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postheadericon ExpressVPN DD-WRT Routers & Tomato OpenVPN Routers – Pre-Installed Firmware & Configured

According to a recent article on, the Chinese government has heightened their state censorship systems, blocking the sites of many popular VPN providers.

Using a VPN provider to mask your IP address is an important step towards encryption and protection in any country, but to provide one’s self with a free and open Internet in a country like China, a VPN service is practically mandatory. With some of the strictest Internet censorship protocols in the world, even basic browsing is an issue, as sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter are all blocked by the Chinese government.

One VPN provider that has maintained a strong stance in the world of providing Internet Freedom to Chinese users is ExpressVPN. Boasting over 97 VPN locations in 78 countries, such as the United States, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Israel, ExpressVPN can offer a layer of encryption and safety to users in China as well as the rest of the world.

Using ExpressVPN DD-WRT and Tomato FlashRouters

An important step towards safety within your entire network is using a DD-WRT or Tomato FlashRouter pre-configured for use with your ExpressVPN account. Using a FlashRouter will allow any device connected to the FlashRouter WiFi network to be encrypted with ExpressVPN using OpenVPN or PPTP.

With this, you will only need one connection and one setup to ExpressVPN, and devices like Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire, and Samsung Smart TVs that offer no native VPN support can be protected under the ExpressVPN FlashRouter network.

How To Use ExpressVPN on a Router

Upgrading to an ExpressVPN DDWRT FlashRouter doesn’t mean you will have to get rid of your current router, as a FlashRouter can fit within nearly any router setup.

Using a modem router or a modem/router combination as a connection to your ISP? Simply connect a FlashRouter via Ethernet cable to your modem or modem router, and you will have a Dual Router Setup: two segmented WiFi networks, one for VPN use and one for use with your ISP.

If you would like to connect a device to ExpressVPN, simply connect it to the ExpressVPN DD-WRT FlashRouter network. If you would like to have the device operate without ExpressVPN, simply connect it to your ISP network.

Best Routers for Use With ExpressVPN

Best DD-WRT Router ExpressVPN - Asus RT-AC87U

Best ExpressVPN DD-WRT Router- AC87U

While any FlashRouter will work with your ExpressVPN account, using a high-powered 1 GHz FlashRouter like the Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT or the Netgear R7000 DD-WRT will allow for a faster connection to the VPN, and with this, allow for higher quality streaming and less buffer time with streaming services like Netflix and YouTube.

If you are interested in the user-friendly interface of Tomato, the Asus RT-N66U is the best Tomato FlashRouter, combining Tomato features like the ability to use two OpenVPN servers side-by-side alongside three powerful external antennas.

Just select ExpressVPN from any router’s VPN Provider dropdown menu and we’ll do the rest. Add you ExpressVPN information in the final step of the checkout process and we will complete a full pre-configuration for the ultimate, out-of-the-box ExpressVPN WiFi network experience!

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postheadericon VPN Showdown: The Differences Between PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN (Networking FAQ)

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If you are just starting to scratch the surface of VPN, VPN Providers and their respectivebenefits, you are already on the right path to identity protection, network privacy and personal security. It is likely you are browsing around to try and find some basic answers to decipher the large array of acronyms that techies are throwing around, and you probably just want a straightforward, honest breakdown of what all these VPN (Virtual Private Network) acronyms like OpenVPN & PPTP.

Even if you have already been using VPN but trying to decide what is best for you, this breakdown of the features of the most popular VPN security tunneling protocols should assist in that decision. PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN are all Virtual Private Network protocols used in order to establish a fast, secure, and reliable connection between two nodes. In this article, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each protocol one by one, so that it can be clarified which protocol is better for which user.

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What is PPTP?

Point to Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) is the most commonly used method for establishing virtual private networks (VPNs).

  1. Encryption Type/Level: Supports up to 128 bit session encryption keys.
    • The data encryption is done using the Microsoft Point to Point Encryption Protocol.
    • Only requires a username, password, and server address in order to establish connection.
  2. VPN Comparison: It is not the most secure option out there; upgrading to OpenVPN is recommended for users looking for better security.
  3. Compatible & Usually Pre-installed with MS Windows XP/7/8, Linux, DD-WRT, Tomato, Android, Apple iOS and Mac OSX.
    • Limited to no compatibility with default/manufacturer router firmware.
  4. Port Configuration: Uses TCP port and GRE.

