This guide will help you set up a VPN connection on an Asus router with the basic original firmware using the OpenVPN and PPTP protocols.
Most Asus routers are already configured to work with VPN, so you won't need to install any additional firmware.
Tested router models: Asus RT-N16, Asus RT-N18U, Asus RT-N66U, Asus RT-AC66U, Asus RT-AC68U, Asus RT-AC87U, Asus RT-AC3200.
If you're looking to buy a router and you want to be able to configure it to use a VPN later without any difficulties, pay close attention to the specifications. VPN support should be listed there among the other functions. Here's an example of such a router.
During the preparatory stage, you need to set up the basic configuration for your router. You'll only need to do this once. You won't need to change these settings again in the future.
Configuration for all routers begins by accessing its control panel. To log in to your Asus router go to http://192.168.1.1/ and log in.
Information about the username and password is located on the back of the router. This is usually admin/admin, and we recommend that you change your password to a more complex one in the future.
First step: go to the Internet section, which is located in the navigation menu on the left, or click on this link: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_WAN_Content.asp
Set the following parameters:
- WAN connection: Automatic IP
- WAN, NAT, and UPnP: Yes
- Connect to the DNS server automatically: No
- DNS-server 1: 18.104.22.168
- DNS-server 2: 22.214.171.124
- DHCP query frequency: Aggressive Mode
Press Apply to save settings.
Second step: go to the IPv6 section: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_IPv6_Content.asp
- Connection type: Disable.
- Enable router ads: Disable
Press Apply .
This is all you need to do during the preliminary stage. Now choose the VPN connection option: PPTP/L2TP is simpler, OpenVPN is a little more complicated.
Go to the VPN section, then the VPN Clienttab at the top, or click on this link: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_VPNClient_Content.asp
Now add a profile. Click the Add profile button at the bottom, and a window will appear with the following fields: Description, Server, Name and Password.
After filling in all the fields, click OK . A new row will appear, and the Connect button will appear on the right. Click it, and if the connection is successful, a check mark will appear on the left.
When you've successfully connected, check whether your IP address has changed.
Note right away that setting up OpenVPN is a little more complicated than PPTP / L2TP, but the difference is just a few more minutes of your time.
Go to the VPN section, then the VPN Client tab at the top, or follow this link: http://192.168.1.1/Advanced_VPNClient_Content.asp
Now add a profile. Click the "Add profile" button at the bottom, and the OpenVPN tab will appear;.
After loading the configuration file, click OK .
A new row will appear in the table, and on the right, click the Connect —button. If connection is successful, a checkmark will appear on the left. When connecting successfully, check whether your IP address has changed.