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Benefits of Using An ExpressVPN Router Versus The ExpressVPN Mobile App

ExpressVPN App vs ExpressVPN Router

If you purchase a subscription to ExpressVPN, you will have access to their VPN App. VPN Apps run as a client on popular devices including desktops, Androids, and iOS devices. Unfortunately, a client VPN app trades flexibility for ease-of-use.

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Get ExpressVPN On All Streaming Devices & Gaming Consoles

Are you looking to use ExpressVPN on the most popular streaming devices like the Amazon Fire Stick, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, AppleTV & Roku and PS4? Streaming media players and gaming consoles usually have no native VPN support (or even actively prevent this option). So to setup ExpressVPN on one of these devices, a ExpressVPN App Router is the only solution.

VPN Subscription Connection Limitations

VPN Service: 3-6 Devices 

VPN Router: Unlimited Devices

Using the ExpressVPN app for desktop, Android, and iOS may seem like an easy solution to adding a layer of extra security to your devices to a VPN. However, these apps limit the number of devices on which you can use them.

ExpressVPN Multiple Devices Infographic

For instance, a basic subscription to ExpressVPN includes three simultaneous connections. This means that you can only use the ExpressVPN App on three devices at a time. As stated in the image above, adding more connections will require the purchase of additional licenses.

The End To VPN Device Limits

While ExpressVPN is a premier service, using the ExpressVPN app for routers that allows you to maximize for almost limitless connections.

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  • No need to worry about going over VPN device limits.
  • Save additional VPN connections for on-the-go usage.
  • All connected devices count as one connection.

Save Time With An One Easy VPN Setup 

One setup for your entire network: No more installing apps or setting up connections on individual devices. Once set up, any device connected to the ExpressVPN Router in your network will connect through ExpressVPN.

This might sound like an instant fix but it is important to note that VPN router app compatibility is limited to a specific set of supported routers. If your device is lucky enough to be supported, it will still likely require the correct firmware update and the proper variant of the device.

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FlashRouters has partnered with ExpressVPN to remove the headache and effort by providing premium ExpressVPN Custom VPN Routers, including the user favorite, the ExpressVPN Linksys WRT3200ACM!

In one move, you can upgrade your router performance, privacy and avoid another monthly fee for more devices.

Have any questions on the ExpressVPN Router App? Feel free to contact our support team.

Netflix In South Africa: What’s Available And What You Can Do

While Netflix is available in almost every country around the world, their content library varies greatly by location. For example, audiences in the United States can pick from 1326 TV shows and 4339 movies. On the other hand, audiences in South African only have 203 TV shows and 477 movies available on Netflix.

With only about 12% of titles available for Netflix in South Africa versus the United States, subscribers are scrambling to find a fix. FlashRouters has the rundown on how to access more titles for Netflix in South Africa.

Why Some Content Is Blocked For Netflix in South Africa

When connecting to Netflix, one of the things that the company takes note of is your IP address. A user’s IP address is a unique ID that shows your geographic location. This allows for Netflix to confirm that users are in a country that Netflix operates in.

This IP check is also performed to determine access to some content in Netflix’s library. Some titles are not available in certain countries due to licensing fees.

When Netflix makes a title available in different countries, they must pay a licensing fee to the production house. Given the smaller subscriber base in different countries, like South Africa, it would not be profitable for Netflix to license content to some countries.

For a guide to what is available on Netflix in South Africa, check out the South African section of What’s New On Netflix.

Unblocking Netflix In South Africa: Your Options

The options for unblocking Netflix in South Africa to access the catalog available in other countries are typically the use of a VPN or Smart DNS service.

While a VPN may initially seem like a good idea, just a few years ago Netflix began cracking down on the privacy tool. Netflix can detect if a user is using a VPN and continue to prevent the user from viewing their favorite shows. A VPN also routes all of your Internet data to a secure server, which could result in slower connections.

Netflix Content Block

With this crackdown on VPNs in mind, using a Smart DNS service becomes the better option.

In contrast to a VPN, a Smart DNS service only routes certain information to avoid geographical blocks. This allows for easy and fast access to your favorite content.

