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How To Install VPN On Router

Install VPN RouterThis 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.


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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.



Click Here To Get Your IPVanish Account

Important Links

TROYPOINT VPN Router Buyer’s Guide


Netgear R7000 Router

USB Network Adapter

DD-WRT Flash Files

Instruction Outline – Refer To Video Above for Specific Details.

Step 1  Register for an IPVanish Account by clicking HERE.  Don’t forget to use today’s coupon code at checkout SAVE20NOW for 20% off any IPVanish plan.

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

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



2017-07-14T09:57:20-05:00 By |VPN Setup|39 Comments
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  • Matt Hardwick

    Great guide thanks for sharing i am using purevpn for my router and its working perfect. got special discount from USAVPN.

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  • Don Schumacher

    where do I find specifics on my router Netgear R7300pst thanks

  • Ovidio Diaz

    Hello Troy, I see that you have to connect the modem to the new router. My problem is that I do not have a modem. the router that I have was provided by my internet service provider and it it modem and router all in one. What should I do in this case?
    thank you

    • justmy2pennies2012

      You can use another wireless router and disable the wireless in th combo unit.

      When I have Uverse, I added a Linksys Router. My home had the UVerse Network and the linksys network. My motivation was not so much for privacy at the time, but I had service issues, and everytime they swapped out the Uverse Device, It caused me to re-enter the router information on all smartphones, tablets, smart hub, thermostats, etc. in the house.

      With an Apple TV, Smart hub, new Smart TV and 3 Fire Tv Sticks, I have been looking into adding VPN software anyway.

  • maria hogarty

    Hi Troy one question will this work on my router I have the same problem as Ovidio this is the only router I can use where I live I tried other ones they don’t work up here, my router is a att Motorola NVG510.

  • Cass Tacey

    I tried purchasing the IP Vanish with a discount code. The code did not change the price. I purchased a 1 year contract and Emailed Vanish. They have offered me 3 free month or a refund to try and reaply the code. Great customer service Cass the 62 year old techy wanna be

  • Dana

    I have a Comcast all in one gateway ie.voip, internet It’s dual band but I don’t think it’s capable of setting up a VPN. Cisco makes the gateway and I looked into this awhile back….what do you recommend? I have an extra apple express I’m not currently using.

  • Tav The Duck – ?

    Hi Troy. Thank you for all of your tutorials. They are excellent!
    I created an account with IPVanish with a 1 year subscription.
    When I tried connecting my Firestick, it would just hang. I contacted them and they replied a few hours later. I responded the following day (death in the family) to all of their questions and have not heard from them even though it states that they have 24/7 customer service.
    When I tried to log in to my account, it says that my email doesn’t exist, even though my PayPal processed a payment for them.
    While I was waiting for their response and watching your tutorial to install the VPN on the router, I was looking to see if it supported Verizon Fios router and from what I gather, it may not.
    Do you have any other recommendation to use with a Verizon Fios Router? Thank you in advance.

  • ginnygoat66

    Great tutorial. My computer does not have a wireless adapter, would I still follow these instructions and how would I establish the reconnects each time?

    • To make things easy, I would buy a usb wireless adapter on Amazon or Best Buy.

      • ginnygoat66

        Thanks, Everything worked like a charm. Both routers are connected and VPN secured. I’ve learned a lot from your guides. Thanks again and please keep up the good work.

  • Howie

    Hi Troy hope u had a gud Easter. Wud it be possible to flash an old laptop with DD-WRT to use as a 2nd router?

  • Schao

    Hi Troy I don’t think my router is compatible with VPN. My router is

    Belkin AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Router (F9K1123)

    • I suggest doing a google search and see what you can find whether you can install DD-WRT onto the router.

      • Schao

        My router’s not VPN compatible.

  • Bryant Phillips

    I Troy I was looking at you lesson on installing a VPN on a router there is 1 option you
    told us to do made me have a Question about. You said that when you gave us options on how to answer question and it asked receive IPTV you said answer no dosse that mean when your VPN is on the routher you can’t have kodi on and watch TV at the same time?

    • Hello Bryant, when I was doing the tutorial, I questioned the same thing. I don’t think this setting is referring to same IPTV that you and I are thinking of. I used the IPVanish instructions to put this tutorial together and they said to leave it disabled. I haven’t noticed any problems with it disabled. Thanks for comment.

  • greg smith

    good morning, i have att uverse model 5268ACFXN phone/internet modem. will placing linksys wrt1900acs v2 router behind att uverse be a poblem?

