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I'm very happy so far with my new xr500. One small thing to ask and see if maybe I'm not setting it up right though. I use ExpressVPN. Setting up the router's hybrid VPN was easy and it does mask my IP. However, when running a DNS leak test, it still shows my real ISP DNS in the test. If I just run the app or chrome extension for ExpressVPN, it masks the IP and uses their DNS servers and the leak tests come back good. So is there a setting I'm missing or is hybrid VPN missing a setting for DNS? Is the DNS settings in the ExpressVPN config file thats copy/pasted into the settings in the router? Thanks.

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2 hours ago, six4bravo said:

I'm very happy so far with my new xr500. One small thing to ask and see if maybe I'm not setting it up right though. I use ExpressVPN. Setting up the router's hybrid VPN was easy and it does mask my IP. However, when running a DNS leak test, it still shows my real ISP DNS in the test. If I just run the app or chrome extension for ExpressVPN, it masks the IP and uses their DNS servers and the leak tests come back good. So is there a setting I'm missing or is hybrid VPN missing a setting for DNS? Is the DNS settings in the ExpressVPN config file thats copy/pasted into the settings in the router? Thanks.

have you tried inputting their dns servers into the routers dns settings?

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If i did that, wouldn't that make all my traffic use those DNS servers then? I'm just looking to route the devices I have added to hybrid VPN to use the services and DNS, if thats even possible to separate them like that.

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5 hours ago, six4bravo said:

If i did that, wouldn't that make all my traffic use those DNS servers then? I'm just looking to route the devices I have added to hybrid VPN to use the services and DNS, if thats even possible to separate them like that.

You're right - if you enter the VPN DNS into the network settings DNS it will apply to all devices on your network, which I assume you don't want.

Could you paste the ovpn config file you've used into this thread please. We'll probably need to check with a dev if it's sufficient to apply the VPN's DNS too.

Also, could you link us to where you ran the DNS leak test. 

Thanks.

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That is correct, the hybrid VPN settings need to add DNS configuration separate from the rest of the traffic. If you guys work on it and create a beta firmware I'd be willing to test it.

 

DNS leak test:

https://www.expressvpn.com/dns-leak-test

 

ExpressVPN config file is attached.

 

my_expressvpn_usa_-_dallas_udp.ovpn

 

In the linked thread, I see about the same speeds as they mentioned, capped at around 20-25Mbps. While running the ExpressVPN client on windows, it pulls in 150-250Mbps Download and full 12Mbps upload. So speeds are definitely disappointing but i can live with it for now. FYI, on the xr700, the hybrid VPN speeds were double that of the xr500 (around 40ish Mbps) so maybe hardware limited?

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The XR500 use the same Hw as the Netgear R7800. The bigger memory in XR500 is not used...

The R7800 is able to do download speed of 100+ Mbps over OpenVPN with 256 bit encryption.

I have tried it and succeeded with both Voxel and DD-WRT Firmware. DD-WRT is available for XR500!

So its not a HW limitation in the XR500, its in the firmware and how the code is compiled etc.

Voxel has given optimisation information to Netgear but it seems like they have not cared about it?!

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4 hours ago, kamoj said:

The XR500 use the same Hw as the Netgear R7800. The bigger memory in XR500 is not used...

The R7800 is able to do download speed of 100+ Mbps over OpenVPN with 256 bit encryption.

I have tried it and succeeded with both Voxel and DD-WRT Firmware. DD-WRT is available for XR500!

So its not a HW limitation in the XR500, its in the firmware and how the code is compiled etc.

Voxel has given optimisation information to Netgear but it seems like they have not cared about it?!

Have to say kamoj is right, the R7800 performs much better using Voxels firmware than the XR500's with OpenVPN.  Maybe the Devs should have a chat with Voxel, since Netgear ignored him and his fork of Netgears stock is far superior.

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