Using An ExpressVPN FlashRouter To Unblock Netflix

Good news for Netflix subscribers around the world – ExpressVPN recently unveiled a new and unique Smart DNS management system called MediaStreamer. This is only available on ExpressVPN’s Router App.

ExpressVPN MediaStreamer is included along with a slew of other features, including one-step VPN setup, VPN server switching, and top-tier router performance.

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What is Geo-Blocking And How Do I Get Around It?

Geo-blocking is the act of preventing access to content based on the users’ geographical location. In other words, sites and services take advantage of geo-blocking technology in order to prevent users in certain locations from accessing their content.

While on the surface this action may seem nefarious, there are valid reasons related to licensing agreements for why a site will geo-restrict access to content for specific users.

Nevertheless, being geo-blocked can be a massive inconvenience. Looking to get around geo-blocks? A VPN or Smart DNS router can help your entire network get to the content you desire.

But first, let’s see why online businesses limit access to users.

Why Do Sites Use Geo-Blocking?

A common example of geo-restriction users outside of the United States many experience is being blocked from accessing Hulu. As one can see from the above image, anyone who tries to watch an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale outside of the United States will be geo-blocked.

Hulu and Netflix are geo-restricted due to licensing agreements with content creators. Hulu is only available in the United States. Netflix is available around the world, but you will have to subscribe to a region-specific version of the service. Furthermore, these region-specific versions of Netflix have limited content based on licensing agreements.

In the past, users would have been able to take advantage of a Virtual Private Network to access these services from outside of the licensed areas. Some of these advantages include

  • Tunneling your network connection to a VPN server.
  • Providing an extra layer of protection.
  • Allowing you to appear as if you are in the location of the VPN server.

This allows to get around geo-blocking. If a program was only available in the US, selecting a US server from a VPN service would have let you access the programming. However, Hulu and Netflix both block servers from VPN services.

Using a SmartDNS Router to Stream Geo-Blocked Content

Fortunately, there are solutions. Geo-blocked users unable to access Hulu and Netflix can take advantage of ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer SmartDNS app. SmartDNS works by changing the DNS of your device, re-routing your data through a proxy server. This is not the same as using a VPN, as a SmartDNS service will not encrypt your IP address. However, with this, services cannot ban SmartDNS proxy servers in the same way they block IP addresses from VPN servers.

Premium performing VPN Router for HideMyAss - HMA 2017-2018Moreover, users looking to access the SmartDNS service on their entire home network should consider using the ExpressVPN OpenWRT WRT3200ACM FlashRouter listed above. With this router, connected devices without native SmartDNS support (such as game consoles or Smart TVs) will be able to use the service.

Streaming Sports and Blackouts

MLB.tv Logo

Another area where users have to worry about geo-blocking is within the domain of streaming sports. For instance, if you are a subscriber to MLB.tv, you will be subject to all games being potentially subject to local, regional, or even national blackouts. With many streaming sports services, if your local Fox, NBC, or ABC TV station has exclusive rights to local games, you will be blacked out from viewing these games.

Most streaming sports services have not taken the same steps that general video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have towards blocking VPNs. To get around being blacked out, you can tunnel your traffic through a VPN server from a provider like NordVPN.

Pairing a VPN provider with a FlashRouter unlocks countless possibilities for your home network. With our new FlashRouters Privacy App, users can:

  • Easily select from different VPN server locations across the globe via a simple dropdown menu.
  • Easy device management, including a kill switch and VPN bypass by device.
  • Navigate pages seamlessly with an optimized UI.

This solution makes it infinitely easier for users to access geo-blocked content from anywhere in the world!

Have an unanswered question about geo-blocking? Send it over to the FlashRouters Team for the latest solutions. 

President Erdoğan To Introduce Turkey VPN Ban

While Russia has been slacking on the ban on VPNs, Turkey is stepping it up. Under the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, there have been reports of the introduction of a Turkey VPN ban.

