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In celebration of the International Day of Friendship, we want to help you spot undesirable ‘friends’ on Facebook.

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postheadericon Most Popular & Best Wireless Routers for DD-WRT Firmware 2015

Looking for the best wireless routers of 2015 to meet every need and budget? Have you heard a lot about popular firmware enhancements like DD-WRT and wondering what benefits from this powerful and simple upgrade anyone can have? Tired of buffering or having to reset your router a few times a day just to get it to work? Or maybe you are in the market for the best dual band router or upgrading to Wireless-AC for your current network setup? Look no further, you have found an expert list of the best wireless routers available in 2015.

Wireless router technology seems to be leaping at a breakneck pace so we have decided it was time for an update to our yearly list of the Best Wireless Routers of 2015, a yearly tradition as you can see from last year’s Fastest & Best Performing DD-WRT Wireless Routers. Our list of the best wireless routers of 2015 mixes our top tested devices based on in the field experience, months of testing, and their interaction with premium alternative firmwares and various streaming players like Roku, AppleTV as well as the top gaming consoles like Xbox One & Playstation 4.

What is DD-WRT Firmware?

DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware upgrade project created for maximizing router features and usage potential. DD-WRT is used by many networking-savvy users to enhance your wireless router stability, privacy, & (most importantly) network security while making previously unavailable networking functions the norm. Basically, DD-WRT unlocks expensive features usually limited to high-end business routers and runs them right on popular consumer models. But to get these advanced features, you need to to have a DD-WRT installed router.

DD-WRT is extremely reactive to bugs like the Heartbleed and future online terrors. The DD-WRT site itself is a very helpful resource for anyone with an interest in getting the most out of your router, setting up features like a static IP address or allocating bandwidth management. Being open-source, these firmwares are community vetted by users looking to maximize their router’s functionality and security.

DD-WRT has an additional slew of VPN & non-VPN related features to meet wide and niche needs of every user. For a more complete list of DD-WRT features, we recommend you review our full Intro to DD-WRT FAQ.

Feature Upgrades of DD-WRT Firmware

  • Advanced Wireless Modes: Access Point (AP), wireless client birdge & repeater modes.
  • DHCP Server – Using DNSmasq with dynamic and static DHCP leases
  • Wi-Fi hotspot Integrations: For business or neighbors with a verification page using the integrated Chillispot or NOCATSPLASH
  • Adjustable Antenna Transmission Settings – To increase WiFi strength
  • Wake-on-LAN – Remote network access
  • Advanced Port Forwarding – Create port forwards, redirects, & triggers with included UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)
  • NAT (Network Address Translation) support
  • JFFS2 Support
  • Samba file-share/CIFS client
  • WDS: Wireless distribution system (WDS aka wireless bridging)

Why Choose a DD-WRT FlashRouter?

DD-WRT Preinstalled

FlashRouters takes high-powered consumer grade hardware with stock firmware and, by adding improved firmware, turn a $ 50-$ 400 wireless router into something worth double or triple its value. Don’t stand for the vanilla, boring, under-performing, easily hackable wireless routers you buy directly at a Best Buy or on Amazon (something every manufacturer from Netgear to Asus to Linksys to D-link has dealt with in the past year). Router manufacturers have little incentive to add business level, advanced features to consumer grade routers as they often price this type of functionality at upwards of $ 1000.

Flashing a router with DD-WRT can be a frustrating task for some, involving a lot of research, trial and error and a complex process that can easily lead to making a router unusable. If one tries to do this on their own, it is very possible that they can lead to a dead router or a “brick” that would completely void his or her warranty. That is where FlashRouters comes in.

Experienced Open-Source Firmware Support

FlashRouters specializes in testing, upgrading, and supporting DD-WRT firmware upgraded routers worldwide. Our team only selects the top performing routers, with the best variation of DD-WRT firmware for users’ needs and delivers them right to your door. Any FlashRouter includes a minimum of 3 months of expert tech support via e-mail and chat as well as remote Teamviewer sessions to walk your through your basic Internet and VPN setup tasks.

Total Network VPN Integration

Trying to watch Netflix US on an Apple TV in Australia? Blocked out games on MLB.tv on your Roku? Using a router flashed with DD-WRT will also allow for you to use your VPN service to change your IP address on all your devices with a single setup!

