Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

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Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by TechnicalScholar » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:49 am

Hey all.

Just a random question I'm no network engineer but I got the 8900 1600R2 because it's a great bit of kit for the money. Since we upgraded from the Netgear modem router we where using we have yet to have an internet connection drop.

Anyway I'm wondering if I could connect the router to an AWS hosted openVPN server to give me router level VPN protection. For free I can setup 2 devices and if the router is 1 that should bypass this restriction?

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Sean

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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by billion_fan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:00 am

TechnicalScholar wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:49 am
Hey all.

Just a random question I'm no network engineer but I got the 8900 1600R2 because it's a great bit of kit for the money. Since we upgraded from the Netgear modem router we where using we have yet to have an internet connection drop.

Anyway I'm wondering if I could connect the router to an AWS hosted openVPN server to give me router level VPN protection. For free I can setup 2 devices and if the router is 1 that should bypass this restriction?

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Sean
Not sure as others have tried with other VPN providers and it fails, what I can confirm that it is compatible with Nord VPN. (Open VPN client on the 8900 series)

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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by TechnicalScholar » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:04 am

billion_fan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:00 am
Not sure as others have tried with other VPN providers and it fails, what I can confirm that it is compatible with Nord VPN. (Open VPN client on the 8900 series)
Good to know I'm just curious and cheap :lol: ;)

I'm tempted to give it a go but with the wife working from home I can't disrupt the internet connection during the day and it must stay reliable (hence this router being used)

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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by billion_fan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:16 am

TechnicalScholar wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:04 am
billion_fan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:00 am
Not sure as others have tried with other VPN providers and it fails, what I can confirm that it is compatible with Nord VPN. (Open VPN client on the 8900 series)
Good to know I'm just curious and cheap :lol: ;)

I'm tempted to give it a go but with the wife working from home I can't disrupt the internet connection during the day and it must stay reliable (hence this router being used)
You can always give it ago when internet access is not needed and post the results

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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by TechnicalScholar » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:22 am

billion_fan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:16 am
You can always give it ago when internet access is not needed and post the results
So far I've got the instance up, up can connect via my phone app. Can I for the love or money get the router to do the same :lol:

I can't even get a "CA" to generate or even import my own?

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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by billion_fan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:33 am

TechnicalScholar wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:22 am
billion_fan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:16 am
You can always give it ago when internet access is not needed and post the results
So far I've got the instance up, up can connect via my phone app. Can I for the love or money get the router to do the same :lol:

I can't even get a "CA" to generate or even import my own?
Attached is guide we use with Nord VPN, you should be able to get the .ovpn file from your VPN server, then follow the steps in the guide and see if it works
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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by TechnicalScholar » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:37 am

It keeps giving me the attached error message followed by a "failed to upload" error :(
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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by billion_fan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:42 am

TechnicalScholar wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:37 am
It keeps giving me the attached error message followed by a "failed to upload" error :(
See if you can import a Nord open VPN file.

https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/f ... cp443.ovpn

Link above if it works, then your .ovpn file might not be compatible

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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by TechnicalScholar » Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:47 am

Worked right away... Typical!

The openVPN for my AWS doesn't work however just "returns no data" ah well kept me busy for an hour :lol:

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Re: Connecting to OpenVPN server on AWS at the router

Post by TechnicalScholar » Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:06 pm

billion_fan wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:42 am
TechnicalScholar wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:37 am
It keeps giving me the attached error message followed by a "failed to upload" error :(
See if you can import a Nord open VPN file.

https://downloads.nordcdn.com/configs/f ... cp443.ovpn

Link above if it works, then your .ovpn file might not be compatible
just a thought im on 2.52 d2 firmware would d3 fix this i wonder...
Release Notes
1. New code base (2.52)
2. Open VPN support
3. Newer DMT code
4. Newer wireless driver

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