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postheadericon S4UVPNSurfer DD-WRT Routers- The Best Option For UK Streamers Abroad

S4UVPNSurfer Routers Now Available From FlashRouters

S4UVPNSurfer DD-WRT Routers Now Available From FlashRouters

Looking for a VPN service with a UK focus? S4UVPNSurfer is the VPN provider for you.

Based in the United Kingdom, S4UVPNSurfer is the best option for UK streamers living abroad trying to watch their favorite programs. Wishing you could watch ITV, BBC Sport, or 4oD from the Middle East or Asia? Spending a few months in the United States but want to take advantage of your SkyTV or NowTV subscription? S4UVPN Surfer can solve these issues and more.

S4UVPNSurfer Subscription Options

S4UVPNSurfer provides several subscription options for their service. The “UK VPN” option  is available for £3.99 a month and provides access to UK VPN servers. This plan also comes with S4UVPNSurfer’s Smart Streaming DNS service. Smart Streaming DNS is an alternative to VPN that functions as more of a “trick”, unblocking specific sites and services as opposed to connecting and disconnecting to VPN servers. It is available with all S4UVPNSurfer subscriptions. As services like Hulu have been cracking down on VPN services by blocking IP addresses, using Smart Streaming DNS is a great way to guarantee continual access to your favorite streaming media. With UK VPN access and Smart Streaming DNS for less than £4 a month, streamers looking to watch their favorite UK programs have found a very promising option.

Looking to do more than watch your favorite UK channels? S4UVPNSurfer provides a £5.99 a month “US & UK VPN Plan” that includes access to 3 US servers alongside 8 UK servers. This plan is a definite for anyone trying to take advantage of the differences in programming offered by US and UK streaming services.

For a monthly fee of £6, you can purchase a subscription to the “Multi-VPN Plan”, which includes more than 48 servers in over 28 countries, including Germany, France, Sweden,  Hong Kong, Italy, Spain, Australia, Poland, Chile, Ireland, Switzerland, and of course, the United Kingdom. Whether you are trying to secure your IP address, watch your favorite programs from abroad, or take advantage of Smart Streaming DNS, S4UVPNSurfer has you covered.

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Best S4UVPNSurfer DD-WRT Routers

Looking to use S4UVPNSurfer to watch your favorite UK media on your Xbox One, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, Ps4, or AppleTV?

Adding a DD-WRT router configured for S4UVPNSurfer service will allow you to use your VPN account on all of your devices with one account. No need to get rid of your current router, either. Utilize the popular Dual Router Setup to use your current router as a connection to the IP address provided to you by your Internet Service Provider while creating a second network for VPN use with a S4UVPNSurfer DD-WRT FlashRouter. This setup not only allows you to keep your current router, but creates two networks.

The advantage of having two networks is that you will not have to flood for your VPN connection with wireless devices that will work just fine without a VPN connection, as they can be connected to your local network. Let’s take at some of the best S4UVPNSurfer Routers

S4USurferVPN Asus RT-AC68U


  1. S4USurferVPN Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT Router – A high-powered Wireless-AC router perfect for streaming football matches on BBC Sport in high definition.
  2. S4USurferVPN Netgear WNDR3700 DD-WRT Router – An affordable router with a powerful 680 MHz processor, the WNDR3700 is one of the top selling FlashRouters, and for good reason.
  3. S4USurferVPN Netgear R6300 V2 DD-WRT Router – Armed with a 800 MHz processor, Wireless-AC, and high-end DD-WRT ARM firmware, the R6300 is a fantastic networking centerpiece.
  4. S4USurferVPN Linksys E1200 DD-WRT Router – The most popular economy line FlashRouter. Looking for consistent performance at an accessible price range? The E1200 is a great entry level router.

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postheadericon Best New Shows on 4oD of 2014 & How To Access 4oD Abroad

One Born Every Minute - Channel 4od- Streaming Online

One Born Every Minute – Channel 4od

The UK’s Channel 4 and its streaming counterpart Channel 4 on Demand (4oD) are legendary channels for cutting edge UK comedies with a propensity towards adding new and interesting content. Some of these programs like Peep Show have become cult classics in their own right, while newer shows like Live From Space show the increased variety of what Channel 4 continues to offer its viewers.

Let’s take a look at some of the other more interesting shows coming to 4oD in early 2014.

Upcoming Shows/New Seasons on 4oD

Live From Space – A true can’t-miss television event. Framestore, a British VFX company that just won at the Academy Awards for their work on Gravity, helmed this program designed to get involved with astronauts in ways never before seen on camera. Suffice to say, this jaw-dropping series is waiting to be watched in HD.