Our team is supports 50+ VPN Providers and is the preferred router seller for some of the top VPN providers around like IPVanish– a tier 1 only provider that owns all their own servers, HideMyAss who offers the most IP addresses, PureVPN with servers in 100+ countries,  the low cost option PrivateInternetAccess, VPN & SmartDNS innovator Overplay, plus the security-obsessed, based-outside-the US IVPN and Perfect Privacy.

No Need To Change Your Current Setup

Using one of the top routers of 2015 does not mean you will need to replace your current router setup. Using our popular Dual Router Setup for a dedicated VPN connection a FlashRouter can work side-by-side with any current router, ISP router/modem or ADSL router/modem right out of the box.

Customized Pre-configuration

Every router is customized individually by our technicians based on user request to make sure you get the right router, premium performance and advanced features right out of the box. Custom setup/troubleshooting guides are also included.

Best Selling DD-WRT Routers 2015

Well that’s enough explanation, now on to the good stuff, below we have categorized some of the best wireless routers to utilize everything explained above.

Top Wireless Router of 2015

Netgear Nighthawk R8000 DD-WRT ($ 479.95)

DDWRT Installed R8000 Netgear X6 - OpenVPN
The Netgear R8000 is the fastest DD-WRT WiFi router of 2015. A premium dual-band 802.11AC router, the R8000 boasts a sleek design similar to an alien spacecraft. Boasting 6 external antennas (a DD-WRT first with tri-band wireless) meaning 3 segmented wireless bands for created dedicated streaming networks, and a high-end 1 GHz processor, the R8000 is a future-proofing networking workhorse ready to take your network by storm.

The R8000 also offers a networked USB 3.0 port for enhanced backup speeds and network sharing via network attached storage devices. Using those sharp looking and compact six powerful external antennas, the Netgear R8000 is the best wireless router for anyone looking to get the most out of their Internet connection, and also the best router of 2015 for gaming.

 Premium R8000 DD-WRT Features

  • 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 300-800 MHz on others
  • Wireless-AC Up to 3200 Mbps  vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
  • USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on many other wireless routers
  • 6 powerful external antennas

What Makes the Netgear R8000 the Best VPN Router of the Year?

For VPN, the most important factor for a router is often processing power as this is the resource most taxed with the constant encryption and decryption of your data inside your network. The Netgear R8000 DD-WRT offers the max wireless transmission capabilities at 3200 Mbps, the most external antennas at 6 and matches most robust processor with 6 external for the best overall networking experience around.

Netgear R8000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to future-proof & get the maximum potential out of their setup with the best Wireless-AC router.

Special Offer: Use the coupon code “best2015″ through 5/31/2015 and get an extra $ 10 off any FlashRouter priced over $ 70!

More Top DD-WRT Wireless Routers Contenders

We’d be remiss to mention a few other contenders as the race for best wireless router of 2015 is always a rough.

Netgear Nighthawk R7000 DD-WRT ($ 349.95)

Netgear R7000 AC1900 Nighthawk is perfect for streaming Netflix Instant from Europe.The Netgear Nighthawk was the top router of 2014 and matches its compatriot the R8000 on many specs. The Nighthawk also boasts a 1 GHz processor and USB 3.0 with 3 external antennas (versus the R8000’s 6) and speeds of up to AC1900 (vs. AC3200). Thr R7000 has been our site DD-WRT bestseller 4 months running. It is also our top choice if you are looking for a wired-only workhorse.

Premium R7000 DD-WRT Features

  • 1 GHz (1000 MHz) Processor vs 300-800 MHz on others
  • Wireless-AC Up to 1900 Mbps  vs 300-1750 on most other wireless routers
  • USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 or none on most other wireless routers
  • 3 powerful external antennas

Netgear R7000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking for a high-end processor at a $ 100+ savings from the R8000 and high end VPN performance.

Side View - Asus RT-AC87U DD-WRT RouterAsus RT-AC87U DD-WRT ($ 449.95) – Asus has always been a favorite of real router lovers and those Asus fans have a champion. Pictured above, the Asus RT-AC87U offers speeds of up to 2400 Mbps from four powerful antennas with a 1 GHZ Broadcom processor as well.

TP-LINK Archer C9 DD-WRT ($ 329.95)- Our latest 1 GHz addition, the Archer C9 has that clean white exterior and matched up spec-wise with the competition – 1 GHz processor, AC1900, 3 external antennas but at an even better value.

