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Re: When searching how to enable Netgear's built in vpn, I only find a 4+ year old link

Charr
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When searching how to enable Netgear's built in vpn, I only find a 4+ year old link

I have RAX10 4-Stream AX1800 WiFi 6 Router for my wifi and it says it has a built in VPN of some sort.
When searching how to enable the Netgear router's built in VPN, I found a discussion from 2016  (as well as another from 2019) that says the solution is to visit this page, 'kb.netgear.com...' (at least this is updated 2023). Well, basically, that tells you to go to https://www.routerlogin.net/ to access your router. That whole routerlogin website just gives me bad phishing vibes.
I would think I could access my router's advanced settings through its DNS or local network IP, like "https://192.168.1.1" for example. I'd feel much more comfortable accessing it through local channels anyway. 

 

  • Is routerlogin.net legit?
  • Is it the only way to access the rest of the router's advanced settings not accessible through their Nighthawk app?
  • Is there a local address to access it instead?

 

Will access router from either Mac & Windows:
Monterey v.12.5.1 for my work computer (at home)
Windows 10 64-bit system.

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microchip8
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Re: When searching how to enable Netgear's built in vpn, I only find a 4+ year old link

routerlogin.net is legit. If you feel uncomy about it, use http://192.168.1.1 - it's the same thing.
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Re: When searching how to enable Netgear's built in vpn, I only find a 4+ year old link


@Charr wrote:

That whole routerlogin website just gives me bad phishing vibes.

To add to the sound advice from @microchip8, that it isn't a "website" as most people know it, as in something out their on the "wild west web".

 

You can even get there with your router unplugged from the nasty planet.

 

It is just the browser's way into the graphical user interface (GUI) that lets you manage the device.

 

Netgear, and others, use those addresses to make life easier for users. Saying "go to routerlogin" is easier than saying"go to 192.168.1.1", especially when there are times when those numbers won't work. Modem/routers can use different numbers for example.

 

If you are still worried, there are tools out there to protect you:

 

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