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postheadericon Microsoft and partners take next step to close the opportunity gap

REDMOND, Wash. — April 28, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and its hardware partners on Monday unveiled a range of devices at various price points to help U.S. public school districts make the digital transition. The devices included in today’s pricing announcement are lightweight enough to conduct research and take assessments, while at the same time robust enough to create rich media, develop code and build complex applications. With devices starting under $ 300, the effort is a part of Microsoft’s global YouthSpark initiative to empower youth through technology and is further evidence of its commitment to providing a range of devices, training and services to teachers and students. Microsoft’s investment is in partnership with President Obama’s ConnectED initiative to advance technology and learning in the classroom.

In addition, Microsoft exam delivery provider Certiport Inc. is providing certification exams worth over $ 5 million following students’ completion of Microsoft IT Academy training. The Microsoft IT Academy provides a complete technology and certification training solution for schools, enabling students to learn the skills needed for today’s workforce, and is part of Microsoft’s $ 1 million investment in reaching the 2,000 highest needs schools in the U.S.

“To move students into the future, they need the skills and resources that can bring learning to life and prepare them for the workforce,” said Margo Day, vice president, U.S. Education, Microsoft. “Through Microsoft’s commitment, we are helping bridge the technology skills gap that exists among many students today by providing tools and learning resources that give all students a world-class education and help teachers better use technology in the classroom. Working with our partners to lower costs and provide affordable devices is just one step in the process.”

To fit the various needs of schools, devices from Microsoft partners include a range of form factors, from various-sized tablets to full laptops. Device options include the Acer Travelmate TMB113-E, ASUS Transformer Book T100, Dell Venue 11 Pro, FUJITSU STYLISTIC® Q704, HP 210 Notebook PC and HP ElitePad 1000, Lenovo ThinkPad 11e, Toshiba Satellite® NB15t, and a new student device from Panasonic scheduled to launch at ISTE 2014. All of the devices are Common Core testing compliant and feature Windows 8.1. This special device pricing program is delivered through technology partners that serve K–12 schools. Hardware and device manufacturers will now be able to make specially priced devices available to all U.S. public schools through this offer. Schools can determine the best device for them by visiting the ConnectED devices page,

In order to effectively use technology to bolster student learning and outcomes, teachers must be properly trained to weave technology into classroom curriculum. Miami-Dade County Public Schools is a great example of rolling out its 1:1 program effectively. The district recently announced the purchase of over 47,000 HP notebook PCs and tablets for students and teachers. In addition, Microsoft will be offering digital transition training to 700 Miami-Dade teachers in the coming weeks with additional training for 1,000 more teachers over the summer. Across the district, over 350,000 students can download Office 365 via the Student Advantage benefit, which allows Office 365 school customers to access Office 365 ProPlus for all its students at no additional cost. This will support a consistent experience between classroom and home, and supports the district’s bring-your-own-device (BYOD) efforts. In addition, the district is providing Internet access and laptops through EveryoneOn for over 1,000 high-need homes and it is about to begin implementing Microsoft IT Academy in select elementary, middle and high schools.

“Our No. 1 priority is to help students graduate from high school, well prepared to succeed in college or the career of their choosing. That is no simple undertaking with more than 350,000 students,” said Alberto Carvahlo, superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “Through our work with Microsoft, we’re providing the technology, services and training support our teachers and students need to gain the skills that will ultimately help accomplish our goal, but on top of that, Microsoft IT Academy will give students the certifications that will help get them the jobs of their dreams.”

Schools using Microsoft solutions to improve student outcomes include Clear Creek School District, Fresno Unified School District and the Kentucky Department of Education.

