Setup VPN on a Router in a Few Easy Steps

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WiFi connection has permanently entered our lives so we can move around our homes and use the internet from any location. Fortunately, users become more concerned about security of the saved data on their electronic devices, and better informed on how to protect home wireless connections as they have both connectivity and security issues. The solution here is a well-trusted VPN service. Installing it on a VPN enabled router with the Tomato or DD-WRT firmware allows you to get a powerful tool to protect all electronic devices used on location. How to do it? In just a few easy steps prepared by KeepSolid VPN Unlimited team. Read on and check them out!  

Why setup VPN on router

Nowadays, both computer experts and users agree that the need to use the internet connection through a VPN service is simply undeniable. It allows anonymous surfing on the web with the ability to hide the local IP address. It means that user’s online activity becomes inaccessible for any cyber criminal. By setting up VPN on your router, among other things, you get far more chances to have a consistent wireless connection.

Router is designed to enhance the strength of the transmission signal. Through the creation of consistent tunneling for the connected devices, our unlimited VPN service encrypts the transmitted input/output data sent over the network. In such a way, it literally keeps away the intruders from accessing your sensitive information.

Some VPN routers come with pre-installed software. Otherwise, it is easy to install the DD-WRT or Tomato firmware on the device yourself. Keep in mind that using a router without the configured VPN connection, you will not get a full protection.

Why do you need a VPN service

The new media is filled with stories about talented cyber criminals that will do anything to get what they want (users vulnerable data, peculiarly). Despite of general statistics that they target corporate computers and networks, millions of people are put at risk as these ‘predators’ easily enter desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Many cyber attackers confess that aside from impressive financial gain, they see their extensive hacking activities as fun and challenging. As a former and world-known hacker, Kevin Mitnick likes to say, “breaking into somebody else’s computer is like playing a sophisticated game of chess”.

How to select a router to configure VPN 

With a great variety of routers available on the internet, it’s not easy to pick the one perfect for you. Our team has performed thorough testing of a good number of routers and pointed out the best ones to work with KeepSolid VPN Unlimited. Here you can find a list of our recommended DD-WRT and Tomato VPN routers by FlashRouters. Study their specifications and decide what router best suits your needs.

How to setup a VPN router

We provide VPN settings for configuring routers to each and every our customer through the User Office. Please follow a few simple steps described in our tutorial to create OpenVPN® configuration files. When you finish, proceed with VPN router setup as described in the instruction below:

  1. Open the Router Admin webpage in your browser and navigate to VPN > VPN Client.
  2. Click Add Profile and select OpenVPN® tab. Fill the Description field and set Yes for Auto-reconnection.
  3. Click Choose File, select the downloaded OpenVPN® configuration file, and click Upload.
  4. Click Activate and then check the Connection Status.

As easy as that! You’ve successfully setup VPN on router. Now your connection is protected by VPN Unlimited and all devices connected to the internet through this router get the highest level of security.

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Alternatively, you can follow our in-depth manuals to setup a VPN connection using the OpenVPN® protocol on your router with the Tomato or DD-WRT firmware:

Please note that you will need to configure your router by yourself at your own risk.

Wondering how to install VPN on another router? Find more specific tutorials in the Routers section of our Manuals page. They provide comprehensive step-by-step instructions for configuring VPN on different routers, including Asus, Xiaomi Mi, Mikrotik, TP-Link, etc.  Check them out!

Bottom line on configuring router VPN 

Setting up VPN on your router is an easy and effective way to cover your home or network with top-notch VPN encryption. Get KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, generate VPN configurations for your router right now and setup VPN on your router to protect all your devices at once!

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  1. When will we be able to generate router configs with WireGuard protocol? Asus RT-AC3100/Asuswrt-Merlin.

    • Hi Gene,

      Glad to inform it’s already possible! Generating manual VPN configurations in your User Office, you can now select WireGuard protocol as well 😊

  2. In the following tutorials, I am using two of the most popular VPN routers that are available which is the Asus AC3100 and  Netgear R7000 .  You can definitely use this tutorial with other router models as long as they provide the same type of support needed for the VPN that these two do.

    • Hey there,

      Thanks for your comment 🤗
      You’re absolutely right, our users can use this tutorial for the most popular routers with the basic type of support needed for VPN setup. Or you can also check out our list of manuals for various routers and follow the instructions for your router model.

