VPN for router

Choose your router

How do I protect my home Wi-Fi network via my router?

1. Check your router
1. Check your router
for VPN compatibility.
Use our instructions.
2. Get the required settings
2. Get the required settings
Use the code that you received
when paying or requesting
the trial period.
3. Set up our VPN on your router
3. Set up our VPN on your router
Now all connected devices are protected and have access to the necessary resources.

Select the router to configure

Asus
TP-Link
Xiaomi
Zyxel
Tenda
MikroTik
Keenetic
D-Link
Other

This guide will help you set up a VPN connection on an Asus router with the basic original firmware using the OpenVPN and PPTP protocols.

Most Asus routers are already configured to work with VPN, so you won't need to install any additional firmware.

Tested router models: Asus RT-N16, Asus RT-N18U, Asus RT-N66U, Asus RT-AC66U, Asus RT-AC68U, Asus RT-AC87U, Asus RT-AC3200.

If you're looking to buy a router and you want to be able to configure it to use a VPN later without any difficulties, pay close attention to the specifications. VPN support should be listed there among the other functions. Here's an example of such a router.

Now let's look at the settings:
Preparatory stage

During the preparatory stage, you need to set up the basic configuration for your router. You'll only need to do this once. You won't need to change these settings again in the future.

Configuration for all routers begins by accessing its control panel. To log in to your Asus router go to http://192.168.1.1/ and log in.

Information about the username and password is located on the back of the router. This is usually admin/admin, and we recommend that you change your password to a more complex one in the future.

First step: go to the Internet section, which is located in the navigation menu on the left, or click on this link: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_WAN_Content.asp

Set the following parameters:

  • WAN connection: Automatic IP
  • WAN, NAT, and UPnP: Yes
  • Connect to the DNS server automatically: No
  • DNS-server 1: 1.1.1.1
  • DNS-server 2: 8.8.8.8
  • DHCP query frequency: Aggressive Mode

Press  Apply to save settings.

Second step: go to the  IPv6  section: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_IPv6_Content.asp

  • Connection type: Disable.
  • Enable router ads: Disable

Press  Apply .

This is all you need to do during the preliminary stage. Now choose the VPN connection option: PPTP/L2TP is simpler, OpenVPN is a little more complicated.

PPTP / L2TP

Go to the VPN section, then the VPN Clienttab at the top, or click on this link: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_VPNClient_Content.asp

Now add a profile. Click the  Add profile  button at the bottom, and a window will appear with the following fields: Description, Server, Name and Password.

To continue setting up your account, you will need an access code to our service.
You'll receive one after making a 'payment, or you can request a trial period.

  • Description:
  • Server:
  • Username:
  • Password:
  • IPSec (PSK): incloaknetwork

After filling in all the fields, click  OK . A new row will appear, and the  Connect  button will appear on the right. Click it, and if the connection is successful, a check mark will appear on the left.
When you've successfully connected, check whether your IP address has changed.

OpenVPN

Note right away that setting up OpenVPN is a little more complicated than PPTP / L2TP, but the difference is just a few more minutes of your time.

Go to the VPN section, then the VPN Client tab at the top, or follow this link: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_VPNClient_Content.asp

Now add a profile. Click the "Add profile" button at the bottom, and the OpenVPN tab will appear.

To continue setting up your account, you will need an access code to our service.
You can get one after making a payment, or after requesting a trial period.

After loading the configuration file, click  OK .

A new row will appear in the table, and on the right, click the  Connect  —button. If connection is successful, a checkmark will appear on the left. When connecting successfully, check whether your IP address has changed.

This guide will help you set up a VPN connection on a TP-Link router with the basic original firmware using the PPTP and L2TP protocols.

Most TP-Link routers are already configured to work with VPN, so you won't need to install any additional firmware.

If you're looking to buy a router and you want to be able to configure it to use a VPN later without any difficulties, pay close attention to the specifications. VPN support should be listed there among the other functions. Here's an example of such a router.

Now let's look at the settings:
Router control panel

Configuration for all routers begins by accessing its control panel. To log in to the TP-Link router, go to http://192.168.1.1/ or http://192.168.0.1/, and log in.

