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How To Setup VPN On Router

Install VPN RouterThis tutorial will show you how to setup 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.

There are some devices where it isn’t possible to install a VPN application such as Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, and PlayStation.  In this case, the only practical solution is installing a VPN service on the router.

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 guides below are meant to help you do this on your own, which will save you a lot of money.

I will also show you how to set up 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 websites and online services are hit and miss with VPNs 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 as it only takes 5 to 10 Mbps to stream 1080p HD video.

In the following tutorials, I am using two of the most popular VPN routers that are available which is the Asus AC3100 and 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 one of the products used in the following guides.

If you are starting from scratch and haven’t purchased a VPN router yet, I would suggest following my first guide below.  This will show you how to setup a VPN on the Asus AC3100 and the great thing about this is that you aren’t required to install a modified firmware like you are in the second tutorial.

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How To Setup VPN Router Without Modifying Firmware

The new Asus routers come equipped with the AsusWRT firmware which makes it simple to setup a VPN.  AsusWRT routers also allow us to build our own cloud drive/NAS with any USB drive.  Plus, we have the ability to download torrents without a computer and use the router’s internal torrent client!

Below this video, you will find general instructions but I recommend following the video tutorial below so you don’t miss any important details.


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Asus AC3100 RT-AC88U Router

For those who don’t want to pay the steep price for the Asus AC3100 RT-AC88U Router, another alternative is the AC1900 RT-AC68U.

If you choose the less expensive alternative, it is important to note that you will see VPN speeds approximately 75% less than the Asus AC3100 RT-AC88U model due to a less powerful processor.

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Dual VPN Router Setup – see video below

General Instructions

Note:  I suggest that you watch the above video to ensure you don’t miss important details that the general instructions below don’t cover.

1 – Log into your Asus admin page by typing into the browser address bar

2 – Click LAN option and input the following DNS servers from Cloudflare and

3 – Click VPN option

4 – Download IPVanish VPN ovpn files and crt file from here

5 – Create Open VPN profile, name the connection, and upload ovpn file and crt file

6 – Type in your IPVanish username/password and click connect

7 – If you would like to setup a PPTP connection instead of Open VPN copy server address from IPVanish site

8 – Paste server into PPTP entry and input IPVanish username and password then click connect

How To Install VPN On Router With DD-WRT Firmware

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 set up 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 set up a dual router configuration where you can use one as your VPN router and one as an open router with no protection.

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 has been discontinued due to better routers that are now available.  TROYPOINT suggests the Asus AC3100 which is outlined in the first tutorial above.


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 the 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

How To Setup Dual VPN Router

The following video will show you how to set up a dual router configuration within your home or business network.  This will allow you to have an open router and a VPN router on the same network.  This process was also outlined in the second video tutorial above.


General Instructions

This is a detailed process and I encourage you to watch the video above so you don’t miss important steps.

  1.  Disconnect from the primary router
  2.  Plug secondary VPN router into computer’s Ethernet jack or connect to it via wireless adapter
  3.  Log into secondary router’s admin page by typing into browser address bar
  4.  Change Wireless SSIDs if needed
  5.  Change DHCP IP address of the router to
  6.  Power off the cable/DSL modem, and both routers
  7.  Connect Ethernet cord from primary router’s LAN port to WAN port on secondary VPN router
  8.  Power on cable modem then primary router and finally secondary VPN router
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  1. Rob Koch July 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,

    I flashed a Netgear to ww-drt per your instructions. A long time went by and I forgot my username and password. So I tried a reset. Now the router shows up as ww-drt but when you try to connect it ask for a WPA2 password. Any ideas? I tried and (IP I set it to when flashing) and neither work. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks, Rob

    • Rob Koch July 4, 2018 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Never mind, I figured it out. Great site!!

  2. Glen June 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I have the TMobile Asus AC1900 and just got Asus AC3100 will I be able to dual router these by installing a VPN on 3100 and keep 1900 as my regular router?

