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How to Setup OpenVPN Client on GL.iNet router

OpenVPN is an open-source VPN protocol that makes use of virtual private network (VPN) techniques to establish safe site-to-site or point-to-point connections.

GL.iNet routers have pre-installed OpenVPN Client and Server.

We recommend WireGuard over OpenVPN because it is much faster. For setup a WireGuard Client, please check out here.

If you have already bought OpenVPN service from a provider, but don't know how to get the configuration file, please refer to get configuration files from OpenVPN service providers or ask its support.

We can setup OpenVPN Client via web Admin Panel and mobile app. For the mobile app, it has already integrated NordVPN.

Setup OpenVPN Client

There is a video tutorial as ExpressVPN as example, please check out here.

OpenVPN client requires OpenVPN configuration file (.ovpn) to create the OpenVPN connection.

  1. Access to web Admin Panel, on the left side -> VPN -> OpenVPN Client

  2. Click Add a New OpenVPN Configuration.

    add a new openvpn configuration

  3. Upload your OpenVPN configuration file

    Simply drag and drop your file to the pop up windows. It can be a single .ovpn file or a zip/tar.gz file which contains multiple .ovpn files.

    Be careful that some .ovpn files use separated ca, cert, crl files. These files must be zipped together with the .ovpn file before upload.

    Upload openvpn config

    You may encouter some problems, like not enough space, invalid file, authorization failed, all other VPN services must be stopped first, please check out here.

  4. Enter a description for your OpenVPN configuration file and then click Submit to finish the upload process. In some cases, it will ask you to enter the username and password. If you don't know the username and password, please contact the OpenVPN service provider.

    uploaded openvpn config

  5. You can now click Connect to start the OpenVPN connection.

    has imported openvpn config

    If your configureation file is an archive file, like .zip, you can switch server at the cog icon.

    switch server zip config

  6. Once connected, you should find your IP address, data received/sent.

    connected openvpn

Note: It can't running VPN Client and Server at the same time, and also can't running OpenVPN Client and WireGuard Client at the same time.

Manage configuration files

Click Management to check the list of configuration files. You can modify the Description, User Name and Password of each configuration file. You can also add, delete a configuration file or even purge all your uploaded configuration files.

edit openvpn config

Setup OpenVPN server on GL.iNet router

You can get a GL.iNet router to set as OpenVPN server, and get another GL.iNet router to set as OpenVPN client. For setup OpenVPN server, please check out here.

Get configuration files from OpenVPN service providers

We have tested different VPN service providers. Therefore, if you don't know how to get the configuration file, you can follow the instruction below. However, you have to contact your service provider for the configuration file if they are not listed below.

If you have any problem in the setup of OpenVPN, please contact support@glinet.biz or report in this forum post.

Recommended:

NordVPN

Official Website

  1. Find your login details

    NordVPN service credentials are different from your NordVPN account credentials, namely your email address and your password. You'll need NordVPN service credentials to connect to the VPN using the manual OpenVPN configuration method in the router.

    Login the Official Website, go to the Nord Account dashboard, where you will find the service credentials.

    nordvpn service credential

  2. Choose a NordVPN server

    Go to NordVPN recommended server utility here. It will recommend a server base on your network, click Show available protocols to download the UDP or TCP config. Click here to see the difference.

    nordvpn server utility

You can download all servers configs here.

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

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You can also use mobile app to setup NordVPN.

PIA (Private Internet Access)

Official Website

Download directly.

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

Surfshark

Official Website

  1. Find your login details

    Surfshark service credentials are different from your Surfshark account credentials, namely your email address and your password. You'll need Surfshark service credentials to connect to the VPN using the manual OpenVPN configuration method in the router.

    Login the Official Website, go to this page, where you will find all of the details required for a manual connection.

    surfshark service credential

  2. Choose a Surfshark server

    Select the Locations tab, where you will see all of the Surfshark servers.

    surfshark locations

    It will ask to choose TCP or UDP. Click here to see the difference.

    surfshark tcp udp

You can download all configs here directly.

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

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PureVPN

Official Website

Download directly.

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

Refer link

GL.iNet routers don't support the dedicated IP feature of PureVPN, because it needs PPTP.

TorGuard

Official Website

  1. If you are using TorGuard, you need to login the control panel and find Config Generator from the Tools menu. Choose the VPN Server and some other options. Then click Generate Config a config file will be downloaded automatically.

