Can't get OpenVPN to work

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jimmy21
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:31    Post subject: Can't get OpenVPN to work Reply with quote
First let me say, i'm new to DD-WRT and OpenVPN. I installed DD-wrt on my tp link archer c9 over the weekend. V3.0 r41328.

I followed along with a couple different tutorials
https://advancedhomeserver.com/dd-wrt-and-openvpn-part-1/
https://advancedhomeserver.com/dd-wrt-and-openvpn-part-2/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBCz3sUToMc&t=641s

https://www.howtogeek.com/64433/how-to-install-and-configure-openvpn-on-your-dd-wrt-router/


I think i've done everything correctly but when i go to status->OpenVPN, its not running. I feel like ive tried everything to get it going. I'm not sure what to do next or how to troubleshoot it. Can anyone help me?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:42    Post subject: Re: Can't get OpenVPN to work Reply with quote
jimmy21 wrote:
First let me say, i'm new to DD-WRT and OpenVPN. I installed DD-wrt on my tp link archer c9 over the weekend. V3.0 r41328.

I followed along with a couple different tutorials
https://advancedhomeserver.com/dd-wrt-and-openvpn-part-1/
https://advancedhomeserver.com/dd-wrt-and-openvpn-part-2/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBCz3sUToMc&t=641s

https://www.howtogeek.com/64433/how-to-install-and-configure-openvpn-on-your-dd-wrt-router/


I think i've done everything correctly but when i go to status->OpenVPN, its not running. I feel like ive tried everything to get it going. I'm not sure what to do next or how to troubleshoot it. Can anyone help me?


Welcome to the forum.

It seems you are wanting to setup an OVPN server.
Ususally search for a Wiki (ddwrt openvpn wiki) if you would have done that you would have found:
https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/OpenVPN

In the wiki you would have found a link to:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
That is the OVPN setup guide.
In the third post of that thread is the Troubleshooting Document.

Have a look there.

If the status page is blank you have made a major error in configuration, usually wrong certifcates/keys.
In the setup guide is a step by step instruction how to setup and generate your keys and certificates.

As you might have messed up things it is best to reset to defaults and start fresh, put settings in manually do not restore from a backup.

Maybe you already know this but for completeness:

Here is an excerpt of the forum rules, the rules are there so that we can help you better and we can all profit from it:
1. Research your router, start with the supported devices wiki:
https://wiki.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices .
2. In the supported devices wiki you can see if your router is supported and what architecture your router has and if you are lucky also an install guide/wiki.
3. Post in the right forum, from the former step you can see if your router is Broadcom, Qualcomm/Atheros, Marvell or other, use that forum to post router specific questions, for networking questions post in the Advanced Networking forum and for other things in the General Questions forum.
4. When posting always state router model, build number and when applicable the Kernel version.
Describe your problem and how you think it can be solved.
Give as much detail as you can also provide your network setup if applicable.
5. When posting pictures make sure the maximum width is not more than 600 pixels.
6. Do not hijack a thread, meaning do not post your own problem in someone else's thread. Just start your own thread.
7. If your post is answered and your problem solved, mark your thread with [SOLVED] (the header of your first post).
8. Do NOT use the router database, builds can be found at:
https://dd-wrt.com/support/other-downloads/?path=betas%2F2019%2F
All builds are beta including those from the router database.
9. Before uploading a new build to your router, research the build by looking in the build threads.
This is an example of a build thread for build 41328 for Broadcom routers:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=321699&highlight=41328
Search build threads with the search function and search on build number.
10. Use the build threads from the former step to report success or problems.
11. For older Broadcom routers (Linksys WRT54 and E series) read the peacock thread although some of it is outdated: https://forum.ddwrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=51486&sid=05c269e8bc745f300278d04f3b742a98
Builds can be found in the Broadcom directory for Linux kernel 2.4, in Broadcom_K26 for Linux K2.6 and in Broadcom_K3X for Linux K3.X.
12. If you are sure you have discovered a bug, after asking and querying the forum, you can report a real bug in the bug tracker: https://svn.dd-wrt.com/
This is also the place where the commits/changes to the source are administrated.
13. Recommended reading:
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=54845
https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=54959
14. If you are happy with DDWRT and want it to live on then donate:
https://dd-wrt.com/donations/

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Routers:Netgear R7800, Netgear R6400v1, Netgear R6400v2, Linksys EA6900 (XvortexCFE), Linksys E2000 (converted WRT320N), WRT54GS v1.
OpenVPN Policy Based Routing guide: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=321686
Install guide R6400v2:http://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=316399
OpenVPN Server Setup:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
Install guide R7800: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=320614
Wireguard server setup guide:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1183135
Wireguard client setup guide:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=324624
Wireguard Advanced setup guide:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=324787
Forum Guide Lines (important read):https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=324087
jimmy21
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Joined: 05 Nov 2019
Posts: 7

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:27    Post subject: Re: Can't get OpenVPN to work Reply with quote
Thanks! That tutorial was much more accurate and easy to follow. It's the minute details that were confusing


I followed it to a T and Im now much closer. Everything seems to be working and I can connect to the vpn, I just dont have internet, yet. I feel like there are multiple threads on this and I should be able to get it
egc
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Joined: 18 Mar 2014
Posts: 5920
Location: Netherlands

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:52    Post subject: Re: Can't get OpenVPN to work Reply with quote
jimmy21 wrote:
Thanks! That tutorial was much more accurate and easy to follow. It's the minute details that were confusing


I followed it to a T and Im now much closer. Everything seems to be working and I can connect to the vpn, I just dont have internet, yet. I feel like there are multiple threads on this and I should be able to get it


If you have any trouble see the troubleshooting document in the third post for pointers.

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Routers:Netgear R7800, Netgear R6400v1, Netgear R6400v2, Linksys EA6900 (XvortexCFE), Linksys E2000 (converted WRT320N), WRT54GS v1.
OpenVPN Policy Based Routing guide: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=321686
Install guide R6400v2:http://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=316399
OpenVPN Server Setup:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=318795
Install guide R7800: https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=320614
Wireguard server setup guide:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1183135
Wireguard client setup guide:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=324624
Wireguard Advanced setup guide:https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=324787
Forum Guide Lines (important read):https://forum.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=324087
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