Today, we’re lookingat your internet router. Solely, I’m going toshow you how to install a VPN on your wifi router and useit to connect all the inventions on your system. We’re going to walk stepbystepthrough the positions on this router that I justpurchased, an Asus RTAC6 6U. But even if you don’t havethis exact same router, don’t click apart, I promiseyou should still be able to follow along with me.Welcome to All Things Secure. My name is Josh and I personallyrun a VPN on my routers so that I can connect my AppleTV and every other device in our residence without having to install apps or worry about simultaneousconnection limits. To make this tutorial ashelpful as is practicable for you, we’re going to start with what I hope will be the easiest option and then we’ll work our waydown the various alternatives. Likewise, before we log into thisrouter here, I’m assuming that you’ve already setup your own VPN server, or you have a subscriptionto a business VPN service. I’m going to be usingExpressVPN as an example here, although any service that youhave subscribed to will work. If you need to purchase a VPN, you can head to VPNsetupguide.com, which is an affiliate link that will direct youto the ExpressVPN homepage. OK, let me begin bygiving you the bad news.If the router you’re usingis the one that your internet or cable fellowship “ve given you” aspart of your internet bundle, you’re probably not going tobe able to set up a VPN now. In this case, you’ll need topurchase a third party router like those available fromAsus, Netgear or Linksys. I’ve included links to a coupleof routers that I recommend in the description below, orfor those of you who don’t want to deal with any of this setup whatsoever, here’s an easier option.If you go toAllthingssecured.com/ flashrouters, with really a few cases sounds youcan purchase a wifi router that requires no setup and is ready to run on your favorite VPNservice out of the box. This is by far the easiestway to use a VPN on a router. So if this works foryou, only inspect the URL and prefer which router you require. For the rest of you whoalready have a router, the first thing you needto do is find the sticker on the router that will tellyou exactly how to log in as an administrator. It’s usually on the bottomor on the back of the router. And “its what you” receive on mine. Older routers will giveyou an admin and password on the stickers, suchas what you see here. Don’t be surprised ifit’s a series of numbers, the most common of which is 18.104.22.168. In all such cases, make sure thatyour computer is connected to this wifi router before webegin so that you can log in. I’m here now on thecomputer that is connected to my Asus router, both viawifi and an ethernet cable while I’m doing this setup.I’ve opened up my internetbrowser, I’m use Firefox. You could use Chrome, Edge, Safari, whichever internet browser you miss, it’s completely up to you, but here in the address forbid that’s where you’re going tobe inputting the IP address for the router, whichcould be 22.214.171.124, which is the most commonor the URL address, like what you insured on theback of my Asus router, which is Router.Asus.com.And that’s going to bringyou to the login page for your router, at which pointyou’re going to either have created an report like did now or you’ll put in the credentials you are available on the back or line-up of your router. Great , now we’re loggedinto the backend admin body for your router. This is what the Asus onelooks like at this level. It’s probably going to look different for yours and that’s OK. What you’re hoping for is that your router has integrated VPN functionality. And what that implies is that it is set up to be able to accept VPN configuration. And generally when that’s the case, on this left side here, you’re going to find a VPN tab like I have here. Sometimes, it’ll be along the top. Sometimes it’ll be hiddenbehind security rights invoice, but what you’re looking foris that VPN functionality.And if you don’t have that, we’re going to coverwhat you should do next, but let’s just pretendfor a moment that you do and we’re going to look for VPN client. Now, at this point, you’regoing to be adding sketches. Those profiles will differ servers that you have access to. And if we are using ExpressVPNlike I’m using right now, then when you log in, there’sgoing to be a setup page. Now this could be for anyserver or service that you use, whether that’s NordVPN, Surfshock, ExpressVPN, IPVanish, any of those, there will be a setup page. And as you scroll down, you’re looking for manual configuration. I realized that thereis a router option here but trust me, what you wantto do is you want to look at the manual configuration. And they’re going togive you most assistances. Some don’t, but most serviceswill give you both OpenVPN and PPTP connection options.Now, significant differences hereis OpenVPN is going to be slightly more secure whereasPPTP is going to be faster. So if you’re going tobe doing downloading, if you’re going to bestreaming content, gaming, anything like that, youprobably going to want to do a PPTP connection here and that’s what we’regoing to start showing you. So if I click on this PPTP, and let’s say, I want tocreate a