This latest announcement of devices and skills training services demonstrates Microsoft’s progress against President Obama’s ConnectED goals of connecting U.S. schools to the digital age within five years by providing cost-efficient devices and services. In February of this year, Microsoft committed to offering the following elements:

• Communication and collaboration tools with Office 365 Education

• Teacher training and resources through the Microsoft Educator Network, formerly Partners in Learning Network

• Ad-free search with Bing in the Classroom

• Student training and skills development via Microsoft IT Academy

• A powerful and flexible operating system with Windows 8.1 Pro

• Broadband as a critical component to connected learning through Microsoft’s nonprofit partner EveryoneOn

School participation and eligibility

All U.S. public schools are eligible for this unique education offer and can contact their technology reseller or Microsoft for additional details or to access an official letter of eligibility. More information on the offer can also be found at

About Microsoft in Education

At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to working with governments, communities, schools and educators to use the power of information technology to deliver technology, services and programs that provide anytime, anywhere learning for all. Since 2003, Microsoft has partnered with educators to impact more than 207 million students in 119 countries to date. Through TEACH.Org, Microsoft and other partners, candidates are provided with free access to the online tools and resources necessary to pursue a career in teaching. For more information:

About Microsoft

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postheadericon Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy (Helsinki Bus Transportation Company) saves money, boosts customer satisfaction with Power BI for Office 365

Helsinki Bus Transportation Company uses big data and analytics to improve fuel economy, driver performance, and to save money.
Helsinki Bus Transportation Company uses big data and analytics to improve fuel economy, driver performance, and to save money.

HELSINKI , Finland April 21, 201 4 Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy (Helsinki Bus Transportation Co.), in Finland, has selected Microsoft Power BI for Office 365 to analyze operational data to improve business decision-making, fuel economy and customer satisfaction. Using a data warehouse solution developed with CGI (formerly Logica) and using Microsoft software, including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office and Power Map, Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy is able to track traffic data, driver performance and gas usage. Within the first two years of implementation, the company has been able to recoup its investment because of the entire solution, seeing as much as 5 percent savings in fuel costs due to more careful driving and improved maintenance. This is no small matter for a business that uses approximately 12 million liters (or approximately 3 million gallons) of gasoline per year, in a country where gas can cost up to three times as much as it does in the United States. There has also been a 7 percent increase in customer satisfaction since deployment.

In May 2013, the company added Power Map to the solution, providing a visualization of operational performance by a single driver or across the system. Mapping the data allows Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy to see which routes experience the most delays and breakdowns and to associate data on individual driver performance with specific traffic incidents or customer feedback. Supervisors can bring map data into conversations with drivers, making it easier to review performance and outline steps for improvement. Power Map visualizations also enable executives to more quickly understand the factors that contribute to cost or performance issues and make more informed long-term decisions.

“There are fleet tracking systems already in the marketplace, but they are only solving for the issue of tracking per vehicle,” said Michael Andersson, technical director at Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy. “Our data warehouse solution can combine the data across all buses and lines, which gives us snapshots of data that are easy to understand and helpful in solving business problems.”

Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy competes for transportation routes through a public tender process with the city. Once a seven-year contract is awarded, the company is not permitted to raise rates for its duration, meaning that any new revenue goals or unexpected expenditures must be offset with cost savings. To help streamline cost analysis, Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy established a data warehouse system to track financial and operational data; at the same time, the company installed sensors on its fleet of buses to capture real-time performance data such as geographic location, braking or accelerating, and fuel consumption. Working with CGI, Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy used Microsoft software to bring together the massive data being collected. The organization used analytics and visual tools to enable a nuanced understanding of fleet operations across the city and over time.

Helsinki Bus Transportation Company uses PowerBI for Excel to visualize emergency braking hotspots.
Helsinki Bus Transportation Company uses PowerBI for Excel to visualize emergency braking hotspots.

“For upper management, it is revealing to visualize the findings in map format,” Andersson said. “The analyst can concentrate on describing what’s behind the figures.”

Helsingin Bussiliikenne Oy has seen significant benefits from the solution, including the above-mentioned savings of as much as 5 percent in fuel costs, and customer satisfaction, measured through surveys and interviews, has increased by 7 percent. The company expects to be able to use the data to analyze and establish the specific details of traffic incidents — for example, whether a bus was in motion or whether the driver was braking at the time of a collision.

