How to Set Up a VPN on ASUS Router in 2022

Before you set up a VPN on your ASUS router, know that you can choose between using it as a VPN server or a VPN client. So, you can decide to create your own VPN, safeguarding your data even while not connected to your home Wi-Fi. Or, you can use a commercial VPN service, which is perhaps the most secure way to protect your privacy, unblock websites, optimize your connection, and more.

No matter which way you decide to go, this guide will answer all your burning questions (while giving you some VPN recommendations along the way). With that said, let's start talking about how to set up a VPN on your ASUS router.

How to Set Up a VPN on an ASUS Router

As mentioned just above, you need to decide whether you'll use your router as a VPN server or a VPN client. With that said, here's how to set up a VPN on an ASUS router:

Method #1: Set Up a VPN CLIENT on Your ASUS Router

This method requires you to set up an OpenVPN connection on your ASUS router. That way, any device you connect to your home Wi-Fi will be protected. Do the following:

1. First, pick a VPN compatible with ASUS routers. Our #1 recommendation is ExpressVPN. (You can also try it risk-free for 30 days.)

2. Obtain your ExpressVPN subscription and then access your account on the VPN's site.

Signing In to ExpressVPN Website

3. Once you access your account dashboard, click "Set Up Other Devices."

4. Then, select "Manual Configuration" on the left-hand side.

ExpressVPN OpenVPN Files

5. On the right, note your OpenVPN username and password.

6. Scroll down and pick a VPN location. Then, download its OVPN file.

7. Access your router by typing in http://router.asus.com (using any Web browser).

Accessing ASUS Router via Chrome

8. Log in to your router (by default, your username/password is admin/admin). 

Accessing Asus Router Admin Panel

9. Pick "VPN" on the left-hand side of your router’s dashboard.

Navigating to VPN Settings on ASUS Router

10. Make sure to select the "VPN Client" tab (on the right). 

11. Click on "Add Profile" at the bottom of the page. 

Adding OpenVPN Profile to ASUS Router

12. A pop-up will now appear. Make sure to pick the "OpenVPN" tab. 

13. Fill out the required info based on the information you can see below:

  • Description: Provide a memorable name for your VPN connection.
  • Username: Copy your OpenVPN username from ExpressVPN's website.
  • Password: Copy your OpenVPN password from ExpressVPN's website.
Creating OpenVPN Connection on ASUS Router

14. In the "Import .ovpn file" field, upload the OpenVPN file you downloaded earlier. 

15. Feel free to leave the "Import the CA File manually" box unchecked. 

16. Once done, select "OK" to dismiss the OpenVPN pop-up.

17. You will now return to the "VPN Client" tab, where you’ll see your new connection. 

18. Select the "Activate" tab on the right to initialize your VPN connection. 

Activate VPN Connection on ASUS Router

19. Wait a couple of moments until your VPN connects you to the chosen server. 

20. If everything’s okay, you’ll see a blue checkmark in the "Connection Status" column. 

Deactivate VPN Connection on ASUS Router

Select ASUS router models allow you to replace their stock firmware. In that case, you can also use ExpressVPN firmware for routers, which features a highly polished design. To learn more, read our guide on setting up ExpressVPN on ASUS routers.

Method #2: Set Up a VPN SERVER on Your ASUS Router

Many ASUS routers can act as VPN servers relying on OpenVPN to achieve stable and secure connections. So, if you want to set up a VPN server on an ASUS router, do the following. 

1. Make sure that you’re connected to the Web using your ASUS router

2. Access its WebGUI by typing in http://router.asus.com (using any Web browser).

3. Then, access your ASUS router’s admin dashboard by providing your credentials.

Tip

By default, you can log in to your ASUS router using 'admin' for its username and password (unless you've changed that to something else). If you have a problem accessing your router or have never done that before, turn to this ASUS support page that explains how to enter your router’s settings. 

4. Once you enter your dashboard, pick "VPN" on the left-hand side. 

5. On the right, make sure the "VPN Server" tab is selected. 

6. Select the "OpenVPN" server mode (another option will be PPTP). 

Picking OpenVPN When Setting Up VPN on ASUS Router

7. Flip the switch next to "Enable VPN Server."

Enabling VPN Server on ASUS Router

8. Enter any username and password and click on "+" to create a new account. 

Adding OpenVPN Username and Password on ASUS Router

9. Select "Apply" to save your OpenVPN settings. 

Setting Up VPN on ASUS Router via OpenVPN

10. Wait a few minutes until your router generates the required OpenVPN file

11. Then, select "Export" and save the file (named 'client.ovpn') to your computer. 

Exporting OVPN File from ASUS Router

So far, you’ve enabled your ASUS router’s VPN server. Also, you’ve generated the required OVPN files that you’ll use to connect to your router from any device. That means that you now need to set up OpenVPN on any device that you’ll use to connect to your router. 

