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AsusWRT (OpenVPN Setup from Config File)

AsusWRT (and Merlin)

This tutorial will walk you through configuring a router using the default ASUS firmware version 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. Advanced Settings — WAN : to use the PIA DNS servers, which will prevent DNS logging and leaks, select WAN from the options on the left sidebar (highlighted in red in the image below) to access the general router settings where you can specify what DNS to use.

1. Set DNS 1 to

2. Set DNS 2 to

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply.

Step 2. Advanced Settings — VPN : in the left sidebar, click on VPN (highlighted in red in the image below) to open the interface for managing VPN connections. This is where you will upload the OpenVPN configuration file, input login credentials, and manage the VPN connectivity.

1. Click on the tab for VPN Client at the top of the top of the interface.

2. Click on the button labeled Add Profile.

3. In the interface that appears, click on OpenVPN at the top right.

4. Input a Description for your VPN connection, this can be anything, we suggest something that will describe the connection.

5. Input your PIA Username. A PIA username 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.

6. Input the Password for your PIA account. A password 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.

7. Click Browse… to open the file selection window.

8. Navigate to the .ovpn files you have downloaded and select the configuration file for the server you want to connect to.

9. Click Open to select the file.

10. 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.

11. Click OK to apply the changes and create the VPN configuration.

Step 3. Connect!

1. Now that you have created the VPN configuration, it will be shown in the VPN Server List; click on Activate to start the VPN connection. It may take a few moments to connect, and you will see a small animated icon in the Connection Status column. Once the connection is established, the Connection Status column will show a check-mark.

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First published: 15/04/2020

Last updated: May 5, 2020 by Joseph Calhoon