Information about your username and password can also be found in the instructions, or on the back of the router. This is usually admin/admin, and we recommend that you change your password to something more complex.

PPTP / L2TP

Go to Network, then  WAN .

Now let's configure the connection. At the top of the page, select  PPTP/PPTP Russia from the drop-down list. The fields below will be: username, password, server address.

To continue setting up your account, you will need an access code to our service.
You can get one by making a payment, or requesting a trial period.

  • Description:
  • Server:
  • Username:
  • Password:
  • IPSec (PSK): incloaknetwork

After filling in all the fields, clickSave at the bottom of the page.
Scroll to the top of the page and click Connect.
Once you've connected successfully, check whether your IP address has changed.

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi produces Xiaomi Mi Routers that are popular and support working through virtual private networks (VPNs). With VPNs, it is possible to bypass local restrictions, encrypt data transmitted over the internet, and hide the addresses that the user visits. Once the connection is set up, it is no longer necessary to download applications and configure clients on each gadget. So, how to set up a VPN on Xiaomi?

Now let's look at the settings:
How to access the Xiaomi router interface to configure VPN

Access the device interface. The address can be found in the instructions or packaging. Usually, it ishttp://192.168.31.1. In the device interface, select the "Advanced" section, and then the "VPN" subsection. In the connection settings, you will need to enter network and user data.

How to get the hidemy.name access code for the router

You will need to get the access code for hidemy.name beforehand. The service allows you to work without registering on the website - you just need to specify the email address where the code will be sent. hidemy.name allows you to use a trial access. This gives you the opportunity to evaluate the service and its advantages.

Configuring VPN

The points that need to be configured in the device interface are:

  • Name - the name of the connection (any convenient name can be specified).
  • Protocol - select the connection protocol (by default, this is PPTP).
  • Server - VPN server IP address to which you will connect.
  • Username - here you need to enter the code received from hidemy.name.
  • Password - password for network work.

After entering the data, they should be saved and the connection activated by clicking "Connected." If the data is entered correctly, gadgets connected via Wi-Fi will work through a secure channel. This can be checked using a service that determines IP addresses.

OpenVPN support

Instead of using PPTP, Xiaomi can be connected through OpenVPN. hidemy.name supports OpenVPN and PPTP protocols. To use OpenVPN on the device, you need to download the configuration file. It can be downloaded from the hidemy.name website in the "Routers" section.

The main advantage of VPN on a router is that all gadgets connected to Wi-Fi will be reliably protected from data interception and will be able to bypass the local restrictions of the provider. There is no need to configure the connection and download the client for each device. Let’s consider setting up VPN for Zyxel usg20-vpn, usg20w-vpn, usg, 20w models.

Now let's look at the settings:
How to access the Zyxel router interface to configure VPN

The router interface is available at 192.168.1.1. Before configuring, make sure that the "IPsec VPN" component is active. Go to settings, select "Change Component Set" and activate the required item.

Step two. Go to "Other Connections", select "VPN Connections" and click "Add Connection". Now you need to enter data for VPN configuration.

Go to the hidemy.name website. In the "Download" section, go to "Routers". Get parameters for PPTP connection or a configuration file in ovpn format. Zyxel allows you to use any suitable protocol - OpenVPN, PP2P, L2TP.

How to get the hidemy.name access code for the router

Registration is not required to work with hidemy.name - just an email address to receive the access code. The service offers a free trial period.

Configuring VPN

VPN connection parameters:

  • Connection name.
  • Type (protocol). By default, it is PPTP, but you can choose another one.
  • VPN server address.
  • Username - the code received from hidemy.name.
  • Password.

Modern Chinese Tenda routers support multiple Wi-Fi standards and provide fast and stable internet connection. The Tenda VPN function is supported "out of the box."

Connecting the router to a virtual private network allows all devices on the home network to bypass the provider’s local restrictions and connect to any resources. All transmitted data is encrypted, and the provider will not be able to track which sites the user visits. In addition, setting up VPN on the router saves time and effort. There is no need to download and configure VPN clients on each device. In any case, the VPN mode can be deactivated if necessary.

Now let's look at the settings:
How to access the Tenda router interface to configure VPN

To access the device interface, go to address 192.168.0.1 in your browser. The IP address of the device management panel is indicated on the back of the device. The default login and access code are also indicated there. It is advisable to change this information after configuration.

