Alternate Private Internet Access (PIA) PPTP Setup Guide for DD-WRT & Tomato

  • Normally we recommend using the OpenVPN protocol for PIA router connections, however if you are experiencing an issue with OpenVPN, such as slow speeds, then a PPTP connection may work faster in some cases. 
  • Make sure you are not running PIA OpenVPN and PPTP connection protocols at the same time!
  • First log into the PIA website to retrieve your special PPTP specific PIA username and password from your account area.
  • It is very difficult to troubleshoot any difficulties with PPTP connections due to lack of proper connection logging. If you have trouble establishing a PPTP connection we recommend sticking with the OpenVPN setup option. 
  • Scroll down for PIA PPTP Tomato firmware settings.

Entering PIA PPTP settings in DD-WRT:

In your DD-WRT FlashRouter settings click on the Setup > Basic Setup tab. Leave all settings not mentioned below as their default setting.

In the WAN Connection Type section:

Connection Type

PPTP

Gateway (PPTP Server)

Enter your PIA VPN server. List of PIA servers.

Username

Enter your PIA PPTP specific username beginning with the letter 'x' e.g. x1234567

Password

Enter your PIA PPTP specific password.

Use DHCP

Yes

MPPE Encryption

Yes

Click Save at the bottom of the page.

Navigate to the Security > VPN Passthrough tab and set PPTP Passthrough to Enable

Click Apply Settings. 

Reboot Router.


Verifying a successful VPN connection:

How can I tell if my PPTP PIA DD-WRT VPN connection is active?

  1. In the Status > WAN tab the Connection Type should be PPTP and Login Status should be Connected. 
  2. In the top right corner of your router settings you will notice that you have been assigned a new WAN IP address. 
  3. Use the PIA IP address lookup tool to verify your new IP address. 

How do I turn off my PIA DD-WRT PPTP connection:

  1. On the Setup > Basic Tab in the WAN Connection Type area change your Connection Type back to Automatic Configuration - DHCP then click Apply Settings and Reboot Router.
  2. The PIA PPTP settings will stay in the router if you would like to turn the connection back on. 

 

Entering PIA PPTP settings in Tomato:

In your Tomato FlashRouter settings click on the Basic > Network section. Leave all settings not mentioned below as their default setting.

In the WAN/Internet section:

Type

PPTP

Username

Enter your PIA PPTP specific username beginning with the letter 'x' e.g. x1234567

Password

Enter your PIA PPTP specific password.

Use DHCP

Checked

Subnet Mask

255.255.255.0

PPTP Gateway

Enter your PIA VPN server. List of PIA servers.

Option

require-mppe-128

Click Save at the bottom of the page.

Reboot Router.


Verifying a successful VPN connection:

How can I tell if my PPTP Tomato PIA VPN connection is active?

  1. In the Advanced > Routing area you will see ppp0 appear in your routing table list of connections. 
  2. On the Status > Overview page you will see in your WAN section that Connection Type is set to PPTP with a PIA PPTP WAN IP address as your Gateway.
  3. Use the PIA IP address lookup tool to verify your new IP address. 

How do I turn off my PIA Tomato PPTP connection:

  1. On the Basic > Network page in the WAN/Internet area change your Type back to DHCP then click Save below and Reboot Router.
  2. The PIA PPTP settings will stay in the router if you would like to turn the connection back on.
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