You’ve signed up for a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, and you want to set it up on your router. So a PC, laptop, smartphone, tablet, IoT hardware, or any other device that’s connected to this router will send and receive internet data through the VPN to secure better the online privacy for the people using them.
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How to set up a VPN on your router
However, it’ll help you to understand what the general process is. It basically goes like this:
- Connect a PC or laptop to your router through Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
- Open a web browser on the PC or laptop.
- In the browser’s URL box, type in a specific IP address or domain name and press the Enter key. (This address is provided by the maker of the router.)
This opens a configuration tool for your router. Through this, things about your router can be set so that communications can go through your VPN. These may include:
- Changing the encryption.
- Changing the protocol.
- Adding an IP address for a server in the VPN’s network
- Adding a security certificate.
- Adding your username and password for your VPN account.
Again, the specifics of this setup process can vary with each router maker. Some may even require that you download and install software onto the router for it to use a VPN.
You should also check the website of the VPN service you use (or are considering subscribing to) for any setup instructions for routers made by specific companies. PureVPN has several guides showing you how to set up its service on the routers of many companies.
Along with knowing the steps for setting up a VPN on a router, looking up this information beforehand can help you make the right purchase (router or VPN service) to secure your privacy online.
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