Free Software Wireless-N Mini VPN Router v3 (TPE-R1300)

Free Software Wireless-N Mini VPN Router v3 (TPE-R1300)

Are you looking for a router with a bit more power? Introducing the 3rd generation of 100% free software wireless mini routers with Respect Your Freedom certification. The router ships with the most up-to-date free embedded GNU/Linux distribution: LibreCMC.

LibreCMC was built from the Linux-libre kernel and a stripped down version of OpenWRT without any of the non-free bits. LibreCMC is the leading free software distribution designed for routers and other embedded distributions today.

Besides being freedom-friendly we've added support for running WireGuard and OpenVPN making it easy and convenient to get a base line of protection for your privacy as well as route around local censorship. Just pick up a subscription to our optional VPN service and we'll ship the router configured to work out of the box with our privacy respecting PenguinVPN service. With our mini VPN router it's easy to utilize our PenguinVPN service with any device regardless of operating system: Simply connect the router to a modem or upstream routing device and select the "libreCMC-VPN" access point.

While we've geared this router to be a simple solution to connect all your devices to a privacy friendly VPN service there are many other potential use cases including simply utilizing the router like any other router designed for the home (this is the default configuration if a VPN subscription is not selected).

When combined with a privacy friendly VPN service provider you can expect much more:

  • Now with support for OpenVPN & WireGuard (via a few providers that support it such as Mullvad and OVPN)!

  • Prevent ISP surveillance : Many ISPs log access to websites, emails, and other communications

  • Bypass Website Blocking and Censorship : Many ISPs have begun blocking traffic to perfectly legal websites

  • Thwart ISP Throttling : Many ISPs slow down certain types of traffic when it benefits them financially to do so

  • Stop VOIP Blocking : Many ISPs offer phone services and don't like competition from third party services

  • Stop video throttling: Many ISPs offer entertainment services and take steps to make third party services unusable

  • Stop the threats : Many companies abuse the courts to obtain ISP contact information for harassing and threatening purposes

  • Easily switch between VPN and non-VPN access points via a two-router setup: see our demonstration video

  • Stop privacy invasive targeted advertising : Advertisers often use IP and geo-location data to target advertising

  • Don't need a VPN? No problem- this router works great for other use cases like bridging a hard wired computer to a wireless network

For those without a technical aptitude we recommend purchasing VPN service with the router. For those with a technical mindset we have detailed directions for a number of different VPN providers including: PenguinVPN (ThinkPenguin, now supported on libreCMC 1.5+ with OpenVPN), Mullvad (supported on libreCMC 1.5+ with WireGuard), OVPN (supported on libreCMC 1.5.2+ with WireGuard), Private Internet Access (now supported on libreCMC 1.5+ with OpenVPN), AirVPN, IPredator, NordVPN (now supported on libreCMC 1.5+ with OpenVPN), PureVPN, BlackVPN (customer supplied, available from support page, use at own risk), and HideMyAss (help us improve our documentation by telling us your favorite VPN provider).

Fast shipping:

Most customers will receive this item within 1-5 business days when selecting our "Standard Shipping" option or our USPS shipping option if within the US. Most others in populated regions will generally get it within 6-10 business days.

(* large quantities may take longer to deliver)
Category Specification
CPU Qualcomm QCA9531 SoC, 650MHz CPU
16MB Nor flash
Interface 1Wan, 1LAN, 1USB2.0, 1 MicroUSB, UART, reset button
LED 1WAN, 1LAN, 1Wireless
WAN/LAN 10/100Mbps
Wireless Transmission Rate Up to 300Mbps
Buttons Reset & On/Off Switch
Antenna Internal
USB 1x 2.0 port
Power Supply 5V 1A (power consumtion < 2W)
Size 58x58x25mm
Weight 39g
Max Tx Power 20dBm
Certification CE, RoHS, FCC
Compatible with All systems with a modern standards compliant browser

Have questions?
E-mail support or call us at: 1-888-39-THINK (84465)

Included is a typical short and inexpensive micro USB cable, but not all cables are equal. Getting a higher quality, longer, and more optimal type of cable for your particular system can be convenient and sometimes even thwart minor connectivity issues.

In order to provide great support for our customers around the world we need to know which power adapter you need. Different regions utilize different power standards and plugs. Select the power adapter appropriate for your region or contact support.

Don't have a VPN provider yet? Subscribe to PenguinVPN and we'll pre-configure the device to work “out of the box”. Non-functional just means that we may ship a router that was pre-configured for VPN, but w/o subscription, and needs to be reset to work.

Is your system in a hard to reach location? Don't let a desk or other barrier hinder your signal. Upgrade to our 5dBi antennas or better yet our 7dBi omni directional WiFi booster antenna /w extension cable and place your antennas in the optimal spot.

Connecting multiple PCs? Get our 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch. See our example diagram on connecting a switch to one of our routers (there is nothing to install or configure, just connect and go).

Have you ever thought about the quality of your ethernet cables? Often devices ship with lower quality cables and this can lead to connectivity problems down the road. Consider an upgrade and save yourself the trouble of diagnosing connectivity issues.

Concerned about your security? Want to help us improve libreCMC? With a serial cable you'll gain complete control over your router. Not only will you be able to flash the core software, but the bootloader as well. (Note: NOT compatible with non-free OSs)

Get inexpensive hassle-free repair, replacement, and support for your device. Whether it's been damaged or you just can't figure out why it's not working we'll be here to help. Purchase up to 3 years of total support and protection.

In order to connect to a wireless network in GNU/Linux, you need a compatible wifi adapter. Many adapters aren't well supported- or supported at all. If you have an adapter that lacks native support, you may want to pick one up one of our adapters.