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Shipping Routers to Countries with Import Restrictions

FlashRouters ships around the world. Currently, people in over 75 countries use a FlashRouter to connect to the Internet. However, many countries impose import restrictions or bans on electronic devices, like routers. As such, we cannot ship to these countries directly.

FlashRouters is committed to providing network protection for anyone with an Internet connection. For people who live in a country with shipping limitations, we have to options for you: look into a freight forwarding service or take advantage of our one-on-one FlashRouters Remote Support Plan.

Benefits of Using a FlashRouter

For those unfamiliar, a FlashRouter is a wireless router flashed with customized Open Source firmware. Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability, increased range, and enhanced security.

And unlike most default configuration routers, a FlashRouter can be configured with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPNs work by tunneling your data through a secure tunnel, preventing outside snoopers from spying on your activity. Meaning that with a VPN, you can keep you and your family’s data secure.

Recommend VPN service providers include:

  



ExpressVPN
- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 24/7 customer service



IPVanish
- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
- Owns and operates their own servers
- 3 months free with subscription


NordVPN
- Strict no logging policy
- Military grade encryption
- Award winning customer service

While VPNs also work for individual devices, VPN subscriptions only extend to specific devices and have limited connections per account, usually far below the number of connected devices that the average person has. However, with a FlashRouter you can configure your router with a VPN and cover all your devices with a VPN.

For a look at some recommended routers:

Linksys
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Asus RT-AC5300 AC5300
Wireless-AC3200 Mbps
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Ext Antennas
Top Gaming Router
Wireless-AC1750 Mbps
1 Ghz Broadcom Processor
3 Ext Antennas
Top Economy Router
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Broadcom Processor
8 Ext Antennas
Great For Large Homes
$349.99$199.99$499.99

If you are interested in purchasing a VPN-configured FlashRouter, but live in a country that has import restrictions, read on to learn how Freight Forwarding can help!

Using A Freight Forwarder

For shipping to a country with import restrictions, a freight forwarding service is a great option for bringing a router to your door. A freight forwarding service does not actually ship the package, but instead acts as an intermediary between the shipper and various transportation services. In other words, freight forwarders handle logistics for the shipping of goods between one international location to the other.

Managing these shipping logistics requires extensive knowledge of shipping routes, trade regulations, and customs. Keeping track of all of these would confuse most people or small businesses looking to send a package overseas.

Thankfully, freight forwarders make this seemingly improbable task probable.

The Freight Forwarding Process

The freight forwarding process begins when a package is sent to the freight forwarder’s warehouse. There, the package receives clearance to leave its country of origin and is unloaded, inspected, and validated against its booking documents. Afterward, authorities check the package’s customs paperwork. Finally, the package is transferred from the import warehouse to its destination.

During this process, a host of documents must be filled out. These documents include the commercial invoice, Bill of Lading contract, certificate of origin, inspection certificate, export license, export packing list, and the shippers export declaration document. The documents always follow the product and are checked at each point in the shipping process.

Freight forwarders manage both sides of the shipping process. They plan the route, fill out the paperwork, and deal with customs. And, because they are able to legally bring in goods into territories with import restrictions, there are no legal implications.

Shipping to Countries With Import Restrictions

Countries with restrictions on importing routers include Israel, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Malaysia, Yemen, Russia, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and countries in Africa with the exception of South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt.

All of these countries have specific reasons for not allowing packages from the United States. Let’s go down the list for some of our most asked about restricted shipping countries and see why.

Shipping a VPN Router to Israel

Israeli law has very strict import policies regarding the import of telecommunications devices, which includes wireless routers. The purpose of this law is to protect local industry. While Israel and the United States do have fairly robust economic relations, sectors like agriculture and technology include significant import barriers.

Israeli customs checks all packages upon entrance and customs agents have final jurisdiction over what enters into the country. Using a freight forwarder to ship a FlashRouter to Israel solves this problem. Here is a list of shipping agents to choose from in Israel.

Open Source Routers in Cuba

In 1962, the United States government imposed a strict embargo against Cuba. Since then, aspects of the embargo have softened. However, telecommunications devices (including routers) have harsh restrictions.

