If you have a personal broadband connection connected to the internet via WiFi, you may at times need to pause your VPN and allow internet access without worrying about your personal security or privacy. After all, you’re probably already using a VPN to protect your personal data when you visit online-based social platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
But what happens when you need to use the internet but don’t want to connect your personal computer (PC) to your VPN? You may want to buy a separate device such as a wireless router, or even an Android- or iOS-powered device such as a smartphone or tablet, in order to allow for more flexibility when using the internet. If you decide to use a wireless router, however, make sure that it supports VPN logging and other security features, as well as offers up to date firmware.
Step one: Configure your router
The first step in order to allow internet access through a VPN is to configure your router to recognize the connection and to forward it to your PC or other devices that are connected to it. Most routers come with a web interface by default, so it’s easily accessible from any device connected to the internet. If you configure your router manually, however, you may need to adjust a few settings such as your device’s IP address and the VPN’s IP address to ensure that everything functions properly. (Note: if you’re using a VPN provided by your internet service provider, they may already have your router configured properly.)
Step two: Set up your VPN software on your PC or device
Once you have your router configured, you can proceed to install and set up your VPN software. Installing and setting up a VPN on your PC or other devices is pretty straightforward. Most VPNs are compatible with all modern operating systems including Windows, macOS, and others. After you install the VPN client and accept the terms and conditions, you will be able to connect to your VPN and access the internet as usual.
Step three: Test your VPN connection
Once you have your VPN set up, it’s time to test it. Before you can use it to access the internet, you will need to connect to your VPN first. As we mentioned above, most VPNs are compatible with all modern operating systems, so connecting to a VPN shouldn’t be a problem. After you’ve connected, you will see a notification on your device that your VPN is connected and that you can now access the internet via it. If you’ve configured your router to forward ports correctly, you should be good to go.
Step four: Use the internet as usual
Once you’ve tested your VPN connection, it’s time to use it to access the internet. To do this, you need to follow the instructions provided by your internet service provider or connect to wifi hotspots, which are marked with a padlock in your browser’s address bar. Once connected, you will see a notification on your device that you’re connected to the internet via your VPN. You can now use your browser to visit the websites that you normally visit and access the services that you normally use without worrying about your personal security or privacy.
Using a VPN to allow for more flexibility when using the internet is a relatively simple process. If you’d like to learn more, we recommend checking out the NordVPN guides for further information including how to use a VPN the right way. And if you have any other questions, feel free to contact us through our website’s live chat or drop us a line on our support email address.