With that said, we’ve prepared guides for Windows, Mac, iOS and iPadOS, and Android. So, pick your platform just below and follow the steps you’ll see there. 

Windows
  • Download the latest version of the OpenVPN installer
  • Launch the installer and complete the installation of OpenVPN
  • Navigate to C: > Program Files > OpenVPN > config
  • Copy the "client.ovpn" file to the "config" folder. 
  • Right-click on OpenVPN’s icon and pick "Run as Administrator."
  • Now, select "Connect."
  • Provide your username and password, and select "OK."
  • OpenVPN will now connect. Wait until its icon turns green. 
Mac
  • Download the Tunnelblick software for your Mac. 
  • Launch the application to start its configuration wizard. 
  • Pick "I have configuration files" > "OpenVPN Configuration(s)."
  • Select "Create Tunnelblick VPN Configuration."
  • A folder named "Empty Tunnelblick VPN Configuration" will be created.
  • Copy the "client.ovpn" file to the folder created on your desktop. 
  • Then, rename that folder to "vpn.tblk."
  • When asked about adding the "tblk" extension, confirm your decision
  • Move the "vpn.tblk" folder to the "Tunnelblick" folder
  • Select the Tunnelblick icon in your macOS’ system menu.
  • Pick "Connect VPN." That’s it!
Android
  • Download the "OpenVPN Connect" app from the Play Store. 
  • Send yourself an email with the "client.ovpn" file
  • Launch OpenVPN Connect and import the "client.ovpn" file
  • Enter your username and password
  • Finally, connect to your ASUS router. That’s it!
iOS and iPadOS
  • Download the "OpenVPN Connect" app from the App Store. 
  • Send yourself an email with the "client.ovpn" file
  • Launch OpenVPN Connect and select "+" to add a new profile
  • Import the "client.ovpn" file into OpenVPN Connect. 
  • Provide your username and password
  • Connect to your ASUS router. That’s it!

Final Thoughts

ASUS routers come in all shapes and sizes, which means they're suitable for inexperienced and highly experienced VPN users alike. However, setting up a VPN on your ASUS router isn't that difficult, which we hope this guide helped you realize.

If you decide to use your router as a VPN client, we'll remind you to use a trustworthy and highly capable VPN, such as ExpressVPN. It's featured on our list of the best VPNs for ASUS routers thanks to its capable set of features and user-friendly policies. Also, you can try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days.

Finally, we also recommend our central guide on setting up a VPN - showing you how to use a VPN on practically any device you might have at home.

FAQ

Do ASUS Routers Support VPN?

Yes, select ASUS routers support VPN connections. However, keep in mind that not all routers made by ASUS let you create VPN connections.

Therefore, we recommend doing a Google search based on your router's model name or number (which you can find on a sticker on one of your router's sides).

Do ASUS Routers Support OpenVPN?

Yes, many ASUS routers support OpenVPN. That especially applies to newer ASUS routers that let you configure VPN connections manually.

How Do I Set Up a VPN on My ASUS Router?

To set up a VPN on your ASUS router, you first need to subscribe to a VPN service that supports OpenVPN. Our recommendation is to pick ExpressVPN.

Once you obtain your ExpressVPN OpenVPN credentials and files, you can proceed to set up a VPN on your router by going to VPN > VPN Client > Add Profile.

Should You Use OpenVPN or PPTP on ASUS Routers?

You should always use OpenVPN over PPTP on ASUS routers, as well as on practically any other device. That's because PPTP is an old and vulnerable protocol.

To learn more, here's our guide on the OpenVPN protocol. We also recommend reading more about VPN protocols in general.

Is ASUS Instant Guard a VPN?

Yes, ASUS Instant Guide is a VPN that relies on your router to create secure connections. However, it works only on a small range of ASUS-made routers.

To learn how to set up Instant Guard, use the provided link. It will take you to ASUS' support page, where you'll find all the required steps clearly explained.

That would be all on how to set up a VPN on ASUS routers. If you have any questions or doubts on your mind, share them via the comments section below. Lastly, thank you for reading!

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