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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postheadericon Brown University offers Office 365 to students at no additional cost through Microsoft Student Advantage

REDMOND, Wash. — April 22, 2014 — Brown University has selected Microsoft Office 365 for its students, and is using the Microsoft Student Advantage benefit to extend the service to its student body at no additional cost using their existing Brown credentials. Available since Jan. 1, Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus gives Brown’s approximate 8,600 students the tools they need to complete coursework from any device while in school and compete in the job market after graduation.

Until now, students who wished to use Office had to purchase it for themselves or rely on third-party programs that didn’t always sync well with one another. Office on the Windows platform offers students a full enterprise experience, but many students use a variety of devices, such as iPhones, iPads, PCs and desktop computers, so Brown needed a unified solution that would provide students with the same, robust experience no matter what device they are using. Microsoft Student Advantage, which launched Dec. 1, 2013, enables academic institutions that license Office for staff and faculty to provide Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost.

“When our chief information officer heard about Student Advantage, he wanted us to make it available to students as quickly as possible, and we were able to extend the service to students in about one month,” said Geoffrey Greene, director of IT Support Services, Brown University. “Students have been champing at the bit for this, and faculty have frequently asked us to help students get the solution, so it’s a great benefit for everyone. Plus, a lot of our students use laptops, iPhones and other devices, so Office 365 was the perfect solution for us.”

Extending the Office 365 service to students helps Brown ensure that students have the technical tools they need to succeed in their classes, and that their software is always up to date. The Daily Herald student blog helped alert students to the new offering in time for the start of the new semester.

“The Microsoft Student Advantage is an incredible opportunity for all students to gain access to the Office programs,” said Sazzy Gourley, student at Brown University. “Especially for incoming first-years, or for those who are purchasing new computers, Microsoft Student Advantage makes accessible the technology students need to be academically successful.”

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at

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postheadericon FlashRouters Adds FedEx Overnight & International Express Shipping Options

FlashRouters now offers Fedex Overnight and International Express Shipping

Faster International Shipping for Tomato and DD-WRT Routers with FedEx

Big Express Shipping News at FlashRouters

You know what we do here. You love our open-sourced DD-WRT and Tomato routers and the way they transform your wireless network. You love them so much that maybe you need one immediately. Like, overnight. Even if you’re not in the same country as us.

We’ve had customers make this request and ask us about this for years now, and it’s high time we delivered. At long last, get ready for…

FlashRouters adds FexEx Overnight & International Express Shipping Options

FedEx Overnight & International Express Shipping from FlashRouters

That’s right. You’ve asked, and we’ve delivered. If you’ve held up on purchasing because, you really preferred FedEx as your carrier, well that stumbling block has just been excised.

Need a Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT or an Asus RT-AC66U Tomato by the end of tomorrow? Or maybe one of our new discounted open box routers as soon as possible. Now that we offer FedEx Overnight US & International Express shipping on our products, we can deliver.

How Does FedEx International Compare to USPS?

Sure, we’ve relied on USPS so far, and their sometimes cheaper international shipping options, but FedEx provides speedier ship times to clamoring users across the world and we are proud to have started offering their services. Having the customs and logistical expertise of FedEx on our sideallows delivery times to be dropped significantly to almost anywhere in the world.

Just to give you an idea of how FedEx International will improve our worldwide DD-WRT & Tomato router delivery speeds:

If you live in Toronto and order a router via FedEx International Priority by 3 PM EST today, delivery would be estimated the next day by noon.

Order that same high-powered network-revolutionizing with FedEx International Economy express shipping and you’ll get it by Tuesday.

With USPS, this package usually takes anywhere from 3-7 days depending on customs. Similarly for most of Europe it will take delivery from 7-14 days down to the 3-5 days. What more could you ask for?