  • Schao

    Troy I have a belkin router that’s not support VPN so I bought a new Netgear AC1750. Do I have to use the same identical router to have one running normal ISP and the other with VPN? I have everything hook up following your direction and when I go to netgear to login it says not connected. If I was to flash the dd-wrt file to the netgear router I wouldn’t be able to run the 2.4ghz as a normal ISP and the 5ghz one as vpn?

    • Schao

      Before I flash the router it was working. After I flash the router I follow your video step by step and when I hook everything up like yours it says connected with problem. On the fire tv it only shows VPN2 but no VPN5 but I can see it on my cell. I don’t know what I did wrong wasted over 3hrs.

  • Aaron Lim

    Troy, If I use dd-wrt ib my Netgear R7000. Can I use still use my Netgear Nighthawk WiFi Range Extender to extend the range? Right now my Netgear router R7000 and my Netgear Nighthawk WiFi Range Extender is working properly. Please let me know if I can still use my Nighthawk WiFi Range Extender with the dd-wrt installed in my R7000. Please advice.

  • Pamela Whelan

    Troy, I have a Netgear R6400. I notice there is a .chk flash file but I don’t see a .bin file. Please let me know what I can use

    • Wabbits Ram

      The file is there. Just read everything related to supported routers. I have successfully flashed my netgear r6400

    • Wabbits Ram

      I’ve successfully flashed my Netgear R6400 router . The .bin file you need is dd-wrt.v24_K3_AC_ARM_STU_128k.bin thats the one I used and it works. Once you use that .bin file you can continue to follow the steps as he used for the NETGEAR R7000.

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  • Steve Foster

    Hi Troy I live in Epsom in the UK, I must disagree with your recommendation of. IPVanish, I have wired speeds of 200mbs as soon as I turn it on whether using their recommended server or others that are nearer to me the speed drops to under 30mbs which I find totally unacceptable

    • Hi Steve, that is reason why I suggest doing a dual router setup like I show in my video. You will experience this speed drop with ANY VPN provider that you choose since the router doesn’t have enough processor power to provide high download speeds like a computer would. 30 download speed is plenty for any type of HD streaming service. Then, when you need more for other situations, you have the router that is not protected by VPN.

  • Jonty Rees

    I’m shortly to move to Mexico, and would like to take my tv watching equipment with me. I have Uverse here in Texas, which provides me with a wireless router and a wireless access point, but I also have my own Netgear N600 dual band wirless router, attached to the Uverse router, (it just allows me to keep all the old connections I had to the Netgear, from prior to Uverse coming in). Anyway, my questions are:
    – is my Netgear N600 VPN compatible?
    – will I still be able to use my original Roku and Roku 3, attached to the N600?
    – will I need to install anything new on the Netgear Wireless extender I have
    – would I be better off getting a new wireless router and streaming devices? I’d rather not incur that expense if possible

    Thanks! This is great resource

  • ginnygoat66

    Thanks, Everything worked like a charm. Both routers are connected and VPN secured. I really like the ability of securing everything connected to VPN router without extra steps. I’ve learned a lot from your guides. Thanks again and please keep up the good work.

  • Pat J Giarratano

    wondering why you need two routers if you can turn off vpn with one change in ddwrt control panel

    • I use two routers, one for my Kodi devices and one for the devices where I want the fastest possible Internet connection. Rather than going back and forth and turning off and on, this is easier. Keep in mind that when you run a VPN on router, it will diminish your download speeds quite a bit.

  • Bob Schumann

    Hi – im assuming you are using Comcast due to the modem. This setup allows you to remove your router, however with Verizon there is no modem. With Verizon both routers would need to remain connected.

    Is there a different procedure when using Verizon?


  • Tredy

    I get the impression that ip vanish
    Are paying you comission to promote their VPN they are rubbish read trust pilot

  • TJ M

    Hi has anyone tried setting up a private . VPN on the Netgear R7800 and had success. If so can you provide me that link.
    Thanks TJ

  • Medlock – UK

    Excellent video, fully explained what I needed to know to setup VPN on a Netgear router, the router I setup with VPN was an old WNDR4500 as I didn’t want to flash my brand new Netgear R7000P, I needed a dual router home network setup, with one router running VPN for IPTV services. I originally setup the router using your PPTP settings with IPVANISH, worked straight away, however decided to implement the OPENVPN settings from the IPVANISH website and that worked straight away. Thanxs for posting…….. Brilliant Vid.