Guide to Configure Your Western Digital N900 Router for a PPTP VPN Connection

If you have a router based on the N900 firmware from Western Digital and you need to configure it to be used with a PPTP VPN service, the following steps will help you configure your router manually and connect to the desired VPN server.

  • To configure your router based on Western Digital N900 firmware, you need to get access to the web interface of your router. This might need you to enter the log in credentials for your router to get access to the desired page. Continue to the next step after logging in to the web interface of your router.
  • You will see a drop down menu at the top of the page, labeled with the name ‘Internet Connection Type’. Here you must select the value ‘PPTP’ to configure your router for a VPN connection based on a PPTP protocol.
  • Next, you will get a small form, which will ask you to fill in the information as provided to you from your service provider. Under the option named ‘Address Mode’, select the value ‘Dynamic IP’ and proceed to the next step.
  • In the field labeled ‘IP Address’, you need to enter the IP address of the VPN server, which you wish to connect through this connection. You might find this value in the welcome mail received by you from your VPN provider or you can get the same by logging in to your customer area on the VPN provider‘s website.
  • In the next fields, labeled as ‘Username’ and ‘Password’, you should enter the values of the log in credentials of your VPN service. You will be asked to re-enter your password in the ‘Verify password’ field, to make sure that you have entered the correct password.
  • Select the value for the ‘Reconnection mode’ option as “Always ON” and make sure that the value for ‘Maximum Idle Time’ field is “0”, unless you wish to get disconnected after being idle for a specific time.
  • Select the value for the next option ‘DNS Mode’ as “Enter DNS Manually”, which will allow you to enter the values for primary and secondary DNS servers on your own.
  • Here, you need to enter the values for the fields named ‘Primary DNS Server’ and ‘Secondary DNS Server’, according to your VPN provider. Also, you need to enter the value for ‘MTU’ field, according to the VPN service subscribed by you.
  • After selecting and entering all the values as discussed above in this guide, you must re-check all the values to avoid any mistake made earlier and then click on the ‘Save’ button to save the manual configuration.
  • With this step, you are done with the configuration of your WD N900 router for a PPTP connection, after which, the router will initiate the process to connect to the server defined.
  • You need to wait for a moment to let the router establish the connection and then check the IP address of your system (as visible on the server) to verify your anonymity.

Thus, with this guide, you are now able to connect to a PPTP VPN server through your WD N900 router.

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