Best Wireless-AC Model Under $ 300

Linksys EA6900 DD-WRT ($ 279.95)

Best Routers for Streaming ESPN & Live Sports

The EA6900 blends the look of an all-time DD-WRT favorite, the Linksys E4200, with a Wireless-AC upgrade & external antennas.

Linksus EA6900 DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to upgrade their setup to Wireless-AC.

Asus RT-AC66U ($ 299.95 New/ $ 249.95 Factory Recetified)

Best Asus DD-WRT Router of 2014

If you decide you do not want to go for the tank that is the Nighthawk, you can go with the “Dark Knight” itself, the Asus RT-AC66U. Itself a powerful Wireless-AC router, the FlashRouters AC66U Dark Knight removes the lackluster Asus firmware associated the router and presents upgraded stability. A true stalwart of Wireless-AC popularity and long time favorite for Asus lovers as the best wireless router available in its price range.

Asus RT-AC66U DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to upgrade their setup to Wireless-AC.

Top Wireless AC Economy Model

Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT ($ 199.95)

Best Routers 2015 - Budget Wireless-ACAn under-the-radar favorite priced just right, the Netgear AC1450 has quickly launched itself into the go to model for VPN users looking for a budget Wireless-AC solution. With a top of its class 800 MHz processor, up to 1450 Mbps wireless transmission performance, a USB 3.0 port, 6 internal antennas, and gigabit ports. The only downside is the missing external antennas for max coverage.

Netgear AC1450 DD-WRT recommended forUsers looking to for premium VPN encryption/decryption performance in smaller/medium sized environments.

Best Wireless-N DD-WRT Routers

Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT Router - Best Wireless-N Router of 2014

Netgear WNDR4000 ($ 179.95)

If you are interested in Wireless-N but trying to find a more advanced router, look no further than the Netgear WNDR4000, the best Wireless-N router, voted as an Editor’s Choice by PC Magazine. The WNDR4000 offers above average performance from is Broadcom 480 MHz with  true dual-band in the 5 GHz band, which maintains a strong connection in smaller areas with better signal quality.

Netgear WNDR4000 DD-WRT recommended for: Users looking to upgrade their router setup to the dual band level, without making the future-proofing jump to Wireless-AC.

TP-LINK WDR3600 DD-WRT ($ 149.95) – Just like the Archer C9, TP-Link makes an excellent router at a significant discount. This model offers dual band N600 speeds while adding external antennas and offers a 560 GHz Atheros processor.

All Time DD-WRT Classic

Asus RT-N16 ($ 179.95)

The Asus RT-N16 is a classic router in the field of DD-WRT with a great reputation for reliability and performance. The Asus RT-N16 is the perfect router for any home or small office, and one of the most popular routers to be flashed with DD-WRT firmware, due mostly in part to the Asus RT-N16’s massive 128/32 MB RAM/Flash Memory.

Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT recommended for: Users with primarily gigabit wired needs.

Best DD-WRT Router under $ 100

Cisco Linksys E1200 ($ 89.95)

This stalwart just never seems to fall off the radar. The E1200 Linksys Router may not have the processing power of the R8000, but this Linksys router offers some of the best wireless throughput from a single-band 2.4 GHz Wireless-N consumer router. A basic but steady performer for those looking for minimal effort and max value. It does lack gigabit wired support and dual band however.

E1200 DD-WRT Linksys Router Recommended for: Users looking for a basic VPN router or a wireless extender, repeater, or bridge.

Added DD-WRT Router Benefits from FlashRouter

As bandwidth hungry activities continue to fill the home with streaming video and music services such as FlashRouters – Netflix, YouTube, Watch BBC iPlayer From Outside the UK, the importance of having a high-performance network centerpiece is a must. A powerful wireless router allows Hulu, Crackle, Fandor, Spotify, Pandora and other new options arriving seemingly every day to perform at their peak while prepping your network for new and exciting Internet services coming down the pipe.


VPN Service Provider Drop Down Menu:
Already using one of the 50+ VPN Providers we support just select them from the VPN Provider List when making a purchase so we can configure your upgraded router accordingly and include a customized setup guide. Don’t see your provider listed, select Other and type in your provider. We will gladly test it if we haven’t already or notify you if we have any issues.

Don’t need any VPN setup or support, please select none. VPN setup is not required at all, it is just a courtesy service that we offer to our customers. We added this much requested feature by customer request to help avoid confusion on options for different wireless routers. Many IT professionals use DD-WRT routers as a means of a more secure and customizable wireless router for home and small office environments around the world.