Despite the change in policy, the existing legislation banning investment mentioned above is still in place. Meaning, exporters to Cuba could potentially face legal challenges. And, goods can still be seized by Cuban customs, so shipping directly to Cuba is very difficult. As such, shipping a router to Cuba would require a freight forwarding service. Crowley is one such service customers can use.

Using a VPN Router for Russia

The Russian Government places extreme restrictions on the import of technological goods from the US, including routers.

Following Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, including its role in shooting down a Malaysian air jet, the US and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia. In turn, the Russian government imposed several rounds of bans on many products from the US, most recently in mid-2018.

These restrictions make it nearly impossible to transport technology into the country. However, parcel services like MyUs are a potential way to ship to Russia. Services like MyUs will handle paperwork and customs.

To avoid dealing with the hassle of understanding import restrictions customers can also purchase a FlashRouters Remote Support Plan.

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While using a freight forwarding service is one way to receive a FlashRouter, it is not the only way to do so. There is always the option of purchasing the router locally and having the FlashRouters Support Team flash it remotely.

To do so, customers can purchase a FlashRouters Support Plan. Purchasing a subscription to the FlashRouters Support Plan grants you access to a support session with one of our trained technicians will flash your router from a remote location. This is an option perfect for anyone who already owns one of 50+ compatible routers we support.

The FlashRouters VPN Setup Plan installation also includes the latest open source firmware as well as integration of our custom VPN Router Privacy App. The app includes a variety of simplifying features to increase your network controls and enhance your privacy.

In addition, having a subscription to the Support Plan also means you will have access to the FlashRouters Support Team for any questions about your network configuration or VPN integration.

Have any other questions? Feel free to contact us. 

How To Use Tails And VPN To Increase Privacy

If you’re concerned about your Internet privacy, you’ve probably heard about Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System) and Virtual Private Networks.

Here is a rundown on how to use these tools to help protect your data.

What Is Tails OS?

tails-and-vpn

Tails is a Linux-based, live operating system that you can boot up on almost any computer from a USB drive or DVD. Tails runs independently of the computer’s operating system, leaving no trace unless you explicitly ask it to.

The goal of Tails is to preserve your privacy and anonymity and to help circumvent censorship. It includes several applications pre-configured with security in mind. These include but are not limited to: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, and many more.

Tails uses the Tor anonymity network to protect your online privacy. Tor works by bouncing your connection around a volunteer-based network of relays around the world.

Using Tails And VPN To Increase Privacy

The best way to use Tails and VPN in unison is by placing the VPN connection before the connection to Tor. This setup yields the most benefits, including but not limited to:

  1. The Tor network thinking you are the VPN server.
  2. If the Tor network is compromised, they must also get past the VPN server.
  3. If your ISP blocks the Tor network, the VPN allows access to the Tor network.

This configuration enables Tails to operate exactly as designed but with a VPN server between your computer and the Internet. This can be easily achieved with a VPN FlashRouter.

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

A FlashRouter is a custom wireless router with VPN capabilities, allowing for easy connection to your favorite VPN provider. This set up allows for perfect connection from your Tails computer, to your VPN provider, to the Tor network, enabling multiple layers of security.Best DD-WRT Wireless-AD Compatible Netgear Router - R9000 Nighthawk AD7200

Have any questions on which FlashRouter to choose? Check out our most popular models or contact our support team for more assistance!

EU Copyright Directive Approved: Catastrophic Results Ahead?

The European Parliament has voted in favor of the EU Copyright Directive. This controversial piece of legislation could lead to catastrophic results for Internet users in the EU. Two articles within the EU Copyright Directive – Article 11 and Article 13 – have been referred to as the “link tax” and the “meme ban.” While defenders of the legislation state the Directive will help stop digital piracy, many fear the effects of these new laws will be nothing short of Orwellian.

Nevertheless, the Copyright Directive is not yet law. The European Council, Commission, and Parliament still need to decide on a final wording, a process that will likely last until December 2018. Once that happens, the Directive will need to be approved one more time by the European Parliament in January 2019. However, Internet users in the EU should still focus on protecting their home networks from even more totalitarian legislation.

First and foremost, the EU Copyright Directive is a form of legislation limiting the use of copyrighted content on online platforms. Proponents of the Directive say that this will help content creators as users will no longer be able to share copyrighted materials. As a result, these proponents believe that content creators will be properly paid for the use of their copyrighted material.

