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How to Install ProtonVPN on an Asus Router

Setting up ProtonVPN on an Asus router can be an engaging process. So we’re sitting in your living room, an Asus router and laptop before us, and I’m guiding you through this journey to a securely VPNed network.

Step 1: Accessing the Router Interface

  • Connect: I’d ensure the laptop is connected to the Asus router, either via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable.
  • Browser Navigation: Opening a web browser, I’d type 192.168.1.1 or router.asus.com in the address bar, which should take us to the Asus router login page.
  • Login: We’d enter the router’s username and password. If it’s the first time, the default ones are usually admin for both fields, unless you’ve changed them.

Step 2: Installing OpenVPN Client on Asus Router

  • Navigate to VPN: Once in the router interface, I’d guide you to click on “VPN” in the left-hand menu.
  • VPN Client Tab: We’d then move to the “VPN Client” tab and click on “Add Profile.”

Step 3: Configuring ProtonVPN

  • ProtonVPN Details: Before we proceed further, we’d need to fetch the OpenVPN configuration files from ProtonVPN. For this:
    • I’d navigate to the ProtonVPN website, log in to our account, and go to the downloads section.
    • We’d look for router and OpenVPN configuration files and download them.
  • Adding Files to Router: Back in the router interface:
    • I’d select the “OpenVPN” tab in the “Add Profile” section.
    • We’d input a description for our VPN connection, and our ProtonVPN username and password.
    • Clicking on “Choose File,” we’d upload the ProtonVPN configuration file we downloaded earlier.
    • Finally, I’d hit “Upload” and then “OK.”

Step 4: Activating VPN Connection

  • Connecting: In the “VPN Client” tab, we’d now see our ProtonVPN profile. I’d click on “Activate” and keep an eye on the connection status, waiting for it to display “Connected.”
  • Verification: To ensure our connection is secure, I’d navigate to an IP checker website on our laptop to verify that our IP address matches the ProtonVPN IP.

Step 5: Ensuring Smooth Operation

  • DNS Settings: To avoid DNS leaks, I’d go back to the router interface, navigate to “WAN” in the left-hand menu, and find the “Connect to DNS Server automatically” option. We’d select “No” and enter ProtonVPN’s DNS servers (as provided on their website).
  • Testing: We’d do a quick browse on several devices connected to our router, ensuring smooth connectivity through ProtonVPN.

Step 6: Managing VPN

  • Switching Off: If ever we want to disconnect the VPN, I’d simply navigate back to the “VPN Client” tab in the router interface and click “Deactivate.”
  • Profiles: We might also create several profiles for different ProtonVPN servers, giving us the flexibility to switch as per our needs.

Step 7: Celebrating Secure Connectivity

  • We’d now have all devices connected to our Asus router secured via ProtonVPN, enhancing our network privacy and security.
  • We’d leisurely browse, stream, or game, knowing our network is under the protective umbrella of a VPN.

Note: Always ensure firmware is updated on the router for optimal performance and security, and remember, VPN usage might slow down the internet speed slightly due to the encryption process. Always choose the nearest or optimal ProtonVPN server for your location for the best performance.

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