PPTP provides a fast and easy to setup solution for users who do not have much concern over security and reliability and is the quickest/simplest method of VPN to set up with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. It compatibility with a wide range of platforms is a plus point. However, due to it’s well-reported security flaws, it is not recommended by most tech experts.

What is L2TP?

Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol (L2TP) is a popular method for establishing VPNs and is provided as an option by most internet service providers (ISPs).

  1. Encryption Type/Level: Supports up to 256 bit session keys using the IPSec protocol, however the session keys can vary depending on the algorithms being used.
    • Uses double encapsulation of data for better security.
  2. VPN Speeds: Slightly slower when compared with PPTP and OpenVPN.
  3. Built-in clients and support for L2TP/IPSec is also available in all modern devices/operating systems out of the box.
    • Compatible with: Microsoft Windows XP/7/8, Linux, Android, Apple iOS and Mac OSX.
  4. Port Configuration: Utilizes UDP 500, Protocol 50, UDP 1701 and UDP 4500.

L2TP/IPSec provides a highly secure and reliable connection. L2TP is advanced protocol when compared to PPTP and is combined with IPSec in order to obtain better security.  The speed may be lower than PPTP but Internet speed varies based on a number of factors. Usually, the difference in speed is negligible.

L2TP is recommended for people who require greater security due to do the professional nature of their internet use. It is also recommended for people looking to setup VPNs just on their mobile devices. If you use a shared secret log-in with L2TP, it will not be compatible with open-source firmware integrations, and in this case it would be best to use PPTP or OpenVPN.

OpenVPN Integrated Routers - DDWRT & Tomato

What is OpenVPN?

What is OpenVPN?

OpenVPN is probably the most advanced, and arguably the most popular, open source software application being used to establish VPN connections.

  1. Encryption Type/Level: Supports Up to 256 bit session keys are supported; however, the session keys can be vary.
    • Data encryption is done using the OpenSSL library.
  2. VPN Speeds: Considered the fastest VPN protocol, faster than PPTP and L2TP/IPSec.
  3. VPN Comparison: OpenVPN provides a highly reliable, easy to install, and stable connection. For unstable connection, OpenVPN sacrifices a little speed in order to increase stability.
  4. Not included within routers default firmware, but can be utilized with a firmware upgrade to DD-WRT or Tomato firmware.
  5. Port Configuration: OpenVPN can be configured to use either TCP or UDP ports. It is compatible with MS Windows, Linux and Mac. It can be made compatible with Android via installation of a third party application.

OpenVPN provides a reliable and secure connection, with high speed. The free online availability of the software application and the continual support of and updating via the open-source community makes it the ideal choice for users with moderate to intermediate computer skills.

Deciding Between PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN

So here we have it. The VPN protocol facts are on the table. So where do we stand?

A PPTP solution is easy to setup and use, and provides fast connection. It is recommended for users that are whose main concern is setup simplicity and accessing blocked or restricted content or websites in their area. PPTP is NOT recommended for those whose primary intent is network encryption and security since PPTP is not as secure and reliable. However, in certain countries, other VPN platforms are unavailable or banned so PPTP is better than nothing at all.

An L2TP/IPSec VPN connection is slower, yet secure and reliable. It may be a step up from PPTP but interoperability between devices can be difficult and varied.

The clear winner in the battle of VPN protocols is OpenVPN which provides speed and security, but is not an out of the box feature in most operating systems and is a bit more complex to setup for that reason and . the application has to be downloaded and setup, and compatibility has to be ensured. We recommend OpenVPN because it often offers the best of both worlds (speed and security) when it comes to VPNs services if available to you.

How To Integrate OpenVPN on a Router

Sadly, OpenVPN is not an included full-bodied option on consumer routers right out of the box. We think it should be so we flash all our routers with enhanced firmware with full-blown OpenVPN implementation as a client connection or to create your own OpenVPN server (this goes for PPTP as well.)

The one issue for most people with OpenVPN integration is the barrier of knowledge to entry and that is where we can give a helping hand. Each VPN provider has a different way to setting up their OpenVPN connection and how to do it within a router. Using a VPN provider within a router means that the setup only has to be done once and can cover all of your devices. Any device connected to an OpenVPN connected router will be using OpenVPN even if it is not an integrated option on your iPhone, Tablet, Roku, SmartTV. OpenVPN for every device!
Tired of Buffering Routers? Get a DDWRT or Tomato VPN Routers

Ready to get cracking with any of these VPN encryption protocols right on your router to protect your entire network with one setup? We might have a few good VPN-ready routers for the job.

