Frequently Asked Question

How do I enable the VPN feature on my NETGEAR router using a Windows computer?
Last Updated a year ago

https://kb.netgear.com/23854/How-do-I-use-the-VPN-service-on-my-Nighthawk-router-with-my-Windows-client
The above link will take you to the Netgear support website.

To set up VPN:

  1. Launch an Internet browser from a computer or mobile device that is connected to your router’s network.
  2. Enter http://www.routerlogin.net.
    A login window opens.
  3. Enter the router user name and password.
    The user name is admin. The default password is password. The user name and password are case-sensitive.
    The BASIC Home screen displays.
  4. Select ADVANCED > Advanced Setup > VPN Service.
    The VPN Service page displays.
  5. Select the Enable VPN Service check box and click the Apply button.
  6. Specify any VPN service settings on the page.
  7. Click the For Windows button to download the OpenVPN configuration files.
  8. Visit http://openvpn.net/index.php/download/community-downloads.html to download the OpenVPN client utility.
  9. In the Windows Installer section of the page, double-click the openVPN-install-xxx.exe link.
  10. Download and install the Open VPN software on your computer, click the openVPN-install-xxx.exe file.
  11. Click the Next button.
  12. Read the License Agreement and click the I Agree button.
  13. Leave the check boxes selected, and click the Next button.
  14. To specify the destination folder, click the Browse button and select the destination folder.
  15. Click the Install button.
    The window displays the progress of the installation and then displays the final installation page.
  16. Click the Finish button.
  17. Unzip the configuration files that you downloaded and copy them to a folder where the VPN client is installed on your device.
    For a client device with Windows 64-bit system, the VPN client is installed at C:\Programfiles\OpenVPN\config\ by default.
  18. For client devices with Windows, modify the VPN interface name to NETGEAR-VPN:
    1. On your computer, go to the Networks page.
      If you are using Windows 10, select Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.
    2. In the local area connection list, find the local area connection with the device name TAP-Windows Adapter.
    3. Select the local area connection and change its name (not its device name) to NETGEAR-VPN.
      If you don't change the VPN interface name, the VPN tunnel connection fails.

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