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How to setup OpenVPN on TP-Link Router

May 21, 2021
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TP-Link routers have been a household name for many Internet Service providers. Not only do they offer VPN configuration to easily update but they have proven to be quite long-lasting in terms of usage. Now with PureVPN, you can even configure OpenVPN protocol on your TP-Link router by simply upgrading the firmware to DD-WRT. Please follow the step-by-step process to configure OpenVPN Protocol on OpenVPN.

Things to Consider:

  1. You have a working internet connection
  2. VPN Supported Router.
  3. A Premium PureVPN account (If you haven’t bought yet click here to buy)
Find your VPN credentials for manual configuration.

To find your VPN credentials log into the PureVPN member area. Click 👉 here to visit member area.

  • Login to the Member area using your PureVPN registered email address and password.
  • On subscriptions tab scroll down to be able to view your VPN credentials.
  • You will be able to see and copy your VPN credentials.
  • Note down your PureVPN username and click on Eye icon to make your password visible and use it in the manual configuration.
How to download DD-WRT Firmware for TP-link Router

To download the DD-WRT firmware files according to your TP-link router, please visit this link to download your router files for DD-WRT firmware. You will be required to enter your TP-link router model to download the firmware file. If you don’t know what TP-link model you are using then visit this link to know how you can find model no of TP-link router and devices.

How to install DD-WRT Firmware
  • Login to your TP-link router and click Configuration.
Login to your TP-link router and click on Configuration
  • Click Advanced
Click on Advanced
  • Click System Tools
Click on System Tools
  • Click Firmware upgrade
Click on Firmware upgrade
  • Click Choose File and select the downloaded DD-WRT firmware file.
Click on Choose file and select the downloaded DD-WRT firmware file.
  • Click Upgrade
Click on Upgrade
How to configure OpenVPN.

First, you need to download all OpenVPN files. Once downloaded, extract the files.

  • Open your DDWRT Control Panel and select Services then go to VPN tab and Enable OpenVPN Client.
  • Now configure your OpenVPN client as shown below.
    1. OpenVPN Client: Enable
    2. CVE Mitigation: Disable
    3. Server IP/Name: Enter your desired location’s TCP/UDP server address here. Server list can be accessed from here:
    4. Port: 80 (For TCP)/ 53 (For UDP)
    5. Tunnel Device: TUN
    6. Tunnel Protocol: TCP/UDP
    7. Encryption Cipher: AES-256-CBC
    8. Hash Algorithm: SHA-1
    9. Inbound Firewall on TUN: Uncheck
    10. User Pass Authentication: Checked
    11. Username and Password: Enter your PureVPN credentials. Here is how you can find your VPN credentials
    12. Advanced Options: Enabled
    13. TLS Cipher: None
    14. Compression: Adaptive
    15. NAT: Enable
    16. Firewall Protection: Disable
    17. Tunnel UDP MSS-Fix: Disable
    18. Verify Server Cert.: Checked
    19. TLS Key Choice: TLS Auth
    20. TLS Key: Copy and paste all the content from the key file you have downloaded with the OpenVPN configuration files.
    21. Additional Config:
      1. persist-key
      2. persist-tun
    22. CA Cert: Copy and paste all the content from the crt file you have downloaded with the OpenVPN configuration files.
    23. Click Save and then Apply Settings button.
  • Now navigate to the Status tab then OpenVPN to check the connection Status.
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