When looking to establish a VPN between two nodes, it is extremely important to know your priorities, and to also understand if your router is up to par. If you are looking for the best DD-WRT router to work with OpenVPN, the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 is a processing power and wireless heavyweight standout – 1 GHz processor, Wireless-AC up to 1900 Mbps. For Tomato, the Asus RT-N66U is one of our most popular options. To peruse some of our best selling VPN installed routers, take a gander at the bestselling VPN services/routers.

All FlashRouters include provider-specific setup guides and three months of VPN router expert setup support. If you wish, you can enter your account information and preferred server location during checkout in the SSL-secured Comments section and a networking technician will preconfigure your router for you. So no matter what the VPN provider related task, FlashRouters is here, ready to make your network sing!

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postheadericon IPVanish OpenVPN DD-WRT Router Support Just Launched!

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Let’s get straight to the point. After much team effort, FlashRouters has now locked down a standardized, fully-functioning OpenVPN DD-WRT IPVanish users. Previously, our IPVanish OpenVPN support was limited to Tomato Routers only.

That’s right; if you’re a dedicated IPVanish user and you don’t want to be limited to PPTP or L2TP connections, or if you prefer DD-WRT firmware but wish you could use it with OpenVPN, then this is big news for you. We’ve tweaked and tested and re-tested until we were certain we got this right, and now our OpenVPN DD-WRT routers for IPVanish users are ready for you to enjoy.

The Difference Between OpenVPN & PPTP For IPVanish Users

Maybe you’re an IPVanish user and you have no idea why someone would prefer one of these protocols over the others. We don’t blame you; this stuff can get pretty dry and technical, but just so you know what you’re getting here, allow us to explain…

Basically, all of these terms (PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN) are different types of VPN connections or protocols. PPTP is sort of standard, mainly because of its ease of use. However, if you’ve are planning to or have already gone to the trouble of subscribing to a superb VPN service provider like IPVanish, we’re guessing premium online security is an important issue to you, and that’s why you want OpenVPN.

OpenVPN is simply a more secure, open-source based project that has the support of some of the best and brightest in the IT security world. But, like we said, it’s the more complicated set up, so it took us quite a bit of of testing and re-testing to figure out a way to consistently replicate results, and make set up guides that would allow us to offer our customers the support that they deserve.

Our First IPVanish Wireless-AC Router: The Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT

Best OpenVPN IPVanish Wireless-AC Router - High Powered Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT OpenVPN

In honor of this occasion, there is a new FlashRouter is also announcing our first IPVanish-specific DD-WRT Router, the IPVanish Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC 1750 DD-WRT.

If you haven’t read any of our many write-ups of our line of Wireless-AC routers, allow us to give you a brief introduction to this world-shaking networking standard. If you were excited by the top speeds of Wireless-N routers (900 Mbps), then you’re going to love the new evolution of the wireless standard, gigabit wireless or Wireless-AC. The Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC FlashRouter runs with a wireless speed capacity of 1750 Mbps total (450 2.4 GHz & 1300 5 Ghz) utilizing 3 powerful external antennas based on one the most powerful router processors available anywhere.

Suffice to say, a Wireless-AC router flashed with DD-WRT and customized to work with IPVanish’s terrific VPN service is a surefire way to future-proof your network and keep your online information completely secure.

IPVanish OpenVPN Router Setup

All FlashRouter purchases include a minimum 90 day warranty, a 30 day satisfaction guarantee and 3 months of VPN/Internet Setup Support from our US-based open-source firmware experts.

The FlashRouter support team is more than happy to setup the entire IPVanish connection for you before shipment. This is not required but an added benefit we offer based on customer demand.

How to Get a Fully Preconfigured IPVanish OpenVPN DD-WRT Router: When placing your order for an IPVanish router, specify your desire in the Comments section. Enter your IPVanish account information with a preferred VPN connection location/server to input on your FlashRouter. If you don’t provide this info, a setup guide will always be included.

More Popular IPVanish OpenVPN DD-WRT Router Choices

FlashRouters proudly offers a line of premium IPVanish DD-WRT Routers. Here are a few of our favorites.

Plus we haven’t even got to the DD-WRT upgrade, which gives you:

  • Wireless Extender Options (Wireless Client-Bridge, Repeater, and Wireless Access Point).
  • Advanced Quality of Service (QoS) bandwidth management
  • Remote Wake on Lan (WOL)
  • Guest network, Hotspot setup

The IPVanish OpenVPN Deals Just Won’t Stop

As if everything we’ve mentioned above wasn’t enough good news, we’ve got even more savings in store for prospective IPVanish customers.  FlashRouters has an exclusive coupon code for those looking to sign up for IPVanish. Click this link to go directly to our IPVanish discount area, and receive 3 additional months of IPVanish for free with any 3 month or 1 year subscription!

