How to Set Up and Use NordVPN on DD-WRT

By Srijani Ghosh / April 28, 2022

If you're using DD-WRT firmware on your router, there are two ways to use NordVPN with it. Either you can use the VPN through the FlashRouter (FR) privacy app or configure the OpenVPN client on it. We've discussed both of the processes here. So have a look below to know how to set up and use NordVPN on DD-WRT firmware. Let's start!


If you don't know yet whether your VPN router runs on DD-WRT firmware, click here to preview the full list of supported routers and confirm it. Also, if you want to install DD-WRT firmware on your VPN router, check our complete guide on it.

1. First, visit the NordVPN website.

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

3. Enter your payment details next to complete your purchase. 

4. Wait for a confirmation on your subscription. 

5. Once you get that, follow one of the dedicated processes mentioned below.

1. Configure NordVPN on DD-WRT through FlashRouters Privacy App

Before you start with the step-by-step process, make sure your DD-WRT firmware is updated to its latest build version. However, the minimum DD-WRT firmware build version required to run FR Privacy App is 02-10-2020-r42335. Here we've provided the list of supported routers; if you use anyone from the below list, start with the installation process. 

If you're still not sure about your router, contact FlashRouter support.

1. First, connect your router to the internet and go to Administration.

2. Next, choose Commands and enter the following line.

curl --silent --retry 3 | sh

3. Click the Run Commands option after that.

4. You'll get an installation successful message now. 

5. Visit now. 

6. Now, go to DD-WRT settings and find Status.

7. Choose MyPage after that.

8. Now, navigate to the Connect page on your FlashRouters App and type in your username and password.

NordVPN connected on AsusWRT-Merlin

9. Then, select your preferred NordVPN server and click Connect.

NordVPN servers

2. Set Up the OpenVPN Client for NordVPN on Your DD-WRT Router

This process will help you get an OpenVPN connection on your DD-WRT firmware-based router through OpenVPN client UI. 

1. First, visit the DD-WRT Administrative Interface and log in with the right credentials

2. Then, navigate to Setup> Basic Setup.

3. Now, go to Network Address Server Settings and set the NordVPN DNS addresses as follows- 

4. Next, check the boxes right beside Use DNSMasq for DHCP, Use DNSMasq for DNS, and DHCP-Authoritative.

Network server settings for NordVPN

5. Then, click the Save button and Apply Settings next. 

6. Now, navigate to Setup, and choose IPv6

7. Next, Disable IPv6 and click Save, then Apply Settings.

DD-WRT OpenVPN setup

8. Navigate to Service and choose VPN.

9. Now, under OpenVPN Client, Enable the Start OpenVPN Client option. 

10. Enter the following details now- 

NordVPN Server Picker

Download the associated configuration file (.ovpn) here as you will need it later. You can do that by selecting Show available protocols and downloading the TCP or UDP file.

NordVPN Service Credentials
NordVPN DD-WRT setup

11. Leave the other options at their default values

12. Now, navigate to the Additional Config box and enter the below command.

remote-cert-tls server
tun-mtu 1500
tun-mtu-extra 32
mssfix 1450
reneg-sec 0
#log /tmp/vpn.log
#auth-user-pass /tmp/openvpncl/user.conf
ddwrt openvpn conf

13. Next, open the .ovpn file with a text editor you've downloaded earlier; use WordPad or Notepad++ for the correct formatting.

14. Now, copy the section from BEGIN CERTIFICATE to END CERTIFICATE.

NordVPN auth user pass certificate

15. Paste this entire content to the CA Cert file after that. 

CA Cert file of NordVPN OpenVPN client

16. Once done, move to the configuration file and copy the TLS key section under <tls-auth>.

NordVPN TLS key

17. Next, paste the entire content into the TLS Auth Key and ensure the entire text gets pasted from BEGIN OpenVPN Static key V1 to END OpenVPN Static key V1

NordVPN TLS Auth Key

18. Then, click Save and choose Apply Settings.


19. As soon as you do that, you will get the message ‘Client: CONNECTED SUCCESS’ under the State tab.


20. Finally, you can use your DD-WRT router with the OpenVPN client of NordVPN.

That’s all! Now you know about all the processes of setting up and using NordVPN on DD-WRT. If you have further queries, drop us a comment through the below button. Also, if you face difficulties while performing the steps, connect with us through the same button. Thanks for reading!

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