If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you may have noticed that we often recommend using a VPN with your router when connecting to public Wi-Fi.
While it’s definitely convenient to just use your VPN app, when you’re on the move, it’s more convenient to have the VPN app connect to your router automatically when you connect to a new network. And for that, you need to pair the two devices together so that they can communicate directly with each other when connected to the same network.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of pairing VPN with your router so that you can connect to public Wi-Fi securely using your own VPN app whenever you like.
Step One: Configure Your VPN Router To Support Auto-Pairing
The first step is to configure your VPN router to support auto-pairing. This basically means that when you connect a new device to the network, the VPN router will automatically search for other devices on the network and pair them together for simultaneous authentication. So for example, if you have a VPN router configured to support auto-pairing, and you connect a laptop to the network, the VPN router will automatically look for other devices (such as a smartphone and/or a wireless speakers) in the vicinity and pair them together for authentication. Once the other devices are paired successfully, you’ll instantly gain access to the network and can begin using it with the other devices.
To achieve this, you must first connect a wirelessly enabled device (such as a smartphone or a wireless speaker) to your VPN router. Next, you must enable the IPv6 capability on your VPN router (if it isn’t already enabled). You can do this by accessing the device’s properties in a web browser (such as Chrome or Safari) and going to its connection settings. From there, select IPv6 and then try and connect to a public or private network using the wired connection. Once you’ve connected to the network successfully, your VPN router will automatically look for other devices in the vicinity and pair them together for authentication. At this point, you can use the wired connection to connect other devices to the network as well.
Step Two: Configure Your VPN App To Use the Paired Network
Once you’ve connected to the network successfully using auto-pairing, you need to configure your VPN app to use this network. To do this, you must first open the VPN app and then select the network that you just connected to (in this case, our example will use the Google network).
Next, you must select the “Connect automatically” option within the VPN app, and then follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll then be returned to the main menu of the VPN app, where you can select the “Network” option. From there, you can select your paired network and begin using it for all your internet needs.
VPN apps work by creating a virtual private network between your computer and the internet. This network is completely separate from the rest of your computer’s network environment, so any devices (such as phones or tablets) that you connect to it will be isolated from the rest of your computer’s network resources. This isolation is what you want when connecting to public Wi-Fi, to prevent any threats (such as snooping or eavesdropping) from outside sources. Additionally, many VPN apps will stop all outgoing connections when they’re connected to a public network, so you don’t inadvertently give out any personal information when browsing the internet. In most cases, this is a good thing. However, if you’re looking for a public network to access certain websites or resources, you might want to consider using a proxy server to get around this restriction.
Step Three: Verify That Your VPN Is Responding To Paired Network
Now that you’ve configured your router and your VPN app to use the same network, it’s time to test that they’re actually communicating with each other. To do this, you must first open the Network Settings page of your VPN app and then ensure that the drop-down list under “Method” (at the top of the page) is set to “IPv6.” Once you’ve reached this point, you can try and connect to a public or private network and the VPN app should present you with a list of devices that it has paired successfully with. If you’re unable to connect, double check your settings and make sure that they’re correct. If this still doesn’t work, try a different VPN app or use the browser’s built-in VPN configuration (if your browser supports it).
As you can see, configuring VPN to work with your router is fairly straightforward. And with the right settings, you can use your own VPN app to connect to public Wi-Fi whenever you like without having to worry about any security breaches.