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postheadericon Win a Perfect Privacy VPN Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter

Win a Asus RT-AC3200 Tomato FlashRouter with Perfect Privacy VPN installed as well as a free 1 year subscription.

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postheadericon Fixing New Asus Firmware Vulnerabilities

If you have an Asus RT-N or RT-AC router with stock Asus Firmware, you should install the latest firmware updates released for these models.

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postheadericon Four of the Best Asus Routers for DD-WRT Firmware

Looking for a powerful, feature-heavy wireless network that only DD-WRT firmware can provide? These Asus routers ought to do the trick.

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postheadericon Router of the Day: Asus RT-AC3200 TomatoUSB Router

If you’ve been waiting for just the right router to come along, allow us to introduce you to the Asus RT-AC3200, the best Tomato router available.

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postheadericon Router of the Day: The Asus RT-AC88U DD-WRT FlashRouter

It’s a new year, and we’re not wasting any time here at FlashRouters. In fact, we’ve added one of our most powerful routers yet and possibly the best router for online gaming of 2016. DD-WRT with 8 GIGABIT PORTS – FINALLY! It’s going to be a while before we top this one. If you’re looking for […]

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postheadericon Microsoft, ASUS broaden patent licensing engagement

REDMOND, Wash., and TAIPEI, Taiwan — Oct. 1, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) on Thursday announced the expansion of an earlier patent licensing agreement between the companies. The deal includes a broad cross-license covering, for example, ASUS Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services. It paves the way for closer integration between the two companies, including pre-installation by ASUS of Microsoft Office productivity services on ASUS Android smartphones and tablets. The agreement also facilitates technology sharing toward the development of new, innovative product solutions.

“This agreement delivers significant value for both companies. Beyond ensuring continued improvements to our products, it opens the door to the kind of collaboration between Microsoft and ASUS made possible only through mutual respect and alignment on intellectual property,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC.

ASUS General Counsel Vincent Hong said, “This agreement will give us both a greater ability to innovate for our customers. We see it leading to broad partnership opportunities for future technologies and a strengthened relationship between our two companies as leaders of the technology industry.”

About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$ 14.5 billion.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Featured VPN Router: Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato

Get Wireless-AC speeds at a low, low price with the Asus AC56U Wireless-AC1200 Tomato FlashRouter.

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postheadericon Latest Asus Firmware Router Popping Flaw Exposes Popular WiFi Routers

Asus Firmware Exploit - Open Source Firmware Installation Information - DD-WRT & TomatUSB

Another day, another manufacturer default firmware issue revealed. This time it was Asus and some of its most popular routers including the RT-AC87U and the RT-N66U.

On approximately Jan. 4, a backdoor exploit was published for Asus routers. It is unknown at this time how long this exploit was known by Asus or hackers.

It appears that the issue is located in infosvr service, generally used to help the administrators find and configure ASUS routers on a network segment.

According to the github post by jduck,

Several models of ASUS’s routers include a service called infosvr that listens on UDP broadcast port 9999 on the LAN or WLAN interface. It’s used by one of ASUS’s tools to ease router configuration by automatically locating routers on the local subnet. This service runs with root privileges and contains an unauthenticated command execution vulnerability.

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Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato Router

The following Asus models were confirmed as vulnerable:

RT-AC87U – Firmware version: 3.0.0.4.378_3754
RT-N66U – Firmware version: 3.0.0.4.376_1071-g8696125
RT-N56U – Firmware version: 3.0.0.4.374_5656

Yet it likely other Asus routers affected but their firmwares that have not yet been tested or confirmed. The github post states: “Currently, all known firmware versions for applicable routers (RT-AC66U, RT-N66U, etc.) are assumed vulnerable.”

And what does this problem mean for users? Basically, anyone connected to the local network can gain control by sending a single protocol packet to the router. To be clear, in order to exploit this someone would need to have access to your local network.

What To Do to Get Ahead of the Router Firmware Exploit Curve?

While manufacturers create excellent hardware, it appears that often times that fatal flaw is the limiting, ill-performing firmware installed that allows the router to be used to its max capabilities. Lucian Constantin at PCWorld explains why the frequency of router exploits has exploded:

Routers are valuable targets for attackers, because they provide them with a foothold inside networks from where they can attack other devices. A router compromise is much harder to detect than a PC infection, because there are no antivirus programs running on such devices.

By controlling routers attackers gain the ability to intercept, inspect and modify incoming and outgoing Internet traffic for all devices that connect through them. Among other things, they can strip SSL from secure traffic and use DNS hijacking techniques to misrepresent legitimate websites.

He then goes on to suggest installing custom firmware but warns “… it should be noted that installing custom firmware can void the device warranty and should only be done by users who understand and accept all the risks associated with this procedure, including the possibility that their device might be damaged.”