  3. Does setting up the router fix the download speed issue? When I connect using the VPN Unlimited app my download speed plummets from 400+ to about 125-150. I even purchased a personal server and no small cost to address the issue to no avail.

    • Hi,

      Thanks for reaching out! Some speed loss is inevitable because all your traffic is being encrypted. The speed you get depends on such factors as distance from server, server workload, rather than the usage of VPN on a router or via the app. In today’s reality, the VPN connection speed of 20 Mbps or more is considered fine and the 125-150 Mbps you’re getting is really great!

      As per Personal server, its location is also important: the closer it is, the better performance you should get. Check out this page, it provides more info on VPN connection speed, as well as some tips to speed it up. And feel free to contact our 24/7 customer support via [email protected], we’re glad to assist you!

  4. Hello, do you have an example of working configuration on a Cisco router (IOS 15), ideally having a main ADSL link and a 4G backup? That question before I purchase (or not) that service.


    • Hi William,
      Thanks for your interest in our service. Our team hasn’t tested the exact mentioned router model yet. However, according to the available information, Cisco router (IOS 15) supports IPSec, IKEv2, so you should be able to configure it with our VPN configurations. Here’s the Cisco website with configuration guides that can help you.
      Glad to inform that we provide a free 7-day trial, no credit card required. You can test our service on your router during that period and make up your mind regarding a paid subscription.
      If you need any assistance with generating manual VPN configurations, feel free to drop an email to our support team at [email protected]. We’ll be glad to help you!

  5. Fain so good

    • Hi Hasan,
      Thanks for your feedback, glad you’ve found it useful! If you wish to simultaneously protect a number of devices at home, configuring a router is really a good solution. Check it out and enjoy all the benefits!

  6. Can you tell me the server ip /address name

    • [email protected]
      April 22, 2018 - 1:58 pm

      Hi Steve,
      To find a server IP/address name, you need to create VPN configuration files in your personal web office. This guide will help you to figure this out.

      Moreover, you can find detailed instructions on setting up a VPN connection via various protocols for different platforms and some routers here.

      Important! Please note that you will need to configure your device using the generated settings by yourself at your own risk.

  7. Belkin Router Service
    March 14, 2018 - 12:11 pm


  8. Thanks for sharing this post I like your post it is really great and I want to thanks you with my heart.

    • Hi Jarvies,
      Thank you for your kind words! You can subscribe to our newsletter and/or social networks to stay tuned with our latest articles.

  9. Still can’t get my vpn unlimited working on my dd-wrt.
    Has anyone sorted this out?

  10. The .ovpn file works just fine on my Asus router running ASUSWRT. The friendly support staff gave me the option of PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN and they add the vpn profile as a manual device, which obviously occupies one of you devices. If you are trying to setup their vpn service on your router, it is your responsibility to ensure your device supports it by going to your manufacturers support page. For me they’ve done great in helping me get connected, it was simple as uploading the provided .ovpn file to my router and that was it. I was, however, disappointed with the fact that only a select few of their servers supports torrenting, if I had known that when I bought my lifetime subscription through TNW it would have affected my purchasing decision, but my router makes it easy to activate and deactivate the vpn without affecting network traffic.

    Still a great buy for 10 devices, I hope you guys continue to expand and really do hope you consider those who do torrent, or at the very least make a disclaimer clearly visible.

    Thanks KeepSolid Team! 🙂

    • Hello Emmanuel,
      Thank you for your comprehensive feedback and kind words. We always do our best to provide our customers with the maximum assistance and support.
      Regarding torrents: we are going to expand the number of torrent-friendly servers in the near future. We also offer personal servers that allow P2P connections by default.

  11. تحميل اغاني
    September 27, 2017 - 9:09 am

    Hi, I read your blog named “VPN Router Setup In A Few Easy Steps – VPN Unlimited Blog” daily. Your writing style is awesome, keep it up!

    • Greetings!

      Thank you for your kind words! Tell us the topics you are interested in, we’d love to cover them in our future articles.

  12. Hi there,

    did vpnunlimited support mikrotik router?
    did anyone have success configure vpnunlimited on mikrotik?

    i’ve tried configure on mikrotik, but the result is not good.
    it’s say connected but after couple of sec it disconnected.

    help me please.

    Thanks a lot

  13. Mondongo de Pollo (@loco_live)
    August 28, 2016 - 10:33 pm

    Agree, Plus now they deleted the DDWRT Instruction from the Manuals section. They are “updating them”. Still I have tried every possible combination to no luck.

