Have you ever wanted to use a VPN on your mobile device but not sure how to go about it? Do you use a router but not sure how to set it up to work with VPNs? If so, then this article is for you. We’ll discuss how to download and configure NordVPN for use on your mobile device or desktop computer. The following steps are required to connect to a VPN using your router:
Select A VPN Provider
First, you need to choose a VPN provider. You can do this by going to https://nordvpn.com/ and clicking on the button to the right of the search bar. This will take you to the NordVPN website. You can click on the Get Started button to visit their sales page. On this page, you can learn more about their services and pricing plans. You can also choose a VPN plan that suits you from the list. Once you’ve made a purchase, you’ll receive an email from them with a link to download the VPN app. Follow the instructions in the email to download and install the app on your phone or computer.
Install The VPN App
After you’ve installed the NordVPN app, you’ll see a “+” button in the upper left corner of the screen. Tap on this button to create a VPN connection. You can now see the configuration screen for the app. You can use the on-screen keyboard to enter the name of the VPN server that you want to connect to (e.g., ec2-54-216-91-140.privatebin.com).
You can also enter the username and password that was provided to you during the registration process (if you’re using a service provided by NordVPN).
If you’re planning on using the VPN on a mobile device (e.g., an iOS phone or tablet), then you’ll need to ensure that you’ve enabled the VPN app’s capability to connect via routers. To do this, go to the device’s Settings app, then to the ‘Sharing’ section. Find the entry for the VPN app and toggle it to on. Now, whenever you connect to a VPN, your device will notify you that it’s sharing its connection as a server with other devices.
Configure DNS On Your Router
After you’ve connected to your VPN, you’ll need to configure your router’s DNS settings to use the DNS servers provided by the VPN. You can do this by going to Settings → Network → DNS on your device. Find the DNS servers for your VPN and ensure that they’re entered correctly. (If you’re using dynamic DNS services, then you can find the IP address of your device and add it to the list of DNS servers that your router is using. Be sure to remove it when you’re done using dynamic DNS so that your router doesn’t override the settings with the server’s default IP address.)
Once you’ve configured DNS on your router, you’ll need to clear your device’s DNS cache to ensure that your changes take effect. To do this, go to Settings → Privacy → Clear Data. Then, reboot your phone or tablet. (You can also use the Settings app on your device to delete all of the cached data.)
Disable Other Applications’ Use Of Your Router’s Internet Connection
Now, let’s say that you want to use the Internet connection on your router to run a small web server for your personal or household use. You can prevent other applications on your device from using your Internet connection by going to Settings → Network → Widgets and disabling the connection to other devices that you’re not using.
Redirect All Requests To The VPN App
Once you’ve used your VPN to connect to a server, you can redirect all requests to that server by going to Settings → Network → WiFi. Find the WiFi network that you’re connected to and click on the option to Redirect. Then, select To VPN and enter the server’s IP address that you see displayed in the VPN app.
This will cause all requests that aren’t made to the VPN app to be redirected to the app. This could be useful if you’re accessing a site that’s blocked by your service provider (e.g., because it’s illegal or you’ve exceeded your data plan). In that case, you could use this feature to access the app’s proxy server and unblock the site you’re trying to visit.
Use The VPN App To Access Blocked Sites
Now, let’s say that you want to use the VPN app to visit a site that’s blocked by your Internet service provider (e.g., due to your country’s laws regarding online gambling or sexually explicit content). In that case, you can use the app’s Private Browser feature by going to Settings → Privacy → Browser Cache. Then, find the entry for System (this is the setting for the VPN app) and set its value to Off. (You can also use the Settings app on your device to clear all of the cached data.)
With this setting disabled, the VPN app will act as a regular browser when you visit a restricted site. In other words, the sites will be blocked until you access them through the VPN app. (This feature is only available on Android.)
How To Make A VPN Work On A Home Network
Once you’ve set up your router to work with a VPN and disabled other applications’ use of your Internet connection, you can use the service on your home network by going to Settings → WiFi and checking the box next to Bluetooth and the box next to VPN. On the off-chance that your wireless network name is not displayed in the drop-down menu, then click on Create New WiFi to create a new SSID (this is short for Service Set Identifier).
This will cause all of your devices to connect to this WiFi network when you set it up. You can then enter a password for this network and connect to the VPN app using the newly created network.
What About Tor?
Many people are familiar with the Tor network — a worldwide network of proxy servers that allow Internet users to browse the web anonymously. The name “Tor” comes from a cryptographic algorithm that protects users’ personal information. However, using the Tor network to access the Internet is not straightforward. For one thing, you need to download and install the Tor Browser Bundle on your device. In addition, you need to make sure that you’re always using the Tor network when you’re online. This means that you always need to have your device connected to a Wi-Fi network (even when you’re not using it) so that it can access the Tor network.
If you decide that you want to access the Internet through Tor, then you can use the built-in VPN app on your mobile device or computer to connect to the Tor network. However, if you’re using Dynamic DNS services with your router, then you’ll need to make sure that you edit your Dynamic DNS settings to use a SOCKS 5 server when you’re connecting to the Tor network. Doing this will make sure that all of your Internet activity is routed through the Tor network. If you don’t do this, then all of your Internet activity will default to your regular IP address (which could be tracked by your Internet service provider).
Hopefully, this article helped you understand how to use a VPN on your mobile device or computer. Setting up the router is the most important part of using a VPN. Make sure to read the user guide for your router to ensure that you’ve followed all of the steps correctly. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to connect to a VPN anytime that you want and use the service to secure your private data while online. If you have any other questions about using a VPN, then you can visit NordVPN’s website or contact them via email.