DD-WRT & VPN Support Plans: FlashRouters now offers advanced DD-WRT Support Plans. Different routers come with slightly different plans. Users looking for support for their own devices or routers can visit the support plan center to see what the different plans cover from assisting you in flashing your own device to remote VPN setup options.

Knowledge Base & Help Desk: FlashRouters also offers a DD-WRT & VPN Knowledge Base and support desk to better handle the many requests and inquiries we receive.

Have a question? Send it our way!

Still not sure? Have additional question? Looking for a recommendation on the best router or VPN for you and your setup? Send it over. Our DD-WRT specialists are ready to answer your questions and help you choose the right device.

We hope you enjoyed our best DD-WRT routers of 2015 list. Save this page as it will be frequently updated throughout the year!

Don’t forget to use the coupon code “best2015″ through 5/31/2015 and get an extra $ 10 off any FlashRouter over $ 70!

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postheadericon Zero-day exploit affects popular WordPress plugin

The Fancybox plugin for WordPress has been hit by a zero-day exploit that allows hackers to inject malicious code into websites, reports ZDNet.

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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.

The Best Wireless Router Under $ 200

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.

FlashRouters

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 How to Unblock Hulu Outside the US & Most Popular Content on Hulu

How To Unblock Hulu Internationally - Best VPN Hulu

Popular Content on Hulu Plus

There’s plenty to celebrate about Hulu Plus (in fact, we’ve previously done it ourselves). For those of us who have cut the cord on our pricey cable package, the streaming service beats Netflix Instant by providing current shows the morning after their original air times.

Hulu Plus Helps Cut the Cord

But there’s more to Hulu Plus than the opportunity to catch last night’s Saturday Night Live, or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, or Community (and hey, they might be on the verge of saving that show from cancellation!). They have a movie selection that includes hundreds of Criterion Collection movies, perfect for helping aspiring film buffs fill in the gaps of their cinema knowledge.

Let’s not forget to mention their backlog of long-finished TV shows that live on in their libraries. Whether ’90s sitcom lovers prefer the erudite charms of Frasier or the silly slapstick of 3rd Rock From the Sun, Hulu Plus has got you covered. They even revived the cult anime series, Sailor Moon, a few months ago. And we haven’t even got to their terrific originals (but we will below).

Put another way, there’s no shortage of material for streaming media fans of all stripes. No matter your taste, Hulu Plus has plenty for you.

How to Watch Hulu Plus Outside of the US

Best VPN Hulu Plus - Unblock Hulu Plus from Outside the US

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Unfortunately, as it stands now, Hulu Plus is not available outside of the USA and Japan. But don’t fret, would-be streamers around the world; there are simple ways to avoid that problem. The simplest method for unblocking Hulu and watching Hulu internationally is VPN.

Using a VPN Service to Unblock Hulu

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is just what it sounds. It is a subscription-based service that acts as a virtual tunnel that transports all of your information through secure servers across the globe when you sign in.

The first of which is to protect your wireless network and all of your sensitive materials (e-mails, credit card numbers, etc.) with an extra level of high-grade encryption on your device. Ideal for use in WiFi hotspots in public places like cafes, hotels and airports.

The second purpose, for international Hulu Plus fans and travellers, is to allow users to unblock geographically restricted material all over the web. Using a VPN, those secure servers give your device an alternate IP address to your place of choice at a click of a button.

This effectively tricks your computer into thinking that it’s somewhere that it’s not. So if you want your computer to think it’s in America (where you can stream Hulu Plus freely), just log in to your VPN and pick a US-server. You’ll be watching last night’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon before you know it.

Top VPNs to Unblock Hulu

Recently, Hulu has attempted to block VPN services over what they claim as “piracy concerns” by blocking known VPN addresses. But vigilant providers that are proactive are constantly cycling addresses staying ahead of the curve.

That is why it is important to choose a provider with a varied amount of servers for when Hulu targets one area or one with a large pool of addresses. Here are a few providers that we have tested without issue for using Hulu. Just about every VPN service on our supported provider list offers US-based IP addresses, but we particularly recommend checking out

It is also ideal to pick a provider that offers fast server that will allow for the fastest HD streaming on your Roku, AppleTV, PS4 or SmartTV wherever you are in the world, whether you are travelling or an US expat, in the military or relocating for work.