  14. Many comments on this blog complain about support. I have until today found support quite good but when I opened a support request 121235 and get a response “Unfortunately, we don’t provide instructions” maybe more of the commenters on here have a point. What service can VPN unlimited provide with an answer like “Unfortunately, we don’t provide instructions” It is downright appalling to leave a user high and dry.

  15. Did anyone managed to get the VPN unlimited setup done for DD-WRT router. By following the below link, I can establish the connection however when I restart my router, I need to reset it and go through the process from scratch.

    The VPN unlimited support is really poor, they take weeks to respond and I do not think they are technically competent to provide a solution.

  16. I have sent multiple emails and the only reply I got was “Are you sure your router supports VPN?”. Totally useless email.Thankfully she did ask for my router model and firmware and then promptly ignored me since I replied… ignored my follow up emails also… So today I complain about the lack of response and receive an email asking if I got the first email that I replied to…

    Completely and utterly worthless trying to communicate via email. So finally, I came upon this post via google: and this was EXACTLY what I wanted! To a T!

    There is only 2 problems…
    1. They specify the Cypher as AES 128 SHA but my firmware only offers me
    So that is simple enough to solve… just try both… It’s the only128 SHAs in the list so it HAS to be on of them so how hard can it be to try one then the other…

    2. But the other problem is that all of the servers they provided me all give the same result:
    20150802 21:10:05 N RESOLVE: Cannot resolve host address: Name or service not known

    Every single last one I have tried has come back to me as “cannot resolve host. Service not known”

    So I have no idea what to do now. 2 weeks of being ignored via email has proven that that is not going to get me anywhere and now that I have found what I asked them for for 2 weeks via Google on my own… now I am still getting this one problem where all their domains are unresolvable and I have nobody to ask…

    Does anyone here know why this might be the case?

    • Hi! I’ve found your ticket in our support system, and there were no 2-week delays with an answer, as far as I can see. The latest message was received yesterday after a reply from Anastasia. I’ve transferred your ticket to another support manager, Yuri. Please follow the conversation via e-mail, I hope we’ll resolve the issue.

  17. Jose Luis Lucio González
    July 17, 2015 - 11:41 am

    I’ve asked for the files a few days ago without response … what happends

  18. I am on the 3yrs service plan and tried to request that setting 3 weeks ago (request 34529). Got a reply from the support and confirmed I can do it myself before they sent out the configuration details Never get back to me after that even I send two emails to request an update. This kind of service sucks (and not to mention the VPN service never works in China even your comments on Google play store stated that you are working on that 9 MONTHS ago)!

    • Maria Yarotska
      July 16, 2015 - 12:06 pm

      Hi Jack, I’m sorry but we’ve never received your 2rd reply. However, our support agent did receive your bad rating, so the mail system works just right, only your letters weren’t delivered.
      Where exactly and on what kind of internet connection doesn’t VPN work in China?
      You can find a manual for DD-WRT set up here: Please request your settings by e-mail, we’ll be happy to provide them.

  19. I have gotten your settings via email, but when I use the info in my router settings, I get “incorrect user/password”.
    Then I see that the username “D8116465-XXXX-4D99-XXXX-XXXX43F213FC:[email protected]” is too long… the “.com” cannot fit in the field…
    Now what?

    • Maria Yarotska
      July 6, 2015 - 1:30 pm

      Could you please follow the conversation with your support agent by e-mail?

  20. Maria I have the PPTP settings and the OpenVPN settings fro Yuriy but when I try and use the OpenVPN client on my Asus Router I cant get it to activate.

    Yuriy provided me with the login PPTP details (Letters & Numbers:Myemail) and Password. Is the details I use in the OpenVPN Client or do I use my windows VPN Unlimited login in details?

    Can you assist – I know its something simple I am missing

  21. I also need the DD-WRT settings and procedure. My ticket number is 34526.

  22. Hi Maria, I have also sent an email to request router settings (ticket 34284). Could you help seek a response? Thanks kindly for your help

  23. I sent an email to request OpenVPN information.
    My ticket is 32872. Can you help me ?
    Thank you very much.

  24. I sent an email to request OpenVPN information a few weeks ago, and have not heard anything back about establishing it to my router….

    • Maria Yarotska
      June 1, 2015 - 10:49 am

      Hi! You’ve got a reply from Helen Khomich on May 13th, please check your spam folder.