    Generate ovpn

  2. Choose the first OS, and a VPN Server Hostname and other options.

    torguard config generator

  3. The username and password for OpenVPN connection is different from your control panel login. You can find the VPN username and VPN password at menu Services --> My Services.

    torguard vpn username vpn password

PrivateVPN

Official Website

Download directly.

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

Proton VPN

Official Website

Proton VPN has WireGuard service, we recommend to use WireGuard, checkout here.

  1. Login your Proton VPN account.

  2. Click Download in the left-hand side.

  3. Choose Router platform, protocol etc, find your target country to download configuration file.

    protonvpn openvpn configuration file

  4. The credential for connect OpenVPN is not the one that login Proton website's dashboard. You can find the crdential at Account -> OpenVPN/IKEv2 username

    protonvpn openvpn credential

ExpressVPN

Official Website

Information quoted from Expressvpn official instruction

  1. Go to ExpressVPN website, and log in with your ExpressVPN credentials.

    expressvpn account click sign in

    Enter the verification code that is sent to your email.

  2. On the right, with OpenVPN already selected for you, you will see your username, password, and a list of OpenVPN configuration files.

    Click the location(s) you want in order to download the .ovpn file(s).

    Keep this browser window open. You will need this information for the setup later.

Others:

AirVPN

Official Website

  1. Login your AirVPN acoount

    airvpn client detail

  2. Choose Config Generator on the left and then choose Linux as your operating system. Next, choose your preferred server.

    openvpn config generator

  3. You will be able to see the download page of the configuration file.

    download config

Astrill

Official Website

Information quoted from Astrill official instruction

  1. Generate and Download Astrill Openvpn configuration ZIP

    astrill vpn tools

    create new certificate

  2. Type a Description like OPENVPN_GUI.

  3. Click on ADD to my certificates button.

    create new certificate

  4. Once OpenVPN certificate is added, click on Download button.

    download certificate

bolehvpn

Official Website

Login in Dashboard, download your configuration files and select the Linux_iOS inline format. Extract the zip files after completing the download.

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

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CactusVPN

Official Website

Download directly.

download cactusvpn openvpn profiles

Cryptostorm

Official Website

Download directly.

CyberGhost

Official Website

Information quoted from CyberGhost official instruction

  1. Login your CyberGhost VPN online account.

    login

  2. Select "VPN" from the left-side menu, then click "Configure Device" and create your server configuration, as described below:

    config device

    save config

  3. Now create your server configuration, as described below:

    • Protocol : OpenVPN
    • Country : Since native protocol connections may only be used with exactly one server you now have to choose the country you want to surf from; the server to be used in this country will be chosen by CyberGhost automatically.
    • Server group : Choose the server group and the OpenVPN protocol (UDP or TCP) you want to use

    OpenVPN UDP allows higher speed than the TCP version but can result in broken downloads in some cases. This is the default setting.

    OpenVPN TCP allows more stable connections than the UDP version but is a bit slower. Choose this version, if you have recurrent connection issues such as sudden disconnections.

    Once the desired parameters are chosen, save them with Save Configuration

  4. To view the OpenVPN credentials that are generated for you on the configuration dashboard, press View Configuration.

    view configuration

  5. After setting up your connection preferences, please take note of the following:

    • Server Group : This is the address of the country (server) you want to be connected with, e.g. '12345-1-ca.cg-dialup.net'. This address changes with every country you have chosen in the step before. The actual single server to be used will be chosen automatically by CyberGhost.
    • Username : A solely for this protocol generated user name. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account user name, it's used only to authenticate with CyberGhost servers via Manual Configurations. You will need this when set up OpenVPN on GL.iNet routers.
    • Password : A solely for protocol usage generated password. This is NOT your regular CyberGhost account password, it's used only to authenticate with CyberGhost servers via Manual Configurations. You will need this when set up OpenVPN on GL.iNet routers.

