New to the VPN world and DD-WRT

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Harry Houdini
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New to the VPN world and DD-WRT

Just purchased the R7800, I want to use NordVPN on the router. I am new to this, so please bear with me. It is my understanding that I need to flash the 7800 with a DD-WRT .img build, which one I am not sure? Then once that has been completed, I need to proceed with flashing the router with .bin updates?


Thank you!

MrMad1966's picture
Pretty much spot on. Just

Pretty much spot on. Just read carefully, Kong for instance has a specific file you flash when coming from the Netgear firmware for the first time to DDWRT.

Harry Houdini
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Thank you! Yes, I read all

Thank you! Yes, I read all the warnings! lol....I was successful in flashing and moving to the DD-WRT Kong flash version. Nice interface, no way to logout of the router and I have not found a way to name my connections associated with their IP address?

Peter Redmer
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Harry -- sounds like you

Harry -- sounds like you found the IMG file on Kong's site -- that is what you would use when coming from stock for the first time.

Then, you can grab the BIN updates from here (or from Kong's site) for DDWRT -> DDWRT upgrades.

For NordVPN, they have very detailed instructions on their site on how to set up the connection in the GUI. A hint: use command prompt to ping the server addresses then look up the IP to see where they really are, for example if you are in the US, there are 800+ servers there now with no indication on their site that I could find as to their locations :) Also, use their DNS addresses to avoid IPv6 leaks (you can use to check)

Harry Houdini
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Thank you for the info, I used their DNS servers: 

Static DNS 1 = Static DNS 2 = Static DNS 3 = (default)

I will look up their other servers. I have noticed about a 15mbps loss on the down speeds. so maybe a different server is the cure?

Bevy_A's picture
Due to the nature of a VPN

Due to the nature of a VPN you will almost always take a hit in terms of download/upload speeds as well as latency. To minimize the impact of the extra traveling your packets have to do, pick a VPN server that's close in geographical location. Your DNS servers won't affect your speeds, he was just letting you know to use your VPN providers servers so you don't leak information through DNS requests which would make the VPN pointless. 

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A little disappointed with

A little disappointed with the speeds through the vpn. I have tried both NordVPN and PIA (Privateinternetaccess).

Both give me speeds at around 40 to 50mbps. I am on a 300mbps connection and get good speeds without the VPN through the router but using the provided client end VPN solution from both providers at around 200mbps.

Are there any tweaks I can do to improve these speeds or am I out of luck?

When I use telnet to log in to the router and using TOP I see the cpu is under about 25% load while the speed tester is running with the VPN. So I assume there is some more headroom?

Do I need a better router to handle these higher speeds?