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The options for the client are not so much important in and of themselves as is making sure they match the settings for the server. Thanks for your kind assistance. My current router is unable to utilize VPN and does not give me strong signals inside or outside the home. I shall checkout the info on your link And, if you can't find what you like there, then you can opt for something off this universal list of DD-WRT routers instead.

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You'll find discussions about fixing problems with computer hardware, computer software, Windows, viruses , security , as well as networks and the Internet. I am looking for a pre-installed dd-wrt router but am confused about the choices If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem.

Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended. Any special needs the why and what you're using it for , would help with your decision, plus maybe the link below: To insure that my VPN service is utilized on all wireless media. Moreso to insure that I can access Netflix etc. My current router is unable to utilize VPN and does not give me strong signals inside or outside the home.

Hence I need to upgrade. I previously attempted to use one from Flashrouters but had too many problems and had to return it As such I would like a recommendation as to those routers and what is considered best for my need as stated Thanks for your kind assistance. Ouch on many points. If you read the forum policies you see the topic of getting around Netflix's security system and more is nothing we will discuss.

That is, it's more complicated than a space shuttle control board. But, here's the deal. You may have other issues such as metal in the walls or poor placement of the router. I've lost count of the number of times I find the router in the basement or another incorrect location. A few times I found the router antennas not installed.

A "Preinstalled dd-wrt" won't make it any more supportable or easier. It only means you don't have to install it. I wish to run a network through the through the router utilizing the VPN While I'm becoming less tech efficient in my declining years, I have decided to leave the difficult stuff for the younger brains,,,that is why I want a preconfigured DDWRT router.

I shall checkout the info on your link And this should not overcome concrete and steel. I hope someone pointed both these out to you. Not that there are ways around all this. Folk that can't configure usually get someone to come in and set it up. One of my favorite coverage solutions is the WiFi powerline hotspot. But it has a relatively low-level encryption scheme, making it easier to break than more modern protocols, though also putting less load on both the client and server systems.

OpenVPN is an open-source, free server and client that offers more security than PPTP, with a somewhat higher load on the server and client systems. DD-WRT is often used because the additional features it supports aren't available by using the manufacturer's own router OS—a router more than two or three years old, for example, may have security updates but it's seldom eligible for new or better functionality, such as adding VPN routing. A new consumer-grade router can often meet the needs of a small business with the addition of DD-WRT software, at a much lower cost than a business-grade router.

If you wind up with a hardware problem, then you may need to put the original software back to get service. On the upside, DD-WRT and OpenVPN have become de facto standards, so you'll find good support for them in most third-party infrastructure monitoring tools and services.

Most routers offer the first option but relatively few most business-oriented routers offer the second. It's easy to set up and use, and adds little throughput overhead to a system.

But, as stated earlier, it's less secure than OpenVPN. OpenVPN is more secure but requires a bit more effort to install and use, including a separate installation beyond the DD-WRT package as well as familiarizing yourself with the options available during configuration. There are a few routers sold with DD-WRT already preinstalled but, on the whole, it's most often used to replace the existing OS of a commercial router.

Fortunately, this isn't as difficult as it sounds. A router is at its heart a small PC with two or more Ethernet ports and often a wireless Ethernet capability. You can find that on the universal list linked to above or by digging into your router's technical specifications where it's usually mentioned.

There may be more than one version for your particular router. The latest version is usually the best, but some software versions include different sets of functionality, including OpenVPN and other add-ons to the basic software.

In other cases, the two may be combined. The steps for installing DD-WRT will vary slightly from router to router depending on the software upgrade sequence. The first step is to find and download the software image for your particular router. After that, you'll need to find the IP address for your router, log in, and upload the firmware to the router, and then reboot.

The IP address may have changed usually to At that point, you'll need to configure the router just as you would have when it was new. DD-WRT has a reasonably simple interface, though it may not be as easy to navigate as the wizard-based installs of consumer-oriented products. It shouldn't be a problem for anyone with a basic understanding of networking. There are also tutorials and user groups on the internet that can help the novice through the process.

Once everything has been installed and configured, connecting to the network behind the firewall is simple, secure, and provides access to all of the network resources a user would have if she was connected at the office. Printers, file shares, and apps all behave as they would if the user were local.

The VPN connection can be made very secure so that, even when a user is connecting through an airport or hotel wireless system, the data being sent over the connection will be at relatively little risk. The more encryption bits you run, the more secure your traffic, but also the more it will impact performance. This is where some testing might be in order, however, because many late-model systems will see relatively little impact even at high levels of encryption because of the advances in CPU technology: Your IT administrator can easily create and email an OpenVPN client configuration file to any user who needs to connect.

This nice thing about that is, it means users only need to run the installer and then use the configuration file as there's no need to lead the user through all the steps to configure the client. Once the client software is started and the configuration is loaded, the user will have whatever resources he or she would normally have when logging in locally.

The OpenVPN server can be configured to automatically load whatever resources the administrator wants to make available to a user outside the firewall; this can include everything that user would normally have or it can be limited to specific resources if corporate policy dictates that some information not be available at all from outside the firewall.

The options for the client are not so much important in and of themselves as is making sure they match the settings for the server. If the clients are all relatively new hardware, then they should have little trouble getting a good connection regardless of the level of security such as the length of the cipher, the length of the encryption key, and so forth.

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