• How to setup IVPN WireGuard® on the pcWRT router

    Posted on May 4, 2020 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    Before you start, get an IVPN account and log in. Open one browser window for IVPN and open another for pcWRT (log in the router management console). Create an IVPN WireGuard connection Log in your IVPN account and click on the WireGuard tab. Log in the pcWRT management console, click on the WireGuard VPN icon […]

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  • Ad blocking on your home network (and in apps)

    Posted on May 2, 2020 by pcwrt in How To, Router, Security.

    Problems with ad blocking browser extensions Browser extensions are the most popular tools for ad blocking. However, they have a few drawbacks. Browser extensions bring higher security risks. In fact, a few popular ad blocker extensions were found to be malicious and were removed from the Chrome Web Store recently. They only work inside the […]

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  • How to setup Surfshark VPN on the pcWRT router (IKEv2)

    Posted on April 27, 2020 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    Download root CA certificate for Surfshark IKEv2 connections Log in your Surfshark account. Follow instructions for router setup to find the download link for the Surfshark IKEv2 certificate. Add a Surfshark VPN IKEv2 connection Log on the pcWRT console, open the “strongSwan (IPsec)” page under Apps. Under the Client tab, check the network you want […]

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  • How to setup Surfshark on the pcWRT router (OpenVPN)

    Posted on April 27, 2020 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    Download Surfshark OpenVPN configuration files Download Surfshark OpenVPN configuration files from here: https://api.surfshark.com/v1/server/configurations. If you are logged in your Surfshark account, you may also follow the router configuration instructions to find a recommended .ovpn file to download. Add a Surfshark connection Log on the pcWRT console, open the “OpenVPN” page under Apps. Under the Client […]

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  • How to setup PureVPN on the pcWRT router (IKEv2)

    Posted on April 26, 2020 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    Download root CA certificate for PureVPN IKEv2 connections PureVPN server certificates are signed by Comodo, so you need to download the root CA certificate from Comodo first. Follow this link to download the certificate file. Click the link at the bottom of the page and save the file to your computer (the PEM content is […]

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  • How to setup PureVPN on the pcWRT router (OpenVPN)

    Posted on April 26, 2020 by pcwrt in How To, VPN.

    Download & prepare PureVPN OpenVPN configuration files Download OpenVPN configuration files from PureVPN: https://support.purevpn.com/openvpn-files. Make sure to download the Recommended-CA2.zip file under either Android or DD-WRT. Important: you need to add this line to the .ovpn file you want to use: tls-cipher “DEFAULT:@SECLEVEL=0″. For example, if you add this line after the “key-direction 1” line, […]

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  • Concerned about privacy? Don’t bother to reset your advertising ID

    Posted on February 21, 2020 by pcwrt in Security.

    What is the advertising ID? The advertising ID is an identifier on your mobile device that is created to identify you for advertising purposes. It is present on both Android and iOS devices. Apps on your mobile devices can send your behavior along with the advertising ID to one or more advertising networks. By linking […]

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  • Performance comparisons of three VPN protocols on a budget router

    Posted on February 3, 2020 by pcwrt in Router, Technology.

    One of the drawbacks of running VPN on a router is performance. It is especially profound when you run OpenVPN a budget router like the pcWRT TORONTO-N. In hopes of getting more reasonable VPN performance out of commodity router hardware, we added support for strongSwan (IPsec) and WireGuard®* to the pcWRT firmware. In this post […]

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  • A router that talks three VPN protocols

    Posted on January 11, 2020 by pcwrt in News, Router, Technology.

    The pcWRT router offers the most comprehensive support for VPN technology on a router. Out of the box, it supports three VPN protocols: OpenVPN, IKEv2 and WireGuard®*. You can run both server and client on the router, and all three protocols simultaneously if you wish. Initially we only had support for OpenVPN. But it turned […]

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  • How to allow or block web sites on the router

    Posted on January 8, 2020 by pcwrt in How To, Parental Control, Router.

    The pcWRT router gives a lot of flexibility for configuring allowed or blocked web sites. You can allow or block a URL, a subdomain, a domain, a certain port on a domain, a port, or a port for a specific protocol. URL Filter Mode For URL Filter Mode, you can choose “Black List” or “White […]

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