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Topic # 236122 18-May-2018 19:20
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We are moving to the UAE and would like to run a router with a permanent VPN client. What would people recommend. Preference would be for something that connects for NordVPN but open to suggestions for a good device.

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  Reply # 2018551 18-May-2018 19:36
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Edgerouter 3 Lite + VPN as per here endorsed by NordVPN



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  Reply # 2019521 20-May-2018 20:46
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Thanks, are there any other devices that people recommend?


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  Reply # 2019556 20-May-2018 21:52
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If you have any box that is on 24/7, it can probably have OpenVPN installed on it.  I have mine on my MythTV box (Ubuntu 16.04).  Having OpenVPN running on a big processor is preferable - running it on an ERLite3 will limit the speed to what the CPU of the ERLite3 can handle.  OpenVPN uses a lot of CPU, unless the box you are running it on has encryption/decryption hardware support that can run OpenVPN.  My MythTV box has a quad core 3.6 GHz AMD FX-4100 CPU, and I have 1 Gibit/s fibre, but I have never had a fast enough connection at the other end to be able to work out how fast the box can run an OpenVPN connection.


I also used to have OpenVPN server on my Windows Vista PC, back when it was a Core2 Duo.  I only had ADSL back then, but it was able to max out my Internet connection with encyrpted traffic.

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  Reply # 2019557 20-May-2018 21:56
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I don't think bandwidth will be a big deal as it's stupid expensive to go much above 50Mb/s. The main reason I want a router is so we can use Facetime on phones and iPads to talk to family in NZ. It's blocked in the UAE so a VPN is required.

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