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FlashRouters Summer Blowout Special

Don’t you hate it when you are outside at a BBQ or tiki party trying to show someone a YouTube video on your phone and it just churns and churns and churns? Around here, we call this syndrome “Router Blindness”.

Symptoms of Router Blindness include yelling at your stupid phone, throwing your laptop against the floor, banging of desktops in hopes they will perform better and promises that when Monday comes around, you are headed to the cell phone store to show them what a piece of junk they gave you.
But when Monday arrives and you show up there, it magically works perfectly. Wonder why? Because in the store they have the right router, networking equipment, and WiFi equipment to give you full coverage. They have optimized the WiFi in their store so why wouldn’t you do the same thing in your home where you are ACTUALLY using the device.

We just so happened to make a fun little video about routers in need of retirement that shows you the essence of a FlashRouter upgrade.

When Is it Time To Upgrade Your Wireless Router?

If any of your devices, from computers, to tablets, phones, streaming players or SmartTVs, are performing more slowly or unreliably than you believe they should, the problem may not be with the device itself.

Issues such as excessive buffering and Internet service provider throttling on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Instant Prime can often be corrected or limited. So before you ditch an under-performing phone or other device for the latest model, take a look at your wireless router as it may in fact be the source of your woes.

FlashRouter Summer Blowout Specials

Summer Router Blowout Special - DDWRT & VPN Routers from FlashRouters

As always, these devices will include all the perks associated with a FlashRouter: pre-installed open-source firmware for improved performance, stability, and security options, free expert US-based tech support, and a complete open-source firmware warranty. All at a fraction of the regular price, while supplies last.

Our summer clearance is the ideal time to bring your home or office network truly up to speed. Enjoy a heightened sense of security and finally get coverage to previous WiFi dead zones in your home. Taking control of your wireless network provides the opportunity to feel the real potential of your gadget investments.

Summer Blowout FlashRouters include:

FlashRouters installs or “flashes” open source firmware on popular router models to increase functionality, stability, speed, and security. Open source firmware removes bugs, security vulnerabilities, and networking back-doors. Proprietary manufacturer firmware that does not allow for public vetting of source code may leave a router open to hackers or other malicious parties. Advanced routing modes are also limited in stock firmware. Open source upgrades unlock an array of enterprise level features, like wireless extender modes and VPN connectivity options.

We only have limited stock of these models and there will be no restocking or rain checks so grab them while you can!

The Future in Now in Wireless Router Tech

Best WiFi DD-WRT Router of 2014 - Netgear R7000 Nighthawk OpenVPN OpenSource VPN

The Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter

On the high-end performance spectrum, breakthrough Wireless-AC technology implemented on models such as the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk and Asus RT-AC68U offer superior processing and wireless power to handle any download, streaming, or networking task thrown at them. Combined with open source firmware, these devices provide a future-proofing solution for all wireless and HD streaming needs as wireless technologies are implemented throughout our homes, appliances, cars, and  wearable technologies like Google Glass, Jawbones & Fitbits.

So whether you are looking for a high end upgrade to give your home or office network a speed and security beef-up, or are looking to get a taste of the latest open source technology, now is the time to revitalize your network with a FlashRouter!

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.

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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 to 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-ACWireless-AD
Max Throughput (Speeds):54 Mbps900 Mbps5300 Mbps7200 Mbps
Max Wireless Range (Radius):75 Ft200 Ft500 Ft500 Ft
Wireless Channel Widths:20 Mhz20/40 Mhz20/40/80/160 Mhz5/10/20 Mhz
Wireless Bands:One 2.4 Ghz (Single Band)One 2.4Ghz & One 5 Ghz (Dual Band)One 2.4 Ghz & Two 5 Ghz (Tri-Band)One 2.4 Ghz, Two 5 GHz Bands, & 60 GHz Bands (Quad-Stream)

Of course, these ranges are maximum distances in optimal conditions. Most of us don’t live in a world where there is 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 2600 Mbps
Netgear R7800 X4S DD-WRT

Wireless-AC 3200 Mbps
Linksys WRT3200ACM DD-WRT – Best Recommended Wireless-AC Router

Wireless-AC 5300 Mbps
Asus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT – Best Range Router of 2018

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 routers 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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When Do I Know That My Router is Outdated?

There is an updated version of this post: What is the Difference Between Wireless-N, Wireless-G, & Wireless-AC?

If you are like many Internet users, you haven’t upgraded your router in several years. You are likely still using a router that looks something like the one here.

While this outdated Linksys router may still establish a wireless network in your home; upgrades in router technology and router firmware have finally advanced to the point where it is time to take advantage of these new benefits.

The old Linksys is an antiquated eyesore that likely has partially detached antennas, failing parts, and is not as secure as it needs to be in today’s fast pace environment. However, the real issue is that with an older router you are not able to maximize your web-surfing experience, or unlock more advanced network capabilities.

Here is a quick list of advantages and upgrades you will receive from a new FlashRouter (red for old router, black for FlashRouter):

1. Speed of your WAN (Internet) and LAN (Local Network) connections

  • 54 Mbps vs. 300 mbps (almost 6x stronger) wireless data transfer rates. No more choppy, poor video quality when streaming or slow downloads.
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connection vs. 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit connection (specific models) .

When using a wired router connection to access your network; the ability to transfer at rates of 1000 Mbps is 10x faster than the old standard of 100 Mbps. If you ever notice a choppy connection when streaming content through video sites, this upgraded wired connection speed will give you the bandwidth necessary to rectify that situation.

2. Wireless signal protocol

b/g vs. b/g/n

Wireless-N is provides a faster and stronger wireless connection. Although a wired connection will always transfer at the fastest rates, laptops and smartphones are quickly becoming the favored Internet-enabled devices. These devices will greatly benefit from an enhanced Wireless-N network.

The Netgear R6400v2 DD-WRT FlashRouter has two built-in USB ports so that you can network a hard drive through your router.

3. Firmware Upgrade

With older routers, your wireless connection will often get disconnected, forcing you to cycle, unplug, or reset your router to refresh the signal transmission. This is a surefire sign that it is time to upgrade to a FlashRouter.

With DD-WRT Firmware many users report up-time for months at a time without having to cycle or reset the router a single time.

If you are ready to power up your Internet connection and unleash your router’s capabilities, it’s time to take a look at our selection of VPN-Client DD-WRT Routers.