However, the Directive’s opponents see a much darker scenario. Article 13 of the Directive, referred to above as the “meme ban”, states “online content sharing service providers and right holders shall cooperate in good faith in order to ensure that unauthorized protected works or other subject matter are not available on their services.”

The Best VPNs To Prevent The Government From Viewing Your Data

What can EU Internet users do? While using a Virtual Private Network will not prevent the “link tax” or “meme ban” from going into effect, it will protect your network from any snooping intruders, be they of the government or unlawful citizenry. Here are some of the most popular and trust worthy providers:

  • NordVPN – Use over 5156 servers from 62 countries around the world. Pay using bitcoin for maximum security. No logging and military grade AES 256-bit encryption!
  • ExpressVPN – Over 2,000 VPN servers in 148 server locations in 94 countries. Unlimited bandwidth, speed, and server switches. Recommended VPN service for China.
  • IPVanish – No logs! Own and operate their own servers. Over 40,000 IPs on 1,000+ servers in more than 60 countries! Recommended VPN service for the Middle East, including UAE & Dubai.
  • HideMyAss – Connect to a VPN server in seconds. Automatically chooses the least loaded server in a location to ensure top speeds.

Article 11: The Link Tax

Now, back to the specifics of the EU Copyright Directive.

Article 11 has been referred to as the “link tax.” Concerning Article 11, “information society service providers” (news aggregators like Google News) must provide “remuneration” for the “digital use” of “press publications.”

In other words, if a news aggregator site posts a portion of a news article, they will have to pay the publisher of the original article. Article 11 is not clear on just how much of the original article will have to be posted before the initial publisher must be paid. The most recent version of the bill does provide an exemption for “legitimate private and non-commercial use of press publications by individual users”. However, the idea of having to pay for posting a portion of an article should be disturbing for anyone who believes in a free and open Internet.

Article 13: The Meme Ban

Article 13 states that “information society service providers,” sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, which rely heavily on user-generated content, will be responsible for taking down content that infringes on copyright. A preceding version of the article mentioned the use of “content recognition technologies,” referring to a potential “upload filter”.

Furthermore, Article 13 has been referred to as the “meme ban” as many memes use copyrighted images. Defenders of the Directive believe that memes will be protected by parody laws. However, many believe the “upload filters” will not be able to distinguish between memes and other material.

Protecting Your Network From Draconian Governments

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There is not much that EU Internet users will be able to do to protect themselves from the Copyright Directive. Facebook, YouTube, Google, and other giants of the Internet will be forced to comply with the legislation if it passes. With this, users will be forced to comply as well.

However, this does not mean that EU citizens need to fall prey to any and all draconian Internet rules. Using a Virtual Private Network from a service like IPVanish or NordVPN on a FlashRouter (like the R9000 pictured above) will allow you to encrypt your entire network. While encryption will not be able to protect you from having content blocked by “upload filters”, it will be able to protect your network from any outside intruders, like the a snooping government or individuals with prying eyes.

In a world of ubiquitous Internet use, it is important to make sure your connections are secure and encrypted. Just as we remember to lock the door to our homes at night, we should do the same for our WiFi networks. While we may not be able to stop every totalitarian action placed by governments in order to limit our Internet use, we can still protect ourselves using a VPN.

How To Stream NBA Games From Anywhere 2018

NBA Logo

It’s time to get your WiFi networks in order: the NBA season is here! The first game of the 73rd NBA season tips off on October 16th at 8:00pm at Boston’s famed TD Garden, featuring the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. Don’t miss your chance to watch this rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals!

Then at 10:30pm, watch the Oklahoma City Thunder face defending 2018 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Former teammates turned rivals Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook face off for the first time in the 2018-2019 season. This opening night doubleheader is one you do not want to miss!

For NBA fanatics everywhere, missing any marquee matchup during the season is the worst feeling imaginable. Whether it is not nationally televised or if you are not in the United States, FlashRouters is here to ensure that you will not miss any games with your favorite teams or players!

