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Introducing The FlashRouters Privacy App For Routers

For seven years, FlashRouters has provided Internet users with privacy and security via our Open Source VPN routers. Originally, DD-WRT and Tomato firmware have served as the backbone for the FlashRouters model.

Now, FlashRouters has made setting up a home VPN network even easier. Introducing the FlashRouters Privacy App! 

What is the FlashRouters Privacy App?

The FlashRouters Privacy App is a VPN app that makes the VPN router experience user-friendly and stress-free. It simplifies the VPN aspect and integration within the popular DD-WRT firmware. This instant privacy router solution works on any web browser offering more protection and more management than a typical VPN app. Check out some of the features below!Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

What Is A Browser App?

  • Our FlashRouters Privacy App runs straight from your Internet browser, whether it be on a desktop or your phone.
  • It comes pre-installed with any purchased FlashRouter, completely free of charge.
  • No need to download an application on every device you want to connect to VPN!

Easy Access via FlashRoutersApp.com

Accessing router settings and features is easy. With our new router app, users can configure their routers by simply entering FlashRoutersApp.com into their browsers. No more fiddling with clunky IP addresses or installing apps on your devices!

From this page, users are also able to log in to their VPN subscriptions, sign up for new subscriptions, and copy or download logs of their router.

Mobile Optimized User Interface

Gone are the days of fiddling with confusing settings through DD-WRT. The FlashRouters Privacy App comes with a fresh and simple user interface (UI) to easily access your settings. The UI is optimized for any browser, whether it be on your desktop on your mobile phone. That’s right, you can control your router straight from your phone!

FlashRouters Internet Privacy App for VPN Routers

Simplified VPN Security Device Management

The Privacy App expands VPN compatibility to all wireless and wired devices, even those without native VPN support. With more devices connected to the VPN network, we made it easier for users to sort and manage their devices through the FlashRouters Privacy App.

Some of the features that you can manage are:

  • Kill switch by device 
  • VPN bypass by device
  • Easy hostname management by device

These features can easily be switched on or off per device through FlashRoutersApp.com.

Easy VPN Server Switching

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Switching servers with any supported VPN provider is as simple as selecting a server from a drop-down menu. Sort from servers by location or by proximity with a click of a button!

This list of VPN servers are auto-updated regularly, populating our lists with the latest VPN servers of your choice.

An All-In-One Solution

The FlashRouters Privacy App is a one-stop solution for making the most of your home or office VPN network.

The FlashRouters Privacy App makes the VPN experience extremely user-friendly. Gone are the days of worrying about device limitations from your VPN provider. Even if your VPN provider only allows connections to VPN on 5 devices at a time, the FlashRouter counts as one VPN connection, and all devices connected to the router will be going through that connection.

If you already own a FlashRouter, we can upgrade your router firmware to the Privacy App. Please contact us for more info.

If you wish to have the FlashRouters App installed on your own DD-WRT compatible device, check out our support plans. The FR Privacy App will auto-upgrade on reboot to the latest updates as soon as they are available.

Which VPN Providers are Recommended for the FlashRouters Privacy App?

FlashRouter Router Privacy AppNordVPN and IPVanish are highly recommended for use with the FlashRouters Privacy App. With both of these providers, users can take advantage of the option of providing users a connection to the closest or least loaded server. Servers for these providers are updated daily!

Which VPN Providers are Supported by the FlashRouters Privacy App?

The FlashRouter will be pre-loaded with twelve VPN provider options. Those VPN Providers for FlashRouters App include ExpressVPN, HideMyAss, IVPN, Private Internet Access, BlackBox, ProtonVPN, PureVPN, SaferVPN, VyprVPN, and Windscribe. If you purchase a VPN FlashRouter for one of these providers, you have the option of easily switching to one of the other eleven providers.

That means if you purchase a router and choose to switch VPNs, the router setup will be just as simple.

Additional VPN Router App Supported Providers

More supported providers include: AirVPN, BulletVPN, CyberGhost, Hide.Me, LeVPN, LiquidVPN, PerfectPrivacy, PrivateVPN, ProxPN, SmartDNSProxy, VPNArea, VPNSecure, VPNUnlimited.

To log into one of these VPN providers account within the FlashRouters Router Privacy App, simply select the provider from the drop-down menu in the app and enter your credentials.

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More Questions About the FlashRouters Privacy App?

We thought you might. Our expert support team can’t wait to answer to answer them and give some helpful tips and recommendations for your scenario.

What is a VPN Virtual Location & Which VPN Providers Use Them? (VPN FAQ)

This year, virtual locations made headlines and sparked controversy. VPN providers misrepresented VPN locations using virtual locations.

