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Most Popular Wireless Routers & VPN Service Providers: September 2013

How To Watch Season 4 Walking Dead Outside USA

As you’ve no doubt noticed, and as we’ve already reminded you, a lot of your favorite TV shows are back. Homeland just aired episode 2 of their third season; Saturday Night Live’s new season is a couple of episodes in; and The Walking Dead is returning in less than a week.

In short, we hope you have your networks up to snuff, because if you’ve cut the cord on your pricey cable package, then there’s no Homeland with Showtime Anytime, no Saturday Night Live without Hulu Plus, and no The Walking Dead without Netflix (provided you’re willing to wait a year). Throw into the mix all of the new seasons of shows that have just debuted on Netflix Instant (the most recent seasons of The Walking Dead, Louie, Parks and Recreation, the final seasons of The Office and 30 Rock), and there’s simply too much good television that will be compromised if your router and VPN service don’t provide top-notch service.

Fortunately, FlashRouters is here to help. We’ve got the wireless routers to keep your streaming experiences free from annoying freezes and stalls, and we’re affiliated with the right VPN service providers who will help you stay in touch with your favorite shows, no matter where in the world you happen to be. Read on to find out about our customer’s favorites of September 2013!

FlashRouters Best Selling VPN Routers - Cisco LInksys, Asus, Netgear

FlashRouters Best Sellers – September 2013

The FlashRouters Difference

But first, before we delve into our most popular wireless routers, perhaps we should explain a little about what we do here…

At FlashRouters, we take already powerful devices and improve them with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares designed to boost the functionality of wireless routers. A wireless router flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato will perform networking miracles for you, improving your security and expanding the range of your wireless network. To learn about Tomato firmware and the differences from DD-WRT, visit the What is Tomato Firmware page. A few other noteworthy advantages include:

  • Adjustable antenna capabilities which allow you to boost the strength of your wireless signal.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.
  • Captive WiFi Hotspot Portals.
  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!

That’s just the beginning! Don’t try and install these firmwares on your own (unless you’re ready to deal with the sadness of a bricked router). Let us take care of those hassles for you.

The Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT FlashRouter

Asus RT-AC66U With Stand

Maybe it’s all the ranting we’ve done about it, or maybe it’s that the absurd performance power of the device speaks for itself, but congratulations are in order to the Dark Knight. The Asus RT-N66U Tomato FlashRouter has finally surpassed the Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT FlashRouter as our best-seller of the month.

Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the tremendous streak of the E4200, which has been our best-selling wireless router many months running. And after all, it only fell to number two; who knows what next month will bring?

Let’s also quickly acknowledge the tremendous jump from number eight to number four pulled off by the Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato router! People are just loving those Tomato devices!

  1. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato Router – Best Overall Tomato Router
  2. Cisco Linksys E4200 N750 DD-WRT Router – Best Overall DD-WRT Router
  3. Asus RT-AC66U N1750 DD-WRT Router – RM – Our first Wireless-AC FlashRouter with an amazing price!
  4. Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – The most affordable dual band Tomato firmware option around $100.
  5. Cisco Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router – Our economy, do-it-all model.
  6. Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router
  7. Asus RT-N16 N300 DD-WRT Router – The all-time open-source firmware great.

And as an added bonus, use the coupon code best2013 and save an extra $10 on any WiFi router over $70!

HideMyAss VPN & FlashRouters

HMA VPN WiFi Router – Best VPN WiFi Router

Not much shake-up since our last list of popular VPN service provider set-up requests since August. With the exception of the young upstart (at least within the FlashRouters universe) IVPN moving up a notch at the expense of StrongVPN, every other VPN firmly held onto its previous position.

Nonetheless, congratulations are in order to the stalwart HideMyAss VPN for holding strong at number one, and to EarthVPN, which only recently joined the FlashRouters family, and has entered the list at the number seven slot. Here’s to all the worthy entries!

  1. HideMyAss – Top Overall US & UK server selection.
  2. Overplay – Easiest to integrate in your router and use OpenVPN.
  3. PrivateInternetAccess – Best Budget VPN Service
  4. IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest tier-1 server speeds worldwide and popular in the Middle East & Asia.
  5. IVPN – Best VPN service provider for privacy-minded citizens, foreign journalists, human rights activists, etc.
  6. EarthVPN – A great new affordable addition with excellent worldwide VPN coverage.

Benefits of a DD-WRT or Tomato Router From FlashRouters

As we’ve demonstrated above, at FlashRouters, we offer superior products that have a lot to offer. But getting the most out of your FlashRouter is not necessarily the easiest thing in the world for a technological novice.

