VPN Primer for Noobs

What VPN Solution are you using?


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danimal86

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I'm back with an Asus router, bought a RT-AX86U on Friday, installed over the weekend.

Was fairly straightforward to get OpenVPN working with it. Didn't work the first time I tried, not sure if it just needed more time, was less then an hour after setting up openVPN. Or if the Home Assistant page I was testing need internet and local access. I started with local network access only. I enabled both, tried the next day, and it worked fine.

So I'm in the process of updating my blogger instructions based on what I did.

Note that I installed ASUSWRT-MERLIN before I did anything, so this will be based on merlin, and not the stock asus firmware.

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Randy
Thanks for putting this together. I just followed your instructions step by step and it worked on the first try.....that never happens!

I have it setup on my android. I'm guessing that i'll have to connect to my OpenVPN Profile each time i want to access the blue iris app. I'm not sure i want to just leave it connected forever....am i wrong in thinking that?
 
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Data use when the VPN is "idle" is very low and probably won't be noticed at all. If you enabled internet access through the VPN that's a different story. Then your data will be whatever it was prior to the VPN plus a tiny bit for overhead. The advantage is that you're on a VPN, to you home network anyway, which makes using your phone more secure while out and about.
 

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Data use when the VPN is "idle" is very low and probably won't be noticed at all. If you enabled internet access through the VPN that's a different story. Then your data will be whatever it was prior to the VPN plus a tiny bit for overhead. The advantage is that you're on a VPN, to you home network anyway, which makes using your phone more secure while out and about.
Thanks!

So when i setup the vpn on my asus router, it said:
Client will use VPN to access Local network only Internet and local network
I opted to choose the Local Network Only. So i'm thinking that only when i access my home network it will be routed through the vpn?

I was really worried about messing with anything with our home network (especially during work hours....oops) since the whole Work From Home thing is looking more permanent, we have to have internet 100% of the time.
 

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Thanks for putting this together. I just followed your instructions step by step and it worked on the first try.....that never happens!

I have it setup on my android. I'm guessing that i'll have to connect to my OpenVPN Profile each time i want to access the blue iris app. I'm not sure i want to just leave it connected forever....am i wrong in thinking that?
Thanks for confirming my instructions are good. I thought they were, but its nice to know someone was able to follow them without issues.

FWIW, I turn off VPN when I'm not using it, but I guess it really doesn't matter. Pretty easy to turn on and off on my phone where I use it.

Randy
 

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Thanks for confirming my instructions are good. I thought they were, but its nice to know someone was able to follow them without issues.

FWIW, I turn off VPN when I'm not using it, but I guess it really doesn't matter. Pretty easy to turn on and off on my phone where I use it.

Randy
I need to revise my thinking. I ran into my first problem with leaving the vpn on all the time. I noticed my phone wouldn't connect to android auto, and waze and google maps was offline when i tried to use it outside of my home network. Looks like i'll be leaving it off until i need it.
 

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i had time yesterday to install wireguard on pfsense 2.5.2 again (after they removed it) ... its now(for 2-3 months) there as a package.
speed is good... can easily max out my fiber, which was never possible with openvpn, works lot better than on rpi because you can setup rules directly for wireguard.

an interesting feature on the wireguard app... you can setup the apps you wish to use the vpn only.. and it is working fine !

what i still not figured out is how i can setup the wireguard tunnel in an interface to have the different rules for different tunnels "better". sure you can set rules for a tunnel subnet only inside the wireguard rules tab, but i like interface way more.

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not sure if i am doing right, but it works this way.

also what i still not figured out... how to transfer the keys "secure". when dealing with many users its really stressfull to setup wireguard for each device because it seems you have to copy the keys manually.

have to look into battery drain from wireguard app/win client,, you cannot disconnect the tunnel like on openvpn... it seems to run always and if you close it, it connect automatic after some time / reboot
 
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