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need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:03 pm

I really need help with configuring Openvpn on my DD-WRT Netgear R7000 nighthawk router. the Windows widget works but I have tried 3 different builds of DD-WRT to get my router to work and it will not work. if I go through Windows no problems. I would like to be able too connect two kindle fire tablets a laptop and my desktop.

I have no clue about the commands to use or if we need to place the certification in the DD-WRT router itself with putty .if it were that easy just to add a couple files to the root directory of DD-WRT and telnet in and execute the files then I would have no problems. so if you can update your Instructions to clarify what I need to do that would be great.


Also how do you add certain devices to go through the vpn. can it be by MAC address or does it have to be by IP address only. any help is greatly appreciated,


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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby parityboy » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:47 pm

@OP

I can't help you with most of your request for help (because I don't use DD-WRT), but I can say to you that since you are routing the packets from the wireless devices to go over the VPN, I'd imagine you'd do it by IP address. MAC addresses are non-routable.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:50 am

would I use the Linux files to put into DD-WRT since it is a flavor of Linux.


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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby parityboy » Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:51 am

@OP

Yes, I believe that would be the correct choice. However, if DD-WRT has log files, watch them to see if there are any errors.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:17 am

do I need to install Openvpn client on the devices individually I want to connect to the vpn if it is through a DD-WRT router with Openvpn setup onto it.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby Fermi » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:18 am

hulltech,

No need to install any clients on the devices. The router will 'tunnel' traffic through the tunnel that dd-wrt established with CS.
Not having the need for clients on the devices is one of the advantages of this solution.
It would be nice to now the throughput you will have with the Netgear R7000, as it has quite a powerful CPU.

/Fermi

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:01 pm

I will use the Linux config files and the emerald raw host added to the DD-WRT installation on my router. I will use Winscp to move the files and telnet to execute it . I am assuming that I use the portion of the code in the howto DD-WRT router to fill in my token- hashkey to add it to the command startup.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby Fermi » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:41 pm

hulltech,

In fact you don't need to execute anything, as you should configure your CS connection using the dd-wrt gui.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:35 pm

Any idea how to setup the DD-WRT Openvpn server settings so I can have multiple devices use the vpn. Or can I do that with just the Openvpn client. I would like to be able to connect to my computer on the road.
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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby parityboy » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:17 pm

@hulltech

Having the OpenVPN client on the DD-WRT router is obviously so that computers on your LAN who wish to access the Internet can do so securely. For when you are out on the road, you will most likely need to set up the OpenVPN server on your router and set the routing so that the default gateway for your roadwarrior phone/tablet/3G device is the tunnel created by the OpenVPN client on the router.

I don't have any experience of this, so I can only give you very rough advice. I'd say the best thing to do is to make sure the OpenVPN client on the router is working correctly and protects the device on your LAN, then move onto connecting in from the road. :)

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:58 pm

I would like to thank everyone who has given me advice on how to configure my router. I have tried several different times with different builds and cannot get openvpn in Dd-wrt on my router to either work or start. I get error messages or nothing at all. I would like to point out calmly that I am a huge supporter of cryptostorm vpn and not a troll. Matter of fact I resent that accusation. I have told my friends , my family , and when people ask I recommend you. I asked for a Sig to be made so I could post it online, what more do you want. I pay my bill every month on autopay, how dare you accuse me of being a troll!.
I don't know why my router has had issues. I am sending it in for a rma. I have tried Dd-wrt 24200 m Kong build, 24345m, both the new,old and std build. I can use the widget with no issues and have set up my kindle with no issues with tealc advice. I am curious about why you cannot be able to choose any of the servers like in the widget on openvpn in Dd-wrt on my netgear r7000 router. I asked for help because you have to go all over the place to make adjustments to what is on the Dd-wrt howto page.
I like this service and will always recommend it to anyone who ask about vpn. However if you want me out of here say the word and I am gone. I have asked help and sent in e-mail for months on configuring my router. I left several post asking for help before starting this one. My vpn speed is a little slow. I have 12 meg down and 1 meg up.
When I get my new router from NETGEAR I will try again. But if you want me out of here say the word and I am gone. I try the advice and get errors. I look up to cryptostorm vpn but I don't take BS from no one! Got it.
You decide if you want me here. I have gone through proper channels to try and get help and left to figure out by myself until I asked questions on the forum. A new guide that had all the information in one place and new files to place in the right directory on the router with the certs would help. And a tech support that would actually answered back and helped would be nice.

Let me know if I still have a vpn or not. The only good thing about the other guys is they have up to date files and clear instructions on how to install them, other than that they still offer shit compared to you.
If I am still here when I get my router back I will ask again for help and if you have a config file that has all your servers like the widget and can it be changed by commands or do yo have to edit them each time because I don't know.

