How To Install VPN On Router

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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.



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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



2017-10-20T09:03:31-05:00 By |VPN Setup|52 Comments


  1. Peter Grant October 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Troy, have followed your instructions to the letter but and have renamed the networks VPN2 and VPN5 but only VPN2 shows following a restart. What am I doing wrong? Many thanks in advance.

  2. Terra Caravella Wolf September 26, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    What internet provider and plan do you use? Mine is so SLOW with AT&T!!! … unless I just need this VPN solution.. working in that now. 🙁

  3. Iam September 8, 2017 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Hi I am looking for the flash files for a wrt54g2 v1.5. Do you have any direction for me to find the files?

  4. Ned Dougherty September 6, 2017 at 11:28 pm - Reply


    Thanks for another informative video. I’m getting closer and closer to cutting the cable tv cord. I’m currently using the Nvidia Shield to stream IPTV (Players Club and Gears) as well as Kodi tv add-ons such as Covenant, and various other add-ons. I’m looking to switch from Comcast triple package to FIOS as my ISP (internet only, as Fios seems to have the best internet strength for the $$$, I plan to follow your instructions to use a two router system. So, I will use the Verizon router as my local open router for internet, and I will use a Netgear as my VPN router for streaming. You are using the R7000, but would the R8500 or the R7800 perform significantly better, or are they overkill for my aforementioned streaming needs? Or Is there a specific VPN router that will work best with the Nvidia shield and Fios internet? Thanks.

  5. Manny Furlong September 3, 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Hi, I downloaded & installed IpVanish on my new firestick-I installed an addon-but it refused me access! The VPN is running & showing my new location-please help

    • Jim Casy September 6, 2017 at 12:04 am - Reply

      I assume you are speaking of the App and not speaking of putting it on your router? Logged in with
      Username and Password? Sometimes IP Vanish is slow to show your new location even though it has already changed it. You can back out and go back in see if it shows. Also, if you have a browser such as the one on Downloader or the Android browser you can Google “What is my IP” Click on the What Is My IP dot- Com link and see where that service is locating you at. If it shows you somewhere else, you know it is working.

      • Manny Furlong September 7, 2017 at 12:28 am - Reply

        Thank you! It’s working-I kept exiting/re-entering IpVanish + I also clicked on scramble box in acct settings location! I’m hidden?

  6. Ron Powers August 24, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Your excellent video allowed me to complete the setup successfully. However, my speed dropped from 66 mps to 8 mps, which will not work for streaming through Kodi. I tried every server in my area of the U.S. and a few more not in my area. Results were all the same: 4-8 mps. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • Troy August 25, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

      Hi Ron, are you using the same router as me? Mine is getting 30-40 Mbps which is plenty fast. If the router isn’t powerful enough, it will lag.

      • Ron Powers August 25, 2017 at 10:55 am - Reply

        Hi Troy, Yes, I am using a brand new Netgear R7000. Followed your directions all the way. Maybe I missed a step. I emailed IPVanish support and received the following, which I will try:

        There are three different settings you can change to try to improve your speeds. These settings are located in your OpenVPN settings. In DD-WRT, all of these settings are found on the Services > VPN tab:
        * Port (443 or 1194)
        * Tunnel Protocol (TCP or UDP – For streaming video, UDP is usually better)
        * Compression (Find the line “comp-lzo” in the Additional Config section. You can add or remove it)
        * The Cipher strength – changing the tls-cipher to either 128 or just disabled. If you do change this setting, this will impact the strength of the security of your connection, but on the other hand it could have the desired effects you are looking for. Some routers may not accept this change.


        • Jim Casy September 6, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply

          You’re awesome for posting this intel. I haven’t used my vpn router in awhile due to the hassle, but this is good stuff to know. Thank you.

      • Ron Powers August 25, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

        Troy, I forgot to mention that I used the dual router setup at the end of your video. My base router is an Airport Extreme Base station, which works great, and I am using Open DNS with that. Could any of that configuration be contributing to the problem? -Ron

      • Ron Powers August 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

        Hi Troy, One of the techs at IPVanish said that they don’t recommend PPTP, but to use OpenVPN instead. I followed the OpenVPN setup link he gave me and got my speed up to 24 Mbps, so I’m making progress.

  7. Medlock - UK August 19, 2017 at 4:00 am - Reply

    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.

  8. TJ M August 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    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

  9. Tredy August 5, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

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

  10. Bob Schumann July 16, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

    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?


    • ned September 7, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Good question bob, I am considering switching to FIOS which uses the G1100 router. From your post, I’m guessing it’s a modem as well? Wouldn’t there simply be a separate connection for the modem part of the router, so you could basically follow the same procedure. If not, then I too would need to know if there is a different procedure when using a Verizon “open” router in conjunction with a Netgear VPN router…

  11. Pat J Giarratano July 3, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

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

    • Troy July 4, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      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.

  12. ginnygoat66 June 30, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    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.

  13. Jonty Rees June 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    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

  14. Steve Foster June 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    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

    • Troy June 15, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

      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.

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  16. Pamela Whelan May 20, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    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 June 27, 2017 at 5:04 am - Reply

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

    • Wabbits Ram June 30, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

      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.

  17. Aaron Lim May 6, 2017 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    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.

  18. Schao May 6, 2017 at 1:42 am - Reply

    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 May 6, 2017 at 5:22 am - Reply

      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.

  19. greg smith May 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

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

  20. Bryant Phillips April 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    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?

    • Troy April 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

      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.

  21. Schao April 28, 2017 at 1:14 am - Reply

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

    Belkin AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Router (F9K1123)

    • Troy April 30, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

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

      • Schao April 30, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

        My router’s not VPN compatible.

  22. Howie April 17, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

    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?

  23. ginnygoat66 April 5, 2017 at 4:02 am - Reply

    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?

    • Troy April 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

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

      • ginnygoat66 June 30, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

        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.

  24. Tav The Duck - ? April 4, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

    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.

  25. Dana April 1, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

    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.

  26. Cass Tacey March 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    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

  27. maria hogarty February 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    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.

  28. Ovidio Diaz February 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    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 March 30, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      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.

  29. Don Schumacher February 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    where do I find specifics on my router Netgear R7300pst thanks

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  31. Matt Hardwick February 6, 2017 at 9:33 am - Reply

    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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