Category Archives: Router

  • How to set up a VPN client connection on the pcWRT router

    Posted on February 13, 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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  • 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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  • Turn off WiFi router automatically at night

    Posted on July 22, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, WiFi.

    There are many reasons you want to switch off your WiFi at night. Some people worry about the prolonged exposure EMF radiation during their sleeping hours. Others are concerned about the security risks of keeping it on all time. Still others believe that turning off your router at night extends its lifespan. But one thing […]

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  • Fake one-star reviews on Amazon for the pcWRT router

    Posted on July 7, 2018 by pcwrt in News, Router.

    For quite some time we were puzzled by the one-star reviews that were left on Amazon for our product. These were “Verified Purchase” reviews. Supposedly the customers purchased our product, were dissatisfied, then left a negative review. Strange enough, none of these customers reached out to us for support when they encountered problems. They just […]

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  • Beyond Three Dumb Routers

    Posted on June 20, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, Security, Technology.

    To mitigate the risks of IoT devices on your home network, Steve Gibson, the creator of ShieldsUP!, proposed a “Three Dumb Router” configuration to isolate the insecure IoT devices from your normal LAN, where the more valuable and more secure devices such as PCs and NAS storage reside. Since the devices stay in their own […]

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  • How to get rid of VPNFilter malware (even though you don’t know if your router is infected)

    Posted on June 6, 2018 by pcwrt in Router, Security, Technology.

    Ars Technica reported today that the VPNFilter malware targets a much larger number of devices than previously thought (200,000 additional routers were added to the initial estimate of 500,000). And it is more powerful than revealed in original analysis. VPNFilter’s elaborate design involves three stages. Stage 1 acts as a backdoor that uses a sophisticated […]

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  • How to allow or block web sites on the router

    Posted on June 1, 2018 by pcwrt in 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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