Virtual locations, or virtual servers, are VPN servers that are not at the location they claim to be. Although it may seem like it is in one location, it is really in a different one.

For example, you could be physically connected to Indonesia while your VPN server shows that you are connected to the UK.

What’s Wrong With Using Virtual Locations?

Using virtual locations is not a  bad thing. Sometimes, virtual locations offer faster speeds than the physical location. Either way, your connection will appear from the same place.

The main issue with virtual locations stems from VPN services not disclosing that they use them. Some services will not tell customers which servers are virtual and which are physical.

Physical Servers Vs. Virtual Servers

Apart from the location of the server, there is nothing too different with using a virtual server and a physical server. Although there are very little differences, choosing between a physical and virtual server depends on your needs.

For customers not concerned about which country their data passes through or just want to unblock streaming services, both virtual and physical servers will work perfectly.

On the other hand, customers with oppressive governments, journalists in dangerous areas, and human rights campaigners may want to only utilize physical servers. Essentially, individuals dealing with privacy critical work should use physical servers. Individuals will know exactly which country their data is being routed through.

Which VPN Providers Use Virtual Locations?

Our friends at VPNCompare asked numerous VPN providers if they use virtual locations and why. Check out some of the responses below.


“We don’t use virtual locations. All of our devices are where we say they are.”


“We do not use virtual locations. All of our servers are real and located where they claim to be”


“NordVPN does not use any Virtual Locations and all of our VPN servers are based in the exact locations as per our server list. In our opinion, having Virtual Locations lacks reliability security-wise and is unethical from our users stand point, as they trust us to route traffic through a server in a country they choose with a secure connection.”


“Yes, as indicated on our server locations page, we use virtual server locations to help ensure connection quality for countries with infrastructure constraints.

ExpressVPN has rigorous standards for servers to ensure that users are able to connect securely, reliably, and at consistently fast speeds. In some countries, it can be difficult to find servers that meet these qualifications. Virtual server locations make it possible for users to connect to such countries, while still providing a quality connection.

Over 97% of ExpressVPN’s servers are physically located in the country matching the IP address, covering every continent but Antartica. Virtual server locations represent less than 3% of our server count.”

Using a VPN With A VPN Router

Netgear Nighthawk X10 R9000 DD-WRT OpenVPN WiFi Router Wireless-AC & Wireless-AD

To get the most out of your VPN service and completely protect your network a FlashRouter is recommended.

Whether you are using a virtual VPN server or a physical VPN server, a FlashRouter will ensure that your home network is fast and secure. Additionally, any device connected to the FlashRouter will be going through the VPN. This will occur whether or not the device has native VPN capability. Looking to secure your entire network with a VPN? A FlashRouter is for you.

IPVanish VPN: What’s New at FlashRouters

The new year is young, as is our brand new site. And while we’ve given you a bit of a tour around the new site, there were some important sections we didn’t fully explore.

So to correct that, we thought we’d start by updating you on one of our most popular VPN service providers, IPVanish.

IPVanish + FlashRouters - The Ultimate VPN Privacy Solution


What’s New From IPVanish VPN

As mentioned before, IPVanish VPN is practically unparalleled in the realms online security, privacy and freedom they provide for their users. Offering versatile open-source firmware routers for IPVanish has been a boon for both of our customers.

Like any good company, IPVanish VPN is not one to rest on its laurels. They continue to improve on their standard of VPN excellence.

New IPVanish VPN Servers

As recently as December of 2015, IPVanish increased their anonymous IP address pool by as many as 15,000, bringing their total IP address count to 40,000+!

Not only that, the stalwart VPN added 6 servers in 3 new locations (Prague, Lisbon, and Liverpool), as well as 43 new servers in previously established locations (London, Frankfurt, Singapore, parts of France, Dallas, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Atlanta), bringing their total server to over 400 in 60+ different countries

The message is clear. IPVanish VPN is growing even more formidable as a force for the cause of Internet protection and anonymity.

Latest IPVanish VPN FlashRouters

New IPVanish FlashRouters

The IPVanish Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

In the past year, we’ve added some serious fire power to our line of DD-WRT and Tomato-flashed routers. These VPN routers are ready to maximize your WiFi and VPN integration needs. Combining these amazing networking devices with the superior VPN service is a recipe for the best (and most secure) wireless network around.

IPVanish VPN Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB Router

Speed, speed, speed is what you’ll get with this brand new star of our Tomato firmware line. Sure, the 1 GHz Broadcom processor and six external antennas tell you plenty about the power and network flexibility you’ll get with the Asus RT-AC3200, but the tri-band wireless kicking at 3200 Mbps will positively give you whiplash. If you’ve got a big house that needs a lot of coverage, this is the router for you.