    Once done, please download the configuration file. For that click on Download Configuration and download the config file to your computer

    save config

FastestVPN

Official Website

Download FastestVPN Config Files zip folder for OpenVPN TCP and UDP from here

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

Refer link

FinchVPN

Official Website

  1. Login your FinchVPN account.

    finchvpn login

  2. Go to the Download page and click Download under FinchVPN OpenVPN Config.

    finchvpn download page

  3. Choose Linux

    finchvpn

  4. Choose the protocol based on your preference. Generally, you can choose the first one Port 8484 over UDP

    finchvpn

  5. Remember to tick the box to include your username and password before download the file.

    finchvpn

HideIPVPN

Official Website

  1. Login your HideIPVPN account.

  2. Go to Package on the left side, click the your package, make sure it is active.

    hideipvpn client area

  3. On the VPN tab, there is VPN Login Details of username and password, this is for login when OpenVPN connection

    hideipvpn client area

  4. Scroll down to download OpenVPN config files.

    hideipvpn client area

Hide.me VPN

Official Website

  1. Login your Hide.me account, find the Server Locations on the left side.

  2. Download the OpenVPN Configuration for Windows.

    hide.me vpn dashboard

HideMyAss

Official Website

Download

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

IPVANISH

Official Website

  • You can download all of the config files for all of the servers from here, it contain all the server config file(.ovpn) and a certificate file(.crt). The .zip file maybe a little big for some models, please delete the configuration(.ovpn) of the server that you will not use.

    ipvanish all openvpn configs

  • You can also download individual server configuration files here, but you will need to download ca.ipvanish.com.crt as well. Before uploading to the router, you need to compress the ca.ipvanish.com.crt and .ovpn configuration files into a .zip archive.

    ipvanish openvpn config file with certificate file

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IVACY

Official Website

Download OpenVPN UDP Configs

Download OpenVPN TCP Configs

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IVPN

Official Website

  1. Download the OpenVPN config files.

  2. Find the Account ID on IVPN Client Area.

  3. When drag the config file to Add a New OpenVPN Configuration, you will be asked to enter User Name and Password. The User Name is your Account ID that begins with letters ivpn. The password can be anything, like ivpn

    ivpn set up on gl.inet router

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OVPN

Official Website

Just login, then you can easily get the OpenVPN configurations file by click the menu below.

get ovpn configuration files

Choose the server and download.

download ovpn openvpn configuration files

The username and password are the same you login OVPN.

PrivadoVPN

Official Website

Just login, then you can easily find the Download VPN Configuration.

PrivadoVPN OpenVPN configuration

Tips: if the zip file is too big to upload, you can delete some .ovpn in .zip file or upload single .ovpn file.

SaferVPN

Official Website

Download directly.

safervpn openvpn config

StrongVPN

Official Website

  1. Login with your StrongVPN account and then you will be able to see VPN Accounts Summary. Click Account Setup Instructions”.

    strongvpn setup 1

  2. Find the Manual setup section, follow the steps to get configuration.

    strongvpn get config

VPN.AC

Official Website

Download.

vpn.ac donwoad configuration

VPNGate

Official Website

The OpenVPN configuration files are listed on the VPN Gate website according to the server location.

  1. Click OpenVPN Config file under the column OpenVPN.

    VPNGate server list

  2. You will see the download page.

    VPNGate download page

VPN Unlimited(KeepSolid)

Official Website

Information quoted from VPN unlimited official instruction

Start out by logging in to your User Office, press Manage for the VPN Unlimited service, and follow a few simple steps:

  1. Select a device

    Pick a device from the list or create a new one. If you are out of free slots, delete an old device or buy extra slots.

    vpn unlimited openvpn config

  2. Choose the desired server location

    VPN Unlimited offers a large variety of servers, namely 400+ in 70+ locations. In this case, let it be Germany.

  3. Select the VPN protocol

    selece OpenVPN protocol.

    vpn unlimited select protocol

  4. Create a configuration

    Press Generate and you will get all the data required to set up a VPN connection.

    vpn unlimited generate configuration

VyprVPN

VyprVPN offers the OpenVPN files here: Where can I find the OpenVPN files? – VyprVPN Support

The provided zip file contains two folders with the .ovpn files. One called OpenVPN160 one OpenVPN256. Just delete the OpenVPN160 folder from the zip file then upload it to GL.iNet router as usual.

Wevpn

Official Website

  1. Access the Members Area to make a custom config using the Config Generator.

    wevpn manual configuration generator

  2. Choose the Protocal to UDP or TCP, the OpenVPN version, and the location. Then to download the configuration.

ZoogVPN

Official Website

Sign in its official website, then access the OpenVPN configuration files page, you will find all the servers here. Download the configuration file in the TCP column or UDP column.

zoogvpn openvpn configuration files

Then follow the guide to setup OpenVPN Client on GL.iNet router, the username and password are the same as the ones used to log into ZoogVPN website.

Video tutorial

These video tutorial as ExpressVPN as example to setup OpenVPN Client.

4 Common Problems and Solution When Configuring OpenVPN

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