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    Tech GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    Recently I started to play with my Fire TV Stick again, I decided to scrap the builds and set up from scratch. One problem (which also existed with the builds) is how many add-ons are blocked or fail to load, sometimes because they have been blocked by the UK (e.g. http://www.ukispcourtorders.co.uk/).

    As most know, the answer is to use a VPN but I don't want all my LAN traffic passing over a VPN and the fire stick will install the PIA android app but won't actually work. In the case of the stick in my room I installed CCProxy on one of my servers, connected PrivateInternetAccess to that server and used my server as the proxy in the Kodi settings on the Fire Stick.

    Problem is I have a stick I travel with, this led me to look for a portable router which could be configured with a VPN. My initial thought was to find one that can be flashed with DD-WRT/OpenWRT, I remembered TP-Link had some mini routers but it seems they do not have sufficient memory for VPN but then I stumbled upon the AR300M which has OpenVPN built in already. It arrived yesterday and it is tiny! Very fast to configure, in fact several settings I intended to set up were pre-configured such as uncommon subnet (x.x.8.1) and DHCP for WAN IP which allows me to connect to most routers with an ethernet cable and then send LAN or WLAN traffic over the VPN. It also has a repeater mode if you want a wireless link to the router providing internet.

    At first I couldn't get it to work, it would connect to my network fine but any device connected to the mini router would connect, get a valid IP but could not access the WAN. Also after uploading my PIA OpenVPN files I could select the OVPN file, enter my login details but it wouldn't connect. A reset resolved both problems and now it auto-connects the VPN when powered up. The device is powered by microUSB so can probably be powered from a TV or router USB port, I always carry an iPad charger in my bag so no need for another power supply.

    Check it out here:
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    Would be interested to hear what others use, with the router and a configured fire stick you can have a truly portable media system.

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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    So if for example you were in a hotel with passworded wifi, this router would connect to that okay. Then using open VPN files it would connect to the www but anything checking your location would be spoofed based on the open VPN file?

    Buying one of these seems cheaper than buying an annual VPN sub.

    About OpenVPN any slowdowns or data restrictions? Been ages since I looked at that.


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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    As far as I am aware you can set this up with any standard WiFi/DCHP ethernet connection, by standard I mean if you go somewhere and are given a WEP/WPA password rather than services where it is open WiFi but then you authenticate through a web browser. If you know the IP settings then the ethernet connection doesn't have to be DHCP as you can set this info yourself. It also accepts a 3G/4G USB WWAN dongle or you can tether to your phone.

    I use PIA on an annual subscription for my OpenVPN but I believe there are some free ones out there, not sure if you would want to use them though or what their performance would be like. I don't believe PIA restrict data and the speeds seem to be good to me but I can't offer you hard numbers right now as I am out.

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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by evilsatan View Post
    Recently I started to play with my Fire TV Stick again, I decided to scrap the builds and set up from scratch. One problem (which also existed with the builds) is how many add-ons are blocked or fail to load, sometimes because they have been blocked by the UK (e.g. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]).

    As most know, the answer is to use a VPN but I don't want all my LAN traffic passing over a VPN and the fire stick will install the PIA android app but won't actually work. In the case of the stick in my room I installed CCProxy on one of my servers, connected PrivateInternetAccess to that server and used my server as the proxy in the Kodi settings on the Fire Stick.

    Problem is I have a stick I travel with, this led me to look for a portable router which could be configured with a VPN. My initial thought was to find one that can be flashed with DD-WRT/OpenWRT, I remembered TP-Link had some mini routers but it seems they do not have sufficient memory for VPN but then I stumbled upon the AR300M which has OpenVPN built in already. It arrived yesterday and it is tiny! Very fast to configure, in fact several settings I intended to set up were pre-configured such as uncommon subnet (x.x.8.1) and DHCP for WAN IP which allows me to connect to most routers with an ethernet cable and then send LAN or WLAN traffic over the VPN. It also has a repeater mode if you want a wireless link to the router providing internet.

    At first I couldn't get it to work, it would connect to my network fine but any device connected to the mini router would connect, get a valid IP but could not access the WAN. Also after uploading my PIA OpenVPN files I could select the OVPN file, enter my login details but it wouldn't connect. A reset resolved both problems and now it auto-connects the VPN when powered up. The device is powered by microUSB so can probably be powered from a TV or router USB port, I always carry an iPad charger in my bag so no need for another power supply.

    Check it out here:
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Would be interested to hear what others use, with the router and a configured fire stick you can have a truly portable media system.
    Did you order yours from the states?

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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley View Post
    Did you order yours from the states?
    I bought one from UK stock on Amazon, they also ship from their HK warehouse on there.

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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    Genius!

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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    For some reason I cant get openvpn to work, it seems to take the pia files and login but as soon as I connect it just stops all traffic getting through?

    Tried a full reset but made no difference, any ideas?

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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    Quote Originally Posted by MajorFU View Post
    For some reason I cant get openvpn to work, it seems to take the pia files and login but as soon as I connect it just stops all traffic getting through?

    Tried a full reset but made no difference, any ideas?
    Are you on the latest FW? So the VPN connects successfully but once connected you can't even ping Google?


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    Default Re: GLi GL-AR300M mini router - simple, portable VPN (Amazon Fire Stick etc)

    would u believe it worked in firefox and not in chrome or ie

    wtf is that about?

    But it is now working, I have a network for the VPN and another for clear

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