Router OpenWrt for VPN on UK Fibre

Yay!! Youre the first person ive seen in over a month who is asking “what should i buy”, vs ‘ive already bought something, will it do what i want?”

  1. First, a word about modems. Because they are mostly all using closed source drivers, there are only a few all-in-one devices that openwrt can support the modems on. But, that doesnt necessarily matter, since most isps have at least a basic modem or have an upgrade option, and openwrt has support for hundreds of routers out there and they can be configured to work together just fine.

  2. If you go with two devices (modem +router), look into your modem’s manuel for running it in bridged mode. This turns it into a dumb switch device - basically only utilsiing the modem and nothing else.. then you would connect the wan port on the openwrt device and configure the relevant protocols that your isp required.

  3. Have a look at the openwrt ideal hardware page , im not familiar with UK fiber providers, but you might get lucky and find a device that can do everything.

https://openwrt.org/toh/views/toh_available_864

  1. Bare in mind that installing openwrt carries a little bit of risk - you might brick the device you buy , but if you do, there should be ways to recover it , or else ask on here in another thread and people usually try and help if they can. If youre patient and careful, and invest a few hours (3-30) youll probably be quite happy with the result.

  2. Maxing a 100mb (or even faster) connection on vpn is a bit more tricky, heres a thread from last year with discussion : Router for VPN server

Ask away if you have any further questions