Hi, I am looking for some basic support for my router. I’m not an expert on this stuff so if my questions are basic, my apologies.
I live in NYC and want to set up a VPN router for when I visit Mexico. I want to use a NYC located server and make all of my connected devices to the router appear as if they are in NYC.
I am in NYC now, so want to set it up and test it. My plan is to set up a test here in NYC to show I am in Seattle. Here is what I did and I would like some advice:
I am using Surfshark. I have created a SEATTLE configuration file in Surfshark and successfully added it to the router. At the moment, I have the AX1800 router connected directly to the ONT. This has allowed me access to the internet. The way I validate my location is by doing a Speedtest and/or opening Google maps. Neither one of these options shows me in Seattle. They both show that I am in NYC pinging a NYC server. I have Wireguard enabled.
My questions are how can I better set this up? Also, will it be an issue if I set this up through another router vs the ONT unit?
The public IP address and their locations shown should be different with VPN turned on versus with VPN turned off. If they are the same, then VPN is not working and/or traffic is not going through VPN tunnel.
I do not work for and I do not have formal association with GL.iNet .
I selected the ADGUARD option from Manual DNS. Does this matter?..My phone is still showing me on Google maps to be located in NYC. When I connect to VPN directly on my phone, maps will show me in the location I select in Surfshark.
Your phone is using GPS and Google services like maps is good at getting around blocks.
You would need to turn off GPS and then it would only get Cellur, wifi or bluetooth info.
What is your threat level?
I like to keep things private as much as possible.
I am working from from home and don’t want my boss knowing I am sitting on a beach.
I am a polical refugee in a opressive county with state forces after me
How do i enter the DNS values you posted above? Trying to figure that out…
…not a political refugee. Just want to set this up before I leave for the winter. My Chromecast will be connected to this so needs to be able to pull through my media subscriptions etc. But will have several people with varying degrees of permissions connecting to this router.
JUST NOW, nevermind i was cutting and pasting an extra space. Values have been entered.
ALSO, this is random, but the Surfshark Seattle location puts me within a few blocks of my actual brother’s house!
However, smartphones and other devices can use different methods for your location, such as scanning nearby wifi, scanning nearby bluetooth, advertising ID tracking, accounts (especially Google) tracking location history, etc., that are then passed to smartphone apps (e.g., Google Maps). The VPN client may also have DNS leaks. Chromecast and other devices and Netflix and other apps may have hardcoded Google DNS servers (22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199) that override your DNS server settings.
If you plan to use Chromecast, then it is simpler and probably does not have all the above methods.
Just following up…
Everything seems to be going really well! I loaded some locations and tested prior to departure and then set the NYC location for the router, packed it up on brought in my carry on. Once in Mexico, plugged it into my condo router and both laptop and phone found my AX1800 networks with no problem. Speeds are better than I expected. Chromecast works great! Thanks again for help so far!