Have a nice day

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby Tealc » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:29 pm

@hulltech

It was me that approved the "Guest" post in the previous, now locked thread. Just to be clear I have nothing to do with the CS Staff, nor with the configurations files for the exit nodes, widget or openvpn conf's. I'm just a normal user, just like you but with a little more power in this forum to edit and approved some stuff.
By this I mean: I'm sorry that the "Guest" called you a troll, but I actually had to read again all that big post he/she made to see the "troll" reference (in the last line :-D )
As you may know where in CS Forum everyone preserves the "Free Speech" and has you may see this is open to everyone even people that aren't as polite has you or me, nevertheless I have to assure you that I don't think your a troll and you make valid questions that I think I should rephrase here:

1) Updated & Valid OpenVPN conf's files with all the latest post heart-bleed exit nodes.
2) HowTO's updated with the latest conf's to all the OS/hardware platforms as stated in https://cryptostorm.is/connect.html
3) Better response from the https://cryptostorm.is/contact.html contact list, specifically e-mail support (NOTE: I've found that they give faster answers in twitter, sometimes under 5 minutes)
4) Some art work to make some pub for CS

So with that said, I completely understand your frustration, but don't let one "Guest" make you miss judged all of this wonderful open community, as you can see there are a lot of users just like you that give out answers to the "not so tech people" and make amazing HowTo's, but we can't ask or demand anything from them, because they do it for the heart of open source and sharing knowledge, nothing else.

With this, I do have several answer's concerning your DD-WRT router, since I've owned several with this and other VPN's, can we get together in the live chat? What's your timezone?

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby tlsbreak » Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:58 am

hulltech wrote:Any idea how to setup the DD-WRT Openvpn server settings so I can have multiple devices use the vpn. Or can I do that with just the Openvpn client. I would like to be able to connect to my computer on the road.
hulltech


My experience with dd-wrt is very limited but I have been using a router for my vpn needs for awhile. It appears you may have a bit of confusion, so let me try to clear a couple things up, so we're all on the same page.

When you connect to Cryptostorm, you are connecting as a client. Openvpn in your dd-wrt should be set up as a client as well, to connect to Cryptostorm.
Your router, if set up properly, will send ALL your traffic through the vpn tunnel. Any device that's connected to it will use the vpn, so having Openvpn on your devices, like your computer, isn't necessary. You could have a separate Openvpn client running on your device if you wanted, connected to a different server, then your traffic would be "double tunneled". You might want to do that if you wanted to access some media or something that was blocked.

Cryptostorm is running Openvpn in server mode. They produce the config files that contain the server address and Openvpn settings. That's the ca (certificate) file, the encryption settings for the tunnel, all that stuff. You need that to connect as the client.

You can set up an Openvpn server in dd-wrt if you wish. You will need to create the server instance with desired settings. You'll need to create a certificate. You'll then have to create a config with the address to connect to, encryption settings, the cert etc., like Cryptostorm has created for you to connect to them. You'll enter that config in Openvpn on your device you use on the road. This is just a basic description of what you'll have to do. Note that if you don't have a static ip (if you're not on business class internet you probably don't) you'll probably have to sign up for dynamic dns service, so you'll have a host name that will resolve to your openvpn server's ip address. Is this clear? :crazy: :lol:

Using the Openvpn server on your router has nothing to do with Cryptostorm, unless.... :lol:

I imagine it's possible to set dd-wrt up so that you could connect to it as an Openvpn client, then access the internet through Cryptostorm, but I've no idea how to accomplish that. Probably some iptable magic. :geek:

re. troubleshooting goes, it's very difficult to fix things if you can't see what's happening. If you haven't gotten this fixed yet, I suggest you post some screenshots or at least the text of your setup. Also post the error messages you're seeing. It should be possible to relate them to the config, or perhaps a general network setting. You can also just start removing things in the config (the stuff in Advanced Options at the bottom) and try to get it to work. Keep the server address and encryption settings, then start adding things back in. Also don't give up on support, I assure you they want to get you online. They want happy customers just like any business. Hang in there and either they or some of the sharp folks here will get it sorted for you. :)


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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby Guest » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:59 am

Hey, I didn't want to insult anybody. I only hinted towards a trolling because his behavior (opening another thread and asking those questions again combined with a gut feeling) seemed suspicious to me. On the other hand I don't have as much insight as a community manager like you.

