This tutorial explains how to connect your DD-WRT firmware router to NordVPN using the L2TP protocol.
First things first, these changes are made in the web configuration panel of your router. You can access it by visiting the local IP of your router from your web browser. The two most common, default local IPs that most routers have are 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 – you can access these by opening http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1 in your browser. The default IP, username and password are listed in your router’s User Manual.
Please note, that L2TP alone does not encrypt your traffic, it only reroutes you through one of our servers. Please use it at your own risk. This does not apply to L2TP/IPsec.
1. Go to Setup -> Basic Setup;
2. Set L2TP as your Connection Type;
3. Into the Gateway (L2TP Server) field enter a NordVPN server address. You can find our server addresses in our server list: https://nordvpn.com/servers/;
4. Enter your NordVPN credentials;
5. Enable the Use DHCP option;
6. Under Optional Settings change MTU to Manual and put in the value of 1460;
7. Scroll down to Network Address Server Settings (DHCP);
8. Select DHCP Type to DHCP Server and also select Enable;
9. Into Static DNS 1 and 2 fields enter our DNS servers: 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52;
10. Disable Use DNSMasq for DHCP and DNS;
11. Click Save and Apply Settings at the bottom of the screen to connect to VPN.