IPVanish VPN Netgear R8000 DD-WRT  Router

One of the most important things to know about VPN usage is that you need power. Your router is going to be encrypting and decrypting a lot, and consequently you’ll need a router with a strong processor to carry the weight. Luckily for you, the IPVanish R8000 DD-WRT is more than up to the task. With its 1 GHz Broadcom CPU and 6 external antennas, you’ll be location-jumping all over the world without any frustrating Internet slowdowns.

IPVanish VPN Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Router

Here’s one of the latest additions to the FlashRouters line that is quickly becoming an office and user favorite: the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT is the perfect entry point for those looking for that invaluable Wireless-AC upgrade while still retaining  full support with legacy devices (Wireless-N, Wireless-G). Combine the fluid performance of Wireless-AC with IPVanish’s peerless security and worldwide coverage, and you get a router that’s ready to take you around the world in record time!

New IPVanish VPN Router Setups and Options

As we’ve examined in our site tour, we’ve made it a lot easier for would-be FlashRouters and VPN users to familiarize themselves with these technologies and the features that exist within them.


As part of our site relaunch we introduced Learn sections to give you the basics on the latest info on VPNs by country, streaming service, and streaming device. One of our primary goals was to show you the various ways to integrate a router into your network. So let’s take a closer look at our best top VPN setup options:

  1. Dual Router Setup: Switch seamlessly between your local and VPN network on any device any time.
  2. Dual Gateway Setup: Choose between local and VPN networks on a single router.
  3. Wireless VPN Extender: Create a dedicated VPN connection from an existing wireless network.

Anything else you need to know about FlashRouters and our IPVanish-friendly devices? Let us know & our networking experts are eager to help you.

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How to Unblock Netflix US in Japan

Netflix is coming to Japan

How to Watch Netflix US in Japan

Netflix Is Coming to Japan

Netflix Instant’s plans for world streaming dominance – or, more specifically, to be in 200 countries by the end of 2016 – continues unabated. At long last, the streaming giant has announced their first foray into the Asian movies and TV streaming market.

Come September 2nd, 2015, our friends in Tokyo and Kyoto and Osaka will be able to enjoy House of CardsOrange Is the New BlackWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and so much more, because Netflix is coming to Japan.

News is somewhat scarce at this point, so there’s no real way of knowing exactly how much content Japanese Netflix Instant viewers can expect. There is a Netflix Japan Twitter page, which will be useful to anyone who speaks Japanese. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include us.

Watch Netflix US From Anywhere With A VPN

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FlashRouter-Ready VPNs

So congratulations to our friends in Japan and across Asia, as this surely means Netflix will soon be available widely across the continent.

In the meantime though, those living in Asian countries without Netflix Instant will just have to be patient. Furthermore, given the uncertainty of the amount of content coming to Netflix Japan, Japanese people and people traveling to Japan on business or vacation may find themselves without a great deal of streaming options while the new venture is getting underway.

But you can still rely on Netflix US, even from Japan. All you need is a VPN.

VPN services, or Virtual Private Network services, are subscription-based services that serve two important functions. The first is to secure all of your private online information (sensitive emails, credit card numbers, etc.) by tunneling all of your online activity through encrypted servers set up all over the world. In the age of rampant hacking and governmental snooping, this service cannot be overvalued.

Some of the best VPNs for Netflix US streaming include ExpressVPN, PureVPN, and IPVanish.

The second purpose, and the one that particularly applies in this instance, is to allow internet users greater online freedom. Geographical restrictions, often imposed by heavy-handed governments, can keep people off of important websites (Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc.), but VPNs allow users to circumvent those restrictions.

How, you ask? It’s quite simple. As we mentioned, VPNs tunnel your activity through servers that are scattered globally, and you, as the VPN user, get to pick which server you want to use. You are then assigned an IP address in the country of your choosing.

So if you’re in Japan and want to watch Netflix US, all you have to do is log in to your VPN, pick a US-based server, and you have access to your American queue. It’s that simple.

Get the Best Netflix Streaming Experience With A FlashRouter

So now you’re set up to access Netflix Instant from anywhere in the world, but in order to ensure the very best possible streaming experience – no skips, no stalls, just flawless, fluid streaming – you’re going to need a FlashRouter.

You might be wondering what makes a FlashRouter different from your average router. It all comes down to the firmware. At FlashRouters, we take already strong routers, remove the faulty firmware, and replace them with DD-WRT and Tomato. These replacement firmwares open up a whole new world of possibilities for users conditioned to expect basic features from their router.

