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How to Set Up VPN on Asus Router

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Please note: For a smooth experience, your router needs to be running OpenVPN 2.4.x. Here's how to check the OpenVPN version.
If you need a guide on connecting to a VPN with a later Asus WRT firmware, follow the guide here.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up an OpenVPN connection with NordVPN on your Asus router.

1. First, you need to log in to the control panel of your Asus router. You can do that by typing 192.168.1.1 in the address bar of your browser. A window will pop up, asking you to enter your username and password. Unless you have changed your credentials, the default username is admin, and the default password is admin (or no password).

Finding your Asus router's control panel.

2. Once you have logged in to the Control Panel, select VPN in the left sidebar menu.

Select "VPN" in your Asus router control panel.

3. Click on the VPN Client tab at the top of the page.

Open the Asus router VPN client.

4. Click on the Add profile button at the bottom of the page.

Adding a VPN profile.

5. In the pop-up window, select the OpenVPN tab and fill in the fields:

Description: you can give the connection any name you like
Username: your NordVPN service username
Password: your NordVPN service password
Auto reconnection: yes

You can find your NordVPN service credentials (service username and service password) in the Nord Account dashboard. Copy the credentials by clicking on the Copy buttons next to the credentials.

Filling in your NordVPN credentials

Where to find your NordVPN credentials

6. Now you need to download the OpenVPN client configuration files. We suggest using our server utility.

Downloading OpenVPN client configuration files

Once you have downloaded the files, go back to the control panel of your router and click Choose File in the pop-up window.

Uploading a configuration to your Asus router

7. Navigate to the configuration file you have just downloaded and click Open.

Find the file and open it

8. Click Upload. You should see the message Complete! when the file has been uploaded successfully.

Completing the Asus router configuration upload process

9. Leave the box next to “Import the CA file or edit the .ovpn file manually” unchecked and click OK.

Completing the configuration process

10. In the VPN Client tab, you will see the created connection. Click Activate to connect your router to NordVPN. Please note that you can create only one OpenVPN connection.

Activating your connection

11. A blue checkmark should appear in the Connection Status column, indicating that you are now connected to VPN on Asus router.

Checking your status

12. Your IP address and protection status will be visible at the top of the NordVPN.com page. Please make sure to refresh the webpage, as it might be loaded from cache.

The NordVPN website displaying your connection status

To disconnect from NordVPN, click on the Deactivate button, which appears instead of the Activate button in the Connection column.

How to disconnect your Asus router VPN connection
 

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