  3. Philip June 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Troy thanks for the information on your site, its clear and excellent dirrections. I performed this router on a Netgear 7000 I upgrade a few months back and everything is going smoothly. I like the fact that I use only one seat from Ipvanish, which lives 4 for away from home use. The only time I have had to touch the router was to change the Ipvanish server info to correct some buffering issues. I do have a question for you regarding Netgear router, will QOS work with tunneling to Ipvanish ? Thanks, kind regards – Philip G

    • Lou June 24, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Did you update the firmware as requested by Netgear for security reasons? I was notified to update my firmware for the potential malware issue, but after the update, I can’t connect to my network. Currently I have a $300 brick. Any thoughts?

  4. Ricky robertson June 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy can I set this up on a netgear N600

  5. Gerry June 10, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Hi I have a Google router

  6. James May 31, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I own a nighthawk r7800. How do i install the vpn on this router.

  7. Grumpy 'Ole Marine May 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Good Evening Troy,

    I have a two router setup, Fiber 1GB – > Linksys AC4000 (Open) & Netgear N750 (VPN). I’m crawling at just about 5Mbps download. I have 3xpresVpn as my provider. I am thinking of upgrading to suggested Asus router; would that improve my speeds to maybe ten? Also, your honest thoughts about my provider.

    I appreciate you helping this Grumpy ‘Ole Marine.

    -Semper Fi

  8. Amy May 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy, inset up my Asus ac1900 routet up with your steps and purchased ipvanish but nothing connected to the router is blocked and only devices I’ve downloaded the app onto seem to be working. Any suggestions??

    • Troy May 17, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Hi Amy, can you please provide more details? Hard to understand what you wrote. Go through the video again and click pause button between each step. Go through two times if necessary. I don’t miss any steps and if you are using same router as me, this process will work.

  9. Marcelino May 11, 2018 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I have Airport Time Capsule and couple of Airport Express, can VPN be installed on this units?


  10. Chris May 10, 2018 at 3:42 am - Reply

    my name is Chris, I watched your video on dual router VPN setup. I have an ipvanish account and I have 1 connection that is not behind the VPN like in the video & my 2nd (asus) router is configured with VPN and working. Both routers on my network are using Cloudflare dns servers also working.

    when connected to ipvanish vpn server using PPTP I only get about 27-32 mb/s. On my open connection (no VPN) I get full dl speeds 150-360 mb/s. How can I get better speeds through the VPN connection?

    Also, I would like to setup and use DDNS to be able to access networked usb storage devices from away from home? My storage devices are connected to 2nd router (VPN) via USB port. Can I use DDNS to accomplish this. Any steps or help you can provide would be greatly helpful. Thank you for your time.

  11. Mia May 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy. Way back when (more than 5 years) I asked the IT guy at work about VPN’s. He told me I don’t need one if I just get a router. So I have had a Cisco router ever since. I don’t think it acts as a VPN though as I never had trouble with Netflix or Amazon prime (like when I use PIA). Things in IT change in a blink. Did routers used to act as VPNs? Is my ol’ Cisco good for that? I am very happy with what I have and my speeds with PIA, but I would like to make the WiFi a VPN in general. Thanx 4 ur help!

    • Troy May 7, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Hello Mia, more than likely your Cisco won’t be powerful enough to run a VPN. Even if it is, first you must find DD-WRT or Tomato firmware that you can install onto it. If people want to do this, I suggest going with the Asus option above as there is no firmware to mess with.

  12. Karen May 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy, I’m a newbie who has never done anything like this before and hope you can help me. I have a Nighthawk R7000P, watched your video and tried to install ipVanish on it. About 1/3 of the way through your video, I lost my internet connection so I didn’t know how to complete the setup. After a few hours of rebooting, etc. I was unable to connect to the internet (I even tried to reset the Nighthawk) so I ended up calling my ISP provider (Shaw Communications in Edmonton, Canada) to disconnect the bridge so that I could get connected to the internet again through Shaw’s cable modem (which has an internal router). My Nighthawk is now unplugged and I don’t know what to do next. Any help you can give me would be most appreciated.

