Using a Wireless Repeater as a Dedicated VPN Connection in a Wireless Network

A Solution For Setting Up a Simultaneous VPN Connection?

Have you ever wanted to create two simultaneous wireless networks in your home? Do you love the benefits of subscribing to a VPN provider but would like to be able to switch between your regular, local ISP connection with the option of quickly switching to an immediately available, already configured VPN connection? May we introduce the DD-WRT VPN Wireless VPN Repeater.

Some people may refer to it as a Wireless Range Extender or Expander. Despite the varied names, these are essentially the same name for a simple, unique, and useful tool. Who wants to leave a part of their house with poor signal or even worse… a Wi-Fi DEAD ZONE!

How Does a DD-WRT Repeater Work?

Good question. Putting a DD-WRT Router in Repeater mode causes you to create an alternate network identifier name or SSID.

Since a separate SSID is being created, different configurations can be made for the alternate network based on your original SSID. Broadcasting a separate signal for the VPN connection allows for anyone in range to instantly connect to the VPN connected wireless signal.

Applying VPN settings through your Wireless Repeater VPN Router allows multiple devices to simply connect to the same VPN connection without necessitating advanced configuration on each connected device.

A FlashRouter configured as a DD-WRT Wireless Repeater or Extender solves the constant device configuration and switching, one of the most common of complaints from customers using a VPN service. iPads, Android Tablets, Laptops, Smartphones, Internet Connected TVs and more can simply connect to the repeater network and instantly be connected to the VPN service location assigned to the router.

How a DD-WRT Repeater Can Boost the Distance of Your Wireless Signal?

Even if you are just looking for an answer to spotty wireless connectivity in your home or office, a wireless extender/repeater could be the solution expanding the broadcast range and boosting your wireless signal.

One of the best perks of this setup is that there is no need to connect the routers together. No need to drill holes and run long Ethernet cords through the walls of your home.

A DD-WRT Router set up in Repeater Mode wirelessly creates an extension of any network to which it is attached. It can be especially useful in a home containing dead zones or a possible new home extension or renovation. The new addition may look lovely but network planning may have been forgotten in the process. A wireless range extender can properly supply it with an ample wireless signal.

FlashRouters VPN DD-WRT Router Setup


It just so happens that creating Wireless Repeaters is one of FlashRouters’ specialties. The best part of the whole setup is there isn’t one. You do not have to make any changes to your current router configuration. FlashRouter simplifies the process to avoid the compounding of networking headaches.

FlashRouters offers a wide variety of routers that are perfect for this setup.

Netgear R6400V2 AC1750 Linksys WRT1900ACS/AC v2 AC1900Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200
Wireless- AC1750
1 GHz Broadcom Processor
3 Powerful External Antennas
Powerful Machine for an Affordable Price
Wireless- AC1900
1.6 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Powerful External Antennas
Perfect Blend of Price and Power
Wireless- AC3200
1.8 GHz Marvell Processor
4 Powerful External Antennas
Great for Streaming and Gaming

However, any DD-WRT FlashRouters can be converted to a Wireless Repeater upon request. Make sure to request in the “Comments” section when checking out and you will be contacted by one of our networking specialists regarding the specifics and any possible issues or hindrances that could come up.

FlashRouters takes pride in our speedy and helpful customer service but also believes that this Repeater can be so simple and useful that we wanted to share it with everyone.

After proper configuration, plug in your DD-WRT Wireless VPN Repeater anywhere within range of your current connection; log into your IPVanish or other provider VPN account (NordVPNHideMyAss) and have a dedicated VPN specific wireless signal.

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13 thoughts on “Using a Wireless Repeater as a Dedicated VPN Connection in a Wireless Network

  1. Ramesh Kutty

    I am based in Dubai, I currently acess Netflix through a VPN programme running on my laptop. I would however like to acess Netflix through my Blue Ray DVD player (which has internet connectivity) or my WD Hub Live.
    I am currently using a Cisco Linksys E4200 router and am a bit concerned in doing the DD-WRT set up by myself, I was wondering if repeater customised by Flashrouters would be a good idea, secondly could I also use a wired connection for the repeater (WD Hub live and Blue ray players require wired connection)

    I have a US postal address- if there is a problem in shipping the customised router/repeater to Dubai

    Please advice.

