How to Set Up a VPN on an ASUS Router

A number of ASUS routers can act as both VPN servers and VPN clients. That gives you plenty of flexibility in choosing how to set up your VPN connection, depending on whether you want to rely exclusively on your router for that purpose or if you want to use a third-party VPN. So, no matter which route you decide to take, let’s talk about how to set up a VPN on an ASUS router.

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If you’re still searching for a router that comes with the VPN functionality, check our central guide to the best VPN routers (where you’ll find many ASUS models as well). You’ll also want to check the best ASUS routers for multimedia and productivity, but make sure to double-check which of those support VPN connections. 

Option #1: If You Want to 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. First, 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.

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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 that 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 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. And then, 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 on your desktop.
  • 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!

Option #2: If You Want to Set Up a VPN CLIENT on Your ASUS Router

You can also instruct your ASUS router to act as a VPN client. That way, you can install a third-party VPN that will protect all your incoming and outgoing Web traffic. However, make sure to first check the best VPN for ASUS routers. And then, here’s how to set up a VPN on your ASUS router. 

1. First, check if your VPN can run on a router (via OpenVPN). 

2. Log in to your account on your VPN’s website

3. Look up OpenVPN (OVPN) configuration files and download them

4. Some VPNs offer custom usernames and passwords for OpenVPN, so check that. 

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

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

7. Pick ‘VPN‘ on the left-hand side of your router’s dashboard.

8. Make sure to select the ‘VPN Client‘ tab (on the right). 

9. Click on ‘Add Profile‘ at the bottom of the page. 

10. A pop-up will now appear. Make sure to pick the ‘OpenVPN‘ tab. 

11. Fill out the required info (for the ‘Description,’ ‘Username,’ and ‘Password‘ fields). 

12. In the ‘Import .ovpn file’ field, upload the OpenVPN file you downloaded earlier. 

13. Feel free to leave the ‘Import the CA File manually‘ box unchecked. 

14. Once done, select ‘OK‘ to dismiss the OpenVPN pop-up.

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

16. Select the ‘Activate‘ tab on the right to initialize your VPN connection. 

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

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

Tip

The instructions found above apply to any VPN that supports router installations and OpenVPN. However, if you need more concrete steps, know that we recommend using ExpressVPN for its ease of installation and use. With that said, check how to install ExpressVPN on ASUS routers

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. And lastly, thank you for reading!

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