Different Reports On Turkey’s VPN Block Proposals

Currently, it is not clear on whether the Turkey VPN ban is already in place or still in testing. According to the Diken news portal, the VPN block is already in place. This source states that many providers are already unavailable. The list of blocked providers includes Tor Project, ExpressVPNPrivate Internet AccessIPVanish, TunnelBear, VyprVPN, and Hotspot Shield.

Diken News’ report seems to be premature, but it is obvious that President Erdoğan’s regime is planning on going through with the ban. One expert from the Turkish Telecommunications Authority, or BTK, confirms these speculations.

In a presentation to a Turkish Parliamentary Commission, Levent Gönenç of the BTK admitted that they are testing a system to implement a Turkey VPN ban. Gönenç claims that the BTK is planning a new round of tests.

This could mean that these plans are either in very early stages, or the initial tests by BTK failed and a new approach must be implemented.

Regardless, the plan to ban VPNs in Turkey is very real. And if you are looking to use a VPN provider, you would be advised to do some research about their efficacy in this region.

How Will Turkey Implement A VPN Ban?

This is a common question that is brought up when governments or companies attempt to ban VPNs.

In many instances, companies like Netflix have attempted to ban VPNs by blocking individual server IP addresses. Although this technique works, it is very easy for VPN providers to change the IP addresses or even mask them.

On the other hand, the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, has implemented a full-blown VPN ban. This prevents citizens from speaking their voice and spreading ideas, much like the goal of the Turkey VPN ban.

Protecting Your Internet Freedom With A FlashRouter

The best end-all solution to protecting your Internet freedom is without a doubt a FlashRouter.

A FlashRouter is an upgraded, open-source, VPN-enabled wireless router to protect your Internet freedom. It offers solutions for problems such as regional blocks of content to a government attempting to silence its citizens.

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For those that only want to stream regionally blocked content, an ExpressVPN FlashRouter offers a solution. ExpressVPN’s new MediaStreamer service is an advanced DNS system that helps skirt regional content blocks. It is perfect for users that want to access their HD videos without needing to use full VPN protection. ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer is only available on ExpressVPN’s Router App.

With the threat of a VPN ban looming and Internet freedom at stake, there has never been a better time to use one.

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How To Use MediaStreamer On ExpressVPN’s Router App (VPN FAQ)

ExpressVPN MediaStreamer Router

ExpressVPN users rejoice:  a new ExpressVPN App for routers feature has been unleashed! Introducing ExpressVPN MediaStreamer, a unique DNS management system that is available for the first time on ExpressVPN’s Router App.

ExpressVPN MediaStreamer allows users to access the most popular streaming video content you desire in different geographical regions such as the USA without encrypting your online traffic. Get the streaming content you want on every device in a single setup without the slowdown!

MediaStreamer Support Added on ExpressVPN App For Router

The ExpressVPN App for routers now includes additional device management options with the integration of MediaStreamer. This new feature allows users to access specific streaming video content in different geographical regions without encrypting your online traffic.

MediaStreamer also minimizes speed loss by not encrypting data, saving precious processing power when streaming HD content, allowing for quicker speeds when you watching your favorites TV shows, films and streaming sports programs.

How To Use ExpressVPN MediaStreamer

Using MediaStreamer on your custom ExpressVPN router is extremely easy.

  1. Connect to your wireless network and access https://expressvpnrouter.com/.
  2. Log in to your router using username admin and the 8-digit code on the bottom or back of your router.
  3. Go to the VPN tab and click Manage Devices.
  4. Under the Settings tab choose Let me select which devices should be protected
  5. Select which device(s) to use MediaStreamer after registering your IP address with ExpressVPN.

Don’t Have An ExpressVPN Router?

At FlashRouters we offer pre-flashed and configured ExpressVPN App routers. FlashRouters is the shortcut to prevent individuals from potentially bricking their devices.

Using our services cuts out the tedious and potentially daunting task of acquiring your own device, making sure it is the right version, finding the right firmware version, and then flashing it your own router. Instead your ExpressVPN App Routers arrives flashed, modified, with a printed setup guide at your doorstep ready to go.

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Take a look at some of our ExpressVPN FlashRouters and get started on protecting your privacy today!