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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:30:58 +0000


The best VPN for DD-WRT routers in 2018

DD-WRT has been delighting many folks ever since it first emerged in 2005. The Linux-based open source firmware for routers is the weapon of choice for people who want to get more out of their hardware in terms of performance and versatility than their stock firmware will allow. Built with not-quite-so-technical users in mind, DD-WRT supports a wide range of devices, making it an increasingly popular choice among the denizens of the net.

One of the most obvious reasons why DD-WRT gets so much love is its VPN-related use. Post-installation of the firmware, you can set up your VPN directly on the router, meaning that any device connected to the router is using the VPN service. This is a major boon in terms of convenience, and it also allows you to use one of the best VPNs out there with devices which aren’t supported by the provider.

The most direct way to achieve this is to purchase a preconfigured VPN router from a manufacturer. But you can install DD-WRT on any compatible router yourself to save yourself a good deal of money, and choose whichever VPN provider you like. But the question is: which VPN services are best in this case?

  • Also see our guide on how to install a VPN on your router

How to choose the best VPN service for DD-WRT routers

For starters, you need a VPN that offers extensive support for upgrading your router with the DD-WRT firmware, either through web guides or customer support. Ideally, you also want OpenVPN support as it’s the most secure and configurable security protocol in use.

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