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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Easy Setup Routers for StrongVPN

(One-Step) Source
Below is a list of routers and the corresponding DD-WRT files to flash them with. These are the suggested models of routers to use. If your router is not listed here it should be noted that your router may work with DD-WRT but unfortunately we may not support it to the level we do others.
The routers we have listed on this page here have shown to be the most stable and work. DD-WRT has many versions of their firmware, and that sometimes creates problems with VPN's.
You can of course try the connection on your router, but if things don't work properly it could be due to incompatibilities of the DD-WRT firmware and VPN.
For a full list of routers that can use dd-wrt, please see the router database located here

Flashing and replacing the factory firmware with OpenSource firmware can cause your router to be ruined and non functional, aka "bricked". If you are going to flash your router with dd-wrt or tomato we advise you to be very careful and be aware of the firmware and version of router you have. Follow the instructions carefuly from the Opensource websites,
We provide all the information on our website with no implied warranty or promise. You flash your router at your own risk.

If you are going to load a router with DD-WRT firmware we highly suggest purchasing a VPN account from us first and making sure it works on your computer first. Once you have connected with your computer you can then disconnect and try it on your router. Here are some suggested packages (please note any of our VPN packages will work, these are just suggestions below.
Compatible Linksys Brand Routers
Model Initial Firmware File Upgrade Firmware File
E1000 v.1.0 dd-wrt.v24-17201_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_e1000v1.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
E1000 v.2.0 dd-wrt.v24-17201_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_e1000v2.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
E1000 v.2.1 dd-wrt.v24-16964_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_e1000v2-testfor21.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
E2000 dd-wrt.v24-16785_NEWD-2_K2.6_std_usb_nas-e2000.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big-nv60k.bin
E2100L e2100l-firmware.bin N/A
E2500 [1] dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e2500.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big-nv60k.bin
E3000 dd-wrt.v24-16785_NEWD-2_K2.6_std_usb_nas-e3000.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big-nv60k.bin
E3200 [1] dd-wrt.v24-17201_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e3200.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big-nv60k.bin
E4200 v.1.0 [2] dd-wrt.v24-17201_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e4200.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big-nv60k.bin
E900 dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e900.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small-nv64k.bin
E1200 v1.0 dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e1200v1.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small-nv64k.bin
E1200 v2.0 dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e1200v2.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small-nv64k.bin
E1500 dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e1500.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big-nv64k.bin
E1550 dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-e1550.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_big-nv60k.bin
Valet M10 v1.0 dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_m10.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
Valet M20 v1.0 dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_m20.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
WRT150N dd-wrt.v24-12548_NEWD_mini.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT160N v.1.0 dd-wrt.v24-12548_NEWD_mini.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT160N v.3.0 dd-wrt.v24-17201_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_wrt160nv3.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
WRT160NL linksys-to-ddwrt-firmware.bin wrt160nl-firmware.bin
WRT300N v.1.0 dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt300n.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT300N v.1.1 dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt300nv11.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT310N dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt310n.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT320N dd-wrt.v24-17201_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_wrt320n.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
WRT350N dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt350n.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT400N linksys-to-ddwrt-firmware.bin wrt400n-firmware.bin
WRT600N v.1.0 dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt600n.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT600N v.1.1 dd-wrt.v24_mini_wrt600n.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT610N v.1.0 dd-wrt.v24_mega_wrt610n.bin None (skip the upgrade flash)
WRT610N v.2.0 dd-wrt.v24-17201_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_wrt610nv2.bin dd-wrt.v24-18946_NEWD-2_K2.6_openvpn_small.bin
WRT54G v1.0-4.0 dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT54GL dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin
WRT54GS v1.0-4.0 dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin dd-wrt.v24_vpn_generic.bin

[1] - E2500 and E3200 lack 5GHz wireless support with DD-WRT, please consider alternatives.
[2] - E4200 version 1 is compatible with DD-WRT. Version 2 is unsupported.

You might want to consider purchasing a Buffalo Router that comes preloaded with DD-WRT. Check this page to see a list of available models on Buffalo that come preloaded.

Step 1
Download the Initial Firmware File and Upgrade Firmware File which corresponds to your router model, using the above chart.
Step 2
Now you must decide - which setup would you like?
2-router setup - The new router's Internet port (also known WAN port, usually labeled with a yellow sticker) plugged into a Local port (also known as LAN port, one of 3-4 grouped-together ports, often with a blue label) of the old router, resulting in two networks - the first router's original network will remain, but the second router provides a second network. All devices connected to the second router are routed through VPN, but you still have the option of connecting to the first router for non-VPN internet access.
1-router setup - The new router is plugged directly into either your modem, or the internet port given to you by your internet provider. When VPN is installed to this single router, all traffic is routed through VPN.
You must complete one of those two configurations before proceeding.
Step 3
Connect your computer to the new router, either via wireless or a wired connection.
Step 4
Step 5
Step 6
Step 7
Step 8
Proceed either to PPTP or OpenVPN setup!

Once you have flashed your router with dd-wrt - we do have some setup pages to help you with the installation of your VPN account on the router.

For OpenVPN SSL VPN Acounts - there are two methods, Script method is the easiest, SCP we have the how to only for customers with Windows Systems:

1.) Script Method -
How to load OpenVPN on your DD-WRT using script method

2.) SCP File Transfer Method For Windows Users -
(requires a Windows system to transfer the file over scp to the router)
(please note Mac and other OS can use this method as well, we just don't have a "how to" for it yet, you can google how to do it if you like)
Video on setting up your StrongVPN OpenVPN Account with a DD-WRT Router using SCP file transfer method

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