For someone who isn’t super tech savvy, it may sound daunting to try and set up a VPN without VPN IT support even if the benefits are greatly desired. Luckily, we’ve outlined all the details here so that you can get started. In future articles, we’ll also offer in-depth instructions on how to set up your VPN service and how to troubleshoot common VPN issues.
Keep reading to learn more about VPN IT support and OpenWRT VPN setup.
What is VPN or a VPN Tunnel?
VPN was an essential tool for tunneling into business networks, but this function has diminished since the advent of SaaS hosted solutions. However, while you may not be tunneling into corporate-hosted infrastructure these days, tunneling to a secure third-party location will allow corporate IT security to whitelist specific IPs for access to their corporate services.
These third-party VPN applications hide your IP address and online activity from monitoring by routing your traffic through encrypted VPN servers. This means that your online activity is kept secure and private from third parties and anyone who might want to monitor what you’re doing online but also double as a permitted or whitelisted IP for accessing specific corporate infrastructures.
For more information on the basics on VPNs, check out this article from NordVPN.
Why is the average Jane or Joe who lives remotely stoked on VPNs?
Many of us digital nomads may not crave the company of the people of our homeland, but plenty of us miss the TV content.
VPNs make your location invisible. You know that show you’ve been wanting to watch that’s only available in the UK? By making it difficult to see your location, a VPN can give you the access you need for a binge watch weekend. Accessing that region’s Netflix, sports, telenovela may be challenging if you don’t have a VPN.
What are some other reasons for using a VPN?
Aside from the lack of location restrictions and increased security, VPNs have become increasingly popular because they offer the following benefits and more:
- Allow users to bypass internet restrictions
- Allow safe access to public Wi-Fi
- Give users greater access to international websites while traveling
- Everything is automatically encrypted
- Offers protection from internet surveillance
- Improves security
- Offers greater privacy by hiding browsing history and location
How do I get started with a VPN?
Before we get into recommended routers for VPNs, you’ll first want to familiarize yourself with some of the VPN services, lingo, and features that NetworkAntics recommends. We also provide these as a service.
- This is a secure way to be on public WiFi at a café, hotel, airport, etc., without someone snooping on your data and possibly accessing your credentials to any platform you were using at the time. Basically, always enable a VPN client like NordVPN whenever you are on an unfamiliar WiFi network.
- I am currently in Mexico, but my VPN client tunneled me to Dallas Texas. Therefore, I have duped much of browsing traffic to think I am in Texas.
- You can also tunnel from Timbuktu to inside your office network if you have your organization’s router that accommodates that feature. This feature was popular in the late 90s and early 2000s to get into the office IT infrastructure. It is no longer an advisable solution for a multitude of reasons that I won’t bore you with unless you have a very unique use case.
I bought NordVPN! We’re good!
Nope, nope, nope. It’s not that easy. With the rise of popularity of VPNs, the VPN client software can easily be detected by content providers so that you are dead in the water if you are trying to catch the Giants game. Thankfully, there’s a solution: OpenWRT.
What is OpenWRT?
There’s hope if you are somewhat savvy in the IT space – while there are plenty of recommended routers for VPNs, OpenWRT is an open-source software that is widely known to VPN IT support specialists and will work with any of the routers listed below.
To get yourself set up to get back to that Giants game, you’ll want to purchase the compatible OpenWRT router and write over with the existing firmware that came with the router with OpenWRT. It’s basically a mini Linux computer that is jammed packed with features. Its core feature is a VPN service that establishes a VPN tunnel from your home to a location anywhere around the world.
There are a ton of other features available on the open-source platform. To get started, you install firmware to run the linux OS and reformat the existing manufacturer’s GUI console for making router adjustments.
We have a list of other recommended hardware for VPNs listed below. If you’re interested in the additional features, you can check out the links at the end of this article, but for now, let’s focus on the golden goose known as a VPN tunnel.
If you want to skip directly to the videos on OpenWRT VPN setup, see the link below.
One House, Two Networks
It is recommended by VPN IT support to maintain two networks for scenarios where you still need access to a regional-specific IP, AKA the IP provided by your ISP.
- NordVPN Network
- The VPN network will have a reduction in speed when utilizing it. However, the reduction is minimal enough that most people won’t notice.
- My local IP Network
- The local IP network will not be as secure and won’t utilize the features on the OpenWRT router.
Recommended Routers for VPNs
- Asus: RT-AX86U, RT-AX88U (AX6000), RT-AC5300
- D-Link (requires flashing with DD-WRT): DIR-885L, DIR-895L
- Linksys (requires flashing with DD-WRT): EA8500, WRT1900ACS, WRT3200ACM
- Netgear (requires flashing with DD-WRT): R7500, R7800, R8500, R9000NOTE: NordVPN recommends Asus out of the list of recommended routers. However, the availability of the above routers, especially if you are searching locally, can be an issue.
Bonus Resources for VPN IT Support
Curious about how to flash your router or troubleshoot your VPN setup? Check out part 2 and 3 of these articles below.
A Guide to VPN IT Support: Effective Routers for Essential VPN Services Summary
Privacy, security, and greater access to content are the name of the game when it comes to VPNs. While the initial download of software might seem straightforward, there are still greater measures you can take to really ensure that you get what you want from your VPN. Using OpenWRT can greatly improve your chances of getting the security and access that you’re looking for. If you run into any hiccups or have any questions, contact our team of professionals so we can help.