Questions? Review our shipping FAQ or Contact our support team by clicking the BIG ORANGE SUPPORT BUTTON on the left hand side of any page. they are standing by, ready to alleviate any of your networking or shipping logistic concerns.

So FlashRouters fans from Boise to Beijing, prepare yourself for the most efficient express shipping we’ve ever offered! Take advantage and get your quote right in the shopping cart today!

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postheadericon Everything Amazon Fire TV – Top Features Reviewed + Best Amazon Fire TV Routers

How to use VPNs when watching Amazon Fire TV overseas.

How to Use VPN with Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has gotten into the streaming media box game. Meet the Amazon Fire TV, and it’s got all of your favorite streaming media channels collected together in one small, portable, affordable package.

And since it’s portable, it’s the perfect companion on long trips, for business or pleasure. Staying in touch with your streaming media accounts, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. We’ll show you how to utilize the Amazon Fire to connect to your favorite streaming media content from anywhere in the world. But first, you should probably learn a little more about what makes the Amazon Fire TV so special…

Meet the Amazon Fire TV

Maybe you’re partial to your Roku or your Apple TV – we wouldn’t blame you (we carry those devices ourselves) – but a company like Amazon wouldn’t just enter the streaming media box game unless they were sure they had something special they thought could differentiate themselves.

Amazon Fire TV finds a happy medium between the Roku/AppleTV and the Wii by offering a high-end video streaming device as well as a mid-level casual gaming machine all in one box.

Amazon Fire TV versus AppleTV/ROku 3

Upgraded Processor, Storage, & Memory

  • 3 times the processing power of Apple TV and Roku.
  • Dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine
  • 2 GB of memory—4 times that of  Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast

Apple TV, for example, is powered by 2-GHz Single-core processor with its 512-MB memory used for caching media only.  Amazon Fire TV sports a 1.7-GHz Quad-core + GPU and comes with 8-GB storage and 2-GB of flash memory to prep even more video.

Amazon Fire TV Streaming Video Voice Search

This is one major game changer for a streaming player. No more clunky interfaces and bad keyboards. Use the voice search option on the Amazon Fire Remote & go which is not currently available with Roku or AppleTV.

Start Videos Instantly with Amazon Fire TV ASAP

Amazon claims that with its integrated ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), the Amazon Fire TV can learn learns what movies and shows you like and gets them ready for you to watch. That means it can preload these videos to destroy buffering and wait times before you even choose what you want to watch. The more you use Fire TV, the more accurate ASAP becomes, dynamically adapting to your viewing habits.

Amazon Fire TV Game Controller

Amazon Fire TV Gaming

That major hardware upgrade from standard players also allows this to be a high quality casual gaming device without having to switch set-ups on your TV. Amazon Fire TV brings together all of the things you love about other streaming media boxes, and adds a few more notable surprises of its own, such as easier, more affordable gaming. Most of the games can be played with the including remote control but you can also grab the Amazon Fire TV gamepad for $ 39.

As of now, there are approximately 125+ games available for play including Minecraft-Pocket Edition, or Asphalt 8, or The Game of Lifeand download with more to come. Enjoy best-selling titles from top game designers from Mojang, EA, Disney, Ubisoft, and others. Many Amazon Fire TV games are free with the average price of paid games is just $ 1.85.

Amazon Fire TV Top Streaming Apps

The channel lineup for top wrung streaming players is pretty standard across the board but we’ll try to give you a handy Amazon Fire TV Channel option line anyway.

Top Amazon Fire TV Channels: Netflix, WatchESPN, Pandora, Plex, Crackle, YouTube, Vevo, Hulu Plus, TuneIn, Showtime Anywhere, iHeart Radio, NBA Game Time, HuffPost Live, Amazon Prime Instant (of course), and  many more! One major missing option from the Amazon Fire TV at this time is HBOGO.

