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How to set up a home VPN on a TP-Link Modem Router | TechManPat

Published June 7, 2023, 3:20 a.m. by Arrik Motley

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hello friends techmanpat here today

we're going to do a really

quick video i'm hoping it's going to be

quick i asked a little while back if

you'd like to see

how to set up a personal home vpn

for you yourself or your family and

friends i mean it's pretty easy

but just to do that it's a few steps and

i'm going to show you how to set it up

on the actual router and we're using a

tp-link router and basically

this process should be exactly the same

for a lot of other routers or modems

and then we're gonna set it up on an

iphone so you can connect to your home


from your phone and so access things

like your own

um maybe uh nas server or maybe a plex

server or anything like that

and also we're gonna set it up on a

laptop a windows laptop it'll be the

same process for a mac

but because i've got a windows laptop

and an iphone it should work out pretty



so let's get started with going to the


modem page that you have and usually it

should be a link called

so here we have i've logged in already

and obviously tp-link

should look the same on most modems

unless it's a very old modem and you go


advanced you'll see here on the menu vpn

right at the bottom

all you have to do is tap into it and

we're gonna do an open vpn and the

reason we're doing openvpn

is because openvpn is actually free to

download as an app for a lot of other


so we tap open vpn and then we get

this page here really simple we tap

enable vpn

uh we can leave the server sport as 1195

and we

use the service type as udp and here's

the subnet mask so this is really

interesting there's a couple of things

we need to discuss about this

your subnet mask is what the vpn

connection will get as an ip address

so what that means is that when it logs

into your network

you can clearly see who is on your local

network in the 192.168

and who is on a separate vpn layer and

you can protect yourself with a lot of


around what that vpn section of group of

networked devices can actually do

and if they can you know tunnel in so

what that means is that we can then

select what client access they get

and so in this case you can say hey only

home network only so when you connect

via that vpn

you only get access to your networked


you don't get to speak outside of the

internet now

when you think of a vpn you think well

hang on i connect to a vpn and i get

to see all these other websites that are

geo blocked to me

so that's when you have to select

internet at home but again i'm just

letting you know this is not for like

skipping through um i don't know geo

blocks for

netflix or anything like that because

what you're going to be technically

doing is you

might be you know 100 kilometers from

your home

you get to connect to the network here

and use it as if you're sitting at home

to the internet so there is some

applications such

as security things that let's say you're

at the office

uh and you need to access a web server

they'll say that you have to use a vpn

to be

look like to look like you're on site

and that way you can access that file

server or that

web server or whatever it might be this

is pretty much the same thing but at


and you don't need massive it supports


to uh to make that happen so we select

this i'm gonna select internet and home


i'm gonna click save and then

two things we need we need to generate a

certificate and we need to generate

and uh export the configuration file so

we're gonna click generate

it's gonna generate a certificate and

this basically means it's kind of like

locking it in

and setting up these things

as the settings for your configuration


when you connect to your vpn

there's two things you need to consider

and that is your internet

or your connection needs to have a

static ip or

a custom dns or dynamic dns which

basically means that

no matter how often your ip changes from


s provider your rsp you will get to then

still connect to your home without

having to remember the new number some

providers some rsps provide you with a


through the web that you can actually

check what your ip is and you can use

that to

put into your configuration file but

what you can do instead on a tp-link is

actually create a custom

dynamic dns so we'll just navigate to

that now

click network dynamic dns

and you select tp-link and

then you can log in through your tp-link


and create that so we'll continue

through to this

so at the moment my ip is dynamic which

means it will change all the time so if

we go to internet

and we click on advanced network

and we go to dynamic dns you can see

here that under the

login that i've created my dns is

this which i shouldn't be showing which

i won't be showing

dot tplinkdns.com that means if i type

in that address

no matter how many times my ip address

changes from rrsp

it will always be that link

that means that it will have this locked

in and it's bound

and i can unbind it if required so

therefore anytime i put in that link

i will end up here so once that's done

we need to go back to

your vpn and go back to openvpn

and then we can tap export our

configuration so tap

export and we create a client opvn and i

will show you that in a moment

as you can see here client underscore

one o

vpn this is the configuration file that

you will need to take to any of your

devices to log in

so let's do that navigate to

your store wherever you are either on

android or apple

type in openvpn and it should be the

first one on the list

after the advert so openvpn connect

make sure to install it or open it when

you do you will see this page

and you can see that is empty and you

will need to start installing

your imported profile which we created

from our tp-link modem

so navigate to your folder where you

have the file

there it is client one open vpn tap the

little arrow there

open it up scroll across and select more

this is on ios

find the app open vpn tap on it and it

should ask you to add

the actual profile into the app click


allow to add the vpn configuration to

your phone this means you can switch it

on and off

from the iphone's main settings menu

and there it is it's all done you can

rename it with a little pencil but now

we'll turn off wi-fi

and we'll switch it on

there you go it has connected and now

we'll go back and open

google chrome and we're going to

navigate to freenas which is my network

attached storage


and as you can see it is loading and on

the top right hand side corner as you

can see

i'm on my 4g connection that means i am

now locally

able to access my network it's a little

bit slow obviously

because we're on 4g but it loads up

perfectly fine and you can access

anything else that you have on your

local network

all right we're on our windows computer

and now we're going to search for

openvpn on google

and we're going to search for this

button here openvpn connect for windows

now this is the same thing for mac and

obviously if you have a mac you'll just

install the mac version which is openvpn

connect v3

all we have to do is tap download open

v3 connect once it's downloaded

we're going to install it next accept


install and now you want to make sure

you've downloaded your settings file

which is right here

client openvpn1 and you can see the

extension here is ovpn

and now the icon has showed because

we've just completed installing

the openvpn client we tap finish and we

can see the new icon for the program is

right here

the simplest thing to do is just click

client and it'll start

the actual process i agree okay

and would you like to import this file

client 1 o

vpn click ok and here is the link that

we're using which was created by the

tp-link dns

and we're just going to click add and

that's it

okay once you've imported the profile

turn it on and make sure you are on a

separate network for now i've actually

connected to my 4g

phone and i will be able to use that

network tap here

you will see it'll connect pretty

quickly you'll see the speed

duration and so on and all i have to do

to test is

open up a web browser and i'm just going

to navigate to that freenas connection i

showed you on the phone

clicking on it will take me to the ui

and ask me to log

in which means i have full access to my

network now

obviously it's a little bit slow it is

going via the 4g phone

back to your network and it is using

your own internet but

this means that if you are away or

overseas and you want to access things

from your home

or from work you'll be able to do this

with your own tp-link router without

having to buy

expensive vpns friends thank you very

much for watching i hope this helped you

set up

the vpn connection through your tp-link


on your phone and laptop it's pretty

simple there's really no configuration

required it's just managing to

save download and make sure everything's

correct before you then go out

and start using it let me know in

comments what you guys think and also

let me know in the comments if you'd


any other videos like this where we go

through and set up some

um vpns or anything like that do leave

your comments below and hopefully we can

do that

thanks for watching catch you later make

sure to subscribe and like bye



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