DNS over TLS with DNSMASQ and Stubby on Asuswrt-Merlin

What is DNS? The Domain Name System (DNS) is what allows you to access the websites you want.  DNS is like a phone-book where you can find all the websites available online. In this phone-book, every single website is assigned a specific “phone number” or IP address. When you type the name of a website, …

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Why I use TorGuard as my VPN Provider

“What VPN Provider do you recommend?” is a frequent question that comes up in SNBForums.   Everyone has their favorite and for different reasons.  It is good to have many providers to select from.  But wading through all of the options can be time consuming.  In this article, I’ll provide a high level overview of what …

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How To Convert a DD-WRT Router into an Access Point

Converting an older router into an Access Point can help you increase wireless coverage in your home at no additional cost.  DD-WRT is Linux-based open source firmware for wireless routers and access points.  Originally designed for the Linksys WRT54G series, it now runs on a wide variety of router manufacturer models. Some websites recommend that …

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OpenVPN Performance

Converted a PC to a pfSense Router to Test OpenVPN Performance As an expat living overseas, a VPN not only provides me an additional layer of security and privacy, it also allows me to circumvent geo-restricted streaming media content from my home country.  However, as most OpenVPN users have discovered, the CPUs inside consumer grade …

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GL.iNet GL-AR300M Mini Smart Router Review

The GL-AR300M mini smart router is the perfect device for the digital nomad, working professional or world traveler.  The GL-AR300M is small, powerful and easy to use that comes with OpenWrt firmware preinstalled.  The OpenWrt Project is a Linux operating system targeting embedded systems.  OpenWrt provides a fully writable file system with package management.  This …

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How to setup the TorGuard OpenVPN Client on the mini GL-iNet Router

May 3, 2018

The GL-AR300M mini smart router fully supports the TorGuard OpenVPN Client service.  When paired with a streaming media device and the OpenVPN client, the travel router will provide a secure connection to the internet and the ability to watch streaming media content on your hotel television, no matter where in the world you are. The …

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Asuswrt-Merlin Firmware Upgrade

March 26, 2018

Introduction As of early March 2018, the current stable Asuswrt-Merlin firmware release is version 384.3.  My RT-AC88U is still on the Asuswrt-Merlin 380.69_2 firmware.  The 380 code base is gradually being phased out.  I am several versions behind.  This article will show you how to perform the firmware upgrade from one firmware code base to …

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TorGuard OpenVPN 2.4 Client Setup for Asuswrt-Merlin Firmware

March 26, 2018

This guide will show you how to configure the OpenVPN client on a Asus router utilizing Asuswrt-Merlin firmware version 384.4 with the TorGuard VPN service. You have two options to select from in determining how you want to route traffic thru the VPN tunnel.  You can select All Traffic or Policy Rules.  All Traffic will …

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Router Firmware Supported By TorGuard

March 26, 2018

Why install VPN on the router? Setting up a VPN client on your router means you do not have to install it separately on each of your devices.  You can configure the VPN client to route all or some devices thru the VPN tunnel.   Likewise, you can also choose to route specific traffic through the …

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OpenVPN Server Setup Instructions for Asuswrt-Merlin

March 26, 2018

OpenVPN Server on Asuswrt-Merlin Enabling the OpenVPN Server on your router will allow you to access resources hosted on your home network securely from remote locations.  It will also provide you with a free VPN connection to your home network for use when on public Wi-Fi.  Or, perhaps you are the go-to IT support person …

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