How to Install a VPN on a Linksys Router

People are slowly waking up to the idea of VPN and its services. In the last year alone, the number of devices connected to VPNs in the wild rose by 125%. That’s a lot of heads turning in the direction of VPNs.

What is a VPN?

VPNs, or virtual private networks, allow individuals or companies to connect disparate devices and networks over a secure connection.

While VPNs can be used for many purposes—including connecting personal devices like laptops and mobile phones to company networks and allowing employees to work remotely—they are primarily used to secure employee-owned devices from being accessed by malicious third parties.

Why install a VPN on a Linksys router?

Routers usually ship with limited functionality—limited by the fact that they are designed to connect different pieces of network equipment and offer simplified configuration through an easy-to-use web browser-based interface.

But what if we want to use a router for more than just connecting our devices to the internet? What if we want to use it to connect all our devices to a VPN?

This is where the fun begins. If we want to extend the functional scope of a Linksys router, we need to install additional software on it. Let’s take a look at how to do that.

Installing VPN software on a Linksys router is not easy. The manufacturer doesn’t make it easy. It’s not even close to being easy. It’s actually quite frustrating. What is the point in buying a $49.99 router if all you want to do is run a VPN on it? Why not just buy a $79.99 router that comes with a VPN pre-installed?

If you’re determined to install a VPN on a Linksys router, then you’re going to have to do some research. Luckily, we’ve been asked to do that research for you. So here’s what you need to know.

How To Install A VPN On A Linksys Router

The first thing you’re going to need is an open-source VPN client. The best option would be OpenVPN. It’s free, open-source and highly-rated. There are also paid implementations of OpenVPN available if you need additional features. Of course, you do not have to use OpenVPN—you can use any VPN client you want. The important thing is that the client be open-source and that it work well with the router you have. It needs to be able to connect to VPN servers that are not only open, but have a good reputation.

What’s Next?

Once you have your VPN client installed, you need to download the OpenVPN manual from their website. This is not going to be easy, as it’s more than 400 pages long. If you have the time to study it thoroughly and can find the answers to all of your questions, then great. Otherwise, you’re probably going to end up doing a lot of trial and error. That’s how tech support usually works, though—you have problems, they fix them for you.

The next step is to set up your VPN client to connect to OpenVPN servers. You can use the default settings, or you can download the OpenVPN GUI (graphical user interface) and use it to connect to the VPN from the command line. Remember: You’re installing this on a router, so you have to use the CLI (command line interface) for this step.

VPN Configuration For A Linksys Router

Once you have your VPN client set up and connected to your OpenVPN server, you can start configuring the router. You do this through a web browser—the interface is usually simple and intuitive enough for even non-techie users.

If you’re still using the default settings, then you can skip this step and move on to the next. Otherwise, you’re going to have to go through and set up all of the VPN parameters manually.

Manual Configuration

Every VPN is different, and as we mentioned earlier, setting up a VPN on a Linksys router is not easy. Not only that, but you’re going to have to do a lot of trial and error to get it right. Luckily for you, we’re here to help. We’ve gone through the painstaking process of configuring a VPN on a Linksys router, and we’re ready to share our tricks and tips with you. Let’s get started.

Use SSH To Login To Your Router

The first thing you’re going to have to do is log in to your Linksys router using SSH (secure shell). This is a protocol that allows for secure terminal-based communication between two parties. This is a great way to connect to your router—it’s simple, it’s secure and it’s supported by most routers. To login to your router using SSH, simply enter the following into the terminal on your computer:

sshusername@192.168.0.1

Where “username” is your username, usually in the format of “username”@”domain.com”, and “192.168.0.1” is your router’s IP address. You’ll need to replace these with the correct information.

Use Putty To Open Up A SSH Port

You’re almost there. Now that you’re logged in to your router, you can open up a port on it so that you can connect to it from another device. To do this, navigate to the “Routers” tab on your putty app, and click on “Open” to open up a port for SSH. Then, on the left side of the window, you’ll see a list of all your available router interfaces. Find the one that has “LAN” next to it, right-click on it, and select “Properties.” From here, you can find the IP address for that interface. You’ll need this address so you can connect to it from another device. Finally, click on “Save” to save the changes.

Install HTTPS On Your Router To Secure Login And Traffic

If you have a static IP, then you can secure logins to your router, as well as all of your traffic, by using HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol secure). This is an extension of HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) that adds encryption to your data, making it much more secure. To use HTTPS, you’ll need to navigate to the “Routers” tab on your putty app, and click on the green checkmark next to the “Secure (HTTPS)” entry to enable it. Then you can login to your router using https without any problems. This is a great way to make sure that all of your personal data is kept private while you’re online. If you use public wifi, then this is something you should certainly look into.

Configure Your DNS To Resolve DNS Requests

DNS or domain name server is a tool that allows you to map domain names to IP addresses. This comes in handy when you want to connect to a website that is not on your local network. When you type in the domain name for the website (in this case, “blog.example.com”), your DNS will automatically search for an IP address associated with that domain name. So if you wanted to visit a website that was hosted on a server in Hong Kong, then you would simply type “blog.example.com” into your browser and hit enter.

For the best experience, you should use OpenDNS or Google DNS so that you can easily setup the IP address of your router to be your DNS. To do this, open up a web browser on your computer, and type in “opendns.com” or “dns.google.com” in the address bar. Then click on the “Settings” button, and you’ll see options to enter your email address and create a password. Once you’ve done that, you can click on the “Save” button to save these settings and have OpenDNS or Google DNS automatically configure your router to use their DNS servers.

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