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postheadericon Black Friday Cyber Monday FlashRouter Deals

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We’re going to make this pretty simple. You have your device of choice picked out and you just want the deal right?

Get 15% off any Wireless-AC Firmware Enhanced FlashRouter with the coupon code CYBER14 now through Cyber Monday (12/01/2014) Tuesday (12/02/2014)!

Looking to learn more about the benefits using Wireless-AC, DD-WRT or find the best model for you then keep on reading. We’ve been plenty of information for you super researchers out there.

Wireless-AC Compared to Wireless-N

Haven’t upgraded your router in 2 years or more? It is more than likely that this fact alone can be hindering your entire network performance.  The list of things that hammer your router and require performance increases everyday.

Most likely you have heard the terms Wireless-N & Wireless-G. Wireless-AC is the latest wireless draft for exponential signal capacity in WiFi market. Where Wireless-G tops out at 54 Mbps and Wireless N ranges from 450-900 Mbps, AC can more than doubles the top end capabilities of Wireless-N.

Now that Apple has cracked the seal across their entire product line with Wireless-AC, most new gadgets shipped during the rest of 2014 holiday season will want to keep up by integrating the Wireless-AC Gigabit Wireless capability a standard. Make sure your 

Combine that power with the DD-WRT added perks of being able to manage wireless transmission power, block ads with Privoxy, embedded OpenVPN & PPTP integration, manage access restrictions, a built-in SPI firewall, a bevy of graphing, logs and monitoring features.

Here’s a handy chart that shows the difference between our lowest economy and mid range Wireless-N models versus some popular Wireless-AC options.

Model

E1200 V2

WNDR4000

AC1450

RT-AC66U Tomato

Netgear
R7000

WiFi Speed (Mbps)

N300
(300)

N750
(300/450)

AC1750 (450/975) AC1750 (450/1300) AC1900
(450/1450)

CPU / Processor

300 MHz

480 MHz

800 MHz

600 MHz

1 GHz

USB Port(s)

NONE

1 USB 2.0

1 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0

2 USB 2.0

1 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0

Antennas

Internal

Internal

Internal

External

External

Recommended Users/Devices

2-4

4-7

 5-10

8-12

10+

Savings

NONE

NONE

$ 30 OFF

$ 45 OFF

$ 57 OFF

Black Friday/
Cyber Monday Price

$ 89.95

$ 169.95

$ 169.95

$ 254.95

$ 322.95

So for example comparing our economy Wireless-N E1200 to the R7000, the Nighthawk offers more than three times the processing power, integrates high speed networked transfers and sharing, more than 6x the wireless speed capability and has a significant range advantage for more users with its external antennas.So make sure your old ratty router doesn’t effect the performance of your newly (or soon to be received) high-tech gear from Apple TV, Roku, SmartTV, Nest Thermostat, VOIP, Sonos Music System and many more.

Not only will you be getting a networking revamping tool for now and the future but you will be getting it with our biggest discounts we’ve ever offered on most of these models.

Wondering what the importance of these mumbo jumbo specifications? We’ll break it down for you and why certain specifications are important.

Processor

Processing is the key to high performance routing and this one has room to burn and grow as streaming video demands become iincreasinglymore intensive.To handle the increased pressures of our multitude of connected activities having ample processing power to burn is ideal.

For VPN users, having a large processor is imperative for the constant encryption and decryption the router will perform in this process. The better the processor, the faster the VPN encrypted information can get to you.

Router USB PortAUSB 3.0 port for best-in-class high speed data transfer (up to 10x faster than USB 2.0) and network sharing. Use these integrated USB port to attach a backup storage device, Network Attached Storage (NAS) backup,  or for creating a network printer. The faster the USB ports, the faster you can do network backups, transfer & share files between devices.

High Powered External Antennas

External antennas are utilized for maximum wireless reach and performance. since they are external. With minimal effort, they can be easily upgraded to even more powerful antennas for extended reach if you wish. DD-WRT allows you to control the transmission power of these antennas as well.

