Majority of people suggest that installing a DD-WRT router is quite technical and can lead to bricking. This is the reason why a lot of people opt to buy the DD-WRT routers that are already flushed. You can even choose to buy pre-flashed DD-WRT routers as they come with software that is preloaded. This is despite the fact that setting up a VPN on a DD-WRT router is not difficult.

Before you do that, however, you’ll need to know the requirements. First, you’ll need a VPN. You’ll also need your VPN username, password, and the server address of the VPN.

However, if you’d like to set up a PPTP VPN manually, that’s an entirely separate procedure – a discussion we’ll save for another time. It’s important to note that PPTP isn’t the best option when it comes to online privacy and security. This is why we recommend OpenVPN.

As long as you have a DD-WRT router, you can install the VPN software on it. You should bear in mind that there are certain VPNs that are incompatible with DD-WRT firmware. This means that you’ll want to check the manufacturer to determine whether you can flush the router using the DD-WRT by yourself.

Before we can go ahead and set up a VPN, we’ll want to ensure that the router is running DD-WRT. As long as you have a router that has DD-WRT, you can always skip this step and move ahead.

We will remain a bit vague on this, as the setup can vary according to the exact model of the router you have. To get the firmware, you’ll need to update that router. Once you find that it is compatible, you’ll have to find firmware details on exactly what you want to get downloaded.

Setting up a PPTP VPN router

If you want to set up a PPTP VPN on DD-WRT routers, you’ll have to flash the router using DD-WRT firmware and then set the router local IP address as 192.168.1.1. You should also take the time to confirm the VPN load balancing, and if you’re able to connect to the internet using a DD-WRT router. You can also check the VPN on your Mac/PC to determine if your ISP and network configuration allows PPTP VPN connections.

Initial update

You should do the initial update through built-in firmware of the updater. You can then choose the DD-WRT binary from a local PC in the same way you would do with a real firmware update. There are certain routers that can require pre-file prior to the adding of the actual firmware. Therefore, you need to check the instructions twice.

After rebooting of the router, you can then go to http://192.168.1.1 for setting it up. This screen will provide you with a username as well as the password for the router. Once you have created these, you can always redirect to the status page. A good option when it comes to the encryption of the VPN is OpenVPN.

OpenVPN

It’s always a good idea to stick with OpenVPN if you want to secure your devices. If you’re trying to install a top range VPN client on the DD-WRT router like ExpressVPN, you’ll want to have DD-WRT firmware that runs on the latest configurations of VPN and with a minimum flash memory of 8MB.

Checking compatibility of the router

In order to determine whether the router comes with these features, you’ll want to confirm with its manufacturer. Alternatively, you can check on Flashrouters.com. This is due to the fact that they are experts in the subject. When you find that the router is suitable, you can then go ahead and follow the guide here.

Steps to follow

In this article, our goal is to help you install the OpenVPN connection on the router. This is because it is the most secure type of connection. In order to set up the VPN on the DD-WRT router, begin by downloading an OpenVPN configuration file.

You will get these files from your VPN provider. Bear in mind that the VPN will come with a guide for setting up like this one made specifically for your VPN. Therefore, you’ll want to ask them to provide you with the guide, too.

Click on Control Panel. Go to your web browser, and then click on the Settings page of the router. After you have gotten to the control panel of the DD-WRT router, you should click on the Service tab. You can then go ahead and click on the sub-tab of your VPN. You should then enable the option of Start OpenVPN client. This will take you to OpenVPN configuration panel.

DD-WRT versions with user pass authentication

This is a step that will depend on whether your DD-WRT firmware version comes with user pass authentication. If it does, follow the next steps. If it doesn’t, you can just move to the next section.

If your DD-WRT version doesn’t come with user pass authentication, you should follow the settings below. First, enter the Server IP/Name.

Usually, you get this from the VPN. You’ll need a username that you can get from the VPN. This may differ from your VPN login username. You’ll also need the password from the VPN. This might be different from your usual VPN login password. So, what do you do with DD-WRT versions that do not have user-pass authentication?

DD-WRT versions witout user pass authentication

If you have a DD-WRT version that doesn’t require user pass authentication, there are also certain steps that you will need to follow.

First, you’ll want to check for the text box labeled as “Additional Configuration.” You can then go ahead and enter the command pass /tmp/auth.txt. When asked for the Server IP/Name, enter the VPN user’s address you’d like to connect as.

The server IP name can be found on the .ovpn config file that you can get from the VPN. In order to achieve that, Open .ovpn file using text editor. You can copy the remote server cluster name that has been listed in Config file before pasting this on the server address or port field in OpenVPN.