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AsusWRT-Merlin 284.16 (OpenVPN Setup from Config File)

AsusWRT (and Merlin)

This tutorial will walk you through configuring a router using Asuswrt-Merlin firmware version 384.16 from configuration files we provide.

Before starting, be sure you have downloaded the configuration file you would like to use for your connection. Collections of files for all available server locations, with variations in the settings can be found here: For this guide specifically, we have used the collection labeled (STRONG), which uses the highest encryption settings. Once you have downloaded one of the files, be sure to decompress the file so you can access the contents.

Step 1. Accessing VPN settings and naming the connection — to access the VPN settings interface select VPN from the options on the left sidebar and click the VPN Client tab. (Both of these items are highlighted in red in the image below.)

  1. Set Automatic start at boot to Yes if you want the VPN to start when the router does.
  2. Change the Description to a name you will recognize the connection by, by default Client # will be listed, we changed it to PIA OpenVPN Connection.
  3. Instead of a manual configuration, this guide will use premade .ovpn files, on the line Import .ovpn file select Choose File.

Step 2. Select and upload the configuration file you would like to use:

  1. Navigate to the .ovpn file you have downloaded and select the server you want to connect to.
  2. Click Open to select the file.
  3. Click Upload to transfer the file from your computer to the router and apply the contents to the configuration — this will take some time and a notification of progress will be provided.

Step 3. Input PIA login credentials and save the changes to the configuration:

  1. Scroll down to the Authentication Settings block of the VPN Client settings — input your PIA username, this is always in the format of p1234567 and was assigned to you upon account creation. Note: the username cannot be changed or replaced with other information such as an email address.
  2. Input the password for your PIA account, this was also assigned upon account creation, but you may have reset, or customzied this; it is a detail that should only be known to you.
  3. At the bottom of the page, select the option labeled Apply to save the login credentials — this will provide a progress notification as the settings are saved.

Step 4. Connect!

  1. Near the top of the VPN Client settings, toggle the Service state from OFF to ON — there will be some delay as the connection is established.
  2. Once the connection is established details about the masking IP will be shown next to the Service state toggle.

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First published: 05/09/2019

Last updated: Apr 22, 2020 by Joseph C