How to set up NordVPN on your router
NordVPN allows you to connect up to six devices to its service at the same time. However, if you set up a compatible router to use a VPN connection, every device that connects to the internet through your router uses the encrypted connection – no matter how many you have.
It also means devices that don’t support VPNs (like gaming consoles or media streamers like the Apple TV) can reap the benefits of unblocking, and all devices — like smart speakers, security cameras, and other smart home gadgets — can take advantage of that extra layer of security and privacy.
Not all routers support VPN connections, so you need to check if this is the case first. You can either check with the manufacturer—often your ISP—or just log into the router itself and peruse the VPN settings menus.
Even though it supports VPN connections, NordVPN no longer supports L2TP/IPsec and PPTP connections, so if your router only supports those protocols, you’re out of luck. Instead, look for OpenVPN support.
Specifically it has to supports OpenVPN as a client (rather than server, but if server support is present, that’s fine). The best way to find out is to search online for your router make and model. If you find that your router has “pass-through” support for OpenVPN, that’s not good: it just allows devices to connect, not blocks them.
Which router should I use with NordVPN?
If your current router was provided by your ISP, it may not support OpenVPN. And don’t forget that some mesh routers may also support OpenVPN, not just individual, standalone routers.
You may need to buy a new router from the ones we recommend if your current one isn’t compatible, or you can go to FlashRouters and buy a router that has special software that works with a companion app. With this app, you can log in with your NordVPN credentials and manage VPN settings more easily than in a web browser. Use the code NORDVPNROUTER at checkout to get a 20% discount.
There is also a List of routers recommended by NordVPN.
Note that Asus routers come with a built-in OpenVPN client, making them ideal for NordVPN.
How to configure your router for NordVPN
The exact method of configuring your router to work with NordVPN varies by manufacturer and possibly even model.
So we can’t provide a definitive step-by-step guide for your specific router, but here are the general steps to follow. Also note that you can Find Guides for different routers on NordVPN’s website.
First, log in to your router. To do this, you must enter its IP address in your web browser. To change the settings, you must then enter the admin password. This is usually written on a sticker somewhere on the router itself. For more help, check out our guide, which explains exactly how to connect to your router.
Next, look for the VPN settings. This is usually done under the advanced settings, but remember that not every router has these: you must be using a compatible model.
Make sure you find the VPN client settings, not the server settings. This is how it looks on an Asus router:
Now add a profile containing your NordVPN username and password. You can find this in your NordVPN dashboard.
If there is an option, select “automatic reconnection”, which will reestablish the VPN connection if it is lost for any reason.
Enter a name for the connection. you can call it NordVPN [country], where country is the location of the server you chose.
Of course, you haven’t decided on a country yet, but you can use this link to find the server that NordVPN recommends. Or, if you have a specific country in mind (e.g. to bypass regional blocks), choose one from the drop-down menu under Customize Server Settings.
Download the OpenVPN configuration files as you will need at least one of them when creating the VPN profile. Preferably use UDP.
If you see the option to import an .ovpn file, click the button to import it and navigate to where you downloaded the file from the NordVPN website.
Once this is done you should be able to save the configuration.
Then you should see an option to “activate” this profile or connect to the VPN.
To disconnect, return to this page in your router and click the Disable or Disconnect button.
How to connect to another NordVPN server
Unfortunately, if you create these profiles manually, you’ll have to create one for each server you plan to use. In many cases this is just a local one for the best speeds and maybe one in another country (e.g. US) so you can watch US Netflix for example.
Once these profiles are created, you can log back into your router and activate the profile for the country you want to appear in.
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