Instructions for setting up VPN on Tenda router

To access the device control panel, open a browser and go to the address 192.168.0.1. The IP address of the control panel can be found on the back of the device. The default login and access code are also specified there, but it is recommended to change them after configuration.

In the control panel, select the VPN section. In newer models, this option is available in the orange menu on the left. Then select the "PPTP/L2TP Client" section.

Instructions for setting up VPN on Tenda router

Select the type of protocol that the router will use to connect to the VPN - PPTP or L2TP. L2TP protocols provide encryption of transmitted information and create a secure connection. The settings in both cases are the same.

Instructions for setting up VPN on Tenda router

How to get the hidemy.name access code for the router

To configure the system correctly, you need to obtain connection data. Go to the hidemy.name website and select the "Download" section and then "Routers". On the connection settings page, select the device model (in our case, it will be "Others") and go to the "PPTP/L2TP" section. To use hidemy.name, you need an access code. When purchasing the service, it will be sent to your email. There is no need to register on the site. You can also get a code for a test to explore the capabilities of hidemy.name. This will allow you to evaluate the capabilities of the service.

Configuring VPN

Retrieve the code and connection data to the VPN. Now they need to be entered in the appropriate fields:

  • Server IP address/domain name - enter data about the location to which you are connecting.
  • Username - the hidemy.name access code is used as the login.
  • Password.

If the IPSec option is available, enter the word "incloaknetwork".

Configuring VPN

If everything is entered correctly, Tenda will connect to the secure network after you activate the "PPTP/L2TP Client" switch above the settings. You can check its functionality from any of the devices connected to Tenda - the device’s IP address should change.

To deactivate the secure channel, simply move the switch above the settings. User access can be controlled through the "Online PPTP User" option in the VPN menu. There is also an option to create your own secure node.

How to Configure VPN Server on Tenda

How to Configure VPN Server on Tenda

In the VPN section, select the Server option. This section allows you to launch your own secure node, which will allow you to control user connections. You will need to enter the following parameters:

  • Range of addresses within which devices will connect to the Server.
  • Select the MPPE encryption method. More secure 128-bit keys are recommended.

After saving the parameters and launching the node, users will be able to connect to the router as if it were a VPN. The connection address can be obtained from the device information section in the Tenda information panel. Naturally, devices must have an active secure connection.

Thus, all connections in the local Wi-Fi will be secure. If critical data (such as financial information in an office) is transmitted over your network, this method eliminates interception or substitution.

The MikroTik brand has a large number of fans thanks to the combination of affordable equipment prices and advanced functionality. MikroTik routers are equipped with their own RouterOS operating system, which has a wide range of features.

RouterOS developers based their product on Linux. The system runs on all models of MikroTik devices, and there is even a client for computers. This allows for easy transfer and editing of local settings when changing devices. Compared to Dlink, TP-Link, Zyxell, and other "home" routers, the functionality of MikroTik routers with RouterOS is enormous.

Advantages of MikroTik routers with RouterOS:

  • Support for MikroTik VPN.
  • Management through special applications and command-line interface.
  • Support for scripts executed under certain conditions.
  • Built-in traffic firewall.
  • Support for virtual routing tables.
  • Support for OSPF, BGP, VPLS/MPLS, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec.
  • Port forwarding for access to devices in the network from the outside.

The drawbacks include the relatively complex setup. Although there are convenient applications for working with the system, it is necessary to understand the basic features of configuration. This router is unlikely to be suitable for those who want the router to work out of the box, according to the "plug and play" principle.

As an example of why equipment configuration needs to be taken seriously, we can cite the case of a DDoS attack on Yandex in September 2021. It was the most powerful local attack in the Runet on a search engine site. The initiator turned out to be a virus that infected 200,000 MikroTik network devices. It got into the routers because some equipment users did not change default passwords and did not update the RouterOS system. Adequate knowledge is necessary for working with MikroTik.

Now let's look at the settings:
Using VPN in MikroTik

Using VPN has long become a mandatory attribute if you care about your own security in the network. A virtual private network encrypts all transmitted data and allows you to bypass restrictions.

