How to Set Up and Use NordVPN on AsusWRT-Merlin

By Srijani Ghosh / April 28, 2022

If you're using an ASUS router running on AsusWRT-Merlin firmware, you can configure the OpenVPN client of NordVPN on it. Here we've provided a step-by-step guide on how to set up and use NordVPN on AsusWRT-Merlin firmware. Have a look and secure all the devices you own simultaneously. 

1. First, visit the NordVPN website.

2. Next, click the Grab the Deal button and choose a subscription on the upcoming page.

3. Now, enter your payment details and complete your purchase.

4. Once you get a confirmation on your subscription, sign in to the control panel of your router by visiting this IP- from your browser.

NordVPN AsusWRT Merlin log in

5. After you Sign in, choose VPN from the left pane.

NordVPN on AsusWRT-Merlin

6. Next, navigate to the VPN Client tab and choose OpenVPN Client Settings.

NordVPN client on AsusWRT-Merlin

7. In this tab, you've to upload the .ovpn file containing the OpenVPN configuration for the server you want to connect to. 

8. To download this file, first visit this link; then, choose your preferred server location.

9. Next, click Show available protocols right under the server name.

10. From the drop-down, pick OpenVPN UDP or TCP and hit the Download config button next to it to have the .ovpn file locally. 

Download configuration file for NordVPN Server

11. Now, go back to the OpenVPN Client Settings page on your router's control panel and click the Choose File option.

Import .ovpn file

12. After that, Open the .ovpn file.

Open NordVPN configuration file

13. Next, click Upload.

NordVPN configuration file upload on AsusWRT-Merlin

14. The page will refresh now with your OpenVPN client information

15. You have to enter your Username and Password next, which is not the regular one you're using with your Nord Account.

NordVPN service credentials upload

16. You can find and copy the NordVPN service credentials from your online account dashboard under the Advanced configuration tab.

NordVPN username and password

17. Then, set the Accept DNS Configuration option to strict.

NordVPN DNS Configuration

18. Move on to the Custom Configuration window next and enter the below text-

NordVPN Custom configurations
remote-cert-tls server
tun-mtu 1500
tun-mtu-extra 32
mssfix 1450
reneg-sec 0
#log /tmp/vpn.log

19. Now configure NordVPN's DNS settings; for that, click WAN from the left-pane first.

20. Then, navigate to the Connect to DNS Server automatically section and select No.

21. Next, fill NordVPN's DNS servers as mentioned below-
WAN DNS Settings

22. Click Apply from the bottom of that page next and wait for a few seconds to apply the changes. 

23. Finally, your status will turn connected; you can look for the green ON button under the Service state of the VPN Client tab to confirm that.

NordVPN connected on AsusWRT-Merlin

That's all! Now you know how to set up and use NordVPN on AsusWRT-Merlin firmware-based routers. If you have further queries, drop us a comment through the below button. Thanks for reading!

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