How to check if your router supports VPN

As router options are almost infinite, you have a lot to choose from. It is a lot easier to know if your router supports a VPN connection by its category. We will cover the following categories:

  1. ISP provided routers
  2. OTS routers
  3. Custom Firmware routers



ISP provided routers


In most cases, ISP routers, or Internet Service Provider routers, have massive restrictions enabled on them that can only be disabled by your ISP. There is a slim chance that you can set up a VPN on a router provided by your ISP. You may not even be able to change small settings, like DNS.

So, if you have an ISP router and want a VPN setup on one, you must invest in the other two categories.


Off-the-shelf routers


OTS (Off-the-shelf) routers are much easier to work with, but not all of them may support a VPN. It's important to make sure that the router you are checking out has VPN compatibility. To do that, check the following steps:


  1. Find the features list.
  2. Search for OpenVPN or WireGuard® client.

NOTE: Don't mix it up with an OpenVPN server, as this is an entirely different thing.ovpn_router.png


Custom firmware routers


Usually, almost all custom firmware routers have VPN availability, and these are more likely to be fully customizable with many handy features.


It's not hard to set up a VPN on a custom firmware router, and we have router guides for almost all custom firmware.

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