How to Unblock Hulu Outside the US on Any Device – Roku Internationally With a FlashRouter

At FlashRouters, we take great routers and enhance them, improve their functionality, speed, and versatility. By flashing every router we have with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, we make sure every customer of ours receives a dynamic, powerful machine that allows them to extend their wireless range, watch and divide their bandwidth, and even access advanced security options.

As the video above demonstrates, if you want to get the most out of your Hulu Plus streaming experience, as well as your VPN experience, you’re going to need a FlashRouter.

Better yet, users who subscribe to a VPN service on supported provider list can order a router that arrives ready to work with your VPN right out of the box! No futzing around with a tricky VPN installation process on our watch. Hold on to your old router and use our popular dual-router setup, enabling you to switch between your local network and your VPN with ease.

We’d hate to pick favorites to recommend, so you can always head over to our most recent best-sellers list and see if something suits you (or our best and most popular DD-WRT routers of 2014 list).

Oh, what the heck. Here’s a few of our top choices:

Top Original Hulu Plus Shows To Watch

Watch Moone Boy on Hulu Plus

Moone Boy: Only on Hulu Plus

Moone Boy – If you can’t get enough of the lately omnipresent Chris O’Dowd, then Moone Boy is the perfect Hulu Plus original for you. O’Dowd co-stars as the imaginary friend of a lonely kid in 1989 Ireland, and their relationship creates the heart of this warm and witty show.

The Awesomes – Though Hulu Plus offers plenty reruns of Saturday Night Live as well as episodes of Late Night With Seth Meyers the morning after they air, you can still get even more Seth Meyers in your streaming diet. The Awesomes, co-created by Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, follows a group of second-rate superheroes as they work together to stop a supervillain. Unsurprisingly, the show features first-rate voice work from lots of talented comedic actors in Meyers orbit (Bill Hader, Rachel Dratch, Taran Killem, Rashida Jones).

Misfits – When a freak electrical storm hits their town, strange things begin to happen to 5 teenagers and they soon realize they’ve turned into superheroes. Each of them possess a power they didn’t choose or want, a power which reveals each of their deepest, darkest insecurities.

Doozers – If cutting the cord on your cable package seemingly left you without much programming for your child to enjoy, don’t worry: Hulu Plus offers you Doozers. And if you’re worried you’ll have to suffer through an annoying kids show, you should know that Doozers is the long-awaited spin-off from Jim Henson’s beloved Fraggle Rock.

Deadbeat  – Here’s one for the late night cult crowd. Deadbeat, about a stoner who makes his money as a medium for ghosts, is a great showcase for star, Tyler Labine, who some of you might recognize from the underrated Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil.

American Ninja Warrior – If you’re worried that Hulu Plus can’t fill your need for competitive reality shows, here’s American Ninja Warrior to the rescue. Watch everyday folks compete for the chance to win $ 500,0o0 by learning to pull off incredible acrobatic feats.

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postheadericon Most Popular VPN Router & VPN Service Providers in 2013

FlashRouters Best Selling VPN Routers - Cisco LInksys, Asus, Netgear

VPN Router Best Sellers – 2013

2013: what a news filled year for privacy, security, and the expansion of connectivity in our daily lives.

At this point, we’re sure you’re sick of post-mortems about last year; we understand, and we are too. Nonetheless, we’d be remiss if we didn’t briefly reminisce about the banner year 2013 was for FlashRouters: we greatly improved our line with a steady stream of powerful and fast router additions,  integrated homegrown videos into our repertoire, and added VPN after VPN to our official supported provider list. Everything just clicked for us.

So while you probably don’t need anymore best-of lists clogging up your browser, we thought it necessary to highlight some of the top DD-WRT & Tomato VPN routers and VPN service providers that helped us make 2013 such a memorable one for us.

The Benefits of a DD-WRT or Tomato Firmware Upgrade

Of course, we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to tell you about what we do to make our routers are so great. It’s right there in our title.

Every router we sell is flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that boost every router’s functionality. With DD-WRT and Tomato, a whole world of advanced options open up for the user, such as premium security features, extendable wireless range, and the ability to control the allocation of one’s bandwidth.