  13. clarence April 30, 2018 at 9:25 am - Reply

    i have a att 5268ac router can a vpn be installed

  14. David Tank April 27, 2018 at 10:46 am - Reply

    So, I then have a choice of using two routers or going into the settings of my asus 3100 router and turning off the vpn if I want to run direct , is that correct?

  15. Madrid for ever (@DManblad) April 26, 2018 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    Hey I did Flash my r8000 router and I can’t ac5to the Routerany more.
    I did try to factory reset 30.30.30 with no luck can you please help me. ?
    Best regards
    [email protected]

  16. Mike April 19, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Do you know if this method works with the NetGear Orbi? Also do you know when another special for IPVanish will be coming out? Something better than the 20% discount for the year.

  17. Muhammad Abdul-Jaleel April 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Hello Troy i have att uverse running home wifi . Its using an ARRIS NVG589 router can i use the vpn on this? Or will i be better to use individual devices?

  18. Tom April 18, 2018 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Hi Troy, I setup IPVanish on a an Asus AC86U router with your instructions and everything worked well there. Only now i can’t access my home DVR or IP cameras. They have always had a static address in the router, port forwarding, and used a DDNS service due to my constantly changing home IP address and had worked perfectly. But since turning on the VPN, I can’t access them remotely. Only through the local network. Is there a simple fix? There are 4 separate addresses to access. thanks.

  19. R.F. Sanders April 17, 2018 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    If I have an inexpensive router, e.g. a tp-link, is it your recommendation to install the VPN on my windows computer, android box, and android smart phone instead of trying to install VPN on the inexpensive router?

    • Troy April 18, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Hello R.F. Yes, I would suggest on the devices themselves.

  20. Richard April 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy, any thoughts on the TM-AC1900 being used for mesh and VPN? It is much cheaper than the standard Asus routers you listed, but most say it is the same with a different firmware.

    • Troy April 18, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Sorry Richard, I can’t comment on that as I haven’t used it.

  21. Patrick April 16, 2018 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Troy I am asking again about the Nighthawk A10. Below is the actual model and I have just purchased it and I would really like to setup my VPN on it. Do you know if it will work?
    NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200 802.11ac/ad Quad-Stream WiFi Router, 1.7GHz Quad-core Processor, Plex Media Server.

    • Troy April 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Patrick, I don’t know. If you can install DD-WRT on it, yes it should work. You can look on the DD-WRT website for specific install instructions pertaining to your router.

  22. BD April 14, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Will How To Install VPN On Router work with fios

  23. Mike April 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply


    According to the techs at IPvanish 5 connections are allowed simultaneously.BUT they must all be through a router – ie ONE IP address. If multiple PC’s are used [ with no router installed IPVanish ] – then only ONE will work as each PC will get a different IP address !!
    See reply from RD……..
    ” In fact : Only one public IP address is allowed to use your Real-Debrid account at the same time. If you want to protect your devices, please set the VPN on your router to get only one IP address ”

    I hope this clarifies the Issue.

    • Troy April 10, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Hi Mike, they gave you incorrect information. They base the connection status off of username being used, not ip address. I always have my mobile device working off different ip address than my home and it works great. Also, regarding ip address, you have an internal address specific to your home network for each device and an address that your ISP provides you. These services that restrict your access by ip address is based off the ip address that your ISP provides to you, not your internal ip addresses, but again, IPVanish doesn’t do this. They restrict by username being used. See this –

  24. Jeff Hayward April 9, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Hi Troy, I have 5 Amazon Fire TV devices, all installed with IPVanish. I was really considering installing IPVanish on my ASUS AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Router for whole network protection. I am an Amazon Prime member and have noticed that I can not play Amazon Prime video with IPVanish turned on. I get “not allowed this location” message with IPVanish turned on, so turn it off when watching Prime video. This is the only thing that is making me hesitant about installing IPVanish on my router. Any suggestions would be appreciated. And thanks again for all the great information you put out there for all us half techies.

