How to configure a VPN on a Netgear router

When it comes to the best Netgear routers, many of them can act as VPN compatible routers. So if you have a Netgear device that you are ready to turn into a VPN relay, be ready to tinker with it. With that said, we’re here to show you how to set up a VPN on your Netgear router, making this process as easy as possible.


Keep in mind that Netgear routers operate a little differently from “traditional” VPN routers. This is because once you have enabled the VPN feature on a Netgear router, it acts as a home VPN server (which relies on a locally installed OpenVPN configuration).

If you are looking to run a commercial VPN on your Netgear router, our strong recommendation is to go with ExpressVPN, which comes with its custom firmware capable of running on a range of routers. For more information, see our guide on installing ExpressVPN on a Netgear router.

And now here’s what you want to know. These are the 4 general steps for setting up a VPN on your Netgear router.

Step 1: Activate the VPN function of your Netgear router

Before you start setting up a VPN on your Netgear router, you need to enable this feature (which is disabled by default). So, do the following:

1. Visit or

2. Provide your router’s credentials (go with administrator/the password, by default).

3. Now choose the ‘Advanced‘, which you will see just below the Netgear logo.

4. Go to Advanced configuration > VPN service.

5. Check the box next to ‘Activate the VPN service. ‘


Your Netgear router should also provide additional options, at some point during the following procedure. So be sure to check out ‘All sites on the Internet and home network, ‘which looks like a radio button on the’VPN service‘page.

Step # 2: Install OpenVPN on your device

Since Netgear relies on OpenVPN to create a VPN tunnel, you need to install the OpenVPN client on your device. Complete the following steps:

1. Visit the download section on the OpenVPN website.

2. Download one of the ‘Installer‘(available for 32-bit, 64-bit and ARM Windows).

3. Then double click on freshly downloaded files. Complete the installation.

4. Once done, the OpenVPN icon should be found on your office.


By default, the OpenVPN client will install in the ‘Program files‘directory. You are free to install it elsewhere but be sure to take note of this directory. This is because you will need this directory to set up a VPN on a Netgear router, as explained below.

Step # 3: Configure your local OpenVPN client

Now, it’s time to download the OpenVPN configuration files from Netgear, which allows you to speed up the installation process, as follows:

1. Again, visit or

2. Go to Advanced > Advanced configuration > VPN service.

3. Select ‘For windows‘(or use other buttons if necessary).


OpenVPN is also available on other devices, so Netgear offers you different types of configuration files. When you choose to download the configuration files, you can choose “For Windows”, “For non-Windows” and “For smart phones”. Thus, you will have three options at your disposal.

4. You will end up with a zip file. Make sure you unzip it.

5. Now visit the phone book of your OpenVPN Client, as discussed above.

6. By default, you must navigate to VS: > Program files > OpenVPN > configuration.

7. Copy fresh downloaded files at ‘configuration‘folder.

8. Now go to Start > Settings > Network and Internet > Ethernet.

9. Choose ‘Change adaptation parameters. ‘

10. Find the local area connection labeled ‘TAP-Windows Adapter. ‘

12. Change the name of the connection to ‘NETGEAR-VPN. ‘

Step 4: Check if your VPN is working properly

And finally, it’s time to check if you’ve set everything up correctly. You will need to use your locally installed OpenVPN client for this purpose.

1. Launch the OpenVPN Client on your device.

2. If you are prompted to connect, Make sure you to confirm your decision.

3. Then right click on the OpenVPN icon on your desktop and choose ‘Show status. ‘

4. He should say ‘Current state: connected. ‘

These would be the steps required to configure a VPN on a Netgear router. If you have any questions or doubts, post your comment below. And finally, thanks for reading!