When VPN is necessary on a router:

  • Remote office. Access to the corporate network is needed for employees of the enterprise who work remotely.
  • Connection to VPN devices that do not support this technology.
  • The ability to set up a secure network for all home devices at once. There is no need to install a VPN client on a new gadget.
  • Connection (port forwarding) of remote branches through a secure communication channel with minimal costs.

You can use both a local secure server and existing specialized services. The server can be located abroad as well. Next, we will explain how to connect the router to site hidemy.name so that users can access the Internet through a reliable secure connection.

The following protocols can be used to configure VPN in MikroTik: PPtP, PPPoE, OpenVPN, L2TP, IPSec. We will take a closer look at how to create secure virtual networks using PPtP, IPSec, and OpenVPN.

Accessing the MikroTik Router Interface for VPN Configuration

There are several ways to configure the MikroTik router. The router web interface is available at 192.168.88.1. There is a special program called Winbox for Windows that can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s official website and used to connect to the device.

Accessing the MikroTik Router Interface for VPN Configuration

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to configure VPN on the MikroTik router using Winbox:

  1. Start your route from the PPP section in the program.
  2. Select the Interface item and click on the plus sign in the "PPPoE client" row.
  3. In the settings window on the General tab, select the interface and port through which the router is connected to the server in the bottom row.
  4. On the Dial tab, enter the data for connecting to the VPN service.
How to get hidemy.name access code for the router

In order to correctly configure the system, you need to get the connection details. Since we are setting up work with the hidemy.name VPN service, we go to the "Download" section on the site and select "Routers". On the connection settings page, select the device model ("Other" item) and go to the "PPTP / L2TP" section.

To start working with the hidemy.name VPN, you need an access code. It will be sent to the specified email address. Registration on the site is not required. You can get a code for a trial period to explore the capabilities of hidemy.name.

Configuring VPN

Next, follow this list of settings:

  1. In the User field, enter the access code from hidemy.name
  2. In the Password field, enter the received password.
  3. Check the Use Peer DNS option.
  4. Uncheck the Dial on Demand option.
  5. In the Allow section, activate the desired item - pap, chap, mschap1, and mschap2. hidemy.name supports different encryption protocols. Choose the appropriate one. The "incloaknetwork" value is used as the IPSec PSK encryption key.
  6. Click Apply and then OK.

If all the data has been entered correctly, the router will connect to the virtual private network, and Wi-Fi will function through it.

OpenVPN Support

There are no fundamental differences in setting up a VPN based on the OpenVPN protocol compared to PPTP. Before starting to configure the router, you will need to obtain a local configuration file with the extension .ovpn.

On the hidemy.name website, select the "Download" section and the "Routers" option. Instead of the "PPTP / L2TP" section, go to "OpenVPN". Enter the access code and receive a file with settings.

The file contains connection parameters used by OpenVPN to work with virtual networks. We will need to open it and get the OpenVPN certificate and key files, which should be uploaded to Winbox. If the OS’s local tools do not allow unpacking the extension, download the client from openvpn.net. After extracting the ca.crt, client.crt, and client.key documents from the ovpn file, you need to upload them to the Winbox program.

As in the previous setup option, create a new OVPN Client entry, and on the Dial tab, enter the VPN connection information. And using the menu "System"> "Certificates"> "certificate selection," import the previously obtained files.

OpenVPN Support

Another function that may come in handy is port forwarding. Port forwarding is used to transmit data from the internal network to the outside. Configuration occurs in the Firewall section, where you need to specify To Addresses for forwarding data from the internal device. Port forwarding should be used with caution. It can be used to provoke device hacking.

Keenetic is a brand belonging to the international network equipment manufacturer Zyxel. In recent years, the brand has been gaining an increasing share of the home router market. Naturally, many of the devices are modifications of Zyxel. Configuring VPN on Keenetic is often identical to Zyxel.
Now let's look at the settings:
VPN Features on Keenetic Router

Advantages of VPN on Keenetic:

  • Ability to connect home devices to blocked services.
  • Data encryption during transmission.
  • Connection of devices that do not support VPN.
  • Network configuration only needs to be done once.
  • Encrypted SSTP tunnel.
  • Support for different protocols: PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, and OpenVPN.
  • Traffic routing through a secure network.

