Setting up a VPN router is a nice option since multiple devices can use the VPN along with many devices that do not have built-in VPN software.
The TP-Link Archer AC1750 C7 is one such good home router that can be setup as a VPN that all home devices can use.
I recently found a TP-Link Archer C7 at a yard sale and decided to set it up as a secondary VPN router.
Setting it up as a secondary keeps the main router with no VPN and the option of connecting to the secondary with a VPN.
To use it as a secondary run an Ethernet cable from the main router to the WAN port on the Archer C7.
Of course, it can also be used as the main router with all traffic going through the VPN.
Setting Archer C7 Options to Default (Optional)
This will not be necessary if you have setup the router before and know the login User Name and Password.
If you bought a used router it is best to reset it to default and will be necessary if the default User Name and Password has been changed.
The Archer C7 can be reset by holding the WPS/Reset button with the power On for 10 seconds.
Logging Into a TP-Link Archer C7
A laptop or computer will be needed to log into the router.
An Ethernet cable from any of the four yellow Ethernet ports will need to go to a computer.
In the Picture above a blue Ethernet cable was plugged into the router and a port on a laptop.
Open any Browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Edge and type in the router IP address.
The default IP Address is 192.168.0.1
The default User Name is: admin
The default Password is: admin
(Optional)I upgraded the Firmware to the newest version dated 2018.
This is optional and likely unnecessary. If you do upgrade the Firmware be sure to download the correct version as there is 4 Archer C7 versions.
VPN Service Provider
A VPN service will be needed with many available.
The steps below I used L2TP VPN protocol and IPVanish VPN service which works well for me with good speeds.
If you already have a VPN the setup should be the same or similar.
The TP-Link Archer C7 has the VPN options PPPoE, L2TP, and PPTP.
How To Setup a TP-Link Archer C7 Router as a Home VPN
1… The first step is to go to your VPN provider and copy the User Name, Password, and Server.
If you don’t have a VPN provider IPVanish is what I use and works very well on a router. Click Here to see IPVanish Plans
2… The URL of the server will be needed. I copied a server URL and pasted it into notepad.
IPVanish has thousands of servers around the world which I chose one close to me with low usage.
3… The next step is to log into the router and go to Network–WAN and select L2TP/Russia L2TP from the drop-down box.
Type in the User Name and Password along with the Server IP Address/Name.
Set MTU Size to: 1460
Set Max Idle Time to: 0
After typing in the settings click Save at the bottom of the menu.
One problem I had is the server address would not paste into the box. If you have the same problem write it down and be sure to type it in correctly.
4… After everything is typed in click on Connect and it should display Connected!
5… Google what is My IP address and use a service such as WhatsMyIP to be sure it has changed.
Setting up the TP-Link Archer C7 as a whole home VPN router is easy enough to do.
The main settings will be the VPN protocol, User name / Password, and Server.
I set mine up as a secondary router keeping my main one with no VPN.
This makes it easy to connect and disconnect to the VPN on-demand.
Depending on the server I use from IPvanish the speeds are very good at 50-70Mbps.
I am still testing out the Archer C7 as a router VPN so far with very good results and will update if anything changes.