So how can you get the best of both worlds? Well it just so happens that all Asus FlashRouters ship with this custom firmware solution already completely installed, with warranty and support options unavailable anywhere else for custom open-source firmware solutions like DD-WRT or TomatoUSB.

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The FlashRouters Support Advantage

From the top of the line AC2400 RT-AC87U with DD-WRT Installed to the RT-AC66U Tomato to the classic high end Wireless-N RT-N66U, FlashRouters supports a full line of enhanced Asus routers primed for premium security right our of the box.

Already have an Asus router and want help upgrading the firmware? Our team of experts offer remote flashing and setup assistance via worldwide custom-firmware flashing and VPN setup support plans for a large array of Asus WiFi Routers.

Asus Firmware Backdoor Fixes

Yes, Asus has worked harder than some router manufacturers to keep on top of these issues and gets some excellent work right out of the open-source firmware community from users and developers like Eric Sauvageau AKA Merlin.

But, ArsTechnica wrote, “Unless Asus releases a patch, there’s little non-technical users can do to close the hole. More technically inclined people can use the vulnerability itself to turn off infosvr after each reboot.”

If you are one of those technically inclined, we suggest visiting the Github page for the latest workarounds or updates. Still, our recommendation as a long-term solution is upgrading to an enhanced, custom firmware routing device to hopefully prevent this type of upgrade scramble in the future and not have to wait for a manufacturer update.

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postheadericon Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT AC2400 WiFi Router – The Best DD-WRT Router of 2015?

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT OpenVPN Router

While FlashRouters highlighted some of the best and most popular DD-WRT routers of 2014 but we thought it is time to give attention to our latest DD-WRT WiFi router likely to lead this list in 2015…

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to introduce our newest WiFi Wireless-AC crown jewel: the Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 DD-WRT FlashRouter.

Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 Nighthawk DD-WRT Specs

Let’s take a minute to talk about what makes the Asus RT-AC87U AC2400 so special, even before it is flashed with DD-WRT open source firmware for advanced customization and security options.

  • Unrivaled 5000 square feet Wireless-AC coverage with speeds up to 2400 Mbps.
  • Our first router with 4 powerful external antennas that can be adjusted to improve your wireless range.
  • Runs on a Dual Core 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Broadcom CPU internal processor.
  • Best-in class RAM (256), 128 MB of active flash memory.
  • A Networked USB 3.0 port for the fastest high-speed data transferring available.

That’s a lot of top-of-the-line  wireless coverage, processing power, not to mention future-proofing for high end Wireless-AC speeds for those looking for the best of the best. Add in the amazing features included with a DD-WRT firmware upgrade and it doesn’t get any better than this when it comes to SOHO routers!

Sold on the RT-AC87U?

Well, I must say that’s an excellent choice!

And because you are getting in right at the ground floor, use the coupon code AC87U to save an extra $ 50 on the the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter VPN Router today. This intro deal is only valid through Jan. 15 2015.

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The Advantages of Wireless-AC

If you’re not familiar with Wireless-AC, here’s all you need to know: as the latest wireless draft for exponential signal capacity, for sheer transmission speed, Wireless-AC smokes the competition.

Where Wireless-G topped off at 54 Mbps and Wireless-N landed in the 450-900 Mbps range, Wireless-AC blows right by both, tripling Wireless-N’s fastest speeds. In the case of the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Router FlashRouter, this is a dual-band device with the ability to offer 2400 Mbps (600 2.4 GHz & 1800 5.0 GHz)! There’s nothing else on the market that can compete with that.

Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT Features

The hardware specs of the Asus RT-AC87U are only part of its appeal. at does it matter if the firmware is missing the features you want or has security holes/backdoors you don’t want. The real fireworks occur when DD-WRT open source firmware is flashed onto this remarkable device.

If you’ve struggled with streaming movies or TV broken up by stalls or aggravating freezes, then the RT-AC87U DD-WRT is the router you’ve been waiting for. No need to worry about interruptions during Game of Thrones on HBO Go or House of Cards on Netflix; the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT will keep your streaming services working.

And there’s so much more that DD-WRT brings to the Nighthawk. There are features galore, performing all sorts of advanced functions like:

You get all of these features – advanced networking modes and security, flawless streaming, WiFi Hot Spot capabilities – and so much more with a DD-WRT upgrade. Don’t settle for anything less.

Best Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT VPN Options

One of the best advantages of owning a Nighthawk DD-WRT is the built-in VPN capability.

If you subscribe to a VPN service, or are planning to, FlashRouters can set up your brand new Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT to work with your VPN account straight out of the box. Skip over tricky VPN installation processes and let us take care of the hard stuff.

Plus, with the RT-AC87U, you will get the best speeds of any VPN router. Speeds in a router are based primarily on the processor strength and how much encryption/decryption it can handle. The Asus RT-AC87U 1 GHz is the most powerful processor we now offer.

Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup - Local & VPN

How To Use a FlashRouter in a Two Router Setup

Purchasing a Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT FlashRouter doesn’t mean you will have to get rid of your current router setup. Take advantage of our popular dual router setup, which lets you have one dedicated VPN router, and one for local, day-to-day usage. Switching back and forth between your regular network and your VPN has never been so easy.

Our list of official supported VPN service providers grows longer all the time, and you can’t go wrong choosing from it. That said, these are some of our more popular VPN providers:

  1. HideMyAss – Top number of servers and IP addresses in US & UK server choices.
  2. IPVanish – Keeps adding more & more servers with some of the fastest server speeds worldwide.
  3. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  4. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN. Includes SmartDNS subscription.
  5. CyberGhost – The go to European based VPN provider.

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The FlashRouters Service Difference

Though our staff has always been available to help our customers when they needed help, we’ve recently upgraded our already superlative customer service in a couple of important ways…

Knowledge Base & Help Desk: Our site has a handy Knowledge Base and support desk to better handle the many requests and inquiries we receive. If you have any questions, concerns or are just looking for a recommendation on the best device for you and your setup, click the Support button on the left hand side. Our DD-WRT specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.

Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT support plans. Different routers come with slightly different plans. Users looking for support for their own routers can visit the FlashRouters Support Plan Center.

Don’t forget to use the coupon code AC87U through 01/15/2015 and get an extra $ 50 off!

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postheadericon Wireless-AC on the Cheap! The Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter!

Meet the Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter

The Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter

Feel left out in the cold by the Wireless-AC party?

Sure, no one argues about the fact that Wireless-AC routers are the fastest and most powerful around, but that top-tier performance can come at a high price, financially speaking. No longer.

At FlashRouters, there is a brand new Asus DD-WRT compatible router that will bring you that inimitable Wireless-AC flair without breaking the bank.

The Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter

Meet the Asus RT-AC 56U Wireless-AC1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter, the future of your network for under $ 200!

RT-AC56U DD-WRT Specs

The Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter comes equipped with

  • A supremely powerful 800 MHz Broadcom processor – Almost twice the speed of any similarly priced DD-WRT router. Processing speed is the most important part of the rotuer specs to onsider when it comes to VPN use. AS the processor increases so does the handling to the constant encryption/decryption that goes on within your wireless network.
  • A USB 3.0 port – For lightning quick transfer speeds up to 10x faster than USB 2.0.

But really the star of the show is…

Wireless-AC

Wireless-AC is the latest wireless draft for exponential signal capacity in the wireless market. Put another way, in terms of speed, Wireless-AC routers are ruling the roost right now. Especially when it comes to the addition of Wireless-AC to the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air 2.

If you’re one of the many people who streams most of their media these days, or if you just hate watching an endlessly buffering screen, then you need a fast router, and the Asus RT-AC56U delivers in spades, offering dual-band speeds of up to 1200 Mbps (300 @ 2.4 GHz & 867 @ 5 Ghz). You can thank Wireless-AC for that.

And where most Wireless-AC FlashRouters tend to cost north of $ 300, the Asus RT-AC56U delivers the goods at a shockingly low price of $ 199.99.  This is simply too good to miss.

Free One Year Warranty

Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT FlashRouter

FlashRouters typically arrive with a free 90 day warranty, with an added option of a 1 year warranty for an additional $ 25. The Asus RT-AC56U, however, comes intact with a free 1 year warranty at just under $ 200. On top of all the added tech features, this extra warranty makes the RT-AC56U even more of a must have.

Added DD-WRT Features for the Asus RT-AC56U DD-WRT

Would you believe that there is even more to recommend this device? How about DD-WRT firmware, which takes the router’s standard firmware and basically supercharges it? Using an Asus DD-WRT compatible router means access to features like:

  • Premium Wireless Signal Clarity & Dual Band Coverage: Better quality audio and HD video streaming by design.
  • Standardized OpenVPN & PPTP Client/Server Integration.
  • Upgraded Stability: No more constant resetting or rebooting.
  • Elimination of Asus firmware issues, bugs, security vulnerabilities, limitations & quirks.
  • Advanced QoS: Manage & prioritize bandwidth/performance of services like Netflix, Skype, YouTube or P2P.
  • Integrated Wireless Survey Page: View conflicting wireless networks in your area to tweak your network accordingly.
  • Complete VLAN Support: Create properly secured segmented networks.

The RT-AC 56U is an Asus router compatible with DD-WRT that even offers full VPN service integration, just like every other FlashRouter. This means that you can receive your router ready to work with your VPN subscription right out of the box, provided that it’s one of the many VPN service providers featured on our Official Supported Provider List.

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Every FlashRouter we ship arrives at our customers’ doorsteps flashed, tested, and re-tested, and complete with an easy-to-follow set-up guide that makes installation a breeze. If you do find yourself in need of some set-up assistance, contact FlashRouters at any time. Our friendly sales and support staff is always ready to help.

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