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Configuring a VPN to route ALL my internet traffic (not just browser)

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February 22, 2014 10:07:05 PM

Hope this isn't too noob a Q, but I've searched online and haven't found a succinct answer. The online game I play has country-based geographic restrictions, and I'm about to move to Mexico for a semester, but I want to route all of my traffic through a Canadian IP so I can keep playing. I WILL have access to an always-on computer at my home in Canada if that helps.

My research led me to learn about a low-friction way to use Hamachi+Privoxy to route all of my BROWSER traffic through my Canadian IP, but that's not sufficient for my purposes, because I need the online gaming client to think it's connecting from my Canadian IP as well. Some sources have told me that I need to configure a hardware VPN by installing Tomato or DD-WRT...though I've never done anything like that before. Is that indeed what I need to do? And if so, can someone point me to a straight-forward tutorial? If there's another method that would serve me better, let me know...in a nutshell, I just want to keep gaming as though I were still in Canada (preferably through my same home Canadian IP address that I've used to this point.)
February 23, 2014 11:05:44 AM

If you just want to play the game and let the game think you come from somewhere else proxy is enough!
Just search for open proxy providers!
If you really want a vpn connection you can do that with your router/modem (let us know which one!!) or a NAS.
Some routers let you set up a vpn with the standard software so the device name would be really handy!
If you have a NAS please let me know!
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February 24, 2014 1:40:06 PM

RL600 said:
If you just want to play the game and let the game think you come from somewhere else proxy is enough!
Just search for open proxy providers!
If you really want a vpn connection you can do that with your router/modem (let us know which one!!) or a NAS.
Some routers let you set up a vpn with the standard software so the device name would be really handy!
If you have a NAS please let me know!


Sorry if my post wasn't clear; it's the latter that I want: I DON'T just want a proxy that will make my traffic appear to be coming from country X. I want my traffic to appear to be coming from my ACTUAL HOME ip address (where I live now). I have the Linksys WRT54GL router, which I'm told can support a DD-WRT installation...but that's as far as I've gotten:) 
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February 24, 2014 11:05:46 PM

Oké it is much clear now maybe I read your first post to fast because it was in there :) 
You can indeed flash your router with DD-WRT take a look at this: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linksys_WRT54GL
By the way, MAKE A 100% SURE YOU HAVE INDEED THE WRT54GL (if it is another one you get your router broken)

And don't forget to portforward the specific ports in your modem (of course when your vpn server is up and running)!!!

Another good solution can be to buy an NAS for the VPN .

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February 25, 2014 6:57:08 AM

I suggest connecting through DD-WRT router either.
DD-WRT is a free open source project aimed at developing a Linux based firmware solution that removes the restrictions placed on routers by their default programming.
Fortunately, it has the option of selecting different VPN configurations like: PPTP, L2TP or OpenVPN and Once configured, users on the network don’t need to enter a log in process when they need to activate the VPN. It just starts automatically, so any device connects automatically and easily, giving you all the benefits of using a reliable VPN service.
The full, official guide to installing DD-WRT can be found here : http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Installation
There are also many Manual Setup Instructions for DD-WRT VPN. The following one help you setting up a PPTP VPN on DD-WRT:
http://www.purevpn.com/config/router/
Hope it could help.
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February 25, 2014 5:05:00 PM

I flashed DD-WRT to my router, but ran into a problem, and I'm curious whether it's going to prevent me from using this proposed solution.

What I discovered is that I don't actually have access to the cable modem (that delivers internet into my building). My building basically has a corporate contract with the cable-internet provider, and the Internet feed comes into the building via one cable, and then is basically split by the building's router (which i do not have access to) to go to each individual unit.

So I have an ethernet port in my apartment's wall that allows me to get online...but I don't have access to the building's main cable modem / router setup. So my question is this: can I use an ethernet cable to connect the signal into my Linksys WRT54GL router on which I have installed DD-WRT to create the VPN I want? OR will the fact that I don't have direct access to the main cable modem / router that serves the entire building mean that I can't set up the VPN? In short, I'm basically daisy-chaining 2 different routers...will this be a problem, or should I still be able to create the VPN?
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March 15, 2014 10:20:26 PM

You are going to need to port forward from the innermost router that has a static public IP. So, if you can't hit the WAN IP reported by your router from outside your apartment complex, you will need the access to the router it is connected to (or aid from the IT staff controlling that router).
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March 16, 2014 5:23:34 AM

Trabber Shir said:
You are going to need to port forward from the innermost router that has a static public IP. So, if you can't hit the WAN IP reported by your router from outside your apartment complex, you will need the access to the router it is connected to (or aid from the IT staff controlling that router).


He does not need to port forward he just has to initiate the session from the machine in his house. He would only need to port forward if the machine on the internet was going to initiate the session. He will only be able to L2TP in natt mode or more likely since he will use openvpn on dd-wrt he will use sslvpn which looks like a https sessions so it will easily pass the second router with no issues.

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