VPN.sh is one of the most affordable and reliable VPN services out in the world of VPNs. Plans start at about £1/year, that’s dirt cheap. Now, most of us wants to be connected to the Internet via a VPN for various reasons. However, in today’s connected world, each person owns about 2-3 devices on average that always stay connected to the Internet in which case, you will have to setup a VPN client on each one of those and handle connections individually. It is ofcourse a pain in the ass. Hence the only solution is to connect the router itself to the VPN so that all the devices behind the router are sending out and receiving the traffic via the VPN automatically. This tutorial helps people looking forward to setup their DD-WRT router to connect to VPN.sh service.
Why VPN.sh? Why not my own OpenVPN on a VPS?
I have been playing around with OpenVPN on Low End VPS boxes for quite some time. So, I know what I’m saying. Here are the reasons why I prefer VPN.sh to my own setup of OpenVPN –
I frequently experiment with my VPS. So, more scope for service disruption. Although I can rebuild the complete VPN service in under 5 min, the sheer number of times I experiment and fail, thereby resulting in unavailability of VPN service leads to the feeling that I should obtain VPN services from a provider for a cost.
Having VPS boxes in multiple locations is going to be expensive. Because it is only you who use your service (or may be some family – who expects money from family for providing a no guarantee service?) paying for those boxes across various locations on the globe is very expensive. And as there are numerous customers like you using services like VPN.sh, it is fairly profitable for them to procure new locations.
A single Low End VPS would cost about $2/year on the minimum side. When a service provider like VPN.sh offers a fairly good deal for £1/year ($1.52/year), with guarantee of reliability and multiple locations, I would definitely go for it.
Now, the downside to this is that, the bandwidth is fairly limited. VPN.sh gives you about 150-250GB for this plan, while you may get upto a TB of bandwidth on a VPS for $2/year. But, who cares when all you need is to connect via a VPS to do some browsing stuff or make VoIP calls?
You are here, means that you know what you are upto. Hence, I don’t think I need to explain you the powerful features of DD-WRT. For the sake of this tutorial, let me say that it has got a OpenVPN client built in and it is fairly easy to connect to the VPN at router level.
A quick guide on how to setup DD-WRT on your router can be found here.
Setting up OpenVPN Client on DD-WRT
Now is the time to set that VPN connection on your router.
- Log in to the administrative interface of DD-WRT (usually http://192.168.1.1; Default Username: root; Default Password: admin)
- Setup your internet connection normally as you would on a router
- Go to Administration -> Commands
- Modify this script as mentioned in-line
- Paste the modified script into the Command textarea
- Save it as a Startup Script
- Reboot the router
This script is run at the time of router booting and a VPN connection is established with VPN.sh. Let me know if you have any troubles.