How to setup OpenVPN on OpenWRT Router using NetSequre firmware
VPN is the crucial technology for privacy and security and there are lots of articles that explain the benefits. Some Here, Here & Here.
Advantages of running VPN on router –
It avoids installing & configuring VPN on all required devices
It the easiest way protects every connected device
However, configuring VPN on the router was not easy..till now!. There are pages of documentation that you need to read and follow to get it working. As a techie, I found it too difficult to get it working with a day of effort. And this is the biggest hurdle to setup or get this technology widely accepted. Here is one such example!
This article is about securing your home/office network by using OpenVPN on OpenWRT based router by simply importing *.ovpn file provided by VPN Vendors.
NetSequre is OpenWRT based firmware geared towards Security and Privacy. NetSequre firmware is available for over 200+ popular routers.
We at NetSequre have moved one step ahead to get your favorite VPN running on the router. It’s as easy as importing your VPN settings (*.ovpn file) provided by your VPN vendor and key in your VPN username/password. That’s it!
With NetSequre firmware, getting VPN on router is like importing *.ovpn and pressing the ‘Start’ button!
Multi-Vendor Router Support
NetSequre software/firmware can be installed on routers like TP-Link, Netgear, D-Link, Asus, Linksys and many more. NetSequre supports 200+ router models.
Upgrade your home/office router for NetSequre firmware and get protection from latest online threats. Here is how to install NetSequre on TP-Link Router.
Key benefits of NetSequre
Internet Security, Parental Controls, AdBlock, Anti Web-tracking, Cloud Managed router, Secure Auto-updates and many more. Learn more.
How do we setup VPN on NetSequre (your OpenWRT router)?
Here are simple 5 steps to get to get it right.
Step#1 – Identify your router and check for supported NetSequre firmware
Here is a list of 100+ routers supported by NetSequre. The ones that are high-end model can support VPN. Please check for ‘NetSequre – Total Internet Security’ for your router.
Step #2 – Download and Install NetSequre firmware for your router
Once you identified that your router is supported by NetSequre, download the firmware. Ensure correctness of router brand, model, and hardware version before you install the firmware.
On successful installation, the router will reboot and start ‘NetSequre_Setup_xxxx” Wi-Fi network for you to configure it for Wi-Fi names and WAN settings. Provide your email for creating an account on our backend for cloud management & subscription.
Here are steps to Install NetSequre on your router. Example video uses TP-Link router for installation.
Step#3 – Sign up with any VPN vendor which supports OpenVPN
OpenVPN is arguably one of the best VPN technology. All major VPN vendors do support OpenVPN. You need to sign up for free/trial/paid VPN subscription from your choice of VPN vendor and download a *.ovpn file that they provide.
Here is a guide to choosing a good VPN Provider.
*.ovpn file is now a standard for importing your VPN settings into your machine/device. All VPN vendors supporting OpenVPN should also be providing you *.ovpn file. It’s a simple text file with all required certificates, keys and server configuration that an OpenVPN client app needs.
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