A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO LOG INTO YOUR ROUTER WITH ASUSWRT
The ASUSWRT (ASUS’s Custom Router Firmware) has a native support for OpenVPN in its client mode and server mode. The ASUSWRT is perfect for devices without VPN support such as AppleTV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Play station 3, Play station 4, FireTV, Chromecast and Roku.
VPN connection is easy if you use the Dual-Router VPN setup as the Dual-Router VPN switches wireless networks and allows all your devices quick and secure access to VPN encryption.
ASUSWRT supports the PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols.
The OpenVPN of ASUSWRT is the recommended protocol. It is secure and flexible used in ecommerce development.
Examples of ASUS routers with ASUSWRT firmware are RT-AC3200, RT-AC56U, RT-AC5300, RT-N66U, RT-AC66U, RT-AC3100, RT-AC68U, RT-AC88U, RT-AC68P and RT-AC87U.
To log in to router you need:
- A router with ASUSWRT
- Active VPN subscription to a provider with OpenVPN configs that are ASUSWRT compatible.
- The OpenVPN config (.ovpn)
- Files from your VPN service.
- The Certificate Authority .crt file from your provider..
Most VPN providers are capable with ASUSWRT. The reasons why some providers are not capable with ASUSWRT is that ASUSWRT firmware does not support advanced VPN configurations beyond importing and OpenVPN configuration (.ovpn) file.
Options if your VPN provider does not support ASUSWRT include:
- Ask your provider to create a custom .ovpn file.
- Install ASUSWRT-MERLIN firmware on your router. (this allows OpenVPN configs)
- Flash the Tomato-Shippy or DD-WRT firmware on your router. (for advanced users).
- Edit the .ovpn file to include advanced configuration options.
Note that if you have any difficulties you should contact your provider for support.
VPN’s that work with ASUSWRT include:
- Private Internet Access.
- sh (Those using iOS or Android configs)
- Torguard (It provides custom ASUSWRT configs)
- IPVanish (It requires manually importing CA file after uploading .ovpn)
HOW TO ACCESS ASUSWRT OPENVPN CLIENT SETTINGS
- Type your IP address into the URL bar of your web browser and log in to your ASUS control panel. The default IP for ASUS routers is 192.168.1.1
- Under the advanced setting tab, go to VPN
- Click on the “VPN client tab”
- Click the “Add profile” button to create a new VPN connection.
The information needed to create a new OpenVPN profile for your router are:
- Your VPN login/password
- The .ovpn config file of the server location your want to use.
- Your CA certificate file.
ASUSWRT allows you to manually import the certificate file of your VPN if it is not included by your VPN provider. ASUSWRT also warns you if there is no CA in your .ovpn file.
SETTING UP THE OPENVPN CONNECTION
- Create your OpenVPN profile: Click the “Add profile” button to create a new VPN profile. Select the “OpenVPN” tab. Add a description of the profile. This is the name that will show o the list of available VPN connections. Add your VPN username/password.
- Import the .ovpn file: Click the “Browse…” button to locate your open file find the directory where you saved it. Double click the directory to open it in ASUSWRT.
Click “Upload” to send the .ovpn file to your router.
You will get a message that says “Upload complete”. If the message you get says “Lack of certificate authority” then go to the next step to add one manually.
- Add a CA client certificate: This step is optional and is only required if your .ovpn file does not have a certificate already. You can upload the .crt file to the router or copy and paste the certificate text.
To import your CA file:
- Check the box “Import the CA file or edit the .ovpn file manually.
- Click “Browse…” to locate your .crt file you downloaded from your provider.
- To send it to the router; click “Upload”
- Test the VPN setup: To test your VPN connections click the “Activate” button. You will get a blue check mark in the “Connection Status” if the connection is not successful
- Troubleshooting: If your settings are incorrect you will get an “X” instead of a check mark.
Redo the set up. Check that all your details and .crt file are correct. You can also check your router log.
Guide by Junaid Ali Quresh from https://progostech.com