    • Jeff Hayward April 9, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Disregard Troy. Sorry to waste your time, you had already addressed this problem in your dual router setup video. I was hoping of another way around this problem, however it appears the only solution is going with the dual routers. I think I’ll just stick with the IPVanish on my individual devices, since it is easy to turn on and off as needed and makes my laptop portable as well. I will never be using more than 5 devices at the same time, so this seems to be the best solution for me. Thanks again.

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Hi Jeff, that is the another reason why I have two routers setup on my home network. I can easily switch to open router if something not working well with VPN. Also, I don’t use Prime as much as I used to because I have Real-Debrid and those links work great within Kodi and Terrarium TV.

  25. Mike April 9, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Re last comment -for last word – read SSID

    Thank you – sorry for the typo.

  26. Mike April 9, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Hey Troy…..
    I think a little clarification is needed on the use of IP Vanish. True it says you can have 5 units connected with IP vanish at the same time. However this means they MUST all have the same address. Therefore 5 is OK run through a router – But only ONE if setup on an individual unit / PC. As the use of the Amazon firestick [ for use with Amazon Prime } with a VPN is blocked – it means that you need to think VERY carefully how to run your setup – depending – of course on your viewing preferences. You will see , on reflection that this can only easily be done – with 2 routers is by changing the connection from cable to wireless-and back again { ie changing the router you access ] / or setting up two SSD’s.

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Hi Mike, not sure if I am following you here. When you say “But only ONE if setup on an individual unit / PC. IPVanish allows you to use up to five connections simultaneously even if one of those five is protecting a router that has 30 devices connected to it.

  27. Richard April 9, 2018 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Troy – any mesh systems that work with this?

  28. Geoff Stewart April 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy, I live in a poor net signal area and so use a Huawei B315 -063F modem which actually uses the 4G mobile (cell) network to provide my internet. As it is my signal gives me 7 to 11 Mbps. I find this OK most of the time to stream 720 HD video, sometimes I have to drop down to HQ. If I follow through with this tutorial, 1, will it work and 2, will it slow things down very (too) much.
    Don’t feel to sorry for a poor Aussie with decrepit service. :=)
    Keep up the good work.

  29. Mark Erskine April 8, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all this great work Troy. I do in fact use IPVanish. But I do find when using my Netflix subsciption, that I need to make make sure IPVanish is turned off, because Netflix detects it, and doesn’t let me connect. Because of this, I’m thinking installing on my router may not be a good idea, since access to turning on and off IPVanish is harder on the router, than in the app on my FireTV. Yes?

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Hi Mark, that is one of the reasons why I use two routers now on my network.

  30. Calvin April 8, 2018 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy, as always, the information that you present is great. I have a Cisco DPC3941T modem/router from my ISP. Can I use the ASUS AC3100 to set up my VPN and use the ISP supplied modem/router since I don’t have a separate modem?

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Hi Calvin, yes you should still be able to use your own router with the modem. Call them if you need instructions on how to install it.

  31. Pete April 8, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy,
    You say to download IPVanish VPN ovpn files and crt file…there are a large number ovpn files…do you download ALL these files and upload to the router?

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Hi Pete, I go through all of that in video. Please watch that.

  32. Patrick Roberts April 8, 2018 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Troy will this work with the new Nighthawk A10?

  33. Sharon B April 8, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Will this work on my Comcast Router that houses my internet, phone and tv?

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

      Hi Sharon, no it will not. The routers that the ISPs provide are not powerful enough and don’t have proper firmware to run VPN.