Best Routers for Streaming Netflix US in Japan

Best Wireless Routers for Cordcutters

The Netgear R7000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

We hate to play favorites with our devices, and if you’re looking to purchase a FlashRouter, you really can’t go wrong. But we think it’s worthwhile to simplify things a little for our users.

So maybe after you peruse this brief list of the current most popular routers, you can head over to our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list to get a better idea of the range of options we offer. You’re sure to find something that suits your needs, be they big or small.

  1. Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – Our highest powered Netgear router, and preferred as the top router for online console gaming.
  2. Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT AC5300 Router – The ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.
  3. Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato WiFi Router – Our most popular Tomato VPN Router.

Additional Benefits of a FlashRouter for Netflix VPN Users

Want advanced security options? Our routers have those. Care to extend your wireless range? Not a problem. Looking to prioritize your activities by bandwidth? Sounds difficult, but it’s no kind of issue for a FlashRouter.

What’s more, a FlashRouter even eases your VPN experience. If your VPN is on our supported provider list, we can send your router ready to work with your subscription right out of the box, saving you the hassle of dealing with the tricky installation process. Let our experts handle that.

How To Use Netflix with OpenVPN on a Router

Not only that, if you hold onto your old router, you can try out our popular dual router setup, which allows a user to have one dedicated VPN router and one router devoted to day-to-day, simple networking.

Plus we ship all over the world including Japan and the rest of Asia every single day via USPS and FedEx International!

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Netflix Content by Country Showdown – Unlock More Movies & TV Shows On Netflix

Netflix Comparison by Country - US, UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Canada

Updated 2018

Netflix is the best best online streaming service for watching popular movies and TV shows in the US and around the globe. A quick glance at the FAQ page on the Netflix official website displays a quite extensive listing of all Netflix streaming-only countries.

However, each Netflix locale, be it the Netflix USA, Netflix UK, Netflix Canada, Netflix, Brazil, Netflix France, Netflix Germany, and more, all provide different content viewing options. A movie or TV show that is available in Netflix USA may not also be available in Netflix UK and vice versa.

Are There Major Differences with Available Netflix Content by Country?

The simple answer is most undoubtedly, yes.

Streaming movies and TV shows may only be available in certain countries around the globe due to the regional content distribution deals and ownership rights of those titles. When a company like Universal licenses titles from their US catalog, it is possible they may not control those same rights in a country like Brazil. It is also possible they may have not agreed on fees in that specific country.

Netflix does not go into detail on their website about policies regarding the use of your account when traveling outside of your home country. This means that when you travel to the UK for a vacation or business trip you will still be able to log in and access your US Netflix account abroad. However, you will not be accessing the same Netflix you would see while connecting from home. According to Netflix’s FAQ page: “Available content may vary by location, and will change from time to time.” …and boy, does it ever!

In many cases, a TV show or movie may not be as popular in a given international region when compared to US viewing numbers. A studio trying to syndicate a TV show or distribute a movie that is unpopular in Europe or Latin America will accept a less lucrative content distribution deal with streaming services like Netflix in these locales. This allows Netflix to purchase movie and TV show rights by country to certain shows and movies, which may be prohibitively expensive in the US,  at fractions of the cost in locations around the world.

Comparing Availability of Netflix Content by Country

At FlashRouters, there is a very large International customer base, and one which is full of Internet users who love their streaming.

With this in mind, this post will begin a new series of blog posts to showcase the varied content that is available in differing Netflix locales. We want you to know what country is the best place to find the best and most popular content from top actors, directors, genres, and other fun categories (like superhero movies).

Our series of Netflix Content by Country Showdowns will showcase the vast difference between movies available in Netflix US, Netflix UK, Netflix Latin America, Netflix Europe, Netflix Canada, and possible some other Netflix regions.

Over the coming months, we will scour the Netflix content by country specifically for superhero movies, classic TV sitcoms, movies from blockbuster stars, and much more. Our first Netflix Content by Country Showdown is one of the most popular movie stars in the world today, Denzel Washington. Check this post often for updates to existing movie start lists as well as new Netflix by Country showdowns.

Best Streaming Content on Netflix Canada 2014

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #1: Denzel Washington

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #2: Superhero Movies

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #3: 90s US TV Sitcoms

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #4: Johnny Depp

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #5: Jennifer Lawrence

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #6: Scarlett Johansson

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #7: Leonardo DiCaprio

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #8: Steven Spielberg

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #9: Charlize Theron

Netflix Content by Country Showdown #10: Robert Downey Jr.

And there is plenty more to come. Have an actor, genre or filmmaker you’d like to see us breakdown? Let us know in the comments down below!