Strippers – As its title suggests, Strippers isn’t exactly suited for the whole family. The show’s creators set upon a different Scottish strip club week to week and interview as many people as possible, in an attempt to learn more about the lifestyles of those involved in this trade. The title figures in Strippers differ from episode to episode, but include a former gold-medal wining gymnast, a nurse, and an arts student trying to fund her master’s degree. Fascinating stuff.

Peep Show Now Streaming On 4od

Peep Show – Streaming on 4od

Peep Show – If you have just finished binge-watching a comedy and looking for something new to fill the void , Peep Show should be top of your list. Already eight seasons in, this award-winning sitcom chronicles the lives of Mark and Jez, two flatmates who manage the transition from their twenties to their thirties with varying degrees of success and plenty of awkward comedic moments.

One Born Every Minute – The show that exists at the intersection between chaos and sweetness: One Born Every Minute is a documentary series takes place in a maternity ward and, as you can imagine, there are equal parts drama (i.e. labor, c-sections, and various complications) and poignancy (the happiness of these parents experiencing the arrival of their children into the world). One Born Every Minute is filmed with an elaborate camera set-up that allows for the most perspectives possible in these very intense situations. The show is set to begins its 5th series in March.

Access 4oD Abroad With A VPN

Most Popular VPN Providers For Watching UK TV/Telly

As mentioned in FlashRouters’ previous 4od article, accessing 4oD is only something those in the UK can do. So if you’re a UK-expat living in the states or elsewhere, maybe you’re a TV Anglophile curious about these new shows on 4oD, or you’re just getting homesick for The Inbetweeners, we want to make sure you can access 4oD abroad with ease.

Enter VPN services. VPN services, or Virtual Private Network services, are subscription-based services that are designed to boost user’s online protection. Logging into a VPN means that all of your online information is tunneled through secure servers set up all over the world. This keeps your sensitive information – like credit card numbers and private e-mails – are kept away from the prying eyes of snooping governments, hackers, and identity thieves.

Better still, using a VPN allows you to access geographically restricted material from anywhere in the world. When you log into your VPN provider, you’re allowed to choose the location of your network, which means you get assigned a new IP address. This effectively tricks your computer into thinking it’s somewhere that it’s not.

So if you want your computer to think it’s in England or Scotland or Wales, just pick a UK-based server, and you’ll be able to access 4oD abroad on your laptop, tablet, phone, etc. before you know it!

Popular VPN services for UK IP addresses include IPVanish,, PrivateInternetAccess, and If you want to get a better look at some of the best VPN service providers around, we recommend checking out our official supported provider list.

Access 4oD Abroad On Roku

As you may have heard, 4oD is now available for streaming on Roku. As you cannot use a VPN directly on a Roku, the only way to enjoy 4oD on your Roku outside the UK is using a FlashRouter.

What’s a FlashRouter, you might be asking? Why don’t we show you!

FlashRouters takes already powerful routers and supercharges them by replacing their stock firmware with DD-WRT or Tomato. These replacement firmwares do many things including increase a router’s speed, power, and versatility. A DD-WRT or Tomato router allows you to access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated (particularly useful for streaming HD video).

And the benefits keep on coming. Customers that are subscribed to any VPN on our official provider list can have their VPN account pre-installed on their router, saving them the trouble of dealing with the tricky VPN installation process. You can even hold on to your old router and use our popular dual router setup to switch back and forth between your local network and your VPN, so you could use a UK IP on your VPN to access 4oD abroad and go about your everyday business on your local network.

FlashRouters range from inexpensive and perfectly suited to access 40D abroad (like the Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato and the Netgear WNR3500L v2) to major networking beasts that can handle any amount of traffic you throw at it (like the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Nighthawk and the Asus RT-AC66U AC1750 Tomato). To research our full range of VPN ready routers products, check out our best-sellers from 2013.

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postheadericon Gift Ideas for the College Student Studying Abroad

Holiday Gift For Traveling Student / Your Traveler
Christmas is quickly approaching, folks, and holiday shopping days are disappearing at a rapid rate. We’ve already tried to do our part to simplify the process, offering our Overlooked Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas Guide for those of you with friends or relative in need of a technological upgrade during this holiday season, but we thought we could get more specific for people with very particular shopping needs.

In that spirit, we thought we’d focus on an oft-overlooked subset of gift-givers; gift ideas parents with college-aged students studying abroad. After all, staying overseas for an extended period creates all sorts of situations that need to be prepared for; new languages, new urban environments, different terrains and, most importantly of all (at least, to us), a completely different online experience that needs to be carefully navigated. So we’ve tried to do our part to help you prepare your son and daughter for life on their own in an unfamiliar place. We hope you find some worthwhile suggestions below.