  34. GEORGE April 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Troy, you keep sending me emails since I signed up. I subscribe to your channel, even signed up with your IPVanish VPN. The last mail suggested to download and use your Quick Install. I click on your link but am unable to go any further. It tells me “you must be a subscriber to be able to use that app?
    I thought I was a member . So please explain to me what I’m doing wrong.
    I also would like a heads up on what to do when you keep telling “THE COMENT SECTION BELOW”
    How the hell do I communicate with you ?
    That YouTube channel is not that user friendly. Where is down below???
    Thanks keep up the great work

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:44 am - Reply


      The link that you click for Rapid App Installer will take you to the “Subscribers” page which you are and then provide you with a video that shows you how to install the app. Just follow the video on the page that says “Subscribers Only”.

  35. Susan Reigstad April 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Is there a reputable company that I can purchase a firestick that has all this stuff already “done” and that I would just have to plug the fire stick into my TV and it would work to watch everything?

    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Susan, I wouldn’t suggest doing that. You need to learn how to do this stuff yourself as things are always changing. What works today, might not work tomorrow and in this hobby, you need to know how to keep things working.

  36. Mike April 7, 2018 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy…love your feeds and videos.
    So this video on installing VPN on the new ASUS router captivated me and feel the price is not that exorbitant for the benefit. But here’s a question. I’m streaming IPTV using SET TV, and it requires a fixed IP address. Is there a way to make that application work without the VPN client…in other words, set parameters somewhere if the SET TV app starts to not use the VPN but the standard IP address? Or is the only way around it is to set up two routers as you mentioned at the end of your video?


    • Troy April 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Mike, you can always use VPN with SET but only on one device. When you use that one device with the VPN, the other 2 connections don’t work. If you install Asuswrt-Merlin firmware on the Asus router, they have an option to perform “selective routing”. By doing that, you can tell the router which ip addresses to use or not use the VPN with. You may want to look into that. I plan on diving into that area as well within the next month.

  37. Monique April 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy! I followed all of your instructions which are clear and precise by the way. However, once I click activate, I’m receiving an “x” not a check mark. I’ve tried several opvn files and still no success. Any suggestions?

    • Troy April 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Hello Monique, I would suggest to unplug your cable modem for a minute, let it boot back up and go through process again. Also, make sure you are also uploading the crt file.

    • Monique April 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Nevermind, email did not work, but username did.

  38. Dwayne Currie hale April 7, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    What VPN can I put on tends AC 1200 router

    • Troy April 7, 2018 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Hello Dwayne, for this, you can follow video #2 but keep in mind that you will need to install the specific DD-WRT firmware needed for that router. You can find that information on the DD-WRT Website –

  39. Dustin Oppy April 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Is it possible to set this up on an ASUS CM-32 (AC2600, 32×8)?

    • Troy April 7, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Dustin, you can do this on any router that comes with AsusWRT firmware. But, it will only work well on the routers with the powerful processors as mentioned above. It doesn’t hurt to try this is you already have an Asus Router with that firmware.

  40. Jerry Nelson April 6, 2018 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    You have probably answered this one already. What can I do if I have att with a router and modem combined?

    • Troy April 7, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Jerry, those types of routers won’t work with VPN.

  41. Richard March 29, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy, nice write-up but i do have a question. I am looking at the mesh network routers because i am getting cruddy signal currently in my home – i have a cinder block wall that divides the middle and technically four different level (tri-level and basement). Can you still flash dd-wrt to the new mesh routers as well without issue? I am looking at the google home wifi setup specifically.

  42. Joe T March 29, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Why are my comments being deleted? Just because you advertise IPVanish and financially prosper from passing subscribers to them, should not preclude informing them of potential pitfalls. I was merely sharing my experience with IPVanish in hopes that maybe you or them would find a solution to something that cannot be happening to just me.

