How To Setup a VPN on Home Network (Router). Raveling Tech

Steps to setup VPN on Router.

VPNs allow you to browse the web anonymously and help you in accessing restricted websites which are block or not available for your country.

Usually, VPNs are installed on individual devices but if you are connected on your home router and want to use VPN service on all your devices connected to the same router. Instead of installing VPN on each device, you can set a VPN on your Router and it will cover all your devices connected to your home network.     

Switching the VPN on and off isn’t an easy task, you’ll need to log into your router settings to control it. Here I am using an ASUS RT-AC51U router for explaining the complete step-by-step process for setting a VPN to a router.

Steps to connect ASUS Router to NordVPN.

Step 1: First, open your browser and go nordvpn.com/servers and scroll down to the server recommended section.
There you can see the server that will offer you the best possible experience.

Step 2: Click on ‘Show available protocols under the suggested server.

Setup VPN Step 1

Step 3: In the options that show up, download both VPN UDP and TCP configuration and make sure to note the location of the download as you will need it later.

Set Up VPN on Router Step 2

Step 4: Now you will need to log into the Control Panel of your ASUS router, usually it is 192.168.1.1. You have to type this address in the address bar of your browser.

Step 5: The login window will appear asking you for the username and password to access the Control Panel.

If you have never changed the router’s credentials, they will be ‘admin’ for username and ‘admin’ for password. Otherwise, use the credentials you have set.

Set Up VPN on Router Step 3

Step 6: After you log into the Control Panel, navigate to VPN configuration in the Advanced Settings menu. Click on the VPN client tab and select Add profile.

Set VPN on Router Step 4

Step 7: In the open window, select the OpenVPN tab and fill in the name for the connection, your NordVPN credentials and click Choose File.

Set VPN on Router Step 5

Step 8: Select the UDP or TCP configuration file from the destination where you downloaded the files previously and click Open.

Set Up VPN on Router Step 6

Step 9: Click Upload to load the configuration. You will see the complete message when it successfully completed and click OK.

Set Up VPN on ASUA Router Step 7

Step 10: You now need to change your router’sDNS servers to use those of NordVPN (at the time of writing, these were 103.86.96.100 and 103.86.99.100 for up-to-date servers).

In the left-hand menu, select WAN. Under WAN DNS Setting, set ‘Connect to DNS Servers in the two fields below. Finally, click Apply.  

Step 11: In the VPN client tab, you will see the created connection. Click on the Activate button to connect your router to NordVPN. You are done. 

Set Up VPN on ASUA Router Step 8

Please note that only one OpenVPN connection can be created. If you would like to have another connection configured, you must remove edit the existing one. The blue checkmark should appear in the Connection Status column. That means you are connected to NordVPN.

To disconnect from NordVPN simply clicks on the Deactivate button next to the connection configuration.    

Once you’ve got the VPN set up on your router, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s working correctly by visiting a site which is not available for your country. 

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