How do I install Hotspot Shield on my GL.iNet router?

Step-by-step guide

  1. Go to and click on Account. Sign in if you’re asked.
  2. Go to
    Go to the Select location dropdown and pick the virtual location that the router will use. Now click on “Download file.”  The configuration file (config.ovpn) will be downloaded to your computer. (Note where the file will be located, as you will need this later).Link_Router_Beta.png
  3. In the separate browser window, sign in to the Control Panel of your router For most routers, you’ll want to enter in the address bar.  Or refer to your router documentation for your router’s address.
    Note:  The user name and password for your router are different from the credentials you obtained from the Hotspot Shield account page.

  4. In Control PaneI, go to VPN -> OpenVPN Client menu. Then, click on Add a New OpenVPN Configuration button:
  5. Once the file is uploaded, it will prompt to enter the user name and password, go back to the the Router Account page ( and copy the username and password.
    Paste Username and Password into the router and hit submit

    Once the upload is successful fill in the following fields:

  6. Now click the 3 dots right next to the file uploaded and then click the Play button ▶ to start the VPN connection.OpenVPN3.pngWhen data is sent/received, you are connected. OpenVPN4.png

Note: To double-verify if your VPN connection is established, go to or and check if your IP address is different from your default IP that’s provided by your ISP.


When you enabled the VPN but for some reason, VPN cannot connect to the server, there will be no Internet in your network. Some reasons when VPN might not be able to establish a successful connection are:

  • Your ISP does not allow VPN to be enabled Leased equipment, firewall, etc.)
  • Your Premium subscription has ended
  • Our server is unavailable for a particular virtual location

Restore your previous settings

If you need to turn off the VPN,  go back to the Control Panel on the router and select the Services tab and then the VPN tab. Disable the VPN client.