Unfortunately, not all routers support VPN connection. Usually, this information is indicated on the device packaging. By the way, the device allows you to create an SSTP server.

Let’s consider the process of connecting Keenetic router and configuring routing to hidemy.name service. The service has convenient clients for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.

How to access the Keenetic router interface for VPN setup

The router interface is available at 192.168.1.1. Usually, the default username, port, and password are printed on the back of the device. The setup instructions are relevant for models 2, 3, 10, Giga, Giga SE, Giga KN-1011, Omni, Hero 4G, Viva, Ii, Extra, Lite, and Ultra.

You can also install a client on your smartphone. Just point the gadget camera at the barcode on the back of the device and install the program.

Don’t forget to change the login credentials for the control panel. Before configuring the routing, check the Keenetic firmware version and update it if necessary.

First, check if the network component in the router is activated. To do this, go to the "Show Components" section. Check that the "IPsecVPN" item under "Applications" is enabled. To activate SSTP, which will be needed to create an SSTP server, select the corresponding component.

How to access the Keenetic router interface for VPN setup

Then go to the "Internet" section and select the "PPPoE/VPN" tab. Click the "Add Connection" button. In the window that appears, enter the data to connect to the VPN.

How to get hidemy.name access code for router

The information for connecting to the VPN is available on the hidemy.name website. Go to the "Download" section and select "Router". Choose the device model, in our case, it is "Other". Enter the network access code, which is provided by hidemy.name after purchasing the service. You can also use a trial period. Registration on the website is not required. Just provide your email address to receive the code.

Enter the code on the hidemy.name page dedicated to router settings and obtain the necessary information for Keenetic (IPsec, PPTP, L2TP, etc.).

Configuring VPN

We open the necessary section – PPTP and L2TP and enter the data in the router interface as follows:

  • “Enable” – activate the item.
  • “Use to connect to the Internet” – activate the item.
  • “Description” – any convenient name for the connection.
  • “Connect via” – the interface through which you are connected to the Internet.
  • “Username” – the access code from hidemy.name.
  • “Password” – the password for accessing the private network.
  • “Secret Key” (IPsec) – enter “incloaknetwork”.
  • “Authentication Method” – choose CHAP.
  • “Server Address (server)” – the server from hidemy.name.
  • “IP Settings” – select “automatic”.
  • “TCP-MSS Auto-Adjust” – check the box.

Configuring VPN

After entering the data, click on “Apply” and go to the “Connections” section. If everything is configured correctly, the router will connect to the network. Make sure that the created connection has the highest priority.

OpenVPN support

If you plan to use the OpenVPN protocol for networking, you need to install the system component "OpenVPN client" instead of IPsec. The configuration of the connection parameters to the virtual private network is similar to the above steps. You will need to download the system configuration file in .ovpn format, which you can get on hidemy.name. Choose the OpenVPN section located below PPTP, enter the access code, and download the file.

An increasing number of users use virtual private networks when accessing the Internet. VPN allows bypassing local restrictions imposed by providers. The private network does not allow websites to determine the user location, and all transmitted data is encrypted, which eliminates leakage of important data. Home and office Wi-Fi networks can be connected to VPN services without configuring individual devices. Let’s consider how to set up a client on D-Link VPN series DSR routers.

Now let's look at the settings:
Advantages of setting up VPN on D-Link DSR

Using VPN on a D-Link router, through which users are connected to the Internet, provides the following benefits:

  • Continuous VPN connection.
  • Protection of transmitted data from leaks.
  • Access to blocked resources.
  • No need to install and configure VPN client on each device.
  • All devices connected to the router for VPN appear as one device.
  • Connection of devices that do not support this technology.

In the latter case, it becomes possible to connect home multimedia devices to services that do not work in certain regions.

How to access the D-Link router interface to set up VPN

The interface of the control panel on different models of Link routers may differ. Usually, it is localized, which may cause some discrepancies in the translations of menu items. D-Link DSR devices are configured on the same principle.