Let’s not forget all this:

  • Built-in OpenVPN, PPTP, & L2TP Settings which allows you to utilize your VPN subscription with multiple devices as well as popular streaming players like Rokus while saving you the trouble of installing the VPN connection on each single device!
  • Dual WAN and 3g/$ G USb Failover options.
  • Major security holes removed like WDS and manufacturer backdoors.
  • Advanced Networking Modes for WDS, Repeaters & Client Bridges
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) which lets you take over the process of allocating your bandwidth for VOIP, streaming service & popular websites.

Still a little fuzzy about what a FlashRouter does? Check out this handy video (this came out in 2013 too)!


Most Popular Wireless VPN Router of 2013

No matter how many new Wireless-AC VPN Routers we added in the past year, with their dizzying speeds and tremendous performing power, it would seem nothing could unseat the much-beloved Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT FlashRouter. But we think this time next year, a new king of the hill will finally be crowned.

Yes, the E4200 held strong, as did the towering Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Tomato router, but our first DD-WRT Wireless-AC router did make it’s way to the number three position (possibly because it’s been around longer). We’ll see what the coming year has in store for these excellent devices, but for now, here’s to the E4200!

  1. Cisco Linksys E4200 N750 DD-WRT VPN Router– Best Overall DD-WRT Router
  2. Asus RT-N66U N900 Dark Knight Tomato WiFi Router – Best Overall Tomato Router
  3. Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC1750 DD-WRT Router – Our first Wireless-AC FlashRouter with an amazing price!
  4. Cisco Linksys E2500 Tomato Router – The most affordable dual band Tomato firmware option at under $ 100.
  5. Cisco Linksys E1200 N300 DD-WRT Router – Our economy, do-it-all model. Popular as a wireless repeater or client bridge.
  6. Asus RT-AC66U Tomato OpenVPN Router – For those looking for next generation Wireless-AC support with full OpenVPN support.
  7. Cisco Linksys E4200 Tomato Router – The Tomato version of a popular favorite.
  8. Asus RT-N16 DD-WRT – The long-standing DD-WRT classic single band with external antennas.
  9. Netgear WNDR3700 N600 DD-WRT Router – A great mid-range choice for heavy users of streaming HD video.
  10. Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato VPN Router – The newly added OpenVPN economy option.

Most Popular VPN Service Providers in 2013 – By User Request

HideMyAss VPN & FlashRouters

HideMyAss VPN & FlashRouters

As we mentioned above, we added a lot of VPNs to our supported provider list in this past year, and boy, is that reflected on the list of most popular VPN router service provider set-ups. About half of the list were not supported providers at the beginning of this year!

Nonetheless, the old guard held down the top slots. Maybe that will change in due time, but for now, people still can’t get enough of the tremendous US & UK server selection offered by HideMyAss. So congratulations to them! Here’s to a great 2014 with all of them!

  1. HideMyAss – Top overall US & UK server choices.
  2. PrivateInternetAccess – Best budget VPN service.
  3. Overplay – Easiest setup for your DD-WRT router and utilizing OpenVPN.
  4. IPVanish – Offers some of the fastest L1 server speeds worldwide, and popular in the Middle East.
  5. StrongVPN – A popular choice with those in Latin America & Asia. Excellent across-the-board router support.
  6. IVPN Top VPN service provider for privacy-minded citizens, foreign journalists, human rights activists, etc.
  7. EarthVPN – An affordable addition with excellent worldwide VPN coverage, starting around 5 per month.
  8. CyberGhost – Most popular European VPN, especially in Germany.
  9. VPNSecure.Me – Popular Australian-based VPN provider with excellent support.
  10. Proxy.sh – A newcomer to the list, rising fast due to their excellent worldwide server selection.

The FlashRouters Difference

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As we’ve demonstrated above, there are a lot of features on our devices waiting for a user to come along and take advantage of them, but some of these features may require a bit more technical expertise than your average user necessarily has. We want our customers getting the most out of their devices; that’s why we offer:

  • An extensively tested version of DD-WRT or Tomato firmware will be flashed on your router.
  • Personalized Custom Configuration & Setup Guide: A FlashRouter configuration specialist will personally contact you to tailor your new router to your networking plans if you don’t tell us in your order comments.
  • Dual VPN Router Network Setup – Your router will be configured to work by itself or in tandem with your current service provider modem/router out-of-the-box so that you can establish a VPN dedicated router/access point.
  • Free VPN Service Integration: We offer setup guides for just about every VPN service, including: OverPlayVPNHide MyAss,  IPVanish, PrivateInternetAccessStrongVPN, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, VyprVPN, plus many more.
  • Fast, affordable worldwide shipping via USPS.

