Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 20:41 Post subject: Issues running OpenVPN client at Linksys EA6300
I have the DD-WRT v3.0-r43099 std (05/09/20) running on Linksys EA6300 and I am unable to connect to Surfshark VPN. Their support is really great but helpless in my
case because the client configuration looks correct.
The major problem that I have is that the OpenVPN client does not yield any logging info to Syslog.
When it comes to the OpenVPN client, when you see nothing in the Syslog or OpenVPN status, 99% of the time it's because you've made such a basic error (syntax, contradictory directives, etc.), the VPN can't even start. It dies immediately. Sometimes it will show something in the syslog to indicate the problem. Other times it may only error to standard out (i.e., the command line). For this reason, when I've been stumped, I've taken to the command line (ssh/telnet) and attempted to start the OpenVPN client manually, hoping for some error messages.
P.S. It's also very common for the VPN provider to recommend directives be added to the Additional Config field. In 99% of cases, this is unnecessary, and often causes problems of its own, because these often override the GUI.
For example, the following is suggested on that page.