    • Troy March 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Hello Joe, I am not sure which comment you are referring to. As the title explains where you post your comment “Post A Question/Comment – Due to volume, not all questions can be answered.” Unfortunately, I can’t answer every single question and I receive over 100 VPN comments per day from trolls of competing companies trying to devalue IPVanish. Please reply with your question and I will try and help. Thanks for your patience.

  43. Scott T Bosiger March 26, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Hey Troy, I have a couple of questions. I have a motorola MG7450 router that works great for my house. I am trying to install the files mentioned in your video, but I can’t find them anywhere. Also, I have several kids with lots of pads and PS4 and several other things that connect to my router. I am wondering if I should install this on my router or just install on my fire tv and sticks to just protect them. I am also wondering if installing this on my router will cause problems for the iphones and other devices we have connected. Thanks so much for help and love what you do!!

    • Troy March 26, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Hi Scott, I always suggest installing on devices themselves unless there is a specific reason to install on router. If on router, you need one that you can install DD-WRT onto and it must be a powerful router that can run VPN in background. Usually those types of routers are going to cost $200 plus and the inexpensive ones won’t do the job.

  44. Michael March 25, 2018 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Hello Troy, Any history with the Netgear R7800 (AC2600)? Since the R7000 (AC1900) is a few years old now what made you choose them over a newer model? Thanks for all the great work and sharing.

    • Troy March 26, 2018 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Hello Michael, later this week I am coming out with a new router tutorial that doesn’t require installing DD-WRT. If you can find install files for R7800 and DD-WRT, it should work fine.

  45. bauerlj19 March 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I have successfully loaded IPVanish on my R7000, however when I check my IP with “” the server is located in Prague. Now this may not be bad thing, but I expected to see Chicago. I would assume my bandwidth will suffer. Suggestions? Thoughts on how far apart my two routers should be?

    • Troy March 19, 2018 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Hello, you need to make sure that you are entering the server address for Chicago. I am assuming that you entered the server address for Prague instead?

  46. Steve Greco March 18, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Will this work on a netgear r6900?

  47. Marcelino March 17, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Hello does it work on Apple Airport Time Capsule?

    • Troy March 18, 2018 at 10:03 am - Reply

      No, I don’t believe you can install DD-WRT on that router.

  48. Gary March 10, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Hi Troy I’m trying to install DD-WRT on my R7000 router. I’ve been following your instructions on your video, but I’m having problems downloading the two files required. I’m running windows 10 and right clicking to save the file into a folder doesn’t come up. I’m given a list of options….none of which is to save. I’m not sure where to go from here. I’m sure it’s something I’m doing wrong. Can you point me in the right direction.

  49. Bill Hays February 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    If I install VPN on my Amazon fire box. Will it hide my video streaming from my cable ISP ? Or does my entire network need to have it installed ? I rarely video stream on my computers.

    • Troy February 24, 2018 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Hello Bill, it will protect everything on the device where you have it activated. If on router, it will protect all devices connected to router.

  50. Carl February 17, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Hi Troy, i want to get an VPN. I am retired and winter in southern usa, I have six fire tv boxes that I bring with me to my northern home in summer and then I bring them back south to my winter home.
    What vpn will allow me to move my fire boxes from home to home without problems or forcing me to pay extra?
    Thank you so much or helping us and keep up a great website.
    Btw, I don’t think I can use a router vpn because my home surveillance cameras require a direct fixed ip.

    • Troy February 17, 2018 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hi Carl, I always suggest installing VPN on the device itself rather than the router. IPVanish allows up to five connections on the same account simultaneously. You can install the app on as many devices as you would like and the service will work on five of them at the same time. This would work for you as I doubt that you would have 6 televisions running at the same time anyway.

  51. charles gordon February 6, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    this guide is not for a beginner. you must be a techie to even understand what he is talking about. what the heck is a ddwert? no step by step instructions. will i ruin my router?