Wireless-AC Speed, Wireless-N Compatible

Getting a Wireless-AC device means you are future-proofing for network needs and staying ahead of networking demands rather than just playing catchup. Even though it is AC compatible, it will be Wireless-N and Wireless-G compatible as well.

FlashRouters

Advantages of a FlashRouter Networking Device

  • Open Source Firmware Installation – We test them all and find the best option for the router of your choice. Any purchase includes firmware upgrade information on-demand for the life of your router.
  • Free Exert Networking Tech Support: Should you run into an issue during Internet or VPN setup, our skilled DD-WRT/TomatoUSB techs can assist in getting the connection up and running. Read more about this option under the Support Plan tab.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: FlashRouters will include a VPN setup guide when shipping your device at your request. Choose from our VPN Service dropdown menu or type in your own.
  • Custom Configuration & Setup Guide Included: Include your preferred router setup options in the Comments area during the final step of the checkout.
  • DD-WRT Warranty: Doing your own DD-WRT firmware installation voids manufacturer warranties and can damage your device. FlashRouters provides a tested, stable unit with a 90-Day Warranty for our DD-WRT installations.
  • International Dual Voltage (100v – 240v): All Wireless-AC routers include a Dual Voltage U.S. power cable. International adapters available here.
  • Worldwide Shipping via USPS & FedEx.

Black Friday Router Specials – Wireless-AC FlashRouter Comparison Chart

So you want to find the best bang for your buck? Below is a full list of our Black Friday Router Deals, comparing them side by side.

Model

Netgear
R6200 V1

Asus RT-AC56U

Netgear
AC1450

RT-AC66U DD-WRT

RT-AC66U
Tomato

Asus RT-AC68U

Netgear
R7000

WiFi Speed (Mbps)

AC1200 (300/867)

AC1200
(300/867)

AC1450
(450/975)

AC-1750
(450/1300)

AC-1900
(450/1450)
AC-1900
(450/1450)

CPU / Processor

600 MHz

800 MHz

800 MHz

600 MHz

800 MHz

1 GHz

USB Port(s)

1 USB 2.0

1 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0

1 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0

2 USB 2.0

1 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0
1 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0

Antennas

Internal

Internal

Internal

External

External

External

Savings

$ 27 OFF

$ 30 OFF

$ 30 OFF

$ 45 OFF

$ 57 OFF

$ 57 OFF

Black Friday/
Cyber Monday Price

$ 152.95

$ 169.95

$ 169.95

$ 254.95

$ 322.95

$ 322.95

 

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postheadericon XBox and PSN attacks were “marketing scheme” for Lizard Squad’s DDoS service

The attack which knocked the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live offline over Christmas appears to have been a publicity stunt, designed to gain notoriety and draw attention to the hacking group which has claimed responsibility – Lizard Squad.

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postheadericon Facebook privacy – network faces court for ‘reading user messages’

Facebook is to face a class action lawsuit over ‘reading’ its user’s messages, a U.S. judge has ruled.

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postheadericon Biometrics – can your fingerprint be ‘copied’ from a normal photo?

Fingerprint biometrics are entering the mainstream as a security measure, with both Apple and Samsung relying on readers to secure their flagship phones – but biometrics may not be as secure as many believe.

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postheadericon Amazon, Xbox Live, PSN and more: Hackers leak 13,000 passwords

13,000 login details including payment card numbers an expiry dates have leaked from online services including Amazon, Xbox Live, Playstation Network and more, according to Tech Crunch.

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postheadericon What Routers Are Susceptible to the Misfortune Cookie? (FlashRouters FAQ)

Misfortune Cookie Makes 12 Million Routers Hacker Ready

You may have heard recently about the latest router vulnerability that has been widely reported called the Misfortune Cookie. Another catchy name for another nasty router bug that may effect up to 12 million routers currently in use. Here is what you need to know.