    1. admin

      Your setup sounds ideal for a FlashRouter Repeater. You can plug in the Repeater anywhere you are receiving a wireless connection and create a separate Repeater network. You can then run a VPN on the Repeater and connect your Blue Ray and WD Hub Live through the VPN network.

      You may plug in wired to any LAN port or connect wirelessly to the VPN Repeater network.

      Finally, we do indeed ship to most countries worldwide, Dubai included.

      Don’t be afraid to e-mail the support team if you have any other questions or concerns.

      FlashRouters Admin

  2. Sam

    I noticed that there have been a few reviews of people now talking about how flashrouters are actually improving some routers to the point that previous deadzones are not as bad as they once were.

    Is this a common report that you get? I’m curious because I’ve seen a few routers being reviewed at and so far 3 of them have said for 2 different products (one was a Cisco and the other two were Netgear) actually worked better than the firmware they were using.

    Any reply would be helpful

  3. Chris

    I am currently U.S. based, and I am relocating to Bangladesh in 2 months. I am not that well versed with routers to begin with, however I have been researching VPN routers, so that I can utilize my Netflix on my PS3 and AppleTV. I know that I could purchase a VPN router, but I’m a little confused about “Using a Wireless Repeater as a Dedicated VPN Connection in a Wireless Network”. If I’m following this correctly, does this mean that I would need a regular wireless router in my house connecting to my ISP of choice, then I would purchase one of your flash routers that is configured as a DD-WRT Wireless Repeater, which would then connect to my other router, simultaneously broadcasting a connection that CAN be connected to a VPN service of my choice, namely Hidemyass?

    In essence, would this mean say, my laptop using the internet is connected to my regular wireless router, while my PS3 playing netflix could be wirelessly connected to the DD-WRT Wireless Repeater, both simultaneously?

    I sincerely hope this is the case, because that would solve all of my problems. Assuming this is the case, my last question is choices. I currently don’t have a regular router at all. Examining your choices, what would be the absolute optimal choices for a main local ISP router, and a flash router configured as a DD-WRT Wireless Repeater? Would you say having an E4200 as my main router, and an E4200 configured as a DD-WRT Wireless Repeater would be worth it? Or am I overshooting it a bit?

    Thank you in advance for your speedy reply

  4. Marco

    I’ve read several articles regarding this topic and they all describe a second VPN router next to a primary router in a network. Is there a reason NOT to choose for a VPN router with a dedicated VPN connection for all of your outgoing internet traffic? I have a good working Wifi network installed at home. My idea was to just put a VPN router in front of this. Would there be a reason not to do this? (is it not possible, will it affect speed, etc…)

    I have a fiber to the home connection, that uses a “modem” that acts as a bridge, I have no access to the setup whatsoever.

    My idea was to install a router with VPN connection to NordVPN, and hook the existing home network (Wifi and Ethernet) to this router.

    Like to hear your thoughts on this and response if this is possible (or why I shouldn’t do this).

  5. Eric Yendall

    If I have dd-wrt and vpn set up on my primary router, why would I need to do so again on a range extender router? Surely my entire network is vpn served by my primary router or am I missing something?

    1. admin

      This is more for use in conjunction with the router you have in place or for transitioning an old DD-WRT router into a repeater to extend its life.

  6. John

    I need help in choosing a vpn router. I live in our school dormitory. When first accessing the router, a login page will appear and you have to put the provided password in the login page to have access to the internet. After that, it will ask you every month to login whenever the login portal or wifi resets. Now what router or extender I could use for VPN without using a LAN cable and connecting to your school wifi like those range extenders?.


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