Can I Set up NordVPN on Spectrum Router?
NordVPN is one of the most reliable VPN service providers, mostly because it is compatible with almost all Android, Windows, or Mac devices. It is very easy to install and configure it for use on every device, even on your router too.
NordVPN can be set up on Spectrum routers if the provided router has a built-in OpenVPN client option, which most of the Spectrum routers do have. To make the NordVPN available, it has to be configured in a few easy steps in the admin section of the router.
Further in this text, you will learn which router is the best for the VPN, and how to differentiate a router that supports VPN from the one that hasn’t that option available. Also, there is a simple instruction manual that will guide you through the process of enabling VPN on your router.
Can I Use Any Router for NordVPN?
Just like with any other VPN provider, there is a list of recommended devices and routers made by NordVPN, which have proven that they work the best in combination with this VPN provider.
The issue with the VPN is that the quality of the router also plays a big role in the VPN performance. If the router is outdated and not of good quality, it will slow down the internet and VPN as well.
In order to provide the best performance possible, the VPN needs to be configured correctly and all technical conditions need to be met before proceeding with the VPN installation.
Here I must say that not all routers are compatible with VPN. To do this, get the device model number or serial number and search the internet to see if OpenVPN is supported as a Client, rather than as a Server.
Usually, the internet service provider will give you a router that does not support this option. The reason for this is that they would like to keep track of your activities, rather than you changing your IP address by using a VPN.
Spectrum routers, on the other hand, can support the VPN, but make sure to double-check that the model you have received is compatible with the VPN service.
All routers that have the VPN option available are compatible with the NordVPN services. Recently, NordVPN has partnered with FlashRouters to provide extra benefits for NordVPN users.
How to Choose a Spectrum Router for NordVPN?
Spectrum is one of the most possible internet providers, and they are offering a wide range of internet plans, based on the speed of the connection. One router can act very differently and strangely when exposed to different speeds. This is why Spectrum runs some tests and decides which router performs the best with which plan.
Just like Spectrum has selected some routers that work the best with their internet plans, NordVPN also has selected a few devices that are the best match with their VPN.
Their routers are specifically configured to match NordVPN specifications. This way, they can provide the best possible connection, and maximum privacy and security online. Besides these routers, Asus routers are also a good choice, mostly because they have a built-in OpenVPN Client.
How to Configure Spectrum Router for NordVPN?
The setup process will be different depending on the manufacturer of the selected router. However, the main setup steps will be the same, and the difference will reflect in small details.
NordVPN has a section on their website where you can find instructions for installing their VPN based on the type and model of router you have, so make sure to check that if you are unsure how to set up the specific model you have.
The first step in the process is to access the admin section of the router. In order to do this, you will need to prepare the username and password for the router beforehand. This is usually written on the box of the device.
Next, you want to go to any browser and type 192.168.2.1. This will open a page where you will need to enter the aforementioned username and password in order to gain access to the setup.
From that point go straight to the VPN settings, which are usually located under the advanced settings section, if the router has that option. If not, finding VPN should be really easy and straightforward.
Once you find it, you will be asked to create a profile for a new VPN Client, and there you will need to create and enter your NordVPN username and password. From there, go to the NordVPN website and download OpenVPN client configuration files.
These files need to be installed on the router itself. The next steps in the settings in the admin section of the router will ask you to upload a .ovpn file. Once you download it from the NordVPN website, you can proceed and upload it to the router.
When you finish this, you will need to set up NordVPN DNS servers. This can be done in few easy steps. You need to access the WAN section in the settings and to enter NordVPN servers (126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52).
If you did everything correctly, once you go back to the VPN section you should be able to see the new client you have just configured. The final step is to activate the client from there, and voila – the NordVPN is ready to use!
Usually, there is an icon next to the client that indicates if everything is working properly or there are some issues with the connection that has to be addressed.
If you wish to deactivate the VPN at any point, just simply log in to the admin section of the router and disable the VPN client you have installed on the router.