      • Below was the email I received, I have since removed a device from my list and have not received the credentials to apply OpenVPN to my router….

        Hello, John!
        We can generate OpenVPN settings, but you will be needed to install them by yourself on your own risk.
        Please, note, we are providing assistance only in generating appropriate settings and don’t provide any instructions how to configure it on your device directly.
        To get the settings, please, make 1 slot available in your device’s list.
        You can manage your account personally from your Simplex Solutions office at
        Please go to Devices, here you can see the list of all your devices. Here you’ll be able to manage them manually. You can delete only one device per week. Please try it and let me know if it worked for you.

        Feel free to contact me anytime you need my assistance,
        Best regards,
        Helen Khomich
        Customer Support Team
        KeepSolid Inc.

  25. Hi, I got an infinite subscription and mailed the support about a week ago but haven’t heard back since. Can you send me the OpenVPN config for my router, please?

    • Maria Yarotska
      June 1, 2015 - 10:47 am

      Hi! I’m sorry but I couldn’t find a request from an e-mail you’ve used to leave a comment (fabian*** Could you please send us another letter or specify the e-mail you’ve used to register a KeepSolid ID?

  26. Hello can you please send me the instructions for the PPTP please I´m waiting to config my router you yesterday sendme some partial info, but is better with the instrucction step by step, because i need config the router, at this moment im stuck waiting for your help.

    • Maria Yarotska
      May 29, 2015 - 6:03 pm

      Hi! We’ve replied you 3 hours ago, please check. It says that you should use your e-mail address as a username.
      Sorry, but we don’t have a universal step-by-step instruction.

  27. i wish this article was bit more exhaustive. i tried this on dd-wrt router with the provided openvpn file and with pptp also. none of them worked and none of these instructions nor one i got from support (via email) was useful enough to successfully get it working. other vpn services have better support. i strongly think vpn unlimited will succeed staying competent by providing better support.
    for eg., check or for how well the instruction are and in all likeliness, looks tested.
    with all the pain points anyway, did anyone ever got dd-wrt router to work with provided openvpn profile file or pptp settings? hearing ‘yes’ will simply comfort me to try again – though the support from vpn unlimited is very limited.

    • Maria Yarotska
      May 28, 2015 - 12:10 pm

      Hi Sol, our OpenVPN profile proved to be working with all the routers we’ve ever met. The only thing is, we don’t provide step-by-step instructions for the dd-wrt in particular, and this is our mistake, because this set-up is much more complicated than the one for PPTP. We’ll make the instruction and send it to you.

      • Can you send one to me as well. Or publish it on the blog. The step by step instructions would be awesome. I’ve been trying for two weeks now and I can’t get it to work still.

  28. I have more than one year subscription and have sent email to [email protected] asking for the setup file.
    Have not receive any reply.

  29. How is the 5 user limit enforced with a router? Or do all the devices connected through the router count as 1?

  30. Anthony Downing
    May 13, 2015 - 8:32 pm

    I did take out a one year subscription which must be coming to an end will you notify me when i need to renew, also i now need to protect 2 router’s, as i have one for my Apple computer and i pad and one for an android box and TV set up, So can i have both router’s covered. before the take over i used to correspond with Ali, but have not received any e-mails since the take over.

    • Maria Yarotska
      May 13, 2015 - 8:37 pm

      Hi! We’ll notify you, when your subscription comes to end. Could you please email us at [email protected] regarding the router settings? You will get a reply, I promise, just make sure its on your white list.

  31. Sorin Ionuț Sbârnea
    May 9, 2015 - 9:21 pm

    Wondering how it comes that such a long article is missing to specify where you download the OpenVPN profile from as there is no such option on your website or any of the clients. I was able to find on reddit that we have to open a support ticket for that and this does not seem like the best user experience.

    • Maria Yarotska
      May 11, 2015 - 10:08 am

      Hi! The thing is, we provide OpenVPN profile for the users who’ve purchased 1-year+ subscription. That is exactly why we provide the settings via e-mail only.

      • Hello you provide files OpenVPN via email but did not explain how to load the router , just do a simple guide and inviara all customers that require it

        • Maria Yarotska
          July 6, 2015 - 1:32 pm

          Hi! I’m sorry you had problems with the set up, but there are plenty of routers out there. Our guide wouldn’t be that simple. Anyway, we’re working on it.

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