, when I try to read up on it (most of which I dont fully understand), I find three things:
- as a protocol, its good, relative to others ( (Ref 1; Ref 2)
- in term's of installation and ease of use, especially as a Windows client, its a bit archaic, but it works.
- items of using on the router (so that all devices can benefit), its very doable with dd-rt, but hit and miss with other routers (Netgear R7000 user alone example hate it. Read this.) Not sure if this is the rule or the exception.
To help my learning curve I installed OpenVPN as a Windows Client, and am using it now, with my VPN service provider (SmartDNSProxy
who provides VPN an DNS services). OpenVPN as a client is a bit unfriendly but it works. Also found by accident that I can avoid the interface and just use Network Connection in Window's, so I don't have to enter username/password each time. Not sure if Windows use a different protocol when I do this.
But what I really want to do is set it up in the router.
Very confusing ( for me) as some routers are more accommodating than others. Also terminology gets in the way re VPN Server vs VPN Client. I have since learned (I think) that:
- VPN Server is when you want the router to act as the server
so you can access your home network while at another location
- VPN Client is when you want the router toact as a client
to log into a VPN service provider, so that you, through any connected device in your house, can access the internt through that VPN service
So its really VPN Client capability I am looking for in a router, preferably with stock firmware.
I haven't yet bought the router I will put VPN on, so my options are wide open. From what I read, ASUS might be the safest bet.
I am going to have a read of these tutorials next :
Smart DNS Proxy | VPN Setup for Asus Router : OpenVPN Prot...
They talk about setting up OpenVPN on a number of ASUS routers, all with stock firmware.