• How to create your SSH key and use it on the router

    Posted on March 3, 2024 by pcwrt in How To, Router.

    Generate your key pair Open a command line window and enter: ssh-keygen -b 4096 -t rsa A pair of private/public keys will be generated under the .ssh folder. By default the file names are id_rsa and id_rsa.pub. You can optionally enter a passphrase for your private key. View your public key On Linux or MacOS: […]

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  • How to reset router password by email

    Posted on August 29, 2023 by pcwrt in How To, Router.

    When you lose your router password, you can no longer log in to the router admin interface. The usual way to regain access to the router is to reset the router to factory defaults. However, that also means that you lose all of your configurations and have to reconfigure the router from the very beginning. […]

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  • How to set up SurfShark WireGuard VPN on the pcWRT router

    Posted on August 29, 2023 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    Download SurfShark WireGuard configuration files Log in to your SurfShark account. Under the VPN section, click on the Manual setup link. Choose the WireGuard protocol. Click on I don’t have a key pair. Enter a name for your new key pair and click Next. Click Generate a new key pair. Click Choose a location. Download […]

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  • How to set up Proton VPN WireGuard on the pcWRT router

    Posted on August 28, 2023 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    Download Provon VPN WireGuard configuration files Log in to your Proton VPN account. Click the Downloads link. Scroll down to the WireGuard configuration section. Click on the Create button under the section Select a server to connect to. Click on the Download button and save the file to your computer. Create a Proton VPN WireGuard […]

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  • Using ChatGPT and Bard to Find a Tech Product

    Posted on May 16, 2023 by pcwrt in Technology.

    The pcWRT router provides some unique features which are not common among consumer grade products. One such feature is VLAN support. Keyword searches usually don’t work well when a potential customer wants to find products supporting a specific technical feature. So we are trying to find out if AI technologies like ChatGPT and Google Bard […]

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  • A VPN Leak in Windows 10

    Posted on May 13, 2023 by pcwrt in Security, VPN.

    This is not your normal DNS or WebRTC leak. It is observed that preexisting network connections keep communicating outside the VPN tunnel long after the VPN connection is established. It looked like the iOS leak reported earlier, but this one is more of a VPN client problem than an OS level problem. The challenge with […]

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  • How to port forward with a VPN connection

    Posted on February 19, 2023 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    If you don’t have a public IP address from your ISP, but still want to access your home network from the outside, you may need to set up port forwarding using a VPN connection. With this setup, the VPN server will provide the public IP address you need, and the VPN connection will carry the […]

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  • How to check that your VPN kill switch is working

    Posted on June 15, 2022 by pcwrt in How To, Security, VPN.

    Many VPN apps come with a “kill switch”, which turns off your Internet connectivity when the VPN connection is lost. Without a kill switch, you might be falsely thinking that you’re protected by a VPN, while the VPN connection is down and your connection is switched back to the ISP. But how do you know […]

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  • How to set up a VPN server at home (on the router)

    Posted on December 16, 2021 by pcwrt in How To, Security, VPN.

    If you did some search on this topic, you are probably confused. Most articles on this topic confuse readers rather than helping them. Why you need a VPN server at home First of all, let’s make it clear that there’s only one reason to set up a VPN server at home: you want to access […]

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  • Do You Have a Public IP Address from Your ISP?

    Posted on December 10, 2021 by pcwrt in How To, Router.

    If you want to host a server at home (for example, VPN server, Plex server or game server, etc.), you need a public IP address. Nowadays, more and more Internet Service Providers (ISPs) move their customers behind Carrier Grade NATs (CGNATs) due to the increasing scarcity of IPv4 addresses. Normal ways to set up a […]

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