Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are becoming increasingly popular. From staying secure on free open WiFi connections to hiding your online location a VPN is very useful.
They have a lot to offer but can be limited when multiple devices are being used in a home.
VPN software can be installed on each individual device or as a whole house VPN router which can be set up to automatically direct all traffic through a secure VPN.
There are routers that come with a built-in section to set up a VPN.
There is also 3rd party software that can be installed on a router such as DD-WRT, OpenWrt, Tomato, and Merlin.
DD-WRT is the most well known 3rd party Firmware to add VPN service to a router and is a good option although a bit technical.
If you have an older router laying around it may be worth trying to flash the Firmware with DD-WRT.
Merlin is also a very good 3rd part firmware for Asus routers adding many nice features.
Finding the Best VPN for a Router
A VPN provider will be needed with many available and most will be able to be installed on a router.
Personally, I use IPVanish but there are many more good services.
The ideal provider will be fast, have multiple worldwide servers, keep no logs, and have easy setup instructions.
Read Here for Our Picks of Best VPN Providers.
What is the Best Router for a VPN?
There are many good routers that a VPN can be added to.
Most good units will have either a VPN option available or be able to have third part Firmware installed.
Below are some of our picks for good VPN routers. If you have a good option let us know in the comments below.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for the Best VPN Routers for the Whole Home 2020
- ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U)
- TP-Link Archer AC1750
- Linksys AC3200
- Linksys WRT54GL DD-WRT
- NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700
ASUS AC2900 WiFi Dual-band Gigabit Wireless Router with 1.8GHz Dual-core Processor and AiProtection Network Security Powered by Trend Micro, AiMesh Whole Home WiFi System Compatible (RT-AC86U)
The ASUS AC2900 (RT-AC86U) is a Dual Band router with a 1.8GHz Dual-core CPU that comes with many nice features including a VPN Server section.
It has the option to use the common VPN protocols PPTP, L2TP, and Open VPN.
Most VPN providers use OpenVPN but be sure to check which is compatible with your service.
While the ASUS AC2900 has built-in VPN support one of the best features is its compatibility to install the 3rd party Firmware Merlin.
Merlin is Firmware for Asus routers that adds to the options available including more VPN options.
For example, it has policy rules for a VPN which can let you decide which devices use the VPN and which go straight to your ISP.
It does require flashing the router with the Merlin Firmware which is easy to do.
TP-Link Archer AC1750 Smart WiFi Router – Dual Band Gigabit (C7) (Renewed)
The TP-Link Archer AC1750 C7 has been available for a few years but works very well as a VPN router.
There is newer faster routers but for the cost the Archer C7 does not disappoint.
It is dual-band AC unit so it has all the newest protocols along with a Firmware updates.
Currently, I am still using it as a secondary VPN router with my main one having no VPN.
If you are looking for a solid low-cost option the TP-Link Archer AC1750 C7 is hard to beat.
Linksys WRT32X AC3200 Dual-Band WiFi Gaming Router with Killer Prioritization Engine
The Linksys AC3200 is a very fast gaming router that has a VPN option built-in.
It uses a Firmware called WRT32X which is close to DD-WRT but with fewer options.
It works with OpenVPN protocol which most VPN providers use and has one of the more easy setups.
Linksys has a dedicated page for how to setup the unit using the OpenVPN Protocol. Read The Setup Page Here.
It is a nice fast router packed full of features that makes it worth a look.
DD-WRT – Linksys WRT54GL Wireless G Router, WiFi Broadband Repeater Bridge 54 Mbps (DD-WRT Preinstalled)
A router can be bought with DD-WRT already installed for those who don’t want to mess with the technicalities.
There are several that can be bought with DD-WRT installed including the Linksys WRT54G series.
The WRT54G is an old router but with DD-WRT it becomes a very nice set up with many options.
It is only a wireless-G unit so it doesn’t have the newest technology but makes for a good second VPN router.
NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R6700) – AC1750 Wireless Speed (up to 1750 Mbps) | Up to 1500 sq ft Coverage & 25 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 3.0 USB ports | Armor Security
The NETGEAR Nighthawk series of routers are very fast gaming routers built for speed and to handle multiple connections.
They have a VPN Service option in the menu under Advanced Setup.
The setup can be a bit technical but there is lots of YouTube videos if needed.
There are many good VPN routers available some with a built-in VPN options and others needing third-party firmware.
If you have the technical ability installing DD-WRT, Merlin, or other third party firmware is a good low-cost solution.
Merlin works very well with Ausus routers and possible the best VPN Firmware options for a router.
There is also many ready-built solutions that can simply be bought.
Do you have a favorite router to use as a VPN? let us know in the comments below.