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Setting up a router with NordVPN

Please note that on December 1st, NordVPN’s servers stopped supporting L2TP/IPsec and PPTP connections. That means some routers no longer support secure VPN connections.

You can read more about that here: https://nordvpn.com/blog/l2tp-pptp-protocol-update/

 

Setting up a router with a VPN connection can be convenient if you have a lot of devices you want to protect. It’s also useful if you have devices that do not support VPN directly.

Wondering what router is best for you? Here is an article about the router we recommend to use with NordVPN for both best performance and security.

For a VPN connection on your router to work, it has to support OpenVPN. Furthermore, it has to support it as a "Client" (as opposed to a "Server") to allow you to connect it to NordVPN servers.

So first, you need to find out if your router supports the necessary protocols. To do that, a) read the router user's manual (you can usually find it on the manufacturer's website), b) contact your retailer, or c) check your router settings. Mind that most ISP-issued routers do not support VPN configurations.

If it does support the required protocols, search our knowledge base for your router manufacturer's name. You should find a tutorial on how to set it up. You can also check our Routers tutorials section under the Connectivity category. If you cannot find the setup guide for your router, contact our customer support for help.

Note: If the router lists a protocol being supported in the "pass-through" mode, it will most likely not work. "Pass-through" simply means that the router does not block VPN connections from devices connected to it. However, that does not say whether you can configure the router itself.

Tip: If you are using multiple devices, a good practice would be to use a password manager. If you are looking for one that would keep your passwords secure and easily accessible on all platforms, here is a special offer from our partners at StickyPassword.

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