Usually, the control panel of the router is available at the address 192.168.0.1. You can find the exact network IP address of D-Link DSR in the device manual or on its backside. The default user and password will also be indicated there. The default login for D-Link is often admin. The password field may be empty. Do not forget to change the authorization data after entering all the necessary settings. New router models support SSL certificates, which provide access only to certain users. To install SSL in the router, go to the "Objects" section and upload the SSL certificate file through the "Add" option.

In the device control panel, select the category with advanced parameters. Then, go to the "Network" section and select "WAN". Click "Add" in the connection parameters.

In the new tab, select the necessary connection type. Choose the "VPN" subsection and enter the connection data for the virtual private network.

How to access the D-Link router interface to set up VPN

To correctly configure the router to work with hidemy.name, you will need to obtain the access code for the client.

How to get a hidemy.name access code for the router

Registration is not required to work with hidemy.name. It is enough to just provide the client email address. You can use the trial period, which allows you to evaluate the benefits of the network. After you receive an access code to work with VPN, go to the hidemy.name website, select the "Download" section, and choose the "Routers" option. Here you can find the client settings (addresses, IPSec key, etc.) for connecting to the network with the router.

Setting up VPN

Fill in the settings (IPSec, PPTP, login, etc.):

  • Connection type: Russian PPTP DualAccess (simply PPTP in older firmware versions).
  • "Server IP/Name" - the address of the hidemy.name server.
  • "PPTP Account" - the username is the hidemy.name access code.
  • "PPTP Password" - the password for access to hidemy.name.
  • "Retype Password" - re-enter the password.
  • "Connect mode select" - "Always-on".
  • "WAN Physical Setting" - select "Dynamic IP".

The encryption key IPSec PSK (IPSec is needed for authentication) is "incloaknetwork". Save the configuration and restart the device. If all the data is entered correctly, the D-Link DSR will connect to the network, as well as all devices connected to it.

This guide will help you set up a VPN connection on any router that supports this feature.

In the router settings, there should be a section called "VPN", or "VPN client" and the option to choose a protocol, it can be: PPTP, L2TP, or OpenVPN.

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If you're looking to buy a router and you want to be able to configure it to use a VPN later without any difficulties, pay close attention to the specifications. VPN support should be listed there among the other functions. Here's an example of such a router.

Now let's look at the settings:
Preparatory stage

Configuration for all routers begins by accessing its control panel. How to get to this panel is specified in the router instructions, and can be located at http://192.168.1.1/, http://192.168.0.1/, or something similar. After getting to the correct address, the browser will ask you for your username and password.

Information about your username and password can also be found in the instructions, or on the back of the router. This is usually admin/admin, and we recommend that you change your password to something more complex.

PPTP / L2TP

Go to Network, then  WAN .

Now let's configure the connection. At the top of the page, select  PPTP/PPTP Russia from the drop-down list. The fields below will be: username, password, server address.

To continue setting up your account, you will need an access code to our service.
You could get one after making a payment, or requesting a trial period.

  • Description:
  • Server:
  • Username:
  • Password:
  • IPSec (PSK): incloaknetwork

After filling in all the fields, save them, and then click connect.
Once you've connected successfully, check whether your IP address has changed.

OpenVPN

Note that OpenVPN supports significantly fewer routers by default than the more familiar PPTP and L2TP. However, if you find a section of the same name in your router's control panel, then you will most likely be able to successfully configure it to work with this protocol.

To continue setting up your account, you will need an access code to our service.
You can get one after making a payment, or requesting a trial period.

The archive contains configuration files in .ovpn format. They already contain certificates and keys. Upload them to the router settings. The username and password fields are not required, so leave them empty.

A little more about our router VPN

Installing our service on a router is slightly different to installing it directly on other devices. To protect your entire home network at once, use the settings that you'll receive after entering the access code.

Please note that before you sign up for a paid subscription, you can enjoy a free 24-hour trial period.

The router VPN works on both Wi-Fi and Ethernet cable connections.
Connecting to a VPN provides:
  • unrestricted access to sites that are blocked or unavailable in your country;
  • complete confidentiality of network activities — all traffic goes through the IP addresses of our servers;
  • security for your passwords, transmitted data and online correspondence.

Due to the fact that we support a very large number of servers, each one has a light load. This therefore means a fast and stable VPN connection is established on routers for all users.