There’s never been a better time to shore up your online security and improve the quality of your network. A top-of-the-line FlashRouter in conjunction with IPVanish VPN service: what could be bad?

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postheadericon DD-WRT Routers for HideMyAss OpenVPN Now Supported

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HideMyAss OpenVPN DD-WRT FlashRouters

Big news for fans of both online privacy and open source firmware: OpenVPN is now fully supported on our line of DD-WRT flashed routers designed to work with one of your favorite VPN service providers, HideMyAss.

Up until recently, if you wanted to enjoy OpenVPN on your HideMyAss FlashRouter, you chose a Tomato firmware router or you were required to use PPTP and L2TP connections only. Now, after much tweaking, testing, trial, error, and retesting, we’re finally confident enough to offer and support a full DD-WRT HideMyAss OpenVPN solution.

The Difference Between OpenVPN & PPTP For HideMyAss Users

So you may be asking, what are all those protocols. Why would one prefer OpenVPN versus PPTP?

According to Wikipedia’s PPTP page:

PPTP has been the subject of many security analyses and serious security vulnerabilities have been found in the protocol. The known vulnerabilities relate to the underlying PPP authentication protocols used, the design of the MPPE protocol as well as the integration between MPPE and PPP authentication for session key establishment. PPTP is (as of October 2012) considered cryptographically broken and its use is no longer recommended by Microsoft.

So that sounds like more tech gibberish to most. Basically, PPTP is a VPN protocol/connection type that is easier to implement. PPTP has long been integrated into Windows-based devices and Apple devices without any further installation. However, that ease of use also makes it less secure generally. PPTP VPN connections are still of great use to many users around the globe. PPTP VPN is better than using no VPN connection at all and still provides an anonymous IP address in the country of your choosing, which allows for the unblocking of geographically restricted content for users. OpenVPN is simply a more secure, open-source based project that has some of the best and brightest in the IT security world preferring it.

So basically, you will be trading the simplicity of use with PPTP for the advanced security with OpenVPN. And isn’t security the most important concern when it comes to networking in the modern world? While we always have wanted to fully support this option, it took us years of testing to find stable, suitable setups that our team could replicate, create setup guides for and be able to support with ease.

Multiple HideMyAss OpenVPN Setup Options

We are introducing two methods of OpenVPN support for HMA connections at this time with some solid benefits to both connection methods.

Option #1: HMA OpenVPN Command Line Installer

If you navigate to your HMA account area on their website, then go to Download & Setup, you will notice an area specifically designated for DD-WRT router setups the DD-WRT command line installation generator. The first steps are fairly self explanatory and quite simple. Enter your regular HMA password in the specified field (NOT your PPTP password), then select your preferred server location using the radio button option. You can choose a specific HMA server in your preferred location, or  you can allow the installer to select a server randomly if you like. Our configuration specialists make a few final customizations to all HMA routers before we ship them out to customers. This allows users to then generate their account-specific command line, and immediately run the command on their FlashRouter.

FlashRouters Support is more than happy to complete the entire command line installation before an order is shipped for any HMA customers who desire. By no means require your account information, to configure your HMA router, however you may leave your information in the SSL-secure Order Comments section when checking out with your HMA router if you would like a completely out of the box configuration.

No need to worry about changing your HMA VPN server location after receiving your FlashRouter. Once our routers are primed with the HMA command line installation, generate server configurations for any location you desire and then run them on your router to connect to your new preferred geographical location.

Option #2: HMA OpenVPN DD-WRT Startup Script Method

This option is based on HMA’s official router setup tutorials in detail. Not as clean and simple as HMA’s command line installer, it is quite effective and allows for some truly amazing advanced setup setup options.

With the extended scripting method, FlashRouters Support will still set up everything for you in the router so when you receive your new device you simply have to input your HMA username, password, and in the case of the extended script your preferred server locations. When we say locations, that is not a typo. This often requested feature for advanced Internet anonymity is now available. With this extended script you can actually input several HMA servers at once, then your HMA DD-WRT router will connect to one of your preferred servers at random each time you start up the router and connect.