That’s why we work extra hard to ensure that all of our customers can wring every last bit of functionality out of their device. Our expert technicians are available at all times to answer any of your questions. In addition to a free custom home networking configuration guide, a custom setup guide, and networking support including VPN service provider setup, we provide:

If there’s anything we can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to contact us by opening a support ticket or e-mailing us. Our friendly support staff is always there to answer any and all of your questions.

For more DD-WRT, Tomato, & VPN Service Provider updates, product updates, and limited-time specials, follow us (@flashrouters) or like us on Facebook.

The Difference Between Wireless-N, Wireless-AC and Wireless-AD

Difference Between Wireless G, N, AC

UPDATED 7/17/2018

People generally refer to all Wireless Internet as WiFi but, as with a lot of technical jargon, WiFi as a term is often misused. Are you one of those people constantly asking: Why is my Internet or my WiFi so slow?

Very often, it is not the Internet provider’s fault. Rather, it all comes down to the type of router you are using and the speed it offers.

Table Of Contents

What Are The Different Wireless Standards?

The wireless standard that we know today was created by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE.

IEEE 802.11 is a wireless networking standard created to keep manufacturers wireless routers and wireless networking devices (PS4, Laptops, Tablets, SmartTVs,  XboxOne, iPhones, Roku) on the same page. These standards include IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac and 802.11ad. So what are these standards and what do they have to do with you?

What is Wireless-G & Wireless-N?

Wireless-G and Wireless-N are terms referring to 802.11g and 802.11n wireless networking standards set by the IEEE.

802.11g was a wireless standard is on its way out from modern usage. It offered speeds of up to 54 Mbps and was quickly adopted due its its upgrade in speed over 802.11b.

For example, most coffee shop hotspot routers run on Wireless-G (54 Mbps) or even Wireless-B (11 Mbps). They are constantly being shared by many people so it can be somewhat slow to connect and actually surf the web.

Wireless-N was created to improve network throughput (maximum speed and transmission capabilities) over the two prior standards—802.11b and 802.11g.

Wireless-N was a significant upgrade from Wireless-G for the following reasons:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rate from 54Mbps to up to 900Mbps
  • Wider bandwidth capabilities to 40 Mhz
  • Increased security and improvement of stability and range

While these features may have been an upgrade from Wireless-G, Wireless-N is now being phased out with a new successor. Luckily, new routers and wireless standards will still support Wireless-N and the older wireless standards.

Looking for a router that supports your Wireless-N devices? Check out our Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 DD-WRT FlashRouter!

What is Wireless-AC?

Wireless-AC is the next iteration of the IEEE’s wireless standards. The 802.11ac standard greatly improves nearly every aspect of Wireless-N.

Wireless-AC has increasingly become more formalized and is essentially the minimum for every wireless-capable device. Some improvements include:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rates of up to 5300 Mbps
  • Wider bandwidth capabilities of 80 Mhz as well as an optional 160 Mhz channel
  • Additional 5 Ghz frequency band for faster speeds and less wireless clutter

For the best Wireless-AC speeds we recommend the Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT FlashRouter.

What is Wireless-AD?

Wireless-AD is among the newest wireless standards to hit the consumer market. As with any new wireless standard, nearly every aspect has been improved and upgraded. Some of these upgrades include:

  • Increased maximum data transmission rates of up to 7200 Mbps
  • Additional 60 Ghz frequency band
  • High quality 4K movie downloads in mere minutes

However, Wireless-AD is not backward compatible. Simply put, there are few very Wireless-AD compatible devices that support the new 60 Ghz frequency band.

What is Wireless-AD? The Netgear R9000 DD-WRT

Currently, that makes Wireless-AD a great future proofing feature on the routers that support it, such as the Netgear Nighthawk R9000 X10 AD7200 DD-WRT FlashRouter. When Wireless-AD becomes adopted as the standard, you will be ready.

Why Should You Upgrade To Wireless-AC?

Hanging onto an older Wireless-G or Wireless-N router means you are sacrificing overall speed and security while actually hindering the wireless capabilities for newer devices.

Using a Wireless-G or Wireless-N router with your iPad may feel like trying to catching a fish with a stick. It may eventually work, but it certainly not the most efficient way to get the job done. This is not an iPhone 6S to iPhone 7 type upgrade where you have a little bit sleeker device and a few new features to play with. When a wireless standard is jumped, you are talking MAJOR wireless connectivity improvements.

Want to see the differences between Wireless AC, Wireless-N and Wireless-G? Well, here’s a quick breakdown for you.