Child Protection with Amazon FreeTime

Announced and soon to be implemented within the Amazon Fire TV that you won’t find on Roku or AppleTV is Amazon FreeTime. FreeTime is a streaming player parental block to keep your kids from watching things they shouldn’t be watching. Create custom profiles for up to four kids, choosing the movies, TV shows, apps, and games they can access. Tired of unfettered access? Easily set up daily screen limits and restrict certain types of content …and perfect for kids

When kids use Amazon FreeTime, the background color and fonts change to a kid-friendly design, displaying only titles they have permission to watch. The home screen carousel shows their recently watched movies and shows, and they can even navigate visually to content based on characters or topics—for example “Cinderella,” “Dinosaurs,” or “Puppies.”

They will also be offering FreeTime Unlimited content subscription designed for kids ages 3 to 8. Unlimited access to content from Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and more from just $ 2.99 per month.

Screen Mirroring (like Apple’s Airplay)

Love your Kindle Fire but wish you could flick images onto your TV screen. Now with the Amazon Fire TV you can. Connect your Kindle Fire with a TV instantly just like Apple’s Airplay.

How a Router Can Effect the Amazon Fire TV Experience?

One of the best things you can do to improve your Amazon Fire TV experience more than subscribing to a VPN is to subscribe to a VPN and run it through a FlashRouter.

At FlashRouters, we provide durable, versatile, and powerful machines made all the more effective with open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato (as the video above explains). Better yet, a FlashRouter allows you to connect to your VPN through the router itself, saving you the time and energy of struggling through tricky VPN installation processes and connecting the Amazon Kindle Fire TV to a VPN connection instantaneous. More on the best VPN services for Amazon Kindle down below

Best WiFi Amazon Fire TV Routers

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Best Routers for Amazon Fire TV

Well then you might want to take a look at these networking behemoths ready to revamp how your wireless network (hopefully you’re not just using your boring ISP router that malfunctions and under-performs in just about all of these increasingly important networking tasks). The Amazon Fire TV is dual-band compatible Wireless-N capable so for premium performance, we recommend wiring your router to your Amazon Fire TV if you can.

As 2014 rolls on we expect a heavier reliance on Wireless-AC so adding a Wireless-AC adapter or media connector may be ideal for those who must always use wireless for connecting to their Internet connection. Still, getting a fully powered wireless router will make your network ready for the long haul as demand for connectivity and bandwidth increases through the home.

Now that you have a better idea of what a FlashRouter is, why don’t we introduce you to a popular prosumer gaming routers of them that will transform your streaming video & music experience!

  1. Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 DD-WRT – Our first 1 Ghz processor networking device, now more stable than ever with better firmware. Dream bait for any real gamer.
  2. Asus RT-AC66U DDWRT Router –  A top Wireless-AC router, ready to future proof your network for the next-gen in wireless protocols.
  3. Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight TomatoUSB Router – A router that can handle any amount of traffic that you throw at it.
  4. Netgear WNDR4000 N750 DD-WRT Router – Dual band up to 750 mbps with gigabit wired ports. Top all around networking workhorse under $ 200.
  5. Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – A terrific economy WiFi router option from Linksys. Works like a router sold at twice the price!

Best VPN Service for Amazon Fire TV

Currently, the Amazon Fire is only on sale in the US but that can change quickly. When Amazon announced it in the US, it went on sale at the same time. So we feel like we should prepare worldwide Amazon lovers of how they can get their network ready to work with the Amazon Fire TV or any other streaming media player they may prefer. Using a FlashRouter will also allow you to use VPN with your Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

The Amazon Fire TV is small and thus perfectly portable. You can bring it with you anywhere you go, especially if you’re overseas on business for an extended time. But if you’re hoping to enjoy your Netflix Instant queue, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu Plus on your Amazon Fire TV from, say, the UK, or Tokyo, you may be out of luck, as streaming media channels are quite different overseas.

