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postheadericon Preventing The New Linksys Firmware DDoS Vulnerability

Another Linksys Firmware Vulnerability Flaw has been exposed. Interested in finding a way to prevent it? A FlashRouter with DD-WRT firmware can help.

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postheadericon Asus & Linksys Routers Firmware Hacked: Stay Safe With DD-WRT & Tomato

Asus Vulnerability Warning

Asus Vulnerability Warning

A couple of recent news items involving hackers and a series of popular routers caught our attention, and we’d like to tell you how FlashRouters can keep you safe from these all-too-common attacks and firmware security holes.

A Spate of Recent Router Hacks

This is not the first time similar firmware issues linked to the insistence of including cloud applications within a router have appeared. Including cloud based activities like Asus’ AiCloud with limited security at the base of your network is not recommended as it opens up not just an individual device bu the entire network to major possible security cracks and damage. While not included in this story, Netgear and D-Link is also not innocent of similar firmware issues. They both have had very serious similar issues in the very recent past.

To start with, researchers have found a malicious worm that has affected at least a thousand different home and small office Linksys routers, including the E1000, the E1200, and the E2400. Johannes Ullrich of the Sans Institute described the depth of the issue in a recent blog post, which detailed the worm’s method of attack, and the ways in which the worm self-replicates by taking advantage of code-execution vulnerability in the device’s original firmware.

Then there was an Asus firmware vulnerability: only a few days after the Linksys exploit revelation, a researcher named Kyle Lovett publicly exposed a major vulnerability in a number of heavy duty Asus routers and their faulty firmwares. In fact, the image above is of an anonymous message that reached at least one Asus user with this very same firmware vulnerability, warning users that the exploit leaves them open to hacking by “anyone in the world with an internet connection.”

Lovett was only moved to publish the exploit after he privately contacted Asus with the information. The router company dismissed the problem as “not an issue”, a dismissal with which Lovett evidently disagreed. According to Ars Technica, potentially affected routers include the “RT-AC66R, RT-AC66U, RT-N66R, RT-N66U, RT-AC56U, RT-N56R, RT-N56U, RT-N14U, RT-N16, and RT-N16R.”

DD-WRT & Tomato Linksys/Asus Routers Security Fixes

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Asus RT-AC66U Upgraded Features

These particular stories made us sit up and take notice, because there are a few routers listed as vulnerable that are included in our line, such as the Linksys E1200, the Asus RT-AC66U and the RT-N66U. The difference, of course, is that the hackable versions of these routers have not been flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. The main reason for this hardware’s ability to be exploited is the faulty firmware and denying that these manufacturers are claiming.

The cure for what ails this fine networking hardware is to ideally replace the firmware they include with it. While some of the features and the ease-of-use may be nice, it is not worth the continual issues and security concerns. And that is where we come in.

At FlashRouters, we get our name from this very process; we take powerful routers (vulnerable as they may be before we upgrade them, as the above linked articles demonstrate), and super-charge their versatility, making them not just capable of running faster, but of keeping your network completely secure. Top-quality replacement firmwares like DD-WRT and Tomato give users the ability to extend their wireless range and control how their bandwidth is allocated, but more importantly, they give users access to a wide range of advanced security options. They even make VPN usage much simpler.

Exploits like those documented above are increasingly prevalent, and worth the extra effort that goes into preventing them. Fortunately for you, FlashRouters is willing to put in the effort so you don’t have to. All you have to do is find the right router for you.

Check out our recent best-seller’s of 2013 list and see if anything on there appeals to you, though we’ve added a pair of crazy powerful routers in the last month that might win the day: the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT Nighthawk and the Netgear R6300 Wireless-AC DD-WRT V2. If this is the final straw that breaks the camel back for you, we are more than ready to make sure your next networking device is even more secure while leaving firmware security holes as a thing of the past.

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postheadericon Free US Shipping & Holiday Tomato Savings: $30 off Linksys E1200 Tomato or RT-N66U (RM)

Expecting Something Nice From Santa?

As the holidays fast approach and new gadgets are about to make their way into home or small office networks across the globe, make sure your network is ready. A better wireless router is one of the best fits you can get someone. I mean what do people use more often in their home than their router.

Whether they are surfing the web, chatting with friends, streaming Netflix on their Roku or Amazon Instant through their SmartTV. It all starts with the router. So relieve someone today of the “lag-rage” that comes with an overworked and under performing wireless router with a FlashRouter!

Holiday Weekend Specials

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#1 – Free USPS Priority shipping to any US address through December 9, 2013. (No coupon code needed)

#2 – $ 30 off either our top-selling economy router E1200 Tomato or the high-end Wireless-N Asus RT-N66U-RM (Factory Recertified units). (No coupon code needed)

Both units are VPN ready (if that’s what you are into) and have a recent, tested, stable build of Tomato firmware installed for your pleasure. Ready to grab yours and save? Just click below or head over to our Deals page.

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Want to learn more about the basics of Tomato firmware and the advantages over standard firmware? We’ve got a video for that too.

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postheadericon Cisco Linksys E1000, We Hardly Knew Ye!

RIP E1000

RIP E1000

It’s a sad day here at FlashRouters; our supplies have finally run out on a device no longer in production; the much-beloved and affordable Cisco Linksys E1000 DD-WRT FlashRouter, one of the first routers we ever sold at FlashRouter.

Goodbye E1000 DD-WRT FlashRouter

We thought it only fitting to briefly pay tribute to the E1000. Our customers always appreciated this low cost, do-it-all device, which was one of the first Wireless-N routers to work well with DD-WRT, and take advantage of the open-source extras added by the platform.

Vaya con dios, E1000.

 

But Don’t Fret!

As we’ve reminded you very recently, there are other, similarly inexpensive, and wholly dependable devices out there waiting to make your network hum.

The Cisco Linksys E1200 DD-WRT FlashRouter (and it’s brother the E1200 Tomato Router) has already been welcomed to the FlashRouters’ family, and our stock line is better for the addition. It’s also our most popular single-band device, and not without good reason:

The E12oo is a terrific and affordable solution for all of your wireless needs, whether you’re looking for a device that simplifies your VPN experience, extend your wireless range, or improve your security with advanced QoS (Quality of Service) options.

For any SolarCity customers looking for our special wireless extender solutions can now choose the E1200 SolarCity FlashRouter instead of the E1000, and all for a comparable price.

Again, we will miss the E1000, but having the E1200 around softens the blow considerably. The E1200 truly represents the next generation of economy DD-WRT & Tomato, Wireless-N routers.

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