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For people living in free countries with little to no internet censorship, any old VPN router might do the trick. It will keep your data private and you’re free to browse the web as normal and even bypass things like region restrictions on streaming sites – as long as no restrictions have been put in place. In countries where things are a little tougher, or for people who want the maximum amount of privacy, a regular VPN router may not do the trick.
Some countries ban VPN use to prevent people from circumventing blocks and accessing the content they want to access. When this happens, only a stealth VPN router will get the job done.
The Difference Between Normal and Stealth VPNs
A normal VPN will shield your activity from prying eyes – whether it’s those of a government, an internet service provider, or a hacker. Even though these people cannot see what you’re doing or access your information, they’ll still know that you’re using a VPN. Most free or affordable VPNs on the market will appear as VPN traffic. People who live in areas of the world where VPN use is discouraged or outright illegal may be subject to scrutiny or imprisonment for connecting to the internet with a normal VPN.
Stealth VPNs utilize a camouflaging technique to make VPN traffic appear to be regular web traffic. In countries like China, where “The Great Firewall of China” is utilized to prevent people from using VPNs to access blocked sites, a Stealth VPN is necessary. Countries like Cuba, Iran, and Pakistan have also implemented similar firewalls.
When using a Stealth VPN, you’re changing the appearance of your data packets. Data packets provide general information about what a connected device is doing. Countries that use a ubiquitous technology called deep packet inspection can see exactly what users are doing, or if they’re using a VPN, they can see that the packets are protected by a VPN and cannot be viewed. In places of the world where internet censorship is atop the priority list, traffic via VPN is recognized by its packets and blocked.
Stealth VPNs hide VPN data packets by making them appear to be normal “HTTPS” data packets. Virtually every single website that requires people to log in, including state sponsored social media alternative websites, need HTTPS to run. Even the strictest firewalls in the world cannot block HTTPS packets, or else even the censored version of the internet wouldn’t work.
This obfuscation technique is absolutely vital in areas of the world where VPN use is a crime. It’s the only way to make sure a VPN is undetectable.
The Best Stealth VPN Routers
Ironically, two of the best VPN routers available are manufactured in Hong Kong, a territory of the country with perhaps the strictest and most notorious firewall. Gli manufactures Stealth WireGuard VPN routers that are powerful, affordable, portable, and easy to use.
GL.INET GL-AR750S-EXT GIGABIT AC ROUTER (SLATE)
The specs of the Slate are highly impressive, especially for the price. This portable router boasts 300Mbps (2.4G) + 433Mbps (5G) WiFi Speed, 3 gigabit ports, and supports up to 128 gigs of microSD storage for network attached devices. This router is small, but it can theoretically power a small startup with Stealth VPN service.
Slate is easy to use and provides users with multiple VPN configurations, including OpenVPN, and WireGuard®.
GLI SHADOW GL-AR300M
The Shadow is a tiny little powerhouse. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and weighs virtually nothing. It manages to be highly portable and easy to use without sacrificing on its specs. With 300 MBPS speeds, 128 MBs of RAM, 16MB NOR Flash, 128M NAND Dual flash, dual Ethernet ports, and a convenient USB port that allows the device to be powered by your laptop, the Shadow is the perfect solution for a single user who needs a discreet way to keep their stealth VPN use private. The Shadow also provides support for multiple VPN configurations, including OpenVPN, and WireGuard®.
Patched DD-WRT Routers
DD-WRT is a router firmware based in Linux, originally designed for use in LinkSys devices. DD-WRT is open source and can be modified for use on nearly any router. When DD-WRT firmware is used, a simple stealth binary patch can be implemented. With the patch, any DD-WRT router can become a stealth VPN router by using any TorGuard provided Stealth VPN configuration. If you are unsure if your DD-WRT router supports the stealth patch contact our support desk with your specific make and model number.
Get a Stealth VPN Router Now
PrivateRouter offers a wealth of easy to use, pre-flashed stealth VPN routers for both home and commercial use. We provide stealth VPN service through TorGuard, providing free, round the clock, always open customer support for all VPN users.