Please feel free to contact us by opening a support ticket or e-mailing us, no matter how big or small the issue. Our friendly support staff is always there to answer any and all of your questions.

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House of Cards - Best of Netflix 2013, Best TV 2013

House of Cards

2013 was a banner year for Netflix Instant. As more and more people cut the cord and ditched their cable packages, the streaming media service cemented their stature as one of the premium ways to consume movies and television.

Better yet, Netflix Instant also took its most noteworthy steps into the world of original programming (as the section below will discuss), garnering multiple Emmy nominations for dramatic and comedic series that premiered on their network. It’s no wonder services like Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are hustling to demonstrate their original programming chops, having seen Netflix succeed so completely throughout 2013.

While we certainly have a lot of affection for other streaming media channels, we think it was Netflix Instant’s year, so we’re going to focus on the best they had to offer in 2013.

Best Netflix Instant Original Programming

Arrested Development on Netflix Instant- Best of Netflix 2013, Best TV 2013

Arrested Development on Netflix Instant

House of Cards – Let’s start here, since most people tend to ignore Lilyhammer’s existence and choose to believe this was Netflix’s first original show. The acting was meaty, the intrigue was over-heated, and some of the twists beggared belief, but there’s no denying that we (and many, many others) shotgunned through the first thirteen episodes of this political thriller like the time to do so might soon run out.

Arrested Development – As huge fans of the series when it originally ran on Fox, we were frothing at the mouth with anticipation when Netflix announced that new episodes would be forthcoming. Arrested Development‘s fourth season didn’t quite live up to our expectations (what could?), but it wasn’t for lack of ambition. The choppy, disjointed Arrested Development is still better (and a whole lot funnier) than the vast majority of network TV comedy.

Orange Is the New Black – Here’s one that floored us, no qualifications. Orange Is the New Black gave us a handful of interesting characters in the first few episodes, and then just kept packing more and more of them in to its confined quarters. Ostensibly the story of a privileged white woman with a wild past that belatedly lands her in prison, Orange Is the New Black slowly and patiently revealed the humanity of the initially scary characters that surrounded her, creating a universe that was a pleasure to dwell in (from a distance, of course).

Marc Maron: Thinky Pain – If you only knew Marc Maron from his invaluable WTF Podcast, you’d certainly know him as a prime, self-obsessed ranter. However, you might not have as clear of an idea about what a skilled and entertaining comedian Marc Maron is and has been for years. Thinky Pain is evidence that few in Maron’s field can tap into the humor and pathos of the constantly agitated the way he can.

Best Movies (and Miniseries) of 2013 Streaming on Netflix Instant

For this section, we’re only going to be focused on movies that were released in 2013, lest you think we weren’t aware of the many other great movies on Netflix Instant. And, of course, this isn’t a comprehensive list of our favorite movies of 2013 (we’d recommend Inside Llewyn Davis or The World’s End here, but what good does that do a person watching Netflix Instant?). Anyway, get streaming!

Best Comedies on Netflix

It's A Disaster: Available on Netflix Instant- Best Movies 2013

It’s A Disaster: Available on Netflix Instant

It’s A Disaster -Here’s something you didn’t know you wanted: a wonderfully droll comedy about the apocalypse. David Cross (from Arrested Development) stars as a man meeting his new girlfriend’s friends over their weekly brunch, which takes a surprising turn when they slowly realize that the end times have begun right outside the door. One of the great joys of this movie is watching Cross (excellent as a straight man) navigate the social minefield that is watching close friends casually snipe at each other, but the cast is uniformly excellent, making the most of a clever script.

Prince Avalanche – Director David Gordon Green used to make beautiful, lyrical, little indie movies (George WashingtonAll the Real GirlsSnow Angels) before he bizarrely moved on to big studio comedies of varying quality (The Pineapple ExpressYour HighnessThe Sitter). Prince Avalanche is his return to form, telling the almost non-existent story of two line-painters (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) working through a stretch of Texas devastated by fires in the eighties. Odd, philosophical, mysterious, and completely disarming.

Frances Ha – It took the winning Greta Gerwig to finally bring a light touch to Noah Baumbach’s typically mean-spirited films (we like them, truly, but woof, Nicole Kidman’s character in Margot At the Wedding…). Gerwig co-wrote Frances Ha with Baumbach and stars as the titular Frances, an enthusiastic but existentially adrift 27-year-old struggling to make it as a dancer in New York City. A sweet, funny, and insightful movie about that time of life when you feel like you should have it all figured out but you know you’re nowhere close to that goal.

