Category Archives: Router

  • 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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  • How to set up an OpenVPN client connection on the pcWRT router

    Posted on December 24, 2019 by pcwrt in How To, Router, Security.

    Setting up a VPN connection on the router is not an easy task. First of all, not many routers support VPN. If your existing router does not support VPN out of the box, you might need to flash it with open source firmware so that you can install VPN software on it. Then you need […]

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  • How to enable native dynamic DNS on the pcWRT router

    Posted on December 23, 2019 by pcwrt in How To, Router.

    Starting from version v2.0.1, the pcWRT router supports Dynamic DNS (DDNS) natively. You can set up a hostname for your router on the pcwrt.net domain with these steps: Open the router management console. Go to the System Settings page. Under the General section, check “Enable DDNS with pcwrt.net, enter the DDNS Name and click Save. […]

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  • Dynamic DNS Explained

    Posted on December 19, 2019 by pcwrt in How To, Router, Technology.

    What is Dynamic DNS? In short, Dynamic DNS (DDNS) is a DNS service for hosts without static IP addresses. There are two sides to your home network, the internal network (aka LAN) and the external network (aka WAN). The internal IP addresses are assigned by the router (and can be changed by the user), while […]

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  • Another simple check to avoid router being hacked

    Posted on August 16, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, Security.

    Recently, two unsecured databases were discovered on the Internet. Exactis, a Florida marketing data aggregator, exposed 340 Million Consumer Records to the world. Another company, Telemedicine, exposed detailed health care information on more than 2.3 million patients in Mexico, by making a MongoDB database accessible to anyone without a password. In both cases, the researchers […]

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  • Pause the Internet

    Posted on August 10, 2018 by pcwrt in How To, Parental Control, Router.

    The pcWRT router allows you to pause the Internet in multiple ways. You can pause all devices with Access Control enabled, or only devices in a certain profile. You can pause while connected to your home network, or remotely through pcwrt.com. A single click on the pause button pauses the Internet for 30 minutes, each […]

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  • Block ads with router

    Posted on August 4, 2018 by pcwrt in How To, Router, Security.

    You’ve probably heard of Pi-hole, an open source software package that runs on a Raspberry Pi and blocks ads on any device connected to your network. It’s efficient and cost effective, but requires you to have some technology know-how. This is a detailed write-up if you are interested in setting up Pi-hole by yourself: Install […]

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  • How to use your router to block smart TV snooping

    Posted on August 2, 2018 by pcwrt in How To, Router, Security.

    Today’s smart TVs collect a lot of information about you beyond your knowledge, sometimes without your consent. Last year, Vizio was fined $2.2 million for collecting user data wihout properly informing consumers. From FTC official statement: VIZIO smart TVs … capture second-by-second information about video displayed on the smart TV, including video from consumer cable, […]

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