With today's variety of devices, from refrigerators to computers that are connected to the Internet, it’s very important that you can connect them to a VPN. It is understood that VPN setup on a smart refrigeration or similar device has not yet been implemented. But there is a great opportunity to configure a VPN on the router so that all devices in the house or in the office work through it.
“Why?” You ask. Especially since it can be difficult for a person who has never done this. Let's take a closer look at why it is necessary to configure a VPN on a router, and what advantages and disadvantages arise.
Pros and cons of setting up a VPN on the router.
Before deciding to set up a VPN for a router, you need to decide if there are any advantages to setting up a VPN on the router, and what you will have to sacrifice.
Once and for everything.
Setting up a VPN on all computers, and phones and other devices can sometimes be very time consuming. Moreover, on gaming consoles or televisions this may not be possible. And I want them to be able to play geo-limited content. Having configured the VPN on the router, you do not have to configure it on all devices that are connected to that router. Since they will all be connected to the router, they will all work through the VPN.
VPN is always active.
After turning on the computer, phone or other gadget, you no longer need to spend time connecting to the VPN. VPN connection on the router is always active.
Protection from wiretapping traffic.
All your devices, like the router itself, although connected to the same provider, but all traffic goes through VPN servers. Thus, the provider cannot "listen" to it and know which servers you are connecting to. You can be absolutely sure that absolutely all devices in the house that are connected to the Internet are protected from wiretapping by the provider. Plus, if you went to a hacked resource, the hacker will not know your real IP address, this greatly complicates the task of hacking your router.
Internet speed may drop.
We rarely pay attention to the router. In the understanding of a simple person, he performs a simple function, distributes Wi-Fi. Specially, in order to sell routers to more people, manufacturers make budget versions for this list of tasks only. Unfortunately, if you hang up at least some kind of VPN with encryption on this router, big problems begin. The processor resources of such a router will begin to be sorely lacking. Because of this, of course, the connection speed will suffer. Of course, you can use the PPTP protocol, which lacks encryption, but then be prepared for the fact that your VPN traffic can be intercepted.
Geo-limited content that is only available in your country will become unavailable
Weight Your traffic will go through our server. Content that is available only to your stratum will become unavailable. For example, you live in America, use a German VPN server to access German content, configure it on a router. Unfortunately, Netflix and other services that work only in the USA will no longer be available for all your devices.
Setting up a VPN on a computer or phone is almost no problem. Moreover, you can download the Netmap VPN application for your device and install it in just 2 clicks. But there are no VPV applications for the router, you have to configure it yourself. Of course, there are configuration instructions for each router, the principle is approximately the same, however, due to differences in the interface, this can be difficult. Plus, there are no instructions for absolutely all routers, because of their huge number. But if everything is done correctly and according to the instructions, you will find success. Be careful, you may have to gather information from third-party sources, or politely ask for technical support to prompt or help you.
Some routers do not support VPN protocols.
This is even more likely not a minus, but a circumstance that can cause a bit of problems. If you need to configure a VPN on the router, but there is no router, then check with the store’s consultant before buying whether it supports VPN protocols. If you buy the wrong router, you will have to return it, or do not use Netmap VPN for the router. Also, you should check with the VPN provider which protocols it supports for the router. At the moment, Netmap VPN has been tested and successfully working for routers using the L2TP protocol.
The operating system of the router may be vulnerable.
The operating system for routers is not developed in the same way as the OS for computers. Most of you do not even know that the operating system for the router can be updated. Nobody does it, but in vain. Updates may concern your safety. Also, if you buy a router, before buying, if you can, be sure to check how often the manufacturer of the router issues updates.
How to configure VPN on a router?
If you still decide to configure the VPN on the router, you must configure it. If you have a router with support for VPN protocols, then this can be done according to the instructions. However, if you do not have support for VPN protocols, then you will have to spend more time.
Of course, before setting up, you need to buy VPN for the router.
If your router does not support VPN, then you can try flashing the router. Today there are several working firmware for routers, these are DD-WRT and Tomato. We will not describe the whole process of flashing here, all the instructions for this are on the sites of these firmware. The only important point is that your device should be on the list of available firmware for these. If your router is not listed, you will have to buy another router.
After buying or flashing an existing router, you need to decide which protocol to use. At the moment, our experts have tested the L2TP protocol, it works without failures and there are instructions for it on our website. However, you can also use other protocols, such as PPTP or OpenVPN.
After the VPN configuration on the router is completed, it may be necessary to switch servers. Yes, and during the setup process, you will also have to do this in order to find the server most suitable for yourself. Our site has a convenient tool - "Netmap VPN Server Locations". Using it, you can choose a server which connection will be the fastest. You can also select the server that is least loaded.
What problems can arise when setting up a VPN on a router and using it?
During the setup and use of the VPN on the router, you may experience a number of difficulties, namely:
1. It is difficult to pick up a server. Since there are a lot of servers, Choosing the best one for your router the first time may fail.
2. Limitations of your provider. Your ISP may restrict VPN traffic. Because of this, setting up a VPN can be more difficult, or it won’t work out at all.
3. You can incorrectly configure, knock down the Internet settings and have to redo it.
Should I buy a VPN? First of all, it depends on your needs. If speed is important to you, then most likely not. But if you need to be constantly protected, bypass Internet provider locks and remain anonymous - setting up a VPN on the router is a great solution.