How can I connect a home router to an external VPN service?

Posted on 2009-02-21
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I am stationed in Germany and would like to use a home wireless router that can specifically route Port 80 (and other traffic) as needed to a paid VPN service that can provide me a stateside IP address.  This would allow me to utilize streaming TV, NetFlix, etc.  Anyone know of a router that has this capability?  Most "home" VPN routers have the ability to be the source of a VPN connection (with client software on each client), but what about making the router the client and connecting to the VPN server/router from the wireless router itself?
Question by:Rich_Pittman
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If your router can support http://www.dd0wrt.com 3rd party firmware, DD-WRT can act as a VPN client.

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I hadn't thought about a firmware that can essentially turn my $80 router into a $3000 router, but after looking through the DD-WRT website and reading through its forums on the VPN Client topic, I can see that this IS in fact a viable solution.  I think that I'll order a WRT-XXX Linksys router to play with this possibility, since that's the "preferred" model for this platform.  That way I don't cut off the wife from her wireless connection for a week when I screw up the flashing process and have to figure out how to fix it... :)  I'll come back to this and see if I can add an update on how well it works for me in terms of connecting to a VPN service in the States, then trafficing the NetFlix streaming protocol over the VPN here to Germany.
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Check this out if you feel uncomfortable with flashing the unit yourself http://shop.ebay.com/items/_W0QQ_nkwZddQ2dwrtQQ_armrsZ1QQ_fromZQQ_mdoZ

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