New York connection, I’m going to copy the address to that and I’m going to go aheadand in the specific characteristics, I’m going to say that thisis the ExpressVPN New York, and then I’m going topaste that server address. And then I’m going togo in and photocopy and glue my username and my password. Perfect, we’ll continue thison automobile and sounds OK. So now I’ve set up that profile for the New York server consuming PPTP and if I wanted to, I’lljust sound activate.And it’ll take a fewseconds, but you’ll see this check mark on theleft that will indicate that I am now connectedthrough my router to the VPN, and any invention thatconnects to that router will also be routedthrough that VPN server employing that same encryption. So that’s the obviousadvantage of the utilization of a VPN on your router. Perfect , now we’re connected. Let’s go ahead anddeactivate this connection and set up an OpenVPN becauseit is slightly different to add an OpenVPN connection. So going back into ExpressVPN, clicking on the OpenVPN and let’s do Chicago. So I’m going to do a Chicago file, and what’s going tohappen with most works is they will give you afile that you will download, It’s. ovpn file.So you download that enter. And then again, we’re goingto need to keep in copy and adhesive the username. So I’m going to use and say that this is ExpressVPN Chicago. The VPN server, ohsorry, going to OpenVPN. ExpressVPN Chicago. Paste that username, glue the past code. And then I will need to go inand browse to find that file that I downloaded and then upload that file. And this is going to importall of the OpenVPN settings that it needs to have sothat you don’t need to worry about manually configuring all of that.Once that upload iscomplete, you click OK. And now we have our OpenVPNserver set up and again, sound activate, wait for about a minute. And formerly you be understood that checkmark that says it’s connected, you’re good to go. Perfect, we’re connected. Now at this extent, usingsomething like Asus or a number of other router backend dashboards, you can easily only set up anumber of different servers in different countries, and whenever you’re ready to change your serveryou’re going to go in and just deactivate fromone and initiate to another. So it’s not quite as simple as utilizing a VPN app where you can switch servers very quickly, quite easily, you’re going to have to log in to the router backend.And if you don’t deactivate, that router will maintaina connection to the VPN at all times, which maybethat’s something you crave, but if it’s not, thenyou will have to log in to deactivate that VPN setting. Now let’s talk about what happens if you log into the backendof your router and find out that it doesn’t have VPN functionality. You’ve been looking for this VPN tab or any region to add a profilewith VPN configurations and it’s just not there. This is quite common witha lot of older routers and if that’s the case, there are still some things you can do, namely flash your router. Flashing a router ischanging the operating system from what came out of thebox to something like Tomato or DDWRT, which is what I’mgoing to show you right now.If you go to their websiteand click on downloads, you can go in and searchfor your specific router to see if they subscribe that router. And you’ll see that myrouter is in fact supported. So you’ll click on thatand download the datum that is associated withthat special router. Once I have that folder or thatfile in my downloads folder, I’ll go back into my router. You’re looking for whatwill probably be known as administration, firmware upgrade, and then you want to upload that record that you precisely downloaded fromDDWRT or Tomato or whatever. Now I want to give a speedy reminding, I’m not going to do it right now because I personally like my Asus backend and it does have VPN functionality, so there’s no reason for me tochange the operating system. This could be somethingthat hurts your router. It could shambles things up. So unless you know what you’re doing or you’re confidentabout what you’re doing, or you don’t care aboutaccidentally shambling up your router, I would be very carefulabout extending this road and twinkling your router.Like I said before, one ofthe other options you can do is you can buy a pre twinkled router by going toAllthingssecured.com/ flashrouters. And you’ll be directed to awebsite that will give you a lot of different options for routers, not only different brands like you see here, but alsodifferent VPN providers. So you can shop the different type of router that you want withthe different budgets available and then it will be delivered directly to your mansion alreadyflashed and already set up with your VPN provider. So this is another optionthat you can choose from if your router doesn’thave VPN functionality and you’re not quitesure, or you’re not ready or you’re not able to flashthat special router.OK , now that your wifirouter is activated, any device that connectsthrough this router will be run through the VPN server. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below. And if this tutorial was useful, I would appreciate receiving youclicking that like button and subscribing to All Things Secured. Stay safe ..