FlashRouters has the solution to make sure you can keep up with your team’s rising stars and superstar highlights. Whether you aren’t in the geographic region to stream your team’s matchup or not in the U.S to watch major rivals faceoff, we have the solution to make sure you don’t miss any game-winner, flashy dunk or killer crossover! We’ll even dish out ways to get them in the U.S for the low.

Stream NBA Games With NBA League Pass

NBA League Pass

The best way to stream NBA games is with NBA League Pass. Subscribers are able to choose a variety of different plans, such as the standard NBA League Pass, NBA Team Pass, or NBA League Pass Premium. These plans vary in pricing and offer different perks. Perks range from virtual reality for certain games and even in-arena streaming in lieu of commercials.

NBA League Pass Pricing

Subscribers can stream NBA League Pass via the web, iPhones, iPads, Androids, Tablets, or video games consoles.

Unfortunately, NBA League Pass is subject to regional blackout restrictions. Blackout restrictions exist because some local and national content providers own exclusive rights to certain games.

How To Stream Every NBA Game With International NBA League Pass

Luckily, there is a way to bypass EVERY regional blackout in the United States and Canada. The remedy is simple: subscribe to the International version of NBA League Pass! This version of NBA League Pass is only available to individuals outside of the United States.

With International NBA League Pass, subscribers get full access to all live games. Subscribers get access to all NBA games played during the regular season, All Star Weekend, Playoffs, and the Finals. Gone are the days of getting blocked by regional restrictions.

So what happens if you’re in the United States but want to subscribe to International NBA League Pass? Use a virtual private network of course!

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a service that routes and encrypts your online data to a secure VPN server anywhere in the world. This makes it look like your Internet connection is connecting from your chosen VPN server.

For example, a person in the United States connecting to a VPN server in the United Kingdom will trick NBA League Pass into thinking they’re from the United Kingdom. This allows for them to subscribe to and watch International NBA League Pass and access geo-blocked content from around the world, all while protecting your online data!

The Best VPN Providers For International NBA League Pass

Getting around regionally restricted NBA games on NBA League Pass is as easy as using a VPN. A VPN allows an individual to route their connection to a secure and remote VPN server, effectively changing their IP address. This makes appear as if they are in the location of the VPN server rather than their home.

  • ExpressVPN – Over 2,000 VPN servers in 148 server locations in 94 countries. Unlimited bandwidth, speed, and server switches. Recommended VPN service for China.
  • NordVPN – Use over 5,156 servers from 62 countries around the world. Pay using bitcoin for maximum security. No logging and military grade AES 256-bit encryption!
  • IPVanish – No logs! Own and operate their own servers. Over 40,000 IPs on 1,000+ servers in more than 60 countries! Recommended VPN service for the Middle East, including UAE & Dubai.

Streaming Live NBA Games With A FlashRouter

Why A VPN Router

The best way to take full advantage of a VPN is to use a FlashRouter.

A FlashRouter creates a VPN wireless network, allowing for any Internet-enabled device to benefit from a VPN connection whether it be wired or wireless.

This allows for ANY and ALL devices with an Internet connection to connect to a VPN, allowing for unprecedented streaming from International NBA League Pass.

We flash every router with open-source DD-WRT, overhauling and super-charging already powerful routers with a variety of advanced uses. Boost the range of your wireless signal, take advantage of advanced security options, and even control your own bandwidth.

You can also prioritize HD NBA streaming! No more annoying freezes or stalls because a FlashRouter is on your side.

Most noteworthy, if you want to make using your VPN easier, FlashRouters helps with that too. With our new VPN Privacy App, users are able to seamlessly switch VPN servers and providers with just a few clicks, or even taps. That’s right. You can use our VPN Privacy App with any device with an Internet browser, whether it be a laptop or mobile phone!

Best FlashRouters To Stream NBA Games On Any Device

Linksys WRT1900ACS DD-WRT
FlashRouter
R7800 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouterAsus RT-AC5300 DD-WRT FlashRouter
Wireless-AC1900 Mbps
1.6 Ghz Marvell Processor
4 External Antennas
Wireless-AC2600 Mbps
1.7 Ghz Broadcom Processor
4 External Antennas
Wireless-AC5300 Mbps
1.4 GHz Marvell Processor
8 External Antennas

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to reach out to our support team for more information!

