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How to set up a VPN for your entire home network

ZenMate VPN

ZenMate VPN

ZenMateVPN enables you to connect an unlimited amount of devices on the same subscription plan.

Therefore, you can safely purchase a household-wide account and connect all the devices under your roof to it. ZenMate VPN won’t mind, and won’t throttle your speed/bandwidth, either.

ZenMate VPN has been tested and works great on the following devices:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Firestick TV
  • Apple TV
  • Gaming consoles (PlayStation, Xbox)
  • Smart TVs
  • Chromebook
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Opera
  • Edge

For any other seemingly unsupported Internet-enabled devices we suggest you take a look at our other method (the one that involves a router).

Many Internet-ready devices don’t have VPN support, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be protected.

Install a VPN on your router

Installing a VPN on your router is definitely more complicated than using an unlimited-devices VPN such as the one we’ve listed above.

However, if you’re a bit tech-savvy or you simply don’t want to use Surfshark or ZenMate, you can go for it.

Unfortunately, we won’t guide you step-by-step through the router VPN configuration process for two reasons:

  1. Every router model has a different configuration scheme, so the things that work for one router might not work for another
  2. Each VPN has its own set of perks and features and not every VPN offers router support

For this method to work, you’ll need to make sure that your router has built-in VPN support or DD-WRT/Tomato.

Certain router models don’t come with VPN support, but custom firmware such as OpenWRT/DD-WRT/Tomato can bypass this limitation.

Don’t know how to install a VPN on your Netgear router? Check out our comprehensive guide for instructions.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that your VPN can handle being installed on a router. Certain VPNs only work through their dedicated apps, and installing a VPN on your router won’t involve dedicated apps.

Final thoughts on setting up a VPN for the entire network

All things considered, it’s definitely possible to set up and use a VPN for the entire network.

However, doing so depends on a series of factors, including but not limited to your preference towards certain VPN services and your router’s hardware limitations.

Long story short, using a multi-device VPN such as Surfshark or ZenMate VPN seems to be the safest, easiest way to configure VPNs for the whole network.

However, if you plan on protecting even devices with no native VPN support such as IoTs, installing a VPN on your router may be the best way to go about it.

This post was written by Vlad Constantinescu and was first posted to WindowsReport

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