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!
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.
Most Popular WiFi Open-Source Routers of September 2013
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!
- Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato Router – Best Overall Tomato Router
- Cisco Linksys E4200 N750 DD-WRT Router – Best Overall DD-WRT Router
- Asus RT-AC66U N1750 DD-WRT Router – RM – Our first Wireless-AC FlashRouter with an amazing price!
- Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – The most affordable dual band Tomato firmware option around $100.
- Cisco Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router – Our economy, do-it-all model.
- Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router
- 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!
Most Popular VPN Service Provider Set-Ups of September 2013
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!
- HideMyAss – Top Overall US & UK server selection.
- Overplay – Easiest to integrate in your router and use OpenVPN.
- PrivateInternetAccess – Best Budget VPN Service
- IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest tier-1 server speeds worldwide and popular in the Middle East & Asia.
- IVPN – Best VPN service provider for privacy-minded citizens, foreign journalists, human rights activists, etc.
- 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:
- An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
- Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide: A FlashRouter configuration specialist will personally contact you to tailor your new router to your networking plans if you don’t tell us in your order comments.
- Dual Router Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
- Free VPN Service Integration: We offer setup guides for just about every VPN service, including: IPVanish, CyberGhost, OverPlayVPN, VPNSecure.me, Hide My Ass, PrivateInternetAccess, IVPN plus many more.
- Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS.
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.