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Some wireless routers allow replacing the stock firmware with an open-source version called DD-WRT. This firmware improves router’s capabilities, functions and controls, turning a regular router into a business-class device.

To enhance the router’s functionalities even further, you can set up a VPN service on it. This way, any device connected to the router will automatically have its Internet traffic protected, saving you a number of simultaneous VPN connections. Besides, all the connected devices will be able to bypass various geographical restrictions on streaming content, such as music or sports.

These VPN guidelines offer tips for getting started using NordVPN on a router running the DD-WRT firmware. Note: you can also access setup guidelines for other platforms (Windows, iOS, Android and more) here.


OpenVPN is a versatile security protocol that supports a great number of strong encryption algorithms and ciphers. We use OpenVPN in native NordVPN apps for various operating systems as a default set-up, because it is considered to be one of the best protocols in the industry.

These guidelines provide instructions on setting up OpenVPN on your router via the OpenVPN GUI client or by running a script.