What Can I Do With A FlashRouter?

What Can I Do With A FlashRouter?

What exactly is a FlashRouter? What makes it different from a store bought router? What can it do for you?

In short, a FlashRouter is an open-source, all-in-one privacy solution for your home networking needs. So, why do you need one? Read on to find out!

What Exactly Is A FlashRouter?

What Makes a FlashRouter Different?

A FlashRouter is a powerful wireless router that comes pre-installed with open-source firmware called DD-WRT. The DD-WRT firmware enhances and upgrades performance and features of wireless routers. The firmware lifts restrictions that are built into the default stock firmware that comes with store-bought routers.

DD-WRT Upgrades And Enhancements

DD-WRT firmware comes with a slew of upgrades to stock firmware. Some of these upgrades include, but are not limited to:

  • Firmware bug fixes to stock firmware
  • Improved network stability & network status information
  • VLAN (Virtual LAN) support
  • Advanced wireless modes such as access point, wireless client bridge, & repeater mode
  • Advanced DNS forwarding
  • Processor overclocking
  • Increased wireless signal strength
  • OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP support
  • VPN server and client integration and support

What Does A FlashRouter Do?

With DD-WRT pre-installed on a router like the popular, reliable Linksys WRT3200ACM, possibilities for network security nearly endless. With VPN support built into our devices, users can easily integrate their VPN service straight into their wireless router.

This enables users to protect their entire home network with a secure VPN connection, creating a wireless home VPN network. Here are some other advantages:

Counts as only one VPN connection

  • VPN providers typically only offer a limited number of connections to their VPN service.
  • A FlashRouter counts as just one connection, allowing for all devices connected to the FlashRouter to count as one connection as well.
  • This nullifies the VPN providers’ connection limit, freeing up the other available connections for other devices.

Protects all devices under your VPN subscription

  • Any device connected to the FlashRouter will go through the VPN connection.
  • This goes for wired or wirelessly connected devices.
  • Devices that don’t natively support VPN connections will be encrypted to the VPN.

Comes with our new VPN Privacy App

  • The FlashRouters VPN Privacy App allows for easy setup and configuration of your wireless network.
  • Access your FlashRouter simply by entering FlashRoutersApp.com.
  • An optimized UI enables users to set up their router via any browser or mobile phone.
  • Easy access to login to your VPN account
  • The app also includes easy-to-use server switching (seen in the screenshot below).

 

Now that you see what a FlashRouter does, you may be asking, what can I do with it?

What A FlashRouter Can Do For You

In the age of Internet streaming, data breaches, and of course a restrictive government, a FlashRouter is an all-in-one solution. With seamless setup, US-based support, and our new FlashRouters Privacy App, taking the Internet back into your hands has never been easier.

1. Easily get around restricted content and geo-blocking

Some services, such as Netflix or Hulu, only offer certain shows and movies in different areas of the world. Using a VPN connection allows you to change their IP to a different location, allowing you to stream whatever you want, wherever you want.

The FlashRouters VPN Privacy App features a seamless way to easily switch VPN servers at your leisure, enabling you to appear as if you are anywhere in the world.

2. Prevent data breaches and potential hackers

Unfortunately, data breaches and hacking is becoming the norm. Protecting your home network with a VPN encrypts your sensitive data and information by routing it to a secure VPN server.

Using a FlashRouter effectively shrouds your entire home network and any connected device with the VPN service of your choice.

3. Securely circumvent government censorship

With countries such as China and Russia cracking down on Internet censorship, true Internet freedom is slipping away. A VPN enabled FlashRouter allows for an easy way to get around new laws and regulations restricting access to the Internet.

Not only does a FlashRouter allow for a secure VPN connection on all your devices, it encrypts and routes your data to bypass any government censorship.

FlashRouters: The All-In-One Solution

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As you can see, there are many advantages to using a FlashRouter (like the WRT3200ACM pictured above) for your home network. The DD-WRT firmware pre-installed on our devices upgrade and enhance the stability, security, and functionality of a standard wireless router.

With that being said, the added VPN support on our FlashRouters allows for unprecedented security and privacy on any and all connected devices.

So what are you waiting for? Upgrade and secure your network today!

Have any questions or concerns? Contact our support team for more information.