VPN help and advice.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by occupybikeseat, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. occupybikeseat macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2014
    I am clueless on this, so please bear with me. I have searched and found nothing that makes sense to me.

    Currently have a Airport Extreme Base Station 5th Gen.

    I'd like to have my router configured to use VPN so I can anonymize my traffic and boost speeds on things like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and gaming. Charter is throttling. Ideally, the router would do all the heavy lifting and the clients; iOS, OSX, ATV, ROKU, and a Chromebook would just connect as normal.

    I'm willing to buy a new router if need be to make this happen. I'm looking for advice on how a solid VPN provider and how to do the setup properly.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. My apologies if I missed a thread on the subject already, please attach the link if you know of a thread that can help.
  2. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    Ever hear of just changing your DNS? It will speed some sites up and works without issue when set at the router level. What you are trying to do is overly-complicating the network.
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You won't be able to do it with the Airport Extreme.

    Start searching for a way to configure a VPN client on a router flashed with DD-WRT firmware. This ability will depend on the router, also. It may also depend on the VPN service.

    I would suspect that just about any VPN service you find will not be perfect (service outages, disconnects).

    The information out there is fleeting. What worked last week, month or year may not work now.
  4. occupybikeseat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2014
    I dont think you understand exactly. Charter is throttling Netflix traffic. A VPN would anonymize the traffic so Charter wouldnt know what it is, therefore it is unthrottled. DNS wont solve that for me unfortunately as its the ISP looking for certain kinds of traffic. Thanks for responding though, i appreciate it.


    Thank you, Brian. Will look into flashed routers.
  5. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    I have been experimenting with VPN's for the same reason. (Verizon FIOS) I went with VYPRvpn. It was faster and easier than Hide my Ass vpn. They have good support on how to set up devices and routers.


    I have it installed on my computer and have tried it by sharing the connection via ethernet to apple tv, as an experiment, with good results on streaming speeds. I will probably shop for DD-WRT capable now router also.
  6. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland

    ISPs are evil now. I understand why you need VPN but the Extreme isn't up to that task.
  7. cinixawo macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2014
  8. jonvaladez813 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2014
    I'm an Astrill VPN user. It's great and more affordable than Hidemyass. Sometimes it affects my internet connection just like other VPN does. Maybe it's just because of my location. When I travel, I observe that sometimes my using of a vpn does not alter the speed. But the most important thing about this vpn is that it does not leak your identity. I've read reviews about vpns that leak information and so far I haven't read any comments about Astrill leaking information. But the latest about Hidemyass is that it's expanding its network so if you're opting for HMA, i guess it's also a good choice.
  9. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    I just signed up for privateinternetaccess.com VPN service. Their price was very good and they were the winners of the Lifehacker.com hive five best VPN 2014 (along with good reviews on other sites). So far so good with them, but I'm not setting up VPN service at the router, just on my clients.
  10. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    Very happy "Witopia VPN" customer for many years.
  11. mark_l macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2015
    I had similar issues... unfortunately, Apple's Airport doesn't support VPN on router. I finally ended up buying new router, an ASUS RT-68R. Once setup it works like a charm. I used instructions I found on VPN Tips to set it up, but I am sure other sites will have similar step-by-step tutorials for other routers...

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