How To Unlock Netflix Content by Country?

So now that you know that there can be huge differences in availability for your favorite actors or movies, the question becomes how do you switch to any Netflix country you wish.

Well that is our specialty here! FlashRouters partners with many reputable VPN and SmartDNS providers so you can access the content you desire and get the most out of their Netflix subscriptions while home or traveling/working anywhere in the world.

To unblock the content you want on Netflix, it is important to choose a VPN or SmartDNS provider wisely. In order to access content from any Netflix library, it is important to subscribe to a provider with a wide array of international servers and locales. There are countless titles and shows that may only be available in a single Netflix region. If your VPN or SmartDNS provider does not offer a server or DNS locale in one of these regions, you will be missing out on some great streaming content.

SmartDNS vs. VPN Service

Debating whether you should be using a VPN or SmartDNS service, here is a handy breakdown of the benefits/disadvantages of each.



Unlock Netflix Content in Any Country

Encrypted & Private Internet Connection

Fastest Speeds

Lower Cost

FlashRouters Supported

To summarize, both VPN service and SmartDNS service provide excellent solutions for gaining access to worldwide streaming content. Both of these are also fully supported by the FlashRouters support team.

When choosing between VPN or SmartDNS, it is important to identify what advantages are most important to you.

Advantages of VPN Service over SmartDNS

If you are concerned about general privacy and would like to make sure that your network and personal data are secured, then a protective VPN service would be preferable. A VPN service will actually change your browsing IP address and make it seem as if your IP address is in the country of your choosing.

This will also fully encrypt and anonymize your Internet activities from your ISP, other Internet services (Google, Facebook etc), or government oversight. Netflix servers will see you as visiting from this new VPN location and thus display the content for that Netflix region.

Advantages of Smart DNS Over VPN Service

If your main goal is to stream content that may be blocked in your region while maintaining your full network speed, without the need for extra encryption, then you should choose a SmartDNS provider.

How does Smart DNS Work? When you connect to a streaming service (or any website for that matter), that site will be resolved by Domain Name Servers (DNS) that are automatically passed through to your router or computer by your ISP, unless you manually input alternate servers.

At the simplest level, SmartDNS providers offer unique DNS addresses to input into your router or computer, so that when you visit a specific streaming website, that streaming website is resolved through the SmartDNS servers. These servers are specially configured to make your query appear as if it originated from the “smart” locale of your choosing, and not your real geographical location.

Since network masking is only occurring as the webpage is being resolved, your activity and connection is not encrypted. Therefore, there is no extra processing power required, which often causes a drop in the overall speed of the network. As this service does not need the same type of server maintenance as a full VPN solution, the price is typically a bit lower than that of a VPN service.

Best Routers for Netflix with VPN Service & SmartDNS

While it is possible to use both VPN and SmartDNS on single devices in your network, the only way to fully broadcast your VPN or SmartDNS network to any wired or wireless device in your home network is to configure the service on your router. Every FlashRouter is compatible with services from the best VPN and SmartDNS providers now available.

Top SmartDNS Providers For Netflix

ExpressVPN – One of the newest features to the ExpressVPN router app is their new MediaStreamer function. This new feature is a unique DNS management system that allows users to access streaming video content without encrypting your online traffic through a VPN.

This feature is built in to the ExpressVPN router app, allowing users to use their VPN service or their MediaStreamer option!

Check out our ExpressVPN Routers!

Smart DNS Proxy – Smart DNS Proxy founders have been in the Internet security business for nearly 20 years and have introduced the dedicated, safe-browsing, easy to use, no logging Smart DNS service with the ability to get access to the streaming content in the region you want no matter where you are located. For only $50 you can get the service for a full 2 years. SmartDNSProxy subscription now includes VPN service as well!

Check out our SmartDNS Proxy Routers.

Top VPN Service Providers For Netflix

Great deals on IPVanish Netflix VPN DD-WRT & Tomato Routers

Running a VPN connection requires a large amount of processing power, so if you choose to use a VPN for streaming needs, it is recommended you use a router with a large processor to handle the network encryption and HD streaming requirements (usually a minimum of 600 MHz).

This will help avoid drops in network speeds, due to high processing requirements needed from a router hardware to tunnel encrypted traffic around the globe. As VPN services need more maintenance and upkeep the price is usually a bit higher than that of a SmartDNS service.

HideMyAss! – Over 700 servers in over 100 countries 90000+ IP addresses available.

Check out our HideMyAss FlashRouters.

IPVanish –  Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide with 60 plus country servers & most popular users in the Middle East & Asia.

Check out our IPVanish FlashRouters.