while prepping your network for new and exciting Internet services coming down the pike.
Just select it from the VPN Provider List when making a purchase so we can configure your upgraded router accordingly and include a customized setup guide. Don’t see your provider listed? Select “Other” and type in your provider. We will gladly test it if we haven’t already, or notify you if we have any issues.
DD-WRT & VPN Support Plans
For 2019, FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT Support Plans. The FlashRouters Support Team is available via live chat from our website from Monday through Friday from 12:00PM EST to 6:00PM EST as well as Saturday and Sunday from 1:00PM EST to 5:00PM EST.
Additionally, FlashRouters offers e-mail support 7 days a week.
Going forward, all FlashRouters come with:
1 full year of email and live chat support
1 full year of warranty
FlashRouters also offers the option to add additional support and warranty as needed, such as:
Another full year of email and live chat support
Option to upgrade to 2 years of warranty on your device
Remote Team Viewer sessions
Users looking for support for their own devices or routers can visit the support plan center to see what the different plans cover, from assisting you in flashing your own device, to remote VPN setup options.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
- 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
Using 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: