How to setup OpenVPN on Fresh Tomato

Jun 04, 2020
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This article will guide you through the steps involved in setting up PureVPN OpenVPN on a Tomato firmware router. We have used a Linksys router flashed with the latest FreshTomato firmware to prepare this article:

1 Log in to the router control panel by entering the router’s default IP address to the address bar of your preferred browser. (If you changed your router’s default IP address, enter that into your browser instead). Enter the admin name and password for your router, then click Sign In. The default username for Tomato is the root and the password is admin.

2 In order to configure OpenVPN on FreshTomato, first download the required OpenVPN Files.

3 In the left-hand menu, click on VPN Tunneling. Then click on OpenVPN Client.


4 Now configure your OpenVPN client as shown below:

Under the Basic Tab:

  • Start with WAN: Check
  • Interface Type: TUN.
  • Protocol: Choose either UDP or TCP and keep it in mind as this will be important later on.
  • For the first field enter our server hostname. The complete list of servers can be obtained from here.
  • Enter port number 80 for TCP or port number 53 for UDP.
  • Authentication Mode: TLS
  • Username: Enter your PureVPN username
  • Password: Enter your PureVPN password
  • Extra HMAC authorization (tls-auth): Outgoing(1)
  • Auth Digest: SHA1
  • Create NAT on tunnel: Check
  • Click Save

Under the Advanced Tab:

  • Accept DNS configuration: Relaxed
  • Cipher Negotiation: Enabled (with fallback)
  • Legacy/fallback cipher: Use Default
  • Compression: LZO Adaptive
  • Connection retry: 30
  • Click Save

Under Keys Tab:

  • For Static Key: Copy and paste all the content from the Wdc.key file you have downloaded with the OpenVPN configuration files.
  • For Certificate Authority: Copy and paste all the content from the file.
  • Client Certificate and Client Key: blank
  • Click Save

5 Go to the “Status” tab and click Start Now to connect with OpenVPN connection.

6 You are connected to VPN now!!!

7 If you want to disconnect your OpenVPN connection, click on Stop Now button/option.

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