How to Connect to a Consumer VPN on T-Mobile Home Internet (5G Nokia Gateway)


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I am NOT paid or endorsed by any VPN company or anyone else to make this post. This is simply what works for me and my particular VPN client. I am using the Nokia 5G grey tube router, and I’ve seen a few posts complaining that they can’t use a VPN with it. Also special thanks to the T-Mobile rep who advised me on some of this when I got the service.

If you’re using PIA (and this may apply to your VPN as well), click the 3 dots, go to your settings, and do the following under the Connection tab:

  • Make sure your protocol is OpenVPN
  • Change your connection type to TCP
  • Change your configuration method to Static

After this, close the settings, and reconnect to your VPN. If using other software, make sure to save your settings if it does not automatically do so. It may take 1-5 minutes for your IP to change to your VPN. After this, google “what is my ip” and make sure it matches with your VPN. In my case, it took about 2 minutes for my IP to completely change over, even after my VPN client connected.

 

Below are some pictures for those of you who aren’t quite as savvy:

I hope this helps anyone trying to use a VPN. I can’t provide any support beyond this post, so best of luck.


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Just use the WireGuard setting. Boom. Done.

 

Never had a lick of problems using WireGuard.

I use NordVPN and made these changes and it fixed the issue when I reconnected.

 

Thank you for the suggestion.

Just use the WireGuard setting. Boom. Done.

 

Never had a lick of problems using WireGuard.

 

I tried WireGuard earlier today and it didn’t work.  I just tried what Orionos suggested. So far, so good.

I’m trying to setup Mozilla VPN WireGuard, but it’s very slow on my new T-mobile Nokia 5G grey tube router I just setup.  Speed tests at around 3Mbps on VPN on the nearest servers to me, vs a great +90Mbps with VPN off while on T-mobile.  Prior to T-mobile, the Moz VPN used to run about 20Mbps on Cox on the same VPN servers.  The only settings Moz VPN has is Ipv6 off or on which makes little or no difference.  Any ideas?

Called T-Mo Home ISP help line and got great phone and tech response to this Moz VPN mismatch, within a couple of hours the tech sending in two firmware updates, the first of which made a dramatic improvement changing from around 3Mbps or less which was unstable and spotty, to an average around 12.5Mbps with my Moz VPN on, thus greatly improved to generally in a range between 9 to 15Mbps, very  usable for very near 100% of my VPN business and browsing purposes. The VPN Ipv6 setting still makes no difference. T-Mo is clearly pushing the envelope on service performance to get these connection use issues resolved for every different type VPN. Had a short period Sat morning when I first turned it on around 8am when speed fell to 1 and 2Mbs, not really usable at all on most websites, which could be due to a morning tower traffic issue (as has been mentioned in related posts elsewhere), or just as easily be some sort of insignificant, one-off anomaly. It’ll take several more mornings to be certain. I’ll keep checking for any sort of recurrent time-of-day issues, but I can live with this Moz VPN running speed, in the 9 to 15Mbps range, as long as it doesn’t often fall off to unusable at regular times.  The total speed available at +90 is great still there, which is way more than my 2 computers and several tv’s will ever need.  I’ve seen it sometimes as high as 150 to 200Mbps which, since less than 5Mbps is required for even the densest videos data streams, means I still have excellent reception at all of my 5 tv’s on Roku all over the house with plenty of unused bandwidth available, with a rock solid 3 out of 5 bars signal reception showing on the T-Mo grey tube screen wifi router located on my ground floor.

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