Today I got asked if its worth to use and FlashtheRouter.com.
The website is more or less beginner friendly and written explicitly so that most people directly understand what they are offering, basically a router setup that comes pre-installed with some stuff that you can unlock with monthly subscription model, e.g. their integrated VPN.
The first thing I noticed is that Mullvad VPN is maybe cheaper, you pay like bucks for a month. This prices is fixed no matter how long you run it, 1 month bucks, 2 months 10 and so on, no condition. However they offer a model that charges different prices based on how long you choose to subscribe. This is the first negative point for me.
Xiaomi C4/A4 routers
They called it solid, I call it spyware, I am not a friend of Xiaomi and they got accused - with evidence - several times to spy, in theory this should not be a problem because the router comes with OpenWRT preinstalled which means there is no Xiaomi except maybe the needed drivers and the hardware itself. But I personally do not trust Xiaomi, not the hardware not the software and with software I also include their own drivers.
I also do not like the router design but that is my own taste.
The website uses a LetsEncrypt certificate, I also use it but this is unprofessional for a business that makes lots of cash and money by selling some products and services. It means this was quickly created, even tho there are no tracker on the website itself this implies maybe that this is designed to not last long. Which usually rings a alarm bell because scammers and shady business partners might cash grab you and then leave no evidence and traces behind, I do not imply this is the case but I am always skeptical why a business company cannot effort 200 bucks a year for a professional certificate.
Not much details mentioned
The website is way too minimalistic, not much details … what about updates, upgrades, or what if the hardware has some failures… unanswered questions.
Other people report some problems with it
Some people report problems with it, of course this could be one single incident, the statistical margin of error sort of speak but such a new company this does not imply competence.
Sadly its even worse, there are no reviews at all. See below.
Do it yourself, your learn something, in the process and you can freely choose - better - hardware, you also can return the router if something happens, its not illegal to flash OpenWRT onto your hardware, so warranty wise there should be no issue.
I do not trust such a website and the whole thing feels like yet another cash grab. This is basically my first and last impression about the website and service they offer.