But there’s an easy solution: a VPN Service Provider. A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network service, is a subscription-based service that serves the dual purpose of allowing users to protect their online information and identity, as well as access geographically restricted information. Pick a VPN service provider that suits you from our supported provider list. Some top recommended providers for US IP addresses for streaming quality are OverplayIPVanish, & PrivateInternetAccess.

Once you’ve done that, use the VPN integrated FlashRouter and pick a US server. Doing so will effectively make your computer think you’re in America, no matter where you and your laptop or mobile device happen to be. Every last channel on your Amazon Fire TV will be ready to serve up US-based entertainment wherever you go when connected behind a FlashRouter. No other programs to install or setups to use. VPN service for any device, at any time, at your fingertips with one setup.

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postheadericon Microsoft delivers data platform for the era of ambient intelligence

SAN FRANCISCO April 15 , 201 4 At a customer event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showcased innovations available today with the launch of SQL Server 2014, the newest version of the world’s most widely deployed database, and outlined the company’s path to deliver a platform for ambient intelligence. Nadella stressed the importance of a data culture — one that encourages curiosity, action and experimentation — for everyone and every organization. Microsoft also shared the results of new IDC research that shows companies that take a comprehensive approach to data stand to realize an additional 60 percent return on their data assets — a worldwide opportunity of $ 1.6 trillion.

“The era of ambient intelligence has begun, and we are delivering a platform that allows companies of any size to create a data culture and ensure insights reach every individual in every organization,” Nadella said.

More of Nadella’s thoughts about ambient intelligence and the future of data can be found on the Official Microsoft Blog.

T he data platform for a new era

Built for the era of ambient intelligence, Microsoft’s data platform includes new Internet of Things capabilities and provides customers with the building blocks they need to connect their data, refine and analyze it, and deliver insights to people who can take action.

Today, Microsoft expanded its data platform with new products and services, including the following:

  • Launch of SQL Server 2014. The latest version of the world’s most widely deployed database delivers real-time performance with built-in in-memory technology and public cloud scale and disaster recovery with Microsoft Azure.

  • Limited public preview of the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. This new Azure service helps customers embrace the Internet of Things and securely connect to, manage and capture machine-generated data from sensors and devices, regardless of operating system.

  • General availability of the Analytics Platform System (APS). APS combines the best of Microsoft’s SQL Server database and Hadoop technology in one low-cost offering that delivers “big data in a box.”

These new solutions build on 12 months of innovation — including Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based, self-service business intelligence solution with groundbreaking natural language capability; Azure HDInsight for elastic Hadoop in the cloud; PolyBase to bring structured and unstructured data together in a data warehouse appliance; and Power Query for Excel, which makes it easier for people to discover data — to deliver the most comprehensive data platform with real-time performance built into everything.

More information can be found at the Data Platform Insider blog.

Customers bet on Microsoft to realize their data dividend

Data is currency for business. New research commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by IDC estimates that organizations could realize a “data dividend” of roughly $ 1.6 trillion in additional revenue, lower costs and improved productivity over the next four years by putting in place a holistic approach to data that spans datasets, analytics and more. The research was conducted among more than 2,000 mid-sized and large organizations in 20 countries worldwide. More information on the methodology can be found at the Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise News Bytes Blog:

“Customers who take a comprehensive approach to their data projects realize a higher data dividend than customers who take a point-by-point approach,” said Dan Vesset, program vice president, Business Analytics and Big Data, at IDC. “This new research shows that by combining diverse data sets, new analytics and insights to more people — at the right time — businesses worldwide can tap into a more than trillion-dollar opportunity over the next four years.”

Customers such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Condé Nast, Edgenet Inc., KUKA systems GmbH, NASDAQ, telent, Tesla Motors Inc., Virginia Tech and Xerox Corp. are putting Microsoft’s platform to work, driving real business results and increasing their data dividend.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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In Settings, tap General, and then tap Software Update. Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install iOS 7.1. After installation, the iOS Setup Assistant will guide you through set up.
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postheadericon Best VPN Routers & VPN Service Providers of March 2014

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FlashRouters Best Selling VPN Routers and VPN Setup Requests – March 2014

Fire up your wireless networks, folks. It’s MLB season, and FIA Formula 1 season, and the 2014 World Cup is right around the corner. You want seamless streaming of all of these events? Then it’s time to get familiar with FlashRouters and the many VPNs we support.