So please accept my apology and please enjoy your stay here. It's one of the nicest communities on the internet! :thumbup:

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby marzametal » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:18 am

Have ya' noticed it's only the users with a very unique network setup that kick up a fuss... can't keep everyone happy all the time. It's a tad difficult for CS to cater to every setup... after all, they are not a franchise and don't have a 10 figure bank account balance.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:01 pm

That has been my problem then. I have been setting it up as a client. No wonder I have had issues. I have also found a company that has there firmware setup so you can load different .oven files from the downloads directory on the computer so you can choose what server you want by loading the proper ovpn. It is called Sabai technology. I sent an email to see if they sell the firmware itself. They also sell pre configured routers for vpn.
http://www.sabaitechnology.com/page/website.Sabai-OS
I really am lousy at trying to configure network stuff.
I will try again when my router returns from being RMA.
Thanks again for everything.
Hulltech


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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby tlsbreak » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:20 pm

hulltech wrote:That has been my problem then. I have been setting it up as a client.
Hulltech


Now I'm confused. :mrgreen:
Do you mean you tried to connect your "on the road" devices to your dd-wrt Openvpn client?

Reading back thru the thread, I'm not sure if your problem is
a) Connecting your dd-wrt to Cryptostorm (this is the usual setup)
b) Connecting devices away from home to your dd-wrt, then they use the connection to Cryptostorm for internet access.

I, and I think most others thought your problem is a.
If a is your problem support or someone here should be able to get you fixed in short order.
If b is your problem.....it can probably be done but may take a bit more effort. It's not something that would be officially supported, that might explain the lack of response from support on it.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:52 pm

You are not going to believe my luck. I was going to RMA my router and found out I had 90 days to return it to the place of purchase so I took it in and replaced it with a new one. Same make and model. I get home and about 4 hours later the I internet goes out. So my Isp comes out and says it has to be the modem. Later that day I call back with the same issue. Looks like the router would drop and cause the modem to lock up. So I am taking my router back and looking at the Asus rt-ac68w router. I will find out tomorrow what the store will do. Hopefully cash refund and run like crazy to buy elsewhere.the Asus rt-ac68w router states it has openvpn client and server built in. Guess I will check it out.

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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby hulltech » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:51 am

I had my kindle fire setup as a client. I would use it to connect by wireless connection to get to the internet. My kindle died and I am trying to set it up again but get pd packet 4 errors. I tried emerald and chili servers and get the same errors. I have a problem saving the reconfigured files and can't find them. I got my router but have been looking at the Asus rt-ac 68u. It has asuswrt-wizard and tech support said they have firmware that adds Openvpn. Asus rt-ac68w router states on the box it clearly has openvpn client and server. The only difference between the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 and the Asus rt-ac68w is Netgear has a dual-core processor at ghz and the Asus rt-ac68w dual-core processor is at 800 mhz. Same arm and flash memory. Asus has mature firmware updates where Netgear has not. What router do you guys suggest. Asus rt-ac68w has openvpn built-in support already where to get that I would need to switch to DD-WRT firmware on Netgear. Any suggestions are welcome, I plan on using cryptostorm.is for a very long time. CS will keep me hidden if I use time Warner cable or someone like them. Like everyone I don't like getting spied on. I like my privacy.


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Re: need help with configuration of openvpn and DD-WRT

Postby tlsbreak » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:38 pm

hulltech wrote:I had my kindle fire setup as a client. I would use it to connect by wireless connection to get to the internet. My kindle died and I am trying to set it up again but get pd packet 4 errors. I tried emerald and chili servers and get the same errors. I have a problem saving the reconfigured files and can't find them. I got my router but have been looking at the Asus rt-ac 68u. It has asuswrt-wizard and tech support said they have firmware that adds Openvpn. Asus rt-ac68w router states on the box it clearly has openvpn client and server. The only difference between the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 and the Asus rt-ac68w is Netgear has a dual-core processor at ghz and the Asus rt-ac68w dual-core processor is at 800 mhz. Same arm and flash memory. Asus has mature firmware updates where Netgear has not. What router do you guys suggest. Asus rt-ac68w has openvpn built-in support already where to get that I would need to switch to DD-WRT firmware on Netgear. Any suggestions are welcome, I plan on using cryptostorm.is for a very long time. CS will keep me hidden if I use time Warner cable or someone like them. Like everyone I don't like getting spied on. I like my privacy.


I'm not a mod or anything but I suggest to start a new thread for your Kindle. This thread is kind of rambling. :lol: It's probably going to get missed in here and it will help anyone else looking for help with KIndle.

If you're tech challenged you probably don't want to mess with flashing firmware & stuff. Other than that faster processor = moar better 8-) the encrypt/decrypt slows things down if the processor isn't fast enough. I prefer using a pc for my router (I use pfsense right now but openwrt would work, even dd-wrt can run on x36, also found Shorewall) Any fairly modern pc will handle cryptostorm load ok without a big hit to internet speed. I use a wireless router with dhcp turned off for my wireless access. I'm still confused what you're trying to do that's not working, seems like you want to connect to your home network with openvpn when you're traveling? That's extra load so keep that in mind if that's your plan.


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