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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.

Online Gaming with VPN: Best Routers & Services

As time goes on, technology seems to become a greater and greater part of our lives. Some may think that any old router can keep up with the way we use the Internet today, but this is completely wrong.

Online gaming has become a staple of household entertainment. If you have played online games, you have probably experienced lag, dropped frames, and freezing in crucial team-fights or missions.

More than likely, this is due to your weak wireless router coming under heavy load as it struggles to send packets to the server. It can also be a problem with hacking, geographic restrictions, and even speed throttling.

To remedy this, the FlashRouters team has put together a list of powerful wireless routers and VPN services. These recommendations will help keep your gameplay sharp on the battlefield and allow you to even stream your games!

Online Gaming with VPN

Issues that affect any form of online activity, such as hacking, geographic restrictions, and speed throttling, can affect online gaming as well.

Whether it be League of Legends, World of Warcraft, or even the newly released Fortnite, using a virtual private network can have many benefits.

Using a VPN can help unblock regionally restricted games, protect against DDoS attacks, and even reduce latency or lag in your favorite video games.

Best Wireless Routers For Online Gaming with VPN

If you’re a PC gamer, you probably know that better parts equal better performance. A high-end processor and graphics card will provide infinitely better performance than a low-end processor and an integrated card.

The same holds true for your wireless router. Different routers have different processor speeds, RAM, and even flash memory.

The Best Mid-Range Router

Netgear Nighthawk R7800 AC2600

The Netgear Nighthawk R7800 maintains its spot as one of our top-selling routers by offering blazing fast dual-band Wireless-AC speeds of up to 2600Mbs. It boasts four high-powered external antennas for maximum wireless performance.

Inside, the Nighthawk hosts a powerful dual-core 1.7GHz Broadcom CPU, 128MB of internal flash memory, and a whopping 512MB of RAM. With this device, your online gaming with VPN performance will be hindered no longer!

The Best Budget Router

Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900

While sporting a classic exterior, the Linksys WRT1900ACS has modern internal components.

It provides users with extremely fast dual-band wireless speeds of up to 1900Mbs. With three powerful external antennas, don’t worry about shoddy wireless connection while playing throughout your house.

This device sports one of the fastest processors available, the 1.6 GHz dual-core Marvell ARM CPU. Despite having the standard 128MB of flash memory, it has double the amount of RAM as similar models, with a hefty 512MB. This model is a great addition to any online gaming setup.

The Best High-End Router

Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300

At first glance, anyone can tell that this router is a total powerhouse.

With a menacing EIGHT external antennas, this router packs a punch by offering tri-band wireless speeds of up to 5300Mbps! But it doesn’t stop there!

This router comes with a powerful dual-core Broadcom CPU clocking at the speedy 1.4GHz. It also comes with a sweet 512MB of RAM and 128MB of flash memory, ensuring top-of-the-line performance.

For the serious gamer, this router will never you or your teammates down!

Top Online Gaming VPN: Best VPN Services


ExpressVPN offers blazing fast VPN speeds with 148 VPN servers in 94 different countries. This service provides you with unlimited bandwidth and no throttling.

If security is an issue, ExpressVPN holds no activity or connection logs and boasts 256-bit AES encryption as well as DNS/IPv6 leak protection, a kill switch, and split tunneling.

At a low of only $8.32 per month, ExpressVPN is a great choice especially since it offers an easy-to-use router app!


NordVPN maintains a top spot with over 2,140 VPN servers in 56 countries. They offer secure servers tailored for video streaming and P2P activities, such as online gaming.

The service also offers a strict no logs policy, an automatic kill switch, as well as DNS leak protection to ensure that customers are well protected.

For a 2-year plan, NordVPN offers competitive pricing at only $3.29 per month, making it one of the cheaper plans to get started on. At this price, who can say no to better performance online?

FlashRouters: An All In One Solution

All this information too much to process? Don’t worry FlashRouters is a one-stop-shop for your online gaming needs.

With a FlashRouter, all your needs are taken care of. We provide you with a top-of-the-line wireless router custom flashed with open-source software. This allows for upgraded performance and the ability to use a VPN on your home network.

Having trouble deciding which FlashRouter to choose? Visit our handy router-finder to discover the best device that suits you.

Latest NordVPN VPN Router Updates


As the year comes to a close, let’s take a look at one of our top VPN providers, NordVPN.

What’s New From NordVPN

NordVPN is a consistent performer in the FlashRouters office. Almost always on our top 5 best-sellers, this VPN provider is a fan favorite.

With over 2,140 servers in 56 countries, a no logs policy, and the ability to connect 6 devices at the same time, it is no secret why customers love their service.

But what else does NordVPN have to offer?

Complete Privacy With Double VPN

Nord offers a unique feature with their service, which they refer to as a double Virtual Private Network. A double VPN is the process of chaining VPN servers. This hides your internet activity behind multiple VPN servers via tunneling.

Essentially, your computer connects to one VPN server, which connects to another. Your internet traffic would be encrypted two times in this case, protecting your privacy to its fullest extent.

