Did you know that you can setup your VPN Account on your home router? Most modern routers support PPTP clients so you can setup your VPN connection directly on the router.
There are many advantages in doing so:
1. First of all if you have more computers in your home, you can use one VPN Account for all of them. Most VPN providers do not allow simultaneous connections for one Account, but if you setup the connection of the router you will only have one active connection, even though you have several computers using the VPN connection, via the router.
2. You do not need to always connect to the VPN. The router automatically dials the connection when you try to connect to the Internet.
3.You will get faster speeds as all the decryption is now handled by the router and not your computer.
To configure your router just follow the steps below and your PPTP VPN will be up in no time:
1. Login:First login to your router that is running dd-wrt.
2. Open VPN Settings: Click the “Services” tab followed by the “VPN” sub tab.
3. Enable PPTP Client: Now click the radial button next to “PPTP Client Options”.
4. Enter PPTP VPN Settings:Now enter all of the information necessary for your VPN to work including the “Server IP”, “Remote Subnet”, “Remote Subnet Mask”, “MPPE Encryption Options”, “User Name”, and “Password”.
5. Enable VPN Passthrough:Click the “Security” tab followed by the “VPN Passthrough” sub tab. Select the radial button next to “Enable” for the PPTP Passthrough. This will ensure that your firewall does not block the VPN setup.
6. Save, Apply, and Reboot: Now click the “Save” button followed by the “Apply Settings” button at the bottom. Next click the “Administration” tab and scroll to the bottom and click the “Reboot Router” button.
When the router comes back up the VPN takes a minute or two to set up so be patient.