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Post updated on October 19, 2014

How to Connect an Asus RT N-16 router to Hide My Ass VPN

Article Update: Instead of setting up your router to use VPN a much faster and smarter alternative is the new service Unlocator, which completely eliminates the need to connect to VPN .

Here is a guide for connecting an Asus RT N-16 to Hide My Ass VPN server. In this tutorial you will learn how to flash your router with new firmware and set it up to connect to a Hide My Ass server in a country of your choice.

Update: As an alternative to flashing your router you can also simply share your VPN connection from your computer: Fake Location on Any Device. If you prefer to use the method with the router then go ahead and continue with the tutorial below.
Don’t be afraid of the length of the tutorial – it’s long because I have decided to describe, as many steps as possible in order to make sure you don’t get lost along the way.  As an alternative to this tutorial, Hide My Ass has now made an installer for Open VPN and DD-WRT routers. Once signed up login to the account panel of Hide My Ass and follow instructions. Alternatively write Hide My Ass support and ask for LT2P server info – can be more reliable than PPTP.

Preparation

Before we start lets make sure that you are well prepared. You need the following:

  • An Asus RT N-16 router
  • An account with Hide My Ass
  • Your username and account password for Hide My Ass PPTP servers. This info IS NOT the same as the one you use to log into your Hide My Ass account. In order to find this info log into Hide My Ass and then click PPTP servers on the left hand side. Scroll down and your login details will be listed.
  • Find out what server you want to connect to from the server list under PPTP servers. Write down the IP address.
  • Lastly you need to download firmware DD-WRT firmware for the router. You can download the firmware here: dd-wrt.v24-14929_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx

Make sure that everything above is sorted out before you proceed.

Flashing the Router

In this step you will be installing new firmware on the router. This is needed as only routers with the open source DD-WRT firmware can connect to VPN. The powerful Asus router is great at running this firmware.

First of all you need do download the DD-WRT firmware for the router (see above).

  • Insert the Ethernet cable in the LAN1 port of the router and connect it to your computer. If you have other Ethernet cables connected to the computer disconnect them now – also disable Wi-Fi on the computer.
  • Open your browser and go to 192.168.1.1 and input admin/admin if you are asked and have not set another combination before. If this is the first time you are using the router please follow the setup steps.
  • On the dashboard click on advanced settings then firmware upgrade. Click choose file and select the dd-wrt.v24-14929_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx that you have downloaded before. Wait for the setup to complete.
  • Once the flashing is complete you will be meet with a screen asking you to give the router a username and a password. Fill out the info as you please.
  • You should now be at the main dashboard of your router with the new firmware. The hard part is done.

Making the Asus Router Connect to Hide My Ass

This step is when the router will actually connect to the VPN network.

  • Since you have completed the firmware flashing you should now be at the main dashboard of the router. If not write 192.168.1.1 in a browser
  • Click setup in the top of the dashboard. You are now at the basic setup screen
  • Under WAN Connection Type choose PPTP
  • Choose DHCP
  • Under Gateway (PPTP server) enter the IP-address of the server you want to connect to
  • Enter your Hide My Ass username for PPTP
  • Enter your Hide My Ass password for PPTP
  • PPTP Encryption: Enable
  • Disable Packet Reordering: Enable
  • Additional PPTP Options: mppe required,stateless
  • STP: Disable
  • Everything else leave as it is
  • Save and Apply

Now connect the Asus router to the Internet by plugging in the Ethernet cable in the WAN port and connect the other end to where ever you get your Internet from. In my case I have the Asus router connect to My Airport Extreme router (extra router is not needed), which again is connected to the router from my Internet provider.

Now connect to the Asus router via Ethernet or wirelessly and you are now connected via the Hide My Ass VPN server.

You might also want to go to Wireless>Wireless security and set up a password for the wireless access to the router. Otherwise the whole neighborhood will be surfing for free.

Troubleshooting

Here is a small list of things you might want to check if you run into problems.

  • Make sure that you are using your PPTP username and password and not your regular Hide My Ass username and password.
  • Wait a minute or two to connect to the router once it has been set up. It needs a little time to connect to the VPN.
  • If you get an empty page once you load http://192.168.1.1/apply.cgi make sure that you are logged into the router with the router password and username. If you did not set a new username and password then it is root/password.
  • The server you are trying to connect to might be experiencing problems. Then try with another server from the PPTP list.
  • Update: Alternatively write Hide My Ass support and ask for LT2P server info – these servers can be more reliable than PPTP – for some reason the server info is not in the Hide My Ass control panel yet.
  • James Charney

    Does this router set up work the same with a Mac computer?  

    • Anonymous

      Setup is the same regardless of platform since you access the interface via a browser. So yes it is the same on a Mac.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanAdams10 Dan Adams

    Thanks for the comprehensive instructions.  I followed them step by step, and I was able to connect to HMA without a problem.  

  • Anonymous

    I have not looked into it myself but please take a look at the comment by Adam Becker on the following post http://vpnfreedom.com//how-to-unblock–outside-the-us-on-the-apple-tv-2/#comment-224011327 He seems to have a solution.

  • Anonymous

    Thomas, great site, no strike that…really great site!

    Can you recommend a router that will allow for VPN protocol, and here’s the crunch, that allows for a 3G HSPDA USB Dongle, in other words does not receive it’s internet connection from a standard ethernet cable.

    Many thanks in advance

    • Anonymous

      Glad you like the site. Not sure how this dongle works, but you might be able to get a usb->ethernet converter and then attach it to the router.