Best New Documentaries Netflix Instant 2013

Computer Chess – It was a little over a week ago that we first mentioned this sleeper gem. Here’s what we had to say:

A great little curio of a movie that came out earlier this year, Computer Chess is a dryly funny, faux-documentary about a man-vs-machine chess tournament set in 1980, populated by wonderfully esoteric characters and other oddities.

And wouldn’t you know it, all of that is still true. Seek it out.

Room 237  – For huge fans of The Shining (like us), Room 237 was a great opportunity to pore over a classic and consider some of the subtextual tricks director Stanley Kubrick may have been employing. For others, it provided the chance to listen to some crackpot theories, and a few intriguing ones, about a thirty-year-old movie. Room 237‘s purpose – to explore some remarkably intricate and often remarkably strained theories about The Shining – might have seemed like a chance to laugh at a few loonies with loony theories, but it was a fascinating study about just how much people will deliberately twist their brains to make something that they really, really want to believe conceivable.

 Best New Dramas Streaming on Netflix

Upstream Color: Best of Netflix 2013- Best Movies 2013

Upstream Color: Best of Netflix 2013

Side Effects – This movie may make for a weird final note in Steven Soderbergh’s directorial career, but it’s a sleek and intelligent example of film noir nonetheless. We’ll warn you that the less you know about the plot going in, the better, but the story revolves around a depressive woman (Rooney Mara), her psychiatrist (Jude Law), and the tricky nature of treating mental health with pharmaceuticals . The twists certainly come quick and often, and Soderbergh’s usual deconstructionist eye is well-applied to this slippery tale of deceit and murder.

Upstream Color – As with writer/director/star Shane Carruth’s other movie (Primer), not knowing what’s going on in Upstream Color is part of the point. Seemingly, Upstream Color is about a woman (Amy Seimetz) whose life is turned upside down after she’s abducted and hypnotized, and the man she meets (Carruth) who may have had the same thing happen to him, but it’s such an unusually and originally assembled movie that it’s hard to commit even to that description. Nonetheless, Upstream Color is a beautiful, mesmerizing, startlingly unique science fiction drama, one that uses the confusion it causes as a necessary part of its otherworldly spell.

Top of the Lake – Jane Campion’s much-heralded (rightfully so) return was a seven-episode miniseries that cast Elisabeth Moss as a detective searching small-town New Zealand for a missing, pregnant 12-year-old girl. Moss soon finds her case intertwining with a local crime boss (Peter Mullan) and a battered women’s shelter run by a mystic (Holly Hunter). It’s a fascinatingly and patiently told tale that has a great many interesting things to say about gender issues.

Enjoy Better Netflix Streaming With FlashRouters

We would be remiss if we just shared our favorite Netflix Instant streaming options of 2013, and didn’t remind you about the ways in which a FlashRouter can improve your streaming media experience.

Our routers are designed to foster fast, powerful, and versatile wireless networks. With a FlashRouter,  you can extend your wireless range, and even control how your bandwidth is allocated, which is particularly helpful for those who want to prioritize high-volume jobs like streaming movies and television. These are just a few of the benefits of flashing routers with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, replacement firmwares that supercharge a router’s functionality.

What’s more, with a FlashRouter, you can even improve your VPN experience, which will help you stay in touch with your Netflix Instant queue from anywhere in the world (as we’ve demonstrated many times this year). We can configure our routers so that your VPN is set to work with it right out of the box, as long as you pick one from our official supported provider list. We don’t want you messing around with tricky installation processes and accidentally bricking your router.

Take a look at some of the entries on our recent best-sellers of November list for some router recommendations (it’s also a good place to check out some popular VPNs), but if we had to spotlight a few, we’d tell you about the Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT router; that fantastic device can’t seem to cede the top spot on our best-sellers lists. Of course, the E4200 may just have some serious competition, now that we’ve added several Wireless-AC routers to our line, including the Asus RT-AC66U Dark Knight DD-WRT router, it’s Tomato counterpart, and the Netgear R6300 DD-WRT router, all of which run at dizzying speeds.

And while you’re improving your Netflix Instant experience, why not head on down to our media device store and pick up a Roku or Apple TV? It’s the best way to view 2013′s best of Netflix Instant.

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