Any users using OpenVPN from GigaNews/GoldenFrog w/ DD-WRT?

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LAChris
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 4:25    Post subject: Any users using OpenVPN from GigaNews/GoldenFrog w/ DD-WRT? Reply with quote
I hate being a noob just like everyone else, but I've wasted many hours trying to fix this and my OpenVPN Server provider (Giganews/GoldenFrog) are providing NO support whatsoever. They set me up to use VyprVPN -- and for the most part it works but disconnects frequently (and reconnects back to VPN mode) and it is also slower than me running the OpenVPN client individually on a Windows 7 laptop. I want to install OpenVPN (as I did the VYPR) into the DD-WRT (E3000 Linksys Firmware: DD-WRT v24-sp2 (12/24/10) mega). No problems with anything else, but the VPN disconnecting constantly is upsetting the DynDNS setup and it is just very frustrating particularly when I have written and called support and gotten no assistance on this other than promises.

So, here we go: I created the OpenVPN certificates based on the Giganews OpenVPN installation from the guide at: http://openvpn.net/index.php/open-source/documentation/howto.html . This went smoothly and I have a set of client, server, public? and various certificates for all client computers. My confusion is that using the guide at: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/OpenVPN#GUI:_Server_Configuration does not help explain the setup very well -- perhaps my build is missing something; but, it is confusing to put which key into which field?

TLS Auth Key = which key/cert? I cannot find a reference for the client end of it.
Additional config? = ??
CA Cert = Is this server.key? Or, another key generated from the OpenVPN instructions?
Public Client Cert = ca.key? Or, another?
Private Client Cert = client1.key? Or, do I create a private key just for the router?
What happened to the DH PEM key mentioned in the DD-WRT guide? (I do not have this option)
Servername would probably be: us1.vpn.giganews.com
The rest of the values are explained well in the DD-WRT guide for client/server.

Remember, I have only purchased the OpenVPN client --- not the server; and, I find that alot of the guides reference server setups -- which I obviously have no control over (nor an ear to listen to me)

Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm pretty disappointed that GoldenFrog/GigaNews has offered such poor support for this. As I said the Vypr product works, but is not reliable or as quick as it feels it should be.

Thanks so much in advance. THANK YOU!
Christopher
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routvol
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 10:04    Post subject: Reply with quote
since you pay for ovpn you could also test the pptp connection and check if there are disconnects as well.

for the setup you can check my config.

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LAChris
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 13:03    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thank you routvol -- I can try some things when I come back from work tonight. But, I just did a cursory look and did not see which/where certificates you used for the openVPN areas? This is my main concern above?

Chris


routvol wrote:
since you pay for ovpn you could also test the pptp connection and check if there are disconnects as well.

for the setup you can check my config.
routvol
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:30    Post subject: Reply with quote
i just tried openvpn from goldenfrog once and don't have the service anymore, it didn't work at that time.

however i used the instructions for linux on my dd-wrt:
http://www.goldenfrog.com/UK/vyprvpn/support/vpn-setup/linux-open

regarding certificates it should be similar.

if you want to test the pptp connection, as i suggested, you don't need any certificates. follow the instructions here:
http://www.goldenfrog.com/UK/vyprvpn/support/vpn-setup/dd-wrt-router-pptp

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LAChris
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:32    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hello routvol ---

That is for the VyprVPN or OpenVPN running as an individual client (in this case, LINUX). I spoke to GoldenFrog yesterday (as I have been everyday, frustratingly) and they said they are preparing DD-WRT specific instructions for installing OpenVPN (not just VyprVPN) into the router. So far, the directions and certificates have not worked at all following OpenVPN and direction from GoldenFrog, so I am still waiting a solution. THe PPTP solution inside of DD-WRT works pretty well however.

Christopher


routvol wrote:
i just tried openvpn from goldenfrog once and don't have the service anymore, it didn't work at that time.

however i used the instructions for linux on my dd-wrt:
http://www.goldenfrog.com/UK/vyprvpn/support/vpn-setup/linux-open

regarding certificates it should be similar.

if you want to test the pptp connection, as i suggested, you don't need any certificates. follow the instructions here:
http://www.goldenfrog.com/UK/vyprvpn/support/vpn-setup/dd-wrt-router-pptp
tbanks
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Joined: 19 May 2012
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 15:00    Post subject: Reply with quote
here is how i use the openvpn CLI client..

since you already have it installed, skip to the section:

"Step 3 - Run the client"


http://tbankslinux.blogspot.com/2011/12/using-cli-openvpn-and-vyprvpngiganews.html
tbanks
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 21:45    Post subject: Reply with quote
tbanks wrote:
here is how i use the openvpn CLI client..

since you already have it installed, skip to the section:

"Step 3 - Run the client"


http://tbankslinux.blogspot.com/2011/12/using-cli-openvpn-and-vyprvpngiganews.html


BTW.. I installed the x86 WDRT image and installed it as a VirtualBox VM.

Using the steps outlined above I was able to connect to the GN VPN service and was able to sustain my connection.

From a shell I ran the below.

---
mkdir /usr/local/openvpn

cd /usr/local/openvpn

wget http://www.giganews.com/vyprvpn/ca.vyprvpn.com.crt


openvpn --client \
--remote hk1.vpn.giganews.com \
--dev tun \
--comp-lzo \
--auth-user-pass \
--tls-client \
--ca ca.vyprvpn.com.crt


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routvol
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 12:50    Post subject: Reply with quote
vyprvpn finally added instructions for dd-wrt using openvpn:

have a look here:
http://www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn/support/vpn-setup/dd-wrt-router-openvpn

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