Benefits of a DD-WRT or Tomato Upgrade

In case you didn’t take the time to watch that video, let us explain what we do here at FlashRouters:

It’s right there in the title: we flash routers. And the next logical question is…what do we flash them with? Open-source replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato.

These replacement firmwares supercharge the speed, power, and overall functionality of routers, and every FlashRouter we sell greatly benefits from this process. With a DD-WRT or Tomato router, you can enjoy:

  • 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!
  • Dual WAN and 3g/4G USb Failover options.
  • Major security holes removed like WDS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • 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.
  • Extendable wireless range

And that’s just the beginning! A FlashRouter is truly a gateway to a safer, more dependable, and more versatile wireless network. Now we’re going to tell you which ones our customers love the most lately…

Most Popular Wireless VPN Routers of March 2014

To no one in the FlashRouters office’s great surprise, the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT router jumped to the very top of our bestsellers list, upending longtime favorites like the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight and the Linksys E4200. They had a great run, those two.

It’s easy to see why the Nighthawk swooped into the top spot: it has best0class just about everything – 1 GHz processor perfect for high quality streaming, and USB 3.0 networked port. But no matter your feature-preferences or price range, there’s bound to be a VPN router on this list that matches your needs. Happy hunting!

  1. Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT Router – Our highest powered router, best router for gaming.
  2. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Most popular Tomato VPN Router.
  3. Linksys E4200 N750 DD-WRT VPN Router– The long time most popular DD-WRT model.
  4. Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router – Our economy, do-it-all model. Popular as a wireless repeater or client bridge.
  5. Asus RT-AC66U Tomato OpenVPN Router – For those looking for next generation Wireless-AC support with full OpenVPN support, meet the lone Wireless-AC Tomato router
  6. Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – The most affordable dual band Tomato firmware option at under $ 100.
  7. Asus RT-AC68U DD-WRT – Best in class Asus model, a new addition to our line that will surely be jumping up the list before you know it.
  8. Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router – A great mid-range choice for heavy users of streaming HD video.
  9. Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT Router – The long-standing DD-WRT classic single band with external antennas.
  10. TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT Router – A sleek, peppy router that’s one of our go-to high-powered dual band N600 devices.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers of March 2014 – By User Request

Private Internet Access VPN: The Most Popular VPN Service Provider of March 2014 for FlashRouters

Private Internet Access VPN

Maybe it was our recent announcement that we now offer DD-WRT Private Internet Access VPN routers with OpenVPN protocol that launched PIA to the top of our VPN service provider setup request list. Whatever the case, congratulations to PIA! Their fantastic service makes them more than worthy of the top spot.

  1. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  2. HideMyAss – Top overall US & UK server choices.
  3. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN.
  4. IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide, and popular in the Middle East.
  5. EarthVPN – An affordable addition with excellent worldwide VPN coverage, starting around 5 per month.

The FlashRouters Difference

FlashRouter VPN Routers Advantages

FlashRouter Upgrade Benefits

We like discussing the many, many features available on our VPN routers, but we understand that, for an open-source novice, installing these kinds of features can be intimidatingly tricky. But if you’re a rookie or a pro, we want you to be able to get every last bit of functionality out of your router, so we offer:

  • 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 VPN 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: OverPlayVPNHide MyAss, IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccess,  CyberGhost, ExpressVPN,VyprVPN, plus many more.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS. We now also offer overnight and international express shipping.

Please feel free to contact us by opening a support ticket or e-mailing us, no matter how big or small the issue. Our friendly support staff is always there to answer any and all of your questions.

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