      • Anonymous

        Thomas thanks for your reply. Also please ignore my previous question re StrongVPN versus HideMyAss as you’ve covered this elsewhere.

        Sorry follow up request: Can you post a tutorial on how to connect two routers together so that one is open and the other hosts the VPN. Is it as simple as connecting the VPN router to one of the LAN ports of router #1. Or does the VPN router need to be given a static IP address.

        Once again great site.

        • Anonymous

          Hi there – It is as simple as you mention yourself. Just make sure that the VPN router is at the end of the chain so the other router is not forced trough the VPN as well.

  • Carlos

    So, if I understand your instructions correctly, the Asus router does not replace my router provided me by my ISP, but rather works in conjunction with it. So, I will have two routers connected together, my Wi-Fi router and the Asus in order to connect to HMA, correct?

    • Anonymous

      Yes that is correct

  • Cynalan

    Hi Thomas – I am interested in being able to connect to US from Canada. I bought a ROKU XD and have a Canadian account. I’ve also subscribed to HMA. Can you answer a question please. Does the router have to be an ASUS RT-N16? Are there other options, e.g. flashing my old Linksys WRT 54GS with DD-WRT firmware? Can I use the ASUS -RT-53U (I can’t seem to find the RT-N16). Thanks, any advice you can offer is appreciated

    • Anonymous

      Hi there. The WRT 54GS can be used to run DD-WRT firmware. However, it only has 16-32mb RAM depending on what model number (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series) The Asus RT-N16 has 128mb RAM which will allow for a much faster VPN tunnel. You could do a test at first and see if the result is fast enough for your. The setup would be pretty much the same. I don’t think the RT 53U can be used – I might be wrong but I have not found any info that indicates that it can be used.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure how long the router will hold the settings once power is removed, but it is worth a shot. Either way it will only take you a minute or two to setup again.

  • Anonymous

    Hi There. This has nothing to do with your Internet Provider. Please verify that you have done the setup correctly and that you connect to the DD-WRT router and not the router from your provider. Walk a way from the setup for a couple of hours and then return with a fresh pair of eyes.

  • Anonymous

    Hi there. When you create and account with HMA you get access to both their software and their PPTP servers. It is the servers that you need for this setup. Log into your control panel on the HMA site and look for PPTP on the left hand side. Note down you username and password as well as the IP and go ahead and setup the VPN router as described above.

  • Anonymous

    Hi there – don’t double click the firmware file once downloaded. Simply upload it to the router as described. The PPTP servers are in the HMA dashboard on the lefthand side once you log in to the service on the website: https://vpn.hidemyass.com/vpncontrol/signin

  • thomasfals

    Hi again – you understood the concept just fine. If you do not feel comfortable setting up the Asus, you might want to get the assistance of a friend who feels more comfortable fooling around with firmware and such.

  • Roastie McToastie

    Hi – followed your instructions and it worked, thanks. The only thing that is weird is that ABC TV still thinks that I am outside of the US, even though my IP location is Chicago. Can’t watch current episodes for free. Otherwise Apple TV and work fine.

    • thomasfals

      This is most likely an issue with cookies left in your browser as and the Apple TV is working fine. Try to clear the cookies in your browser and then reload the ABC site.

  • Daren

    Cheers mate – finally found a guide I could use!

  • Just Juan

    Can’t this work with just about any Cisco Linksys router or possibly even Netgear routers? Or is it just restricted to the ASUS RT-N16 and the Linksys E2000?

    • thomasfals

      You can use any router that supports DD-WRT. However I suggest going with a router like the Asus that has 128 MB ram as you will get better performance (speed) from the VPN tunnel.

  • Alvaro Vejarano

    Hi Thomas,

    You have mention this process is por the Apple TV, will it be the same way to make any Blu-ray with internet content or any TV with “Smart TV” programs, for example, I have a 3D Sony Bravia with content to conecto to and a Panasonic Blu-ray with some other complementary content, will them work with VPN as the Apple TV Does??

    Thank you!

    • thomasfals

      Yes you will need to use the same method for TVS and Blu-Ray players as they do not support VPN out of the box.

  • Jsmith

    Thanks very much for posting this! You are a legend, worked perfectly on the first go, and can finally watch US Hulu overseas.
     

  • thomasfals

    It is a little on the low side, but you can always give it a go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/myglobalkitchens Marilyn Weissman

    Mr. Fals. I hope you are still responding. Thanks for the great info. I have a home in Belize and receive a (slow) dsl connection from the local gov. controlled phone company. Is it mandatory that I use two routers? I already have a Linkys WRT400N and have no problem purchasing an ASUSRT-N16 that you suggest. But why daisy-chain onto the Linkys? Why not connect the N16 directly to my dsl modem? Why not have all connected computers and Roku and AppleTV and my Smart TV receive signal from the VPN. Why do I need the “old” local signal? Thank you.

    • thomasfals

      You should be able to load the DD-WRT software on the linksys router as it is listed as compatible with DD-WRT. I have not tested it myself on this router.

  • michael

    Hi Thomas, Great site!
    I just bought the ASUS RT N66U and realised cant get the DD-WRT on to it…..is there a way to do this (easily)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopher.ashford.351 Christopher Ashford

    Once this is setup will I be able to change if from the US to another country and then switch it back afterwards?

    • thomasfals

      Yes you can simply put in another IP address in the router interface and have the router reconnect to another destination.