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Looking for a decent 4G VPN router

imager

Member
This is my first post here and I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this - please move to the correct place if required.

I'm trying to choose a 4G router that I can install a VPN client on. The Huawei B535 or TP-Link MR600 look interesting but I'm a bit unclear on whether they are suitable for VPN client installation - you may have guessed that the router VPN thing is something new to me!
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
It depends what type of VPN (technology) you wish to use/what your VPN provider supports.

Most consumer devices (including 4G routers) do support VPN, however that is usually only PPTP or L2TP.
PPTP is now deemed to be insecure - it uses a level of encryption that has been broken.

Other VPN types are generally not supported on consumer devices as they require a lot of CPU power (to perform the encryption/decryption) at a rate that maintains good speeds.
 

imager

Member
Thanks Gavin - I'm mainly interested in being able to access BBC iPlayer and the like when I'm in France :) Security is not a concern for me in this instant. For secure connections I have VPNs in my phone and laptop, for example.

I have paid-for licences for a bundle or VPNs (Keepsolid VPN Unlimited) and they have tutorials for generating VPN setups for some routers using OpenVPN or L2TP - maybe even others.

I basically want my Roku streaming stick think it's in the UK.
 

GavinAshford

ULTIMATE Member
Be aware that some video streaming providers block popular VPN providers (IP addresses) - BBC is one that seems to be keen on that.

I would suggest testing things out before committing to something incase it doesn't do everything you need it to - and also things are subject to change, so if it works now then it may stop in the future.
 

Lucian

Pro Member
That might not work, I believe if you go in France then you'll be exiting the Cloudflare network through a machine in that country, whereas he wants to maintain some resemblance of UK IP address.

Cloudflare warp might just work for you on a device basis..........
 

imager

Member
Thanks for the suggestions. I have pre-paid (one payment for life) VPN licences with KeepSolid (VPN Unlimited).

The good news is that after a lot of thought and with the option of returning it if it didn't work, I bought a Huawei B535. I was able to generate a L2TP VPN client using VPN Unlimited tools and configure the Huawei (fitted with Voxi/Vodafone so, without problems - so problem solved! Using target IP addresses in France as well as the UK the sites that should have worked or not worked did so as expected.
 
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