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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.

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.

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



2017-04-21T08:40:06+00:00 By |VPN Setup|13 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?

  • 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?