How do I manually add a VPN to my router?

Answered by Jason Smith

To manually add a VPN to your router, you need to access your router’s configuration panel and configure the OpenVPN client. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

1. Determine if your router supports VPN: Not all routers have built-in VPN support. Check the manufacturer’s website or the router’s documentation to see if your model supports VPN functionality.

2. Find your router’s IP address: Open a web browser on a device connected to your router and type in the default gateway IP address in the address bar. This IP address is usually mentioned on the back or bottom of your router, or you can find it in the router’s documentation.

3. Access the router’s configuration panel: Enter the IP address in the browser’s address bar and press Enter. This should take you to the router’s login page. Enter the username and password to log in. If you haven’t changed these credentials, you can find the default login details in the router’s manual or on the manufacturer’s website.

4. Locate the VPN settings: Once logged in, navigate through the router’s configuration menu to find the VPN settings. The exact location of these settings varies depending on the router brand and model. Look for tabs or sections like “Advanced Settings,” “Security,” or “VPN.”

5. Enable OpenVPN: In the VPN settings, you should find an option to enable OpenVPN. Select this option to activate the VPN functionality on your router.

6. Connect to your VPN service: Now, you need to configure your router to connect to your chosen VPN service. This process involves entering the VPN server details provided by your VPN service provider. The required settings can typically be found in the service provider’s documentation or by contacting their customer support.

7. Configure the OpenVPN client: In the VPN settings, you will find fields to enter the VPN server address, port number, username, password, and other necessary information. Enter these details accurately to establish a connection with the VPN server.

8. Save and apply the settings: After entering the VPN configuration details, save the settings and apply them. The router will then attempt to connect to the VPN server using the provided credentials.

9. Test the VPN connection: Once the settings are saved, you can test the VPN connection by accessing a website or service that shows your IP address. If the VPN is successfully connected, your IP address should reflect the location of the VPN server rather than your actual location.

It’s important to note that the specific steps and options may vary depending on your router model and firmware. Make sure to refer to your router’s documentation for detailed instructions or contact the manufacturer’s support for further assistance.

Adding a VPN to your router can provide network-wide VPN protection, allowing all devices connected to the router to benefit from the VPN’s security and privacy features.