How to setup a vpn on your Router
In an effort to make internet connections more secure, Virtual Private Networks are sought. Malicious attacks are becoming common on public and private networks. An attacker might intercept your data over your local network. Hence, you need to take precautions while you are browsing over a network. But enabling the VPN app every time you use the Internet is a pain. Also, these apps might not protect your gaming devices or smart TVs. The only way to secure them is to install the VPN on your router.
Installing a VPN on your router is a great proposition. Since the router oversees the entire network, having a VPN installed on the router means that all data is encrypted as it leaves the LAN. It readily safeguards all your devices connected to the network. Though the connection speed may face a hit, installing the VPN saves your data and devices from snoopers and hackers. While many routers today come with built-in VPN, some let you set up a VPN with the standard firmware.
See if your router is compatible with the firmware you have chosen.
Set up the New Firmware
- The method for flashing the new firmware depends on the firmware chosen.
- You can find it in the installation guide of the Firmware.
Get VPN Server Information
- Get to know the server name, port, tunnel device, tunnel protocol, encryption cipher, hash algorithm, user pass authentication, username, password, advanced options, TLS cipher, LZO compression, NAT.
- Learn the server URL or IP address and the user credentials.
- Or download a VPN configuration file containing the settings.
Configure Your VPN Router
- Enter 192.168.1.1 into the browser’s address bar.
- Sign in with the username and password.
- If the login details are forgotten, do a factory reset.
- Use the default credentials as provided in the user manual.
- Go to WAN and enable the Protocols.
- Apply the settings.
- Open Services > VPN.
- Switch Start OpenVPN Client to Enable.
- Or locate VPN Tunneling > Open VPN Client.
- Select the option to Add Profile.
- Choose the encryption protocol you wish to use before entering the credentials.
- Find the required settings needed in the Basic tab under Client 1.
- Add the required details in the prompted fields.
- The router, after accessing the Internet, creates a VPN tunnel.
- The Connection Status displays a blue check, confirming that the connection is active.
IP Leak Test
It is good practice to check if the VPN tunnel is working. Run an IP leak test to see if the location has been changed. It should display the virtual location, not your actual location.
You can now safely surf and browse across all devices connected to your router.