For the purposes of this article, we will assume you have a router and are wanting to connect a device to the internet via a wireless connection.
The process of connecting devices to a router is usually quite straightforward and usually doesn’t require an advanced understanding of networking. However, things can become more complicated when you are connecting a VPN to the router. In this article, we will discuss how to connect a NordVPN router to your device so you can enjoy the security and privacy of a VPN connection without needing to worry about IP addresses and connecting to rogue hotspots.
NordVPN Router Setup
NordVPN provides a variety of wireless routers that you can use to connect to their servers and enjoy their secure and private network. All of their wireless routers support connecting to a VPN so you don’t have to worry about securing your connection.
NordVPN’s customer service is also quite good and they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you meet the right conditions. Let’s take a look at the steps to connect a NordVPN wireless router to your device.
Step 1: Connecting Your Device
The first step is to connect your device (laptop, tablet, or smartphone) to the router. If you have a wired connection available, you can use it to connect to the router. Otherwise, you will have to rely on wireless networking. Most wireless routers come equipped with a wireless button (or a button that pops up on your device when you’re near the router) so it is easy to connect. If you don’t have a wireless button, you can connect to the router using a USB dongle. Some routers have built-in wireless adaptors, so there is no need to purchase a separate one.
Step 2: Configuring Your Device for Wi-Fi
With your device now connected to the router, you can start configuring it for Wi-Fi operation. Most wireless routers are quite simple to configure, but you will need to know the IP address of the router. In addition, the router will need to be accessible from the internet so you can connect to it. Luckily, most wireless routers have a web interface that makes configuring them a breeze. Just browse to the router’s IP address (usually 192.168.1.1 or similar) in your browser and you will see the configuration screen. From here, you can access the router’s settings and input the credentials necessary to connect to the VPN.
Step 3: Adding the NordVPN Account
Now that you have your device configured for Wi-Fi, it’s time to add the NordVPN account so you can connect to their service. First, launch the web interface for the router and log in with your username and password. (If you are using a different username and password for the router, you will need to edit the connection accordingly so the VPN can still connect to the router.) From here, you can add the NordVPN account and link it to your device. In addition, you can add additional email accounts to be used with the NordVPN account. Your account is now ready to use and you can connect to the VPN using the included credentials.
Now that you have your account configured it’s time to test the connection. On the webpage for your router, you will see a link to the VPN server (usually tucows.com). Click this link and you will be connected to the VPN server. If you are using a separate email account for the NordVPN account, you will need to configure your email app to send any email messages to that account. Alternatively, you can use the built-in email app on your device to send the verification email.
Setting Up a VPN To Use with Your Router
Once you have the VPN server connected, you can start setting up your router to use the VPN. First, open a new tab in your browser and go to your VPN’s website. There, you will need to click the link to download the VPN client. The download will begin and once it is complete, click the link in the email that was sent to you. This will open a program folder that contains the VPN executable. Double-click that file and the VPN client will install automatically. After installing the VPN client, you should see a screen like this:
Now that you have the VPN client installed on your device, it’s time to configure it to use the VPN with your router. In your router’s settings, you will need to navigate to the VPN tab. Here, you should see a connection option for VPN Client-generated traffic. Click that, select the VPN you want to use, and then click save.
Now that your VPN is configured, it’s time to test the connection. Return to your browser’s homepage and click the network icon to see your available networks. You should see something similar to this:
As you can see, we are now connected to the VPN and can access the internet safely via a private connection.
Monitoring Your Usage With This Method
One of the great things about the method above is that you can monitor your VPN usage by simply checking your router’s settings. Just go to the VPN tab and click the Settings button. Here, you can find a graph that shows you your current bandwidth usage. Simply click the graph to see a larger version of it. You can also use this interface to temporarily turn off the VPN when necessary (such as when you leave your home).
If you want to monitor and manage your VPN from a single location, you can download the VPN app for Android or iOS devices (or the dedicated VPN app for Windows devices). Doing this from within the app will make connecting to the VPN easy and simple. When you are away from home, just turn on the VPN from the app so you can continue to enjoy a private connection when needed.
In this article, we discussed how to connect a NordVPN router to your device. Using this method, you can connect to their secure and private internet via a VPN connection without needing to worry about IP addresses or connecting to rogue hotspots. Your device will need to have the VPN client installed before you can use the service, so be sure to download that from their website before continuing.