    • Troy February 9, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Charles, I to through the step by step instructions in the video. Click pause button between each step and you will find everything you need.

  52. Jacob Davis February 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Troy i thinking about purchasing IP vanish, my question is can I install on a cable network router to secure everything in my house?

    • Troy February 10, 2018 at 12:55 am - Reply

      Hi Jacob, usually the cable routers will not work.

  53. James Mack January 28, 2018 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I have not obtained any assistance since I made my purchase.

    • Troy January 29, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

      Hell James, what purchase are you referring to? If you are referring to IPVanish, you must contact them at [email protected] You can put TROYPOINT in subject line for faster service.

  54. Josh T January 22, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy, I’m new to your site but I’m looking to install VPN on my router with your guide. I have Netgear N600 Model WNDR3400v2, would i be ok to install the VPN on it or will it hurt my download speeds?

  55. Will January 20, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I have Xfinity Comcast internet. I want to protect my connection at there device. Do I still have to use a router or can I just use there wireless. This is for IP Vanish.

    • Troy January 21, 2018 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Will, you can simply install IPVanish on the specific devices that you want to protect. You don’t need to install on router unless you want to protect all devices within your home network that are connecting through router.

  56. Rick Brownley December 31, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Hi, Just followed the instructions for adding a VPN to a second router. Both routers are the Netgear R7000. After going through the setting for the second router, only VPN2 is showing up for network connections. How do I get VPN5 to show up.

  57. AJ December 27, 2017 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Will this work with verizon fios router? Also, I have both a 5ghz and 2.4ghz wifi signal from this router. Would it be best to install vpn on one of them?

    • Troy December 27, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Hello AJ, I doubt that this will work on any routers that are provided by the cable companies.

  58. J. Schaerer December 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    I have a Netgear 3400 Router. Will this work with IPVanish and are there files to flash it?

  59. Gary December 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Is my Netgear R8000 a good candidate for this install? Does this install make it possible to change the firewall port settings on this router? Do you recommend a better candidate? How much of my 100 Mbps from xfinity can I expect to loose? Is this install reversible?

  60. Lisa December 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I have a Netgear R6250 will it work for a VPN

    • Troy December 20, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Lisa, yes it should work but I am afraid download speeds will suffer as this isn’t a very powerful router. You would be better off installing the VPN on the devices that you want to protect.

  61. Ledger (@NickelN58) December 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Hi Troy. I’m thinking about installing IPVanish on my router using your guide 🙂
    I have a question if you don’t mind. When you say, “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”, does that include protection for the firestick with kodi or do I have to install VPN separately for those devices?
    Thank you.

    • Troy December 18, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

      Hello, it will protect all devices that are connecting to this router to gain access to Internet. No, you don’t need to install on device itself if you are connecting through this after setting up VPN on router.

  62. Paul Tracey December 8, 2017 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    i have got a huawei B310-8B4E which is a 4g router. average 30mbps. i got android mx boxes and firesticks and laptops. advice on setting that up on a vpn please. I got Radmin through my main pc,but really not sure what i doing. layman terms please.
    I am just about to read up on your box and stick tutorials. cheers for that Troy.

  63. Donkey Kong November 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    AT&T Wow, I checked with them and after doing diagnostics on my land line offered me 5Mbs service.

    • Donkey Kong November 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Omm this post was in reply to “Terra Caravella Wolf” sorry about that.

  64. Mike November 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Troy, I have a Netgear R7500v2 router. Do I use the R7000 instructions or something else? I don’t see the 7500 listed anywhere in your documentation. Thanks.

  65. 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.

  66. 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. 🙁

  67. 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?

  68. 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.

  69. 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?

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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

  73. 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

  74. 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…

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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

  78. 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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  80. 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.

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

  83. 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?

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

        • Leo October 26, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

          You can use Privacy Hero ( – looks like it does not require your router to be compatible. Really neat idea…

  86. 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?

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. 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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  95. 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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