How to set up a VPN on your router – ZDNet


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A VPN is an effective way to encrypt and secure the web traffic and activity on a PC or other device. But if you want to protect all the devices on your network, one option is to establish the VPN on your router, thereby allowing all your devices to tap into the same VPN network and connection.

There are some requirements and restrictions to setting up a VPN on a router. First, your router will act as a VPN client, not a server. 

This means that you’ll need to use an existing VPN service for which you have access. 

Second, not all routers support a VPN, so you’ll need to check your make and model to see if it does. 

For this story, I’m going to set up a VPN access on my home router, which is a Netgear Mesh Orbi. Since the firmware for every router is different, your steps will definitely vary from the ones I describe for my unit. 

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But you should still be able to follow along and get this process working on your end.

How to set up a VPN on your router

To start, I open my router’s firmware in a browser. Most routers have a default IP address of But that’s not always the case. To double-check your router’s IP address, open a command prompt and type ipconfig. 

The entry for Default Gateway points to your router, so enter that address in your browser’s address field. You’ll then be prompted to sign in with your router’s username and password.

Next, I look for a setting for VPN or VPN service, which is usually under advanced settings. For instance, the setting on my router is in the Advanced Setup section. I select that setting.

Enable the VPN service in your router’s firmware.

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I turn on the option to enable the VPN service. With my Netgear router, I’m then asked to set up a static IP address or a Dynamic DNS (DDNS) account. 

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Both options work in conjunction with a VPN. With a static address, my IP address stays the same. With a DDNS account, my IP address information is automatically updated if and when my ISP assigns me a new dynamic address. In this case, I go with the option for DDNS.

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I then sign up for one of the free DDNS accounts offered via Netgear. I go to the Dynamic DNS setting in the router and sign in with the account.

Sign in with your DDNS account.

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After signing in with the DDNS account, I return to the settings for VPN and download the necessary configuration file for Windows.

Download the necessary configuration file for Windows.

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I’m next prompted to install a VPN client on the devices I wish to use based on operating system. Since I’m using a Windows PC, I download and install the client package for Windows. 

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But there are also packages for the Mac and for mobile devices. For my router, Netgear leads me to OpenVPN, an open source VPN protocol and service. I install the OpenVPN client and then import the VPN configuration file to it.

Import the confirmation information into the VPN client.

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Next, I have to check and rename the network connection to use the new VPN network. In Windows 10, I go to Settings > Network & Internet and select the option for Change adapter options.

Check the network connection.

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I look for a connection that contains the string: OpenVPN Tap and rename it to NETGEAR-VPN.

Rename the network connection.

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Finally, I double-click the VPN client icon in the System Tray to connect. A status window shows me that I’m connected. I then browse to different websites. Returning to the VPN client status window, I can see that data is being sent out and received.

Turn on the VPN connection and browse the web.

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Your experience will differ depending on your router’s make and model. Some routers require a program called DD0-WRT, which adds extra features that aren’t available in your router’s built-in firmware. 

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And though my Netgear router wanted DDNS to use a VPN, that requirement may not be necessary in all cases. So although your mileage will vary, you’ll still need to follow a similar series of steps to take advantage of a VPN on your router.




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