What is the Misfortune Cookie?

Originally reported by Check Point, and further shared with the public via most major tech blogs (Ars Technica, Threatpost, Re/code), The Misfortune Cookie is a

“vulnerability is due to an error within the HTTP cookie management mechanism present in the affected software, allowing an attacker to determine the ‘Fortune’ of a request by manipulating cookies. Attackers can send specially crafted HTTP cookies that exploit the vulnerability to corrupt memory and alter the application state. This, in effect, can trick the attacked device to treat the current session with administrative privileges – to the misfortune of the device owner.”

What Routers Are Affected by the Misforunte Cookie?

The next question is of course does the Misfortune Cookie affect your router? Currently, 200+ models affected include routers made by many manufacturers including D-Link (not their first recently), Edimax, Huawei, TP-Link, ZTE, and ZyXEL. The majority of these are standard residential gateway routers. Find out if your router is potentially affected by downloading the full list from CheckPoint.

How Can The Misfortune Cookie Affect You?

Since the Misfortune Cookie affects the source of your Internet sharing that means “any device connected to it – including computers, phones, tablets, printers, security cameras, refrigerators, toasters or any other networked device in your home or office network – may have increased risk of compromise.”

The Misfortune Cookie is unique due to its severity, ease of how it can be done and the sheer volume of vulnerable devices. CheckPoint considers it a “game-changing wake-up call for the embedded device industry and consumers alike, highlighting the importance of increased security and privacy for consumer and enterprise networks.”

If an attacker chooses to exploit the Misfortune Cookie, they will be able to “easily monitor your Internet connection, steal your credentials and personal or business data, attempt to infect your machines with malware.”

Open Source Firmware As a Router Bug Solution

Tired of dealing with all these bugs? Then a truly upgraded router solution might be in order.

Would you rather trust a manufacturer who only cares about a product for a year after they release it or leave it to hardworking individuals focused on giving the best router performance and features for themselves to use and to share with others.

Is DD-WRT Firmware Susceptible to the Misfortune Cookie?

This was swiftly answered with a NO via multiple locations including the DD-WRT Forum.

The Misfortune Cookie vulnerability comes from the RomPager SDK which DD-WRT does not utilize. DD-WRT uses lighttpd. Still it is not recommended to enable any webserver/services on the WAN side.

According to our reserach this is also the case with the variations of Tomato firmware including TomatoUSB.

Best Open Source Firmware Routers

With the frequency of recent vulnerabilities (Shellshock, Cryptobug, the Netgear bug) it seems router manufacturers refuse to update for, then it might just be time to update to open-source firmware like DD-WRT, TomatoUSB, OpenWRT or pfsense. All of these firmwares dealt with this issues pretty much from the start and are community vetted and tested to prevent these issues.

FlashRouters preinstalls the stress-tested, alternative firmware like DD-WRT and Tomato on every router before it ships. We are a one stop shop for solving for these continual issues while gaining premium stability, superior performance and exceptional security options like VPN. All FlashRouters include customized setup guides and hands-on tech support from true networking professionals.

Not sure router is best for you?  Contact our helpful FlashRouters Team!

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postheadericon Spyware abuse – partner tracking reaching “epidemic proportions”

Realtime call-monitoring and GPS tracking of partners by domestic abusers is on the rise, both via dedicated electronic listening devices or using sophisticated spyware software.

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postheadericon Hackers damage German factory

An online attack on a German steelworks caused massive damage to the infrastructure, according to reports.

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postheadericon Tor Network warns of potential attack

Is the Tor Network about to be knocked offline? Insiders certainly seem to think so as intelligence of a credible threat against the network’s relays has been received. Is this a genuine threat to the Tor Network’s ability to function?

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postheadericon Rackspace knocked offline by huge DDoS attack

Hosting and managed cloud provider Rackspace has been taken offline for more than 12 hours by a massive DDoS attack.

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