Set Up a VPN Connection
A virtual private network (VPN) lets you use the Internet to securely access your network when you are not
home. This type of VPN access is called a client-to-gateway tunnel. The computer is the client, and the
modem router is the gateway. To use the VPN feature, you must log in to the modem router and enable
VPN, and you must install and run VPN client software on the computer.
The modem router does not support iOS or Android VPN client software.Note
VPN uses DDNS or a static IP address to connect with your modem router.
To use a DDNS service, register for an account with a host name (sometimes called a domain name). You
use the host name to access your network. The modem router supports these accounts: NETGEAR, No-IP,
and Dyn. See Set Up and Manage Dynamic DNS on page 128.
If your Internet service provider (ISP) assigned a static WAN IP address (such as 50.196.x.x or 10.x.x.x)
that never changes to your Internet account, the VPN can use that IP address to connect to your home
Specify VPN Service in the Modem Router
You must specify the VPN service settings in the modem router before you can use a VPN connection.
To specify the VPN service:
1. Launch a web browser from a computer or mobile device that is connected to the network.
2. Enter http://www.routerlogin.net.
A login window opens.
3. Enter the modem router user name and password.
The user name is admin. The default password is password. The user name and password are
The BASIC Home page displays.
4. Select ADVANCED > Advanced Setup > VPN Service.
The VPN Service page displays.
5. Select the Enable VPN Service check box.
By default, the VPN uses the UDP service type and uses port 12974. If you want to customize the service
type and port, we recommend that you change these settings before you install the OpenVPN software.
6. To change the service type, scroll down and select the TCP radio button.
7. To change the port, scroll down to the Service Port field, and type the port number that you want to
Use VPN to Access Your Network
Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router Model D7000v2
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