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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
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 […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
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, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.