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How to set up a VPN on a router (Update 2021)

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2021, February 10 · read 9 minutes

Setting up a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your router is a great way to improve your digital security. Whether you’re in your home or office, you can protect an entire network by connecting all your devices to the VPN simultaneously, including PCs, laptops, smartphones, smart TVs, and even consoles. In this way, all devices connected to the Wi-Fi network will have encrypted access to the Internet and receive the full set of VPN benefits.

And don’t worry about the installation process – it’s easier than it looks.

How to set up a VPN on the router

  1. Open the router configuration panel. Access it by entering the IP (Internet Protocol) address of your router in your browserAnd Just like a URL. If you don’t know your router’s IP address, here’s how to find it:
    • For Windows 10 users:
      • open the “Started, type and selectCommand prompt.
      • The console window will appear; Type “ipconfigin it and pressEnters. ”
      • You should see your router’s IP address on “default gate” Line.
    • If you are using macOS:
      • Open “System Preferences” from Apple قائمة menu.
      • Then click “network.”
      • Here, select “Wi-Fi” -> “Advanced…” -> “TCP/IP”.
      • You will find the router’s IP address displayed next to “Router”.
  2. Check for VPN Client tab. They are usually found under the advanced settings of your router. Depending on your router model and brand, this section may be elsewhere. Click around to locate it.

If you do not find it, it means that your router is not compatible with the VPN. But don’t worry – most routers can be made VPN compatible with some firmware (we’re discussing How to make your router VPN client compatible below).

  1. Follow your VPN client’s instructions. Here are Surfshark’s instructions for setting up a VPN at:
  2. Make sure your connection is protected by a VPN. To do this, you can simply search for “what’s my IP address” in Google and see if it shows a different site than yours. If not, check if you have implemented the instructions correctly and/or contact Surfshark customer support.
  3. Enjoy your VPN router!

Is your router incompatible with VPN? Here’s how to fix that

Disclaimer: Flashing your router incorrectly can damage your router and make it unusable. If you decide to go ahead, do it At your own risk.

If your router isn’t already compatible with the VPN client, you can usually set it up with a third-party firmware to fix the problem. Here’s how:

  1. Find out the IP address of your router. Or skip to step 3 if you’ve already done so.
    • For Windows 10 users,
      • open the “Started“And type”Command prompt.
      • There, you have to write “ipconfigand pressEnters. ”
      • You will see your router’s IP address on “default gate” Line.
    • If you are using macOS,
      • Open “System Preferences” from Apple قائمة menu.
      • Then click “network.”
      • Here, select “Wi-Fi” -> “Advanced…” -> “TCP/IP”.
      • You will find the router’s IP address displayed next to “Router”.
  2. Access to your router. To access your router, Enter the IP address from step 1 In your browser just like you do with a URL. This should bring up a prompt asking for the username and password for your router. If you haven’t changed it, you should find it in your router manual (advice: You can access most routers by typing “Supervisor” NS Both username and password).
  3. Get the firmware for your router. Check if your router is supported by going to the DD-WRT website. Use the search box to find your router model (you can also try OpenWRT or tomatoes If you can’t find your model on DD-WRT).
  4. Download bin files from your DD-WRT website specific Router. This is very important because the process can void your warranty or even make the router no longer work.
  5. Find the firmware installation page. Many router interfaces have this command under Management. Click around to find it.
  6. Load the DD-WRT container file. Again, make sure it’s the correct file for your browser, then upload it and wait.
  1. Set a username and password. The default DD-WRT IP address is Enter that into your browser as the URL, and you will be asked to set a new username and password.
  2. Make sure your router is connected to the Internet.
  3. Preparing for installation. Go to the VPN tab under Services and check the “Enable” bubble next to “Start the open VPN client”.
  4. Now follow the above steps in How to set up a VPN router.

Tips to get the most out of your VPN router

  1. Connect to the nearest VPN server. If you want speed, connect to the VPN server closest to your location.
  2. Don’t double up unnecessarily. You don’t have a VPN running on both your router and your device – a VPN-protected router has you covered! Double your VPN usage will reduce your internet speed.
  3. Find the latest encryption standards. Newer encryption standards are faster and more secure. WireGuard, IKEv2, and OpenVPN are the best and most secure on the market. However, not all routers support it. Ensure that your VPN client will not get lost on a VPN router that it cannot fully support.
  4. Be careful with free VPNs. Free VPNs may not have the paid security standards. You will often find yourself dealing with slower performance, intrusive ads, and possibly your online activity being recorded and sold to third parties.
  5. Bookmark your router settings. This is the router’s IP address we talked about before. Bookmark it on your browser so you can easily access your VPN router settings whenever you need to.

Setting up a VPN on the router: the pros and cons

There are many good reasons to install a VPN on a router – and a few downsides. here they are:



Continuous VPN Protection

More complex installation

Saves time for VPN installations on every device

Difficult to control settings

Securing all home appliances

Router dependent capability

Ensures private and buffer-free streaming

The connection between the device and the router is not secured

Protects all the guests who come to your house

Also works on devices where you can’t install a VPN

Pat yourself on the back

Setting up a VPN router may seem daunting, but it is not that difficult when you are well informed. The benefits – saving time to install a VPN, securing multiple devices at once, etc. – speak for themselves. After reading this article, you are now armed with knowing how to set up your VPN router.

Can we suggest Surfshark? The VPN comes with excellent setup guides for a variety of routers, and has an enhanced tool server network It offers great speeds, and if something goes wrong, you’ll be able to count on its 24/7 support to help you get back on track. Even better: there A variety of pre-flash routers (With Surfshark already installed) You can choose from.

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written by

Pijus Jauniškis

A privacy concern and a knack for translating technical things into human language

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