 Wireless-GWireless-NWireless-AC
Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Up To Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)

Of course, these ranges are maximum distances in optimal conditions. Most of us don’t live in a world where there are no other wireless interference. Even if you don’t see any other wireless signals in your range, there is still a laundry list of devices that can cost you range, such as cordless phones, baby monitors and even microwaves.

While Wireless-AD is the latest iteration of the standard, getting a premium Wireless-AC router is the best way to ensure compatibility with the best performance.

Here is a handy list of some of our most popular Wireless-AC Routers and their manufacturer speed maximums:

Top FlashRouters By Maximum Speeds

Wireless-AC 1900 Mbps
Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 DD-WRT Top Budget Wireless-AC Option
Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 2400 Mbps
Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 2600 Mbps
Netgear R7800 X4S DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 3200 Mbps
Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT – Best Recommended Wireless-AC Router
Netgear x6 R8000 AC3200 DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 5300 Mbps
Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT

Wireless-AD 7200 Mbps
Netgear R9000 DD-WRT – Most Powerful DD-WRT Router of 2018

If you are looking to get “faster wifi,” these are the devices you want to buy.

Upgrading these router’s firmware to the powerful DD-WRT firmware platform on all of these routers, as FlashRouters does, allows you more control over the signal while improving signal strength and stability. Many of these routers have excellent hardware but the manufacturer’s firmware actually hinders their abilities.

Buying one of these router with a DD-WRT upgrade  can make a world of difference in their overall performance and create a new bedrock for your networking gateway.

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What Are Throughput & RAM/Flash Memory on a Wireless Router?

Q: When do I need a router with more memory? What are the benefits of having more Flash memory and RAM?

A: Basically, Flash Memory and RAM on a router add more room to prevent network congestion and improve throughput.

What is throughput?

Good question. Throughput is the average rate of successful delivery of messages through a network. Simply put, throughput measures the speed of message delivery inside a network. If you think about it in relationship to networks and Internet connections, throughput defines the user experience. The key to a pleasing user experience is uninterrupted service and smooth data transfer.

Digital hiccups cause frustration, annoyance, head-banging and if consistent become a major interference in overall productivity. Who wants to lose productivity because of poor network communication?

For a more technical breakdown on throughput, check out the Wikipedia entry.

How to Choose a New Router to Improve Your Network

As we have detailed many times, most consumer routers are built with simplicity in mind, but there is less emphasis  on features.

As networks become faster and more complex, it is good to prepare your network for faster speeds and more pressure than waiting for it to underperform or break. Getting a router with larger Flash memory and RAM capacity allows you to grow and expand your network more easily. This kind of advanced thinking will allow you to be prepared for whatever throughput/bandwidth-hogging applications that you find down the road.

Do you like watching the browser status say loading, loading, loading, and then the dreaded TIMEOUT screen! Or that dirty word, buffering. It can even cause frequent computer, iPad, and Xbox 360 Live disconnects. Are we still running on the dark ages of dial-up 2400 band modems here?

Having more RAM allows for more throughput as well. Most of FlashRouters‘ high-end units come with at least 128 MB of Flash memory and 256 MB of RAM which should be more than capable for providing for the average home user’s or small business’s need in the future.

List of Popular FlashRouter Flash Memory Sizes (RAM/Flash Memory in MBs)

Best Netgear DD-WRT

Linksys WRT1900ACS (512/128)
Asus RT- AC3200 (256/128)
Netgear R7000 (256/128)
Linksys WRT3200ACM (512/256)
Netgear R9000 (512/1000) – Best Value in High RAM/Flash Routers. 

If you are planning on creating a DD-WRT wireless hotspot with a lot of connections and users, having the proper router with a significant amount of RAM is a must.

If you are a heavy torrent user, and you are having bottlenecks and slowdowns that are not just ISP related, it could be time to upgrade to a new router. If you are looking for the highest available RAM/Flash combo for those type of purposes, the Asus RT-N16 is hard to beat.

Advanced DD-WRT Features Involving Flash Memory & Networked USB

For the purposes of DD-WRT, the larger the memory size, the bigger the firmware build can be installed. That also means that the router can offer even more advanced features. Routers with Broadcom chips and 8 MB of flash can have the DD-WRT mega build installed. For Atheros routers like most Netgear and D-Link models, the STD (or standard package) can be installed for the most feature rich networking capabilities.

Adding memory space on a router can provide options for installing Journal Flashing File System (JFFS) to prevent wear and tear on the router’s actual hardware-based memory as well as ipkg installations, and the ever-popular Optware, The Right Way. To read more about these features, click on each feature link to head to the DD-WRT Wiki for introductions and installation information.

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