Wirecutter is a technology news website that publishes reviews of technology products and occasionally offers how-to guides and tips. One of the most popular articles from Wirecutter was a guide on finding the perfect VPN for your router. Since many people are on the lookout for a way to secure their personal data while using public Wi-Fi, I decided to dive in and figure out how to best implement a VPN solution on my router.
The Wirecutter article suggested that you need to meet the following requirements in order to successfully integrate a VPN solution on your router:
- You need to be running Debian or Ubuntu, or one of the many derivatives that come with PTR_SINIT (Packet Triggered SINIT).
- You need to have a static IP address.
- You need to be on the lookout for open ports on your router.
I already had all of these things, so I went ahead and set up my very own VPN server on my Debian server. Because I already had a server, setting up a VPN was a snap and took less than 10 minutes. You can follow the step-by-step instructions in the tutorial below to get started.
Step 1: Install OpenVPN
OpenVPN is the most popular and probably the most well-known VPN protocol, and it’s been around for many years. Many different OpenVPN clients are available for download for all major operating systems, and since it’s open source, you can run OpenVPN on your own server if you’re interested in setting up your very own VPN. OpenVPN is quite the versatile protocol, and it supports a wide range of IPsec and transport modes, including IPV6, L2TP/IPVL2TP, and SSTP.
The first step in setting up your OpenVPN server is to download and install the OpenVPN server software from the official website. You will need to install this on a separate server or computer because you cannot integrate a VPN server with your other server-related software (like web servers, DNS servers, etc).
After you’ve installed OpenVPN on your server, you need to ensure that it’s actually running by heading to the command line and entering the following command:
$ sudo service openvpn status
You should get a message that looks like this: