These instructions are based on a tutorial written by MikroTik. You can find the original article here.
MikroTik routers support many VPN services, including NordVPN. In particular, MikroTik routers with RouterOS version 6.45 and later let you establish an IKEv2 EAP VPN tunnel to a NordVPN server. This tutorial explains how you can connect to a VPN on your MicroTik router.
- Open the terminal in your RouterOS settings.
- Install the NordVPN root certificate by running the following commands:
/tool fetch url="https://downloads.nordcdn.com/certificates/root.der"
/certificate import file-name=root.der
- Go to NordVPN’s recommended server utility to find out the hostname of the most suitable NordVPN server for you. In our example, it is "nl125.nordvpn.com."
- Now you have to set up the IPsec tunnel. We recommend creating a separate profile and proposal configuration to avoid interfering with existing or future IPsec configuration:
/ip ipsec profile
/ip ipsec proposal
add name=NordVPN pfs-group=none
While it is possible to use the default policy template, it is better to create a new policy group and template to separate this configuration from other IPsec configurations.
/ip ipsec policy group add name=NordVPN
/ip ipsec policy add dst-address=0.0.0.0/0 group=NordVPN proposal=NordVPN src-address=0.0.0.0/0 template=yes
- Create a new “mode config” entry with “responder=no” (no quotation marks) that will request configuration parameters from the server:
/ip ipsec mode-config
add name=NordVPN responder=no
- Create peer and identity configurations. Enter your NordVPN credentials in the username and password parameters:
/ip ipsec peer
add address=nl125.nordvpn.com exchange-mode=ike2 name=NordVPN profile=NordVPN
/ip ipsec identity
add auth-method=eap certificate="" eap-methods=eap-mschapv2 generate-policy=port-strict mode-config=NordVPN peer=NordVPN policy-template-group=NordVPN username=YourNordVPNServiceUsername password=YourNordVPNServicePassword
You can find your NordVPN service credentials (service username and service password) in the Nord Account dashboard:
Click Set up NordVPN manually.
You will receive a verification code in your email that you use for NordVPN services. Type the code in:
Copy the credentials using the “Copy” buttons on the right:
- Now choose what to send over the VPN tunnel. In this example, we have the local network “192.168.88.0/24” behind the router, and we want all traffic from this network to be sent through the tunnel. First, we have to make a new “IP/Firewall/Address” list that consists of our local network.
/ip firewall address-list
add address=192.168.88.0/24 list=local
Assign the newly created "IP/Firewall/Address" list to the "mode-config" configuration:
/ip ipsec mode-config
set [ find name=NordVPN ] src-address-list=local
- Verify that the correct source NAT rule is dynamically generated when the tunnel is established.
/ip firewall nat print