Policy Rule Routing on Asuswrt-Merlin Firmware

Introduction to Policy Rule Routing When configuring your router to use an OpenVPN Client on Asuswrt-Merlin firmware, you can define policy rules that define which clients, or which destinations, should be routed through either the WAN or VPN interface. Policy Rule Routing on Asuswrt-Merlin firmware is also referred to as Selective Routing. Enabling Policy Rules …

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Location Spoofing on Android TV using a VPN

Many streaming services provide content based on your location due to licensing agreements with content providers. If you are in an out of market location or another country, access may be restricted and you will not be able to view content. Using a VPN is one method people use to spoof their location and get …

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How To Improve Shell Script Code Quality and Readability

Introduction This guide will show you how to configure the Atom editor to improve shell script code quality and readability using the linter-shellcheck and format-shell packages in the Atom editor on a Windows 10 device. Atom Atom is a free and open source code editor for macOS, Linux and Microsoft Windows with support for plug-ins …

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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

May 25, 2018

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

May 17, 2018

Converting 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 location restricted streaming media content from my home country. However, as most OpenVPN users have discovered, the CPUs inside consumer …

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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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GL.iNet GL-AR300M Mini Smart Router Review

April 8, 2018

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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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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