Raul’s Guide to Configuring a VPN to Preserve Bandwidth

If you’re looking to conserve bandwidth while still being able to access all your favorite sites, you’ll need to configure a VPN. Raul’s guide will show you how to do just that!

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A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, can help prevent parents from having to pay for extra bandwidth from their ISP. By encrypting all of the traffic from your devices and sending it through a server, a VPN can help reduce your family’s overall bandwidth usage. In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up and configure a VPN on your router.

1. Log into your router’s web interface. This is typically done by entering into your web browser’s address bar. If this doesn’t work, check your router’s documentation to find the correct address.

2. Navigate to the “VPN” tab or section in your router’s web interface. This may be under a “Security” or “Advanced” tab.

3. Enter the information required by your VPN provider into the appropriate fields. This will typically include a “Server Address” field, as well as a “Username” and “Password” field.

4. Save your changes and exit the router’s web interface

Why You Need a VPN

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more.

These days VPNs are really popular, but not for the reasons they were originally created. At first, they were used mostly by businesses to allow employees to securely connect to their private network from remote locations.

Nowadays, more and more people are using VPNs for personal use – hiding their online activity from their ISP, bypassing copyright restrictions (Torrenting), or accessing geo-blocked content (Netflix).

Selecting a VPN Protocol

out of the box, most routers have a VPN Server function that allows you to set up a VPN server. The more common protocols for this are OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP/IPSec. In order to save bandwidth, you will want to use a protocol that uses less data. For example, OpenVPN uses more data than PPTP, but is more secure. L2TP/IPSec provides good security and is relatively efficient with data. Based on these criteria, we recommend using L2TP/IPSec for your VPN server.

Setting Up Your VPN

If you’ve decided that you need a VPN, the first step is to set it up. This process will vary depending on your router, but the basics are the same. You’ll need to choose a VPN provider, sign up for an account, and then follow their instructions for setting up the VPN on your router.

There are many different VPN providers, but we recommend ExpressVPN. They have a simple setup process that is easy to follow, and they offer high-speed servers in countries all over the world.

Once you’ve signed up for an account with ExpressVPN, you can get started by visiting their website and following their instructions for setting up your router. We won’t go into detail here, as their process is straightforward and well-documented.

Once you have your VPN set up, you’ll need to connect to it every time you want to use it. This can be done either through your router’s web interface or by connecting to the VPN directly from your computer.

If you’re using a Windows computer, you can connect to your VPN by clicking on the network icon in the taskbar and selecting your VPN connection from the list of available networks. Once you’re connected, you’ll see a notification in the taskbar telling you so.

If you’re using a Mac, things are slightly different. To connect to your VPN, open System Preferences and click on Network. Select your VPN connection from the list on the left, and then click on the Connect button. You may be prompted for your administrator password; enter it and click Allow when prompted. Once you’re connected, you’ll see a notification in the menu bar telling you so

Configuring Your VPN

If you’re looking to save on bandwidth usage, there are a few configuration changes you can make to your VPN that will help. By compressing data and only loading resources when they’re needed, you can significantly reduce the amount of data your VPN transfers.

To start, log into your VPN account and head to the settings page. From here, you’ll want to enable compression. This will compress the data that’s transferred between your device and the VPN server, which can reduce bandwidth usage by up to 50%.

Next, you can change the protocol that your VPN uses. The two most common protocols are OpenVPN and PPTP, but PPTP uses less bandwidth than OpenVPN. If you’re not sure which protocol to use, contact your VPN provider and they should be able to advise you.

Finally, you can also change the server that your VPN connects to. Some servers are faster than others and some are optimized for specific tasks like streaming or gaming. Again, if you’re not sure which server to use, contact your provider for assistance.

By making these changes, you should see a significant reduction in bandwidth usage from your VPN. If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to assist you further.


To conclude, configuring a VPN can be a great way to reduce your bandwidth consumption. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are some potential drawbacks. In particular, you may not be able to access all of your favorite websites and streaming services if they are blocked by your VPN. In addition, using a VPN can slow down your internet connection. Therefore, it is important to weigh the pros and cons of using a VPN before deciding whether or not it is right for you.

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