SaferVPN OpenVPN DD-WRT Router Setup Guide

1. Getting started:

  • If you are following this guide it means you have no problems connecting to your FlashRouter network and accessing your FlashRouter settings. 
  • If you are having trouble accessing your router settings then you can always follow our guide on how to access your router settings or if needed how to reset your router to default DD-WRT firmware settings before proceeding with your SaferVPN client connection setup. 
  • Log into the SaferVPN website to make sure your account is active and your username and password are correct. If you are unable to login to their website then you have the incorrect information for the setup below.

2. Entering SaferVPN settings:

In your DD-WRT FlashRouter settings click on the Services > VPN page. Leave all settings not mentioned below as their default setting.

OpenVPN Server/Daemon

OpenVPN

Enable

Start Type

WAN UP

OpenVPN Client


Start OpenVPN Client

Enable

If you wish to disable your VPN connection simply set this to Disable at any time and click Apply Settings.

Server IP/Name

You can find a full list of SaferVPN servers at this link.

us1.safervpn.com is the SaferVPN server for US-East Coast.

If you wish to change SaferVPN connection location, you will only need to change this field.

Port

1194

Tunnel Device

TUN

Tunnel Protocol

UDP

Encryption cipher

AES-256-CBC

Hash Algorithm

SHA1

User Pass Authentication

Enable

Username

Enter the email that you use to login to the SaferVPN website.

Password Enter the password that you use to login to the SaferVPN website.

Advanced Options

Enable

TLS Cipher

None

LZO Compression

Adaptive

NAT

Enable

Additional Config

 Copy & paste the following lines into the empty space:

persist-key
persist-tun
tun-mtu-extra 32
mssfix 1450

Policy Based Routing

This field can be used for split VPN and Dual Gateway routing. Learn more here.

CA Cert

Copy and Paste all contents of the safervpn.com.ca found at this link, starting and ending with:
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
...
-----END CERTIFICATE-----

Click Apply Settings.

Note: There is a lot of copy and paste required for this section. Be sure to open the safervpn.com.ca file using Notepad++ on Windows or TextEdit on MAC OS.


3. Verifying a successful VPN connection:

How can I tell if my VPN connection is active?

  1. You should now see a CONNECTED SUCCESS message on your Status > OpenVPN page.
  2. Visit http://www.whatismyipaddress.com to verify your new IP address and virtual location. 
    Note: In some cases you may notice that the location is not showing the same location as the server you have input in your router settings; this is because geo tracking tools are often tricked by VPN connections. As long as you see an IP address that is not the same as your normal Internet IP address then you are indeed connected to SaferVPN.

4. Backing up your settings:

  1. It is always a good idea to save a backup of your working VPN settings after completing this setup, so that in the result of a reset or faulty settings change you can load your working settings in a few simple clicks.
  2. Go to the Administration > Backup page and click the Backup button. A file called nvrambak.bin will be saved to your computer. We recommend renaming this file "FlashRouter Backup" for easy searching should you ever need it.

5. Troubleshooting:

  1. If you have any issues with your connection, you can review our SaferVPN Troubleshooting page.

 

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