Many people think that VPN is associated with a computer or mobile device. In other words, you can’t configure it on any other device, but it is not true.
A VPN router is an effective means of protecting multiple devices in one go. Further, it also helps in enabling virtual private network on devices that don’t support native apps. The cost of enabling VPN on a router is much less than the cost of enabling it on each separate device.
If you are not tech savvy, then articles about virtual private network routers like this might look a bit technical. However, we can ensure you that it is very easy to set up a VPN router yourself. There are routers which are pre-configured with settings to eliminate the complication for you. This means all the work is done beforehand and you just have to get started like a normal router. Even if you have to set up a VPN on your router, it is very straightforward.
Benefits of VPN routers
Such routers help in protecting all the devices that are connected to the Internet but have not native apps. This means that devices other than computer, smartphones, and tablets which are connected to the Internet can also be protected by a virtual private network. If you have a smart TV, game console, alarm system, streaming or even fridge connected to the Internet – those all can also be protected. VPN router offers universal protection to all the devices that are connected to that router.
Multiple coverage at no extra cost
Providers’ packages allow a limited number of simultaneous connections under one plan which means that you are charged excessively if you have multiple devices to cover under your plan. Router counts as one plan and you can attach multiple devices to it at the same time without any extra charge.
An extra layer of protection
A VPN router is one layer of protection and you can add another layer by configuring virtual private network at the device level. Now you have two layers. In case one of them stops working then the other one will help in continuing the protection.
Accessing restricted content
The content which is restricted because of geographic location can be accessed after securing your device with a virtual private network. The streaming services, gaming services, gambling websites, sports and other types of content which is restricted can be unblocked.
How to get started with a VPN router?
Buy a pre-configured router
It becomes easy if you invest in the pre-configured router as it comes with all the settings and you just have to configure it at your place. It is a bit expensive (think of it like an investment) as compared to a normal router. Also, you might have to purchase a new router even if you have one already.
Use your existing VPN-enabled router
If your router is not pre-configured but enabled and supports OpenVPN then you can configure the virtual private network on the router. This means you don’t have to shed out money for buying a new router. It is fairly straightforward to do after referring to the service provider’s guide. Your router should have appropriate firmware for this and is an easy option for non-technical people also.
Get a new firmware
If your router is not VPN enabled and doesn’t have appropriate firmware supporting OpenVPN then you can choose to flash it yourself using open sources such as DD-WRT, OpenWrt or Tomato. This is not a very easy task and would require some assistance. You can even render your router useless if not performed appropriately. Ensure that you check complexity, features, and compatibility of the router before choosing this option.
Using free VPNs with routers
While you might want to hear yes, unfortunately, they prove to be a poor choice usually.
-You need to have a router that is configurable with a virtual private network as mentioned above. It is possible to enable your router with free services but it requires some assistance and you might not be able to complete it successfully. The frequency of your existing router might not be compatible with the tech specs which will make your connection slow and intermittent.
-Another drawback is that free services are already being used by millions of users. You might be a sufferer of a poor connection and wait in queues to connect to the desired server.
-Free VPNs are not secure and they annoy you with ads and insert cookies in your browser to track the activity. They may even bring malware and sell your data to third parties.
Hence, a paid provider is the way to go if you need more security and privacy. There is no use of using virtual private network services if there is no privacy. It is worth spending a few dollars a month and enjoy your privacy and high Internet speed.
What VPNs are best for home routers?
There are many service providers, but you need to choose the one which is compatible with your router configuration, your budget, and your Internet requirements. For choosing the best VPN router, consider below points:
-VPN should offer solid customer support for setting up a VPN router.
-Should be a global service provider to assist in a wide choice of locations.
-VPN should provide reliable and fast connections.
-The security features and encryption should be strong.