This tutorial will show you how to install a VPN on a router, which will secure and provide anonymity for all devices within your network. By doing this, you will no longer be required to install a separate application on every device that you want to protect.
The VPN service running on your router will provide secure encryption and mask the IP address of every device that connects to the router.
Within this tutorial, I will be using the popular VPN service IPVanish which has been touted as having the fasted download speeds among its competitors. Due to the download speed loss when running a VPN on a router, it is very important that you use a fast VPN service such as IPVanish.
There are companies that charge big bucks for flashed routers but my guide is meant to help you do this on your own, which will save you a lot of money.
I will also show you how to setup a dual router configuration with one running the VPN service and the other open as normal. This is handy for two main reasons.
The first is that some paid services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are hit and miss with VPN services and this will allow you to quickly switch to an open network to access those streams.
The other reason is due to download speed. Since download speed diminishes when running a VPN on your router, having another router with open access is nice for times when you need as much speed as possible. Don’t get too hung up on the download speed dilemma. I am currently averaging 25 Mbps with my VPN router which is plenty fast to stream HD quality content.
In this tutorial, I am using one of the most popular VPN routers that is available which is the Netgear R7000. Although you can definitely use this tutorial as a reference for other routers, it will be easier to follow my detailed instructions within the video below if you have the same product.
There are three steps that I go through within this tutorial. The first is flashing the DD-WRT Firmware onto the router. You can think of firmware as software that operates the router. We will be installing (flashing) an alternative firmware that will allow us to install the IPVanish VPN service. Without DD-WRT firmware, it is not possible to setup a vpn on a router with the Netgear R7000.
The second step will be inputting the proper settings within DD-WRT that will activate the VPN service.
Finally, I will show you how to setup a dual router configuration where you can use one as your VPN router and one as an open router with no protection.
How To Install VPN On Router Tutorial
Below, you will find a video tutorial that will show you the detailed steps on how to install a VPN on your router. Please take the time to watch this entire video as I do not provide the detailed instructions below the video. These are simply meant as a general guide.
Before you get started, you must have an IPVanish username and password that you can get by clicking HERE.
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Instruction Outline – Refer To Video Above for Specific Details.
Step 2 Flash DD-WRT onto router and if using a Netgear, you may use the link above to download router specific flash files. The first flash must be with the .chk file and the second with .bin file.
Step 3 Create DD-WRT password.
Step 4 Set time zone on DD-WRT Setup page.
Step 5 Setup SSIDs or network names for each channel on your router.
Step 6 Secure wireless channels with WPA2 Personal encryption.
Step 7 Input IPVanish credentials into PPTP Settings area.
Optional Steps for Dual Router Setup with VPN access
Step 8 Change router ip address to 192.168.2.1
Step 9 Connect LAN port from primary router to WAN port of VPN router and reset cable modem.
Step 10 Test that IP address is changing by using the Website whatismyip.com.