I was referred here by another forum. I am hoping to find a step by step guide on how to do this. I have been searching and searching and surprisingly nothing exists on this.
my goal is to connect a laptop to my home internet, whether by ethernet cable or wifi, and have that laptop act as a VPNized router, meaning the laptop broadcasts a wifi signal and other devices (laptops, phones, roku) can connect to this wifi hotspot and whatismyipaddress would show the vpn ip, not my home ip. I already signed up with a vpn provider. now I am ready to follow your instructions.
I want to use the laptop as a router that broadcasts a VPNized wifi spot. then, other devices like laptops, roku, smart phones can connect to this wifi and when they go to whatismyipaddress it shows the vpn ip, not my home ip.
x86 devices make excellent routers, but they are often very poor APs. Beyond that, not all wifi cards (internal to a laptop) support operation as an AP. The same two comments will also be true for many USB wifi adapters. So you may find that you will hit some snags or performance bottlenecks on the wifi side of things. If you end up looking for new wifi hardware for this purpose, you should consider a regular router that can run OpenWrt.
That said, your first task will be to install OpenWrt on your laptop. Here's how you'll do that:
thanks, those are great instructions and seem simple enough. before I proceed, I wanted to know, for the vpn part, do I need to mess with my main router's settings? because a long time ago I was trying to do the dual router thing and I had to mess with my main router and let's just say people in my house were not happy about not having internet for days.
Nothing needs to change on your main router. You'll be setting up the laptop with OpenWrt as just another host on your lan. From there, you'll install the VPN and configure it, and then setup an AP on the laptop's wifi that will be specific to the VPN -- the main router doesn't need to know anything about the VPN or that wifi network. (keep in mind what I said about the possible pitfalls of using x86 based devices as a wifi AP, though).
I prepared the usb and inserted it in the laptop and booted from usb. I saw 2 options the first option was something the second option was something failsafe. I went with the first option. then there was a black screen with white text loading. then something about eth0 is permicous. I pressed enter and it says
seems like it's waiting for me to enter a command.
You may need some basic knowage of linux to proceeed but
what you need is to be able to edit the files on the flashdrive via booting in to windows/mac os and edit ing the files on the flash drive wich btw they are store at
From there you need to edit the network and dhcp files to get the laptop lan to work as a dhcp client when it boot in to the openwrt so you are able to acsess the luci on your phone/pc
The other way is by using terminal slightly complicated for beginers you can use vim to edit the files from the openwrt installation itself
Thanks, I understand how to edit files in notepad++
but I need step by step instructions "copy this number, paste it here"
if such instructions don't exist I am going to give up and forget about this whole thing.
If a web interface is easier for you, you can directly connect another computer to this laptop (with ethernet). Then use a web browser to navigate to 192.168.1.1.
OpenWrt is very well documented. What you are trying to do may be a bit more advanced than your current skillset, but you can absolutely learn. The key is to read the documentation, and ask questions where you get stuck. It's best not to expect to be spoon-fed the basics, but we'll certainly be happy to help clarify things, get you unstuck, or troubleshoot/fix problems that come up.
My requirement was for a wired (not wireless) openvpn router which requires 2 ethernet ports. It wouldn't be too difficult to enable wifi on HH5a if I wanted half decent wifi. I haven't even looked at whether it is even possible to enable the laptop's Intel 7260ac for wifi.
In your case, if you are able to get wifi on the laptop working as an Access Point, the existing ethernet port which is designated by default for LAN use, can be changed to be come the new WAN port for the openvpn laptop router.