Wifi routers

If you would like to use a router within the PadNet, the device must support the DHCP-supported PPTP VPN dial-in as WAN protocol, also called PPTP Dual access. Routers that only support PPTP passthrough or VPN, and DSL wifi routers are not compatible.

Support for the required protocol is only available from some manufacturers and only on specific models, which are listed below. Devices without a cable connection or dial-in setup (smart phone, tablet, game console, …) can get Internet access through the wifi router. For an undisturbed wifi connection we recommend the newer models in combination with devices, which support 5GHz wifi.

We cannot provide any support for non-listed wifi routers. In addition we cannot guarantee proper function in our network.

Routers of other manufacturers or other device types do not support the necessary Dual-Access PPTP standard and are not compatible.

TP-Link routers are simple in setup. The more expensive the router, the better the network performance. The routers do not support the new IPv6 standard within the PadNet, which is currently not needed for general Internet usage.

  • TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 - ca. 70€ - Amazon
  • TP-Link Archer C6 AC1200 - ca. 50€ - Amazon
  • TP-Link Archer C50 AC1200 - ca. 30€ - Amazon - only 100 MBit/s uplink
  • TP-Link Archer C20 AC750 - ca. 25€ - Amazon - only 100 MBit/s uplink


ASUS routers are a bit more difficult in setup, but will support the new IPv6 standard and are therefore future-proofed. The more expensive the router, the better the network performance.

  • ASUS RT-AC86U / RT-AC 2900 - ca. 175€ - Amazon - high throughput up to 650 MBit/s possible
  • ASUS RT-AC66U - ca. 100€ - Amazon
  • ASUS RT-AC52U - ca. 45€ - Amazon

These routers can also be purchased in local electronic shops (like Mediamarkt, Saturn, …).


Hints for using a wifi router

If you use a wifi router, read the following information to reduce the risk of network socket lock or malfunction:

Other routers (with OpenWRT)

Alternatively you can also use certain router models of other manufacturers, on which you install the OpenWRT firmware. You will need a good knowledge of Linux though. Instruction for setup can be found at (in German only):