If you use a VPN regularly, then you know how frustrating it can be when you’re locked out of your account or when you have issues with your connection. It’s never fun having to reboot your router or set up a new one just to get things working again. That’s why we’ve compiled this detailed guide on how to set up a VPN on your router so you can use it whenever you need, without any hassles.
This guide will help you get started with setting up a VPN on your computer or mobile device. Then, we’ll show you how to port this experience to your router. You’ll be able to follow along and set up your own VPN so that you can continue to use the internet as you normally would while keeping all of your personal data secure. Keep reading for more information on how to set up a VPN on your computer or mobile device, and then grab a cup of coffee while we show you how to port it to your router.
The Difference Between A VPN and An Internet Router
Before we begin, it’s important to note the difference between a VPN and an internet router. A VPN is a device or software that allows you to create a private and secure connection between you and the internet. An internet router is a device that allows you to connect to the internet and share resources like Wi-Fi with other devices. In other words, a VPN provides privacy and security for your online activity while an internet router allows you to access the internet and share resources with other devices.
In addition, while most people think of a router as a complex and expensive piece of internet equipment, it can actually be rather simple to set up and use. That’s why we’ve gone ahead and simplified the process of setting up a VPN on your router. We’ll be using the popular PPTP protocol, which stands for Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol. This is a standard VPN protocol that most likely already comes standard with your router.
Step 1: Install And Configure Your VPN App
The first step to setting up your VPN is to install and configure your VPN app. You can choose from a variety of VPN apps, depending on your operating system. For example, if you’re using macOS, then you can choose from a variety of VPN apps that work on the Mac, like Avast VPN or Mullvad VPN. Similarly, if you’re using Windows 10, then you can download the Windows 10 VPN and connect with ease.
You’ll also need to configure your VPN app to connect to the desired VPN server. Your VPN app will need to know your username and password, as well as the DNS servers that you’d like to use in order to connect. In most cases, your VPN app will come with a built-in settings app that you can use to easily configure your device.
Step 2: Enable SSH On Your Router
Once you’ve installed and configured your VPN app, it’s time to move on to the next step. You’ll need to enable SSH on your router. This stands for Secure Shell, which is a protocol that provides a command line interface between you and your router. When you enable SSH, it gives you the ability to remotely control your router and manage its settings. In most cases, you’ll find the option to enable SSH in your router’s settings app. If you’ve never used it, then this step may seem a bit complicated, especially since you’ll need to know what your router is called and find its relevant settings. However, once you’ve enabled it, the benefits will become clear.
Step 3: Install And Configure OpenVPN On Your Router
Now that you have SSH enabled on your router, it’s time to install and configure OpenVPN. OpenVPN is a VPN protocol developed by OpenVPN Inc., the same company that brought you the PPTP protocol we discussed earlier. We mentioned earlier that most routers come with built-in VPN support, and that’s largely because of OpenVPN. OpenVPN is so popular that most VPN providers offer an OpenVPN plugin so that they can integrate the technology seamlessly into their products.
Installing and configuring OpenVPN on your router is very similar to installing and configuring your VPN app. You’ll want to make sure that you have the correct credentials, as well as the VPN server’s IP address and port. In most cases, you can find these details in your router’s documentation. If you’re having trouble, then check with your VPN provider. They’ll be able to help you get set up with OpenVPN.
Step 4: Use Your VPN To Browse The Web And Protect Your Private Data
Once you have OpenVPN set up and configured on your router, you can use it to browse the web and protect your private data whenever you want, without having to think about what device you’re using. To do this, you’ll simply need to follow these steps:
- Open your web browser and go to a site that’s using TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption.
- Confirm that you’re displayed the correct certificate icon (it should look like a padlock.) If not, then try adjusting your settings (more on this below.)
- Select your desired security level (Medium or High) and follow the prompts.
- You’re done! You can close your web browser and continue using your router as normal.
Now, you may be wondering how to prevent problems like you’ve been having. There are a few simple steps that you can take to prevent this from happening again. First, you can adjust the security settings on your router so that they’re on a more secure setting (high or medium). In addition, if you use public Wi-Fi frequently, then you can use a VPN app on your mobile device to connect to the VPN server when you need to access the internet. This will ensure that your personal data is always secure when using public networks or unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots. You can use a VPN app on your mobile device to protect your data whenever you go online, regardless of whether you’re connected to a secure network or not.
Portforwarding And VPN On Your Router
Now that you understand the basics of setting up a VPN on your router, it’s time to tackle a tough question: Will having a VPN on your router affect your internet speed or performance? In most cases, having a VPN will not affect your internet speed or performance, as long as you follow these steps:
- Install and configure your VPN app to connect to the internet through a different device than your router (most likely, a WiFi access point or a broadband connection).
- Once your VPN app is connected, open the ‘VPN Settings’ panel in your device’s settings.
- You’ll see a list of all the devices that are currently connected to your VPN.
- Find the line that says ‘Gateway’ and change it to ‘Shared Address’.
- In most cases, changing the ‘Gateway’ to ‘Shared Address’ will solve your internet connection issues.
To share your router’s internet connection with another device, you’ll need to do a bit of portforwarding. Portforwarding is a technique that allows you to assign a specific port to an IP address so that you can access an application or service through the internet. In most cases, your router’s firewall will prevent you from directly accessing services on other devices, but you can use portforwarding to get around this limitation. Here’s how you do it:
- Open your web browser and go to https://portforward.com (if you’re using a computer).
- You’ll see a list of all the ports that your router is opened to the outside world. (It will probably be somewhere around 70-80 ports.)
- Find the line that says ‘From’ and change it to ‘To’.
- Click ‘Save’ and then ‘Create Profile’ to continue to the next step.
Once you’re in your router’s settings app, it’s time to save your profile. Give it a short and descriptive name, like ‘Private VPN’, and then click ‘Submit’.
Now that your portforwarding is set up, it’s time to connect your VPN app to the internet through a different device than your router. First, you’ll either need to connect to a WiFi network or you can use an ethernet cable to directly connect your mobile device to your router. On the next screen, you’ll want to select VPN App (PPTP) and click ‘Create Vpn Connection’.
Here, you’ll either need to create a new username and password or you can use the credentials that you entered in the previous steps.