Utilizing this method you can make it so that you are not always connecting through the same VPN server address. This round robin connection setup to HMA servers makes it even harder for anyone who might be trying to peek to pin you down. Keep your IP address randomized every time you connect.

The HMA DD-WRT Script Method allows you the option to set different servers within a single location as well, in case one fails to connect, the script will attempt to connect to the next server in line. You may also setup connection with servers in different US states or countries. If your foremost concern is security and anonymity rather than the benefit of gaining access to content in a specific localized region, then you can keep connecting to VPN in different countries randomly each time you  start the VPN connection.

Again the FlashRouter support team is more than happy to setup the entire extended script method for you before shipment. When placing your order for an HMA router, specify your desire in the Comments section. If you would like to take advantage of the advanced scripting method out-of-the-box, please provide your HMA account information with your list of favorite HMA server locations to input on your FlashRouter. If you don’t provide this info, a setup guide will always be included.

Best HideMyAss OpenVPN DD-WRT Routers

Best OpenVPN Wireless-AC Router - High Powered Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT OpenVPN

Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT Upgraded Features

Whew, that is a lot of options. If you feel privacy is paramount, having all this at your fingertips makes using a DD-WRT FlashRouter even more exciting and enticing. For FlashRouters, this updated configuration support means that a whole slew of beloved DD-WRT routers are able to work with HMA OpenVPN right out of of the box.

One of the most popular reasons for installing an OpenVPN connection at the router level is that any device that connects to the router is then connected to the OpenVPN connection. That means you can now connect a Roku 3 to HideMyAss via OpenVPN which is not possible otherwise. Being an open-source firmware platform that is constantly updated makes using DD-WRT highly advantageous and the choice for in-the-know tech users who truly value control over their privacy and network security.

Ready to choose the privacy protector of your future.? Here’s a few of our best HideMyAss OpenVPN ready routers from basic/economy to next-gen top end wireless and everywhere in between.

Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC1750 OpenVPN DD-WRT Router – This is arguably the most exciting of the new OpenVPN for DD-WRT additions.

Powerful processor, huge RAM/Flash memory, better cooling for better performance and Next-gen AC wireless, OpenVPN ready for HMA users. And don’t forget about those ever popular, powerful external antennas.

Linksys E4200 HMA OpenVPN DD-WRT Router – Finally, HideMyAss users can enjoy OpenVPN on one of our most popular routers. In fact, the E4200 DD-WRT was the most popular FlashRouter of 2013, and it’s easy to see why.

With its eight internal antennas and four gigabit ports, the E4200 DD-WRT router offers the most well-rounded service from a personal class router you can find. It can handle multiple wireless streams, and this advanced processing power gives users the ability to enjoy high-volume HD streaming activities – like Netflix Instant or online gaming – without worrying about stalls or freezes. Order now and find out why FlashRouters customers consistently flock to this device.

Linksys E1200 HideMyAss OpenVPN DD-WRT Router – Now, if you’re looking for OpenVPN DD-WRT for HideMyAss FlashRouters, but you’re in the market for something a little more modestly priced, we can wholeheartedly recommend this incredibly affordable device.

If you’re looking for a quick way to considerably upgrade your network, the E1200 DD-WRT is one of those quick, simple, and economical solutions that only seem too good to be true. The Linksys E1200′s consistently excellent performance offers the sort of stability and reliability that routers twice the price cannot.

Netgear WNDR4000 HideMyAss OpenVPN DD-WRT Router – If you haven’t had a chance to yet, please meet one of our favorite high-end DD-WRT routers. The Netgear WNDR4000 was selected by PCMag as an “Editor’s Choice” and was further complimented as a “throughput thoroughbred in the 5 GHz band.”

You can easily land distinctions like that when you offer features like Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless for optimal performance in crowded areas such as crowded apartment buildings, busy downtown districts and cities with heavy wireless interference. Throw in the extra features added by DD-WRT and the extra security of a HideMyAss subscription, and you’ve got a wireless network that can’t be beat!

Benefits of a Purchasing a DD-WRT Router from FlashRouter

Yes, you can flash any device yourself at your own risk. But that is part of it, risk. FlashRouter takes the risk out of it and gives you a whole lot more. All FlashRouter purchases include a minimum 90 day warranty, a 30 day satisfaction guarantee and 3 months of VPN/Internet Setup Support from our US-based open-source firmware experts.

Our goal is provide you with the best hardware with the best firmware and have your back if you run into any stumbling blocks. We think it is important that everyone has more privacy and knows more about what is going on in their network as it is increasingly the most important and most vulerable part of your home!

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