Private Internet Access
Despite being considerably less expensive than many VPNs, Private Internet Access (PIA) provides an excellent VPN service to thousands of people around the world. PIA is one of the most popular VPNs on the planet.
Pricing and plans
As I mentioned, PIA is low cost. Like many VPN services, they provide a single service at different price points depending on how long you sign up for.
For a single month, the cost is $6.95, while six months is $35.95 ($5.99/ month), and a year’s subscription is $39.95 ($3.33/ month).
As for payment options, credit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin are all accepted, as are a wide variety of prepaid gift cards, which brings a whole new level of anonymity to their payment system.
Privacy, logging, and encryption
The USA isn’t a perfect home for a VPN company, as sharing that home with the CIA and NSA could potentially lead to subpoenas, warrants, and gagging orders. PIA, however, gets around this issues by having a strict zero logs policy.
PIA doesn’t collect logs of any kind, and has never been on the wrong end of a privacy leak.
As for encryption, PIA is one of the strongest VPNs available. There are many VPN protocols to choose from, including OpenVPN, PPTP, L2TP, and IPSec, although we only recommend using OpenVPN whenever possible.
PIA’s OpenVPN encryption uses AES-256, SHA256, and RSA4096. This is impressive, and extremely secure.
PIA has over 3028 servers in 25 countries, and continues to grow steadily. Although not the most offered by any VPN service, it is plenty for those wishing to protect their privacy and mask their location.
How to set up PIA on a Sabai Router
Click Downloads & Support.
OpenVPN Config files are under Advanced OpenVPN SSL Usage Guides.
Click on OpenVPN Configuration Files (Recommended Default).
A zip file will download.
Please extract this file to a location you can find later.
Return to the router control panel at 192.168.199.1 in your web browser.
Click on the Network link.
Click on the OpenVPN link.
Configuring Your Sabai VPN Router
STEP 1. Click the Choose File button.
Find the file that you extracted.
Choose the location you want to connect for VPN.
Click choose file.
Find the file called ca.crt in the folder you extracted.
Click show file.
Enter your Private Internet Access account username.
Enter your Private Internet Access account password.
Scroll down to crl-verify.
UNCHECK the box.
Click DONE and SAVE.
Then click Start to begin the VPN Service.
Your basic OpenVPN setup is complete.
Now that you have your router connected to Private Internet Access, it’s time to have a look at one of our most famous features - Gateways. This technology is exclusive to Sabai OS and allows you to choose which devices connecting to your router go through the VPN, and which connect directly to your regular internet.
This allows you to have different devices simultaneously connected to different networks, so you can be gaming on your local connection, whilst watching geo-restricted content through the VPN.
Head over to our setup guide to see how.