DNS Leak Test

Explained in our earlier post, a DNS leakhttps://www.flashrouters.com/blog/2014/08/01/how-to-prevent-a-dns-leak/ happens when your computer resolves a domain name such as “www.flashrouters.com” to its actual IP address. Your computer contacts a DNS server, usually your ISPs, and requests the unique IP of that website.

To keep your online activity secure, making sure all the traffic being sent from your computer is routed through a VPN server is key.

With Nord’s service, your device will only use DNS servers owned and operated by NordVPN.

Nord’s VPN Deal

Currently, NordVPN is running a special on their VPN service. Typically for a 1-year plan, Nord will charge $5.75 per month and a 2-year plan for #3.29 per month. These are great deals for such an extensive service, but Nord has one more surprise up their sleeve.

NordVPN is offering a 3-year plan for under $100! That’s only $2.75 per month. If you’re on the market for a solid, new VPN service, don’t hesitate to jump on this deal!

Our Bestselling NordVPN FlashRouters

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With a service like Nord’s, combining it with a VPN FlashRouter will get the best bang for your buck. The possibilities are almost endless when you pair the two together.

As of now, our most popular NordVPN FlashRouters are:

  1. Netgear R7800 DD-WRT A fantastic device with a 1.7 GHz Broadcom processor.
  2. Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT This router takes advantage of great range with eight powerful external antennas
  3. Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT
  4. Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato: Our most powerful Tomato router.

Have any questions on what a FlashRouter can do for you? Feel free to contact our team with any inquiries!

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.

FlashRouters & NordVPN Router Join Forces!

NordVPN Now Supported by FlashRouters

NordVPN Joins FlashRouters

If you’re looking for a wireless router that will massively expand the functional power of your wireless network and an equally powerful VPN to secure it, we’ve got great news for you…

FlashRouters & NordVPN: Together At Last

FlashRouters has added another fantastic VPN service provider to our supported provider list. Help us give a big welcome to NordVPN!

As you know, we don’t just add any old VPN service provider to our support list, and NordVPN is certainly not your average VPN. So what do you get for your $4-a-month annual NordVPN subscription?

Top NordVPN Features

Every VPN is going to provide you with online security by tunneling all of your data through encrypted servers set up all over the world every time you log in, and every VPN is going to give you the ability to bypass geographical restrictions, giving you access to a freer, more open Internet. So how does NordVPN distinguish itself?

Here are a few ways for ya:

  • No Log Policy
  • Connect 6 Devices At A Time
  • Firewall Pass-Through
  • Free proxy list and up to 3000 free proxies
  • SSL-based 2048-bit encryption
  • Own DNS servers
  • Convenient server map & custom software

And that’s just a sample of NordVPN’s virtues, and we saved our favorite for last…

Double Data Encryption

You read that right: Double Data Encryption. Or put another way. Double VPN. You get the double the protection.

How, you might ask? We’ll let NordVPN describe it:

Using a two-node server link, NordVPN locks down inbound and outbound data using military-grade AES-256-CBC encryption that’s applied not once, but twice. We like to think of it as a heavy-duty crosscut shredder with a magical Reverse button that can put everything back together whenever you want.

Convincing enough for you? If you want basically double the VPN protection for a mere $4 a month, then it’s a no-brainer. NordVPN is the service for you.

Best Routers for NordVPN

So it’s pretty clear that a subscription to NordVPN is a smart way to ensure the security of your online data, but if you want a top-of-the-line wireless network to go along with all of that security, then it’s a FlashRouter you need.

Benefits of FlashRouters

And fortunately for you, your NordVPN subscription and FlashRouter experience can be easily intertwined. If you’re subscribed to NordVPN, we can send your FlashRouter with NordVPN pre-installed, plug-and-play and ready to work!

Our team works tirelessly testing and upgrading devices to find the best firmware version for each device. Plus our expert technicians are specially trained to handle the unique task of supporting alternative firmware and VPN setups. Plus your purchase includes one-on-one worldwide remote assistance via Teamviewer if you have any questions or issues.

So once you get a DD-WRT firmware or TomatoUSB FlashRouter on your side, watch your wireless network flourish. Get advanced security options, an extendable WiFi power, and even advanced bandwidth & access controls. Our enhanced networking devices are strong, fast, and feature-heavy, and when used in conjunction with NordVPN, there’s no limit to what your network can do.

NordVPN FlashRouters

Premium performing VPN Router for HideMyAss - HMA 2017-2018

Now that you’re psyched on NordVPN, we have some fantastic, VPN ready NordVPN open-source firmware routers to meet and exceed your networking needs and then some.

At the top of the chart is the NordVPN Linksys WRT3200ACM, a MU-MIMO compatiible AC3200 DD-WRT router with a 1.7 GHz Marvell Processor. If you are looking to stream movies and television shows in high quality with NordVPN, the WRT3200ACM is a great option.

Another high-end option for DD-WRT users is the NordVPN Netgear Nighthawk R7800. (That one is quite alliterative!) The R7000 is our most popular device, a stable, powerhouse router three powerful external antennas. A perfect router for a multi-story home.