Help Needed: Choosing the Right VPN Solution for Home Network

Hi Community,

At present, I’m setting up a VPN for my home network to improve security and allow remote access. At this point I’m utilizing a basic ISP-provided router and considering upgrading to a pfSense box. Here are my key needs:

Security: I need secure VPN arrangement.

Simplicity of Use: Simple to set up and usable.

Performance: Great execution without critical speed drops.

Compatibility: Work well with all types of device.

I have looked about OpenVPN and WireGuard however I don’t know which one to choose. Any suggestions to pick best VPN. Additionally, if there are good guides and tutorial, please share.
I also went through this:

Much obliged ahead of time!


Have a look at Tom’s videos

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I use Tailscale with a pfSense box. I have redundant internet (one cable modem and one 5G modem). Tailscale works regardless if one WAN connection has failed and I am on the backup connection. Works flawlessly. I use the advertised routes feature and everything that is behind the pfSense firewall is accessible without having to install Tailscale on each and every device. That being said, I am the only person who uses it so I don’t need user authentication. I am sure the other overlay networks like Zerotier and Twingate are probably just as good, but I have no experience with them.

No way pfSense is simple to setup ! Unless you are willing to get your hands dirty don’t bother with pfsense.

Previously I used Asus routers, they have a goodish implementation of openVPN, I suspect they will meet your needs for remote access, just buy one and expect to run it for a few years before Asus stop making firmware updates. You could also install another firmware from Merlin that works well on some Asus firmware without issues.

Once your knowledge and networking skills and time available are higher you can take a look at pfSense, then run which ever VPN protocol you want, however you want.

No way pfSense is simple to setup ! Unless you are willing to get your hands dirty don’t bother with pfsense.

I have to disagree with this statement. In my experience, its not hard to set up at all. There is a set up wizard and for most things you can leave at the default setting. More advanced tasks like creating VLANs can require a little more knowledge. There are also a TON of how-to videos out there for pfSense that walk you through it step by step, even showing which boxes to check and uncheck.