Gift Ideas for the College Student Studying Abroad

The Tortuga Traveling Backpack

The Tortuga Traveling Backpack

Tortuga Travel Backpack

Let’s start with a few of the basics. Of course, your kid is going to need a good, sturdy backpack, one that is capable of carrying a lot without sacrificing comfort or being too awkward and bulky. With that in mind, we recommend the Tortuga Travel Backpack; it’s incredibly well-organized, designed to minimize discomfort, and works perfectly as a carry-on or a hiker’s companion.

Brita Hard Sided Persimmon Filtering Bottle

Next, whether your child is backpacking across Europe or staying in one centralized location, you’re going to want to make sure they have access to clean water and lots of it. For this purpose, we recommend the Brita Hard Sided Persimmon Filtering Bottle; this durable, 23.7 oz. is the perfect way to stay hydrated on long hiking trails or if you’re just bouncing around big cities like Barcelona or Berlin.

Hiking Boots For Studying Abroad

Of course, if your college-aged kid is planning on spending most of their time roughing it outdoors, traversing wide swaths of landscape, they’re going to need some proper shows. That’s why we’re recommending the Timberland’s Men’s Chocorua Gore-Tex Hiker for your son or the Women’s Ahnu Montara boots for your daughter. For the former, we’re attracted to the boot’s many features, such as the comfort provided by its contoured EVA footbed, its durability, and the versatility its many adjustable straps provide. Similarly, the woman’s Montara boots boast a breath-ability and protection that is absolutely essential on long stretches of walking.

A High Quality Digital Camera

Whether you’re dealing with a son or daughter who simply wants to chronicle their trip, or is seriously considering a photography-adjacent career, there are plenty of great options available. For the former category, we recommend the Canon PowerShot A2500, which takes clear pictures, is easy to use, and doesn’t break the bank (get it for $ 69 today!). A more serious photographer, one who may need that extra bit of money spent for a professional-grade camera, could go for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera, which comes with 30X optical zoom and a 3.0-inch LCD screen. It offers Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and takes tremendous photos, even in darkness and without the flash, but it’ll run you around $ 400. The choice is yours.

Outside the Box Traveling Student Gift Ideas

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Privacy, Identity Protection & Security with VPN Service

One of the most crucial assets a traveling student can have is VPN service. With the help of any number of VPN service providers, your child can protect their sensitive online information (such as e-mails and credit card numbers) lest they fall into the hands of identity thieves or hackers. Believe us when we tell you that’s not the type of thing you want to happen to your traveling son or daughter.

Better yet, VPN service allows users to access geographically restricted websites, which means if your kid wants to stay connected to your Netflix or HBO Go account, all he has to do is log in to his VPN and pick an American server. If you’re having trouble picking a VPN, we can point you to our Official Supported VPN Service Provider List, which helpfully distinguishes the various upsides of the VPNs with which we’re affiliated.

Enhanced Firmware Wireless Router

VPN service is a great way to improve the security and versatility of a student’s wireless network while abroad, but if you want to make their VPN experience that much simple, all the while transforming their online experience, then a VPN WiFi Router is the only way to go. Aside from allowing them to connect multiple devices to their VPN and to do so with minimal hassle, a FlashRouter is guaranteed to revolutionize their network. Using DD-WRT and Tomato firmware – replacement firmwares designed to boost a router’s functionality – a FlashRouter allows a user to explore a variety of options not available on conventional routers.

You can extend your wireless range, access advanced security options, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated! Check out our recent best-selling router & VPN provider  list and see if there’s a router that suits your child’s needs. If you want one of our absolute, top-of-the-line devices, then we’d direct you towards the Asus RT-AC66U Tomato FlashRouter. This dual-band beast is one of our new Wireless-AC devices, which means intimidating power and dizzying speeds for whoever uses it. Of course, if you prefer something less costly and lightweight, we can heartily recommend the Cisco Linksys E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter, a fantastic, reliable, and super-affordable router.

Streaming Media Player

Now that you’ve got the VPN service in place and the FlashRouter to go with it, this soon-to-be international traveler is going to need the Roku or AppleTV to make the package complete. After all, what’s the point of being able to access US Netflix from another country if you don’t have the media player on which to stream it? What’s more, a Roku will provide your traveling child with access to Pandora, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime Instant, and a whole variety of channels filled with streaming media.

As an added bonus, will keep them indoors once in a while, you know after they study, and when they need to keep a few extra bucks in their pocket. Because you know who gets asked for money once the wallet is emptied. Plus, the easiest way to make new friends fast is to have something they all want, a little bit of connection to home a FlashRouter-Roku combo.

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