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Setting up a router with NordVPN

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Setting up a router with a VPN connection can be useful if you have devices that cannot be connected by themselves, or if you have a lot of devices to connect.

We have tutorials for several routers - please check if your router is listed here: https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/sections/201889785. If it is not, you can continue reading below to determine if your router can be connected.

In order to setup VPN client connection on your router, it has to support at least one of these connection types: PPTP, L2TP or OpenVPN. Furthermore, it has to support it as a "Client" (as opposed to a "Server") to allow you to connect it to NordVPN servers.

Reading the routers user's manual (which you can usually find in the manufacturers website), contacting your dealer or checking your router setting should help you determine if it supports the necessary protocols. Most ISP-issued routers do not support VPN configurations.

If it does support the required protocols, you can contact our support team from our "Contact US" page and provide them with your router model number - they will be happy to send you detailed instructions on how to configure your device.

Note: if the router lists a protocol being supported in "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 does not provide any information on whether the router can be configured itself.

If your router does not support those connection types, you could check whether custom firmware, such as DD-WRT or Tomato, support your router and can be installed on it. If so, we have tutorials for these firmwares in our router tutorials section here: https://support.nordvpn.com/hc/en-us/sections/201889785. We also have a few tutorials for Asus, TP-Link, D-Link, Linksys, Mikrotik, OpenWRT and pfSense routers there as well, among other devices.

You can also purchase an already set up router. You can find all the relevant information here: https://nordvpn.com/flashrouters/