Can I Install a VPN on My Router?

Can I Install a VPN on My Router?

Having a router with VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a major way of securing your home internet connection. You may have heard that hackers are always finding means to infiltrate systems.

VPN allows you to bypass internet restrictions in your region while having an encrypted browsing experience. With a VPN you can be able to browse from different locations and save on expenses such as airfare or car rentals.

You can install a VPN on your router. But, you must ensure you have a proper router, with powerful processing hardware and a suitable VPN provider.

A VPN connects you to a remote network through a highly encrypted tunnel so that all your browser history is hidden and protected.

Using such a tunnel will protect you from a range of things such as security risks when using public Wi-Fi, government surveillance, or throttling your connection.  

In this article, we will discuss installing a VPN on your router. So read on to find out more.

Can I Install a VPN on My Router?

Internet problems may range from not being able to watch videos not available in your region, or not getting better prices on software. These problems can be solved by installing a VPN connection on your router. So yes you can install a VPN on your router.

Having a VPN directly installed on your router means that you won’t have to install a VPN on all the devices you own. You just have to connect your devices to the router and the VPN will be used on all your devices automatically.

Once you have decided to install a VPN on your router, there are two things you must consider.

1. You must ensure you have a proper router and a suitable VPN provider. Selecting the right router is a process that you should be keen on. This is because many routers only support VPN as a server and won’t allow you to bridge the router to a remote VPN. They can only offer to connect you to your home network when you are far from home.

2. You should also consider a router that has powerful processing hardware. It’s possible to run a VPN in that old router but a newer and powerful router will offer you better performance.

By installing a VPN on your router, you will still be able to enjoy all the perks of a VPN connection when using the internet!

How Do I Put a VPN on My Router?

Installing a VPN on your router will require you to look for a firmware that will support your chosen VPN provider. You should consult the router’s manual to determine if your router is compatible with a VPN. 

Before purchasing a router, you need to be aware that not all routers can run VPN software. You will have to purchase an additional VPN-compatible router if you are using an ISP modem.

This is because the ISP modem comes with a combined router and modem that won’t allow you to use the router as a VPN client. Some of the most popular firmware that can work in both old and new routers are DD-WRT and Tomato.

Once you’ve found a VPN provider, you should follow the instructions provided on their website. If you have determined that your router is compatible with your chosen VPN, you can simply log in and configure it to create a connection with the servers of your VPN provider.

In case your router is only compatible with DD-WRT or Tomato, you will have to flash it and install the new chosen firmware before configuring it to your VPN. This process will take longer but doesn’t have any complications.

The process of installing a VPN on your router will depend on the firmware you use. The process will look something similar to this:

1. Log into your router.

2. Configure your router. The steps here will depend on the router’s firmware.

3. Test it.

Should I Put a VPN on My Router?

Setting VPN to your router comes along with many advantages and therefore, you should install a VPN in your router. The advantages include:

  • One-time connection

A regular user of a VPN knows the hassle of having to connect to a VPN all the time he or she wants to use the internet. Sometimes the connection established is weak and breaks frequently.

This is dangerous because you might forget having connected to a VPN. A connection that also breaks midway while you are browsing can be harmful. 

You would imagine making or receiving payments and then your connection breaks and is intercepted by hackers.

Therefore, it’s wise to have your VPN directly connected to your router to ensure safe browsing. This will save you time and also protect your sensitive information all the time.

  • Connection of more devices at a time

It is quite inconvenient when you have to connect your devices every day to a VPN separately. It is also time-consuming when you have to connect all devices to a VPN if you want to use them. 

Therefore, connecting to your VPN through your router is the easiest way. Not only will you use all your devices all the time when a VPN connection is established but also you won’t have to worry about your privacy as it would be under protection.

  • Compatible with every platform

VPNs are not reliable when used in different operating systems. This causes a limitation to the number of devices that can be used if separate VPNs are being used for different devices. 

The easiest way to ensure VPN works across all platforms is to use a VPN connection to a router. Being connected to a VPN through your router will cancel out the need to log in every time you want to browse using a different device.

How Do I Know If My Router Is VPN Compatible?

All routers will allow them to be used with a VPN but not all of them will allow a VPN to be installed. You should always check with the router manufacturer to check its compatibility. You can also consult the router’s manual to determine if your router is compatible with a VPN.

Therefore, if your router is not compatible with the VPN, you will have to buy a new router that is compatible. You can also link up the old router to the new one so that you don’t lose your passwords, firewalls, and settings.

The only disadvantage to having a VPN in your router is that your connection speed can be slowed down. The solution to this is to find a VPN that offers both security and high speeds.

To sum up, having your router connected to a VPN server has many advantages in ensuring your online privacy. The quality of your VPN server will determine the number of disadvantages that come with having a VPN router. You should strive to get a VPN server that provides superior quality.

Mark Lewis

Security nerd with a Data Privacy First mindset!

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