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Netgear Nighthawk VPN Setup: How To Set Up VPN On NetGear?

  • 24 May, 2022
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"How to set up VPN on router" is another long answer because different VPNs come with their own specific VPN settings. We will discuss it sometime in the future. But, today I welcome the proud users of Netgear who want to learn how to set up VPN on Netgear. Note that the process to set up VPN on Netgear is super simple but sometimes the problem might occur due to incorrect settings and down servers. If you are also facing any kind of issue while enabling and activating a VPN on Netgear, feel free to contact us. Solutions to all kinds of problems related to Netgear Setup, installation, and settings are all available.

 When it comes to protecting privacy on the internet, VPN comes first to mind. And When it comes to the fast and safe internet router and modem, Netgear strikes the mind first. So, the idea of using a VPN on a Netgear router or modem can definitely do wonders. By doing so, you definitely can secure public Wi-Fi connections, avoid censorship, prevent ISP tracking, and strengthen online banking and shopping security. And if you are thinking of enabling VPN on Netgear Nighthawk then you can certainly do more. But, before that, you need to learn the simple steps to Netgear Nighthawk VPN Setup.

 So, as we always do, let's start with basics to make sure you never make the mistake that others do.

 Does Netgear router support VPN?

The answer to this question is - yes. A piece of good news is that like all other Netgear routers, the Nighthawk router comes with a built-in VPN feature. But, the problem is that they don't work with third-party VPNs. It means you can set up a VPN server on Netgear Nighthawk with the help of remote access to your home network. But before that, you need to enable DNS to establish a safe and secure connection between the router and internet. So, if you have already enabled DNS then you read the next section carefully. Otherwise, get in touch with the experts to enable the DNS on Netgear.

 How to set up VPN on NetGear?

If you think Netgear Nighthawk VPN Setup is complicated and something you can’t do, my goal with this section is to change that opinion. If you follow these steps in the order I have laid them out for you, you should set up a VPN on your Netgear router with ease of mind.

  • Navigate to http://www.routerlogin.net.
  • To begin the VPN setup procedure, log in to your account first router username and password.
  •  If you have not changed the user id and password of your router then you can enter "admin" as a username and "password" as a password. These are default login credentials for Netgear routers. The Netgear user name and password are case-sensitive.
  • After the basic home screen will come to your view.
  • Select ADVANCED > Advanced Setup > VPN Service.
  • Here comes the VPN Service page displays.
  • Further, carefully select the Enable VPN Service check box and click Apply.
  • Now you need to specify any VPN service settings on the page.
  • Click For Windows to download the OpenVPN configuration files.
  • Visit http://openvpn.net/index.php/download/community-downloads.html to download the OpenVPN client utility. 
  • In the Windows Installer section of the page, double-click the open VPN-install-xxx.exe link.
  • To download and install the OpenVPN software on your computer, click the open VPN-install-xxx.exe file.
  • Read the License Agreement and click I Agree.
  • Leave the checkboxes selected and click Next.
  • To specify the destination folder, click Browse and select the destination folder and then click install.
  • The window displays the progress of the installation and displays the final installation page.
  • Click Finish.
  • Unzip the configuration files that you downloaded and copy them to a folder where the VPN client is installed on your device.
  • For a client device running 64-bit Windows, the VPN client is installed at C:\Programfiles\OpenVPN\config\ by default.
  • For client devices with Windows, modify the VPN interface name to NETGEAR-VPN:
  1. On your computer, go to the Networks page.

If you are using Windows 10, select Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet.

If you are using Windows 7, select Start > Control Panel > View network status and tasks.

  1. Select Change adapter settings.
  2. In the local area connection list, find the local area connection with the device name TAP-Windows Adapter.
  3. Select the local area connection and change its name (not its device name) to NETGEAR-VPN.

       If you don't change the VPN interface name, the VPN tunnel connection fails.


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