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Running WireGuard on an ASUS router

Running WireGuard on an ASUS router

Prerequisites ASUS RT-AC86U router Merlin Firmware for ASUS installed USB storage device connected to the router Download Putty (if running Windows) to connect to your router Subscription at a VPN provider that support the WireGuard protocol Use a public DNS service as for example Quad9 in your router config or combine it with a Pi-Hole. Install Entware on the router/USB connected storage with command: entware-setup.sh Link to Merlin Instructions about this. Installation of WireGuard (Instruction and links collected from SmallNetBuilder…

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How big are swedish VPN providers?

How big are swedish VPN providers?

Introduction Since a couple of month I was wondering, how big Swedish VPN providers actually are? Who has the most users? Well this is difficult to say since this information is not published very often. To get some kind of estimation about how much money each VPN provider is doing in 2017, I was using the  available tax information for each of the companies behind for the VPN providers selected. The tax information for each company is publicly available in…

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Mapping of egress points used by VPN providers

Mapping of egress points used by VPN providers

Introduction This is a follow up on my previous article about “Are VPN providers more trustworthy than your local ISP?“. In this article I was mapping different VPN provider’s internet egress points.   Now, half a year later I thought it was time for an updated on this mapping, since I have seen a few changes while using different VPN providers myself.   The mapping candidates The countries I’m mapping against are the same as in my previous article. Sweden…

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Wireguard speed tests on ASUS RT-AC86U

Wireguard speed tests on ASUS RT-AC86U

I just did a short test of running WireGuard on my ASUS RT-AC86U router, following the instructions I found in the Smallnetbuilder forum. Got it finally working with a small changes, to the config and did some speed tests to compare it to my previous OpenVPN speed tests done on the same router. Technical information: Router: ASUS RT-AC86U Firmware: Merlin 384.5_alpha3 VPN Provider: AzireVPN Speed test server: Stockholm – NORDUnet A/S As you can see below, the speed test results…

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VPN Speedtest Asus RT-AC86U – Merlin firmware

VPN Speedtest Asus RT-AC86U – Merlin firmware

Introduction I have replaced my Linksys WRT1900ACSv2 router with the new ASUS RT-AC86U (a.k. RT-AC2900). This router has the new Broadcom BCM4906 CPU inbuilt with dual core and 1,8 GHz.  I have previously done some VPN speedtest on my Linksys router with DD-WRT firmware on. Feel free to check them out. Now I felt it was time to do a new VPN speed test with a couple of different VPN providers on the new ASUS router. Test information & Specification…

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To use or not to use a VPN service

To use or not to use a VPN service

An interesting article has recently been published on the internet. Don’t use VPN services  In this article the writer is comparing VPN services as: VPN in this sense is just a glorified proxy This of course didn’t take long time until the VPN providers offering VPN services started to respond on this post. For example AirVPN has started answering with the following article: Rebuttal of article “Don’t use VPN services.” I don’t want to go in to detail who has…

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VPN Speedtest with Linksys DD-WRT router

VPN Speedtest with Linksys DD-WRT router

The following setup has been used: Router: Linksys WRT1900ACSv2 Firmware: DD-WRT v3.0-r34080 std (12/14/17) The DD-WRT inbuilt OpenVPN client has been configured for each VPN provider according to their own instructions, and their provided .ovpn files. Only VPN exit points in Sweden has been used for this test. Only UDP protocol used. AirVPN offers the possibility to connect to a pool of servers randomly when just selecting the country. In this case, it are two different exit points. AltusHost and Kustbandet….

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Are VPN providers more trustworthy than your ISP?

Are VPN providers more trustworthy than your ISP?

Introduction VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network” and creates an encrypted communication / tunnel, between your computer and the VPN Provider’s server that you connect to. When using free public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or airport, a VPN ensures that no one around you can intercept your browsing traffic or whatever you are doing online. A VPN is also useful when you are in a country that is blocking access to certain websites, or when you are in the…

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