You just moved to a foreign country. The unpacking is done. Now you want to sit back and relax by watching movies on your favorite streaming service. You open the service and low and behold the programs that were available to you at home are not available to you in a foreign country because of geo-restrictions. For many people this scenario is their first introduction to the use of a VPN.
The downside of setting up a VPN directly on your device is that you have to set the VPN up on every device in your home. However, if you set up a VPN on your router, you do not need to set up a VPN on each device because all the devices in your home connect to the Internet through your router, meaning they will also pass through the VPN.
Granted, not needing to set up a VPN on each of your devices is only one of the benefits setting up a VPN on your router provides. Setting up a VPN on your router is a lot easier than you may think. Check out this tutorial that could help you out:
Surprisingly, many people do not know the benefits that using VPN installed on your router provide. They also do not realize how easy it is to set it up. Every device that’s connected to your router, regardless of if it is set up via Wi-Fi or connected by the ethernet cable, benefits from the VPN. So things are more convenient.
How You Benefit from Having a VPN
Totalitarian and dictatorial governments around the world are trying to control their citizen’s access to the Internet. In addition to preventing their citizens from accessing certain sites, they closely monitor the data their citizens send. In places like Singapore, access to information, social media sites, and entertainment can be monitored and may be restricted by the government.
In other parts of the world, legislation is making it possible for governments and private entities to legally collect the Internet data of citizens. The information that’s been collected ranges from things that are relatively benign, like inquiries about who won the local sports game, to things that are more sensitive, such as business arrangements or letters, images, or videos sent to loved ones. Having a VPN provides you with a layer of protection against monitoring and allows you to circumvent attempts to curtail your access to the Internet.
Don’t Worry about Turning the VPN On and Off
When you install a VPN on a device, you have to remember to turn it on and off. When the VPN is installed on your router, it’s always on. The process is automated and requires no additional forethought on your part. This means that you do not have to log into your VPN on each device you have every time you want to use the VPN.
Use a VPN on All Your Devices
When you install a VPN on your router, as opposed to individual devices, you are freed from limitations. Any device that can connect to your router, be it your smart television, your video game console, your home automation devices, or your tablets, will all be able to connect securely through the VPN.
This is great for individuals living outside of the United States or Great Britain who want to watch geo-restricted content on their television, computer, or smart device. This also means that the data sent out on any device is going to have military grade encryption. Yet another benefit of installing a VPN on your router!
Steps to Install A VPN On Your Router
First things first, if you want, it is possible to share your VPN connection via whatever device you’re using. We don’t feel this is the best approach because it is going to seriously limit your online browsing speeds.
From what we have seen, it is way better to run a VPN via a Tomato – enabled or a DD – WRT router. The router would need to support an open a VPN. If you don’t have this type of router, don’t worry. We have some suggestions for you. We’ve worked with some awesome companies to provide you with routers that are absolutely perfect for your needs. Just follow this link to select the routers that are right for you.
If you’ve already purchased the right router, but you’re having a little bit of trouble getting the router set up, no stress. It’s really not that hard. To help you out we’ve put together a couple of tutorials that are easy to follow:
- The DD-WRT-enabled router tutorial
- The Tomato-enabled router tutorial
If you have any other doubts or any other questions, we are available 24 hours a day seven days a week to help you.