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    craigdavidson
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    Hi, I have an ASUS AC68U with Asuswart-Merlin v384.17_0-gnuton1 installed. I have OpenVPN setup and working no problem, all my devices connect but after about a week or so I get the error in the picture. I have to disable to VPN server hit apply and then re-enable the server and hit apply and once again export the ovpn configuration file and connection is succesful. Does anyone else have this problem that can share any info on how to fix this. Although its a pretty quick fix to get back up and running again it’s not ideal.

    Thanks.

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    Asuswrt-Merlin v384.17_0-gnuton seems to be a good release and I have read positive reviews.

    So for you VPN, we can either fix the problem (hopefully) or put in place a cron job to start VPN service if VPN drops.

    Cron job can be found here and a tad tricky- https://www.snbforums.com/threads/openvpn-disconnects-when-session-expires.37531/#post-312991

    Or screen dump your VPN settings so we can see what is going on,

    If you are on SKy broadband, does the DSL re-synch  often with local cabinet and have you noticed if the VPN remain UP ?

    I forgot to ask, which VPN service do you use as there maybe a limit on Data transfer or connection up time etc ? have you tried another VPN client and was the problem the same ?

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    craigdavidson
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    Hi, thanks for the quick reply. Yes this firmware has been rock solid I’m not so sure the VPN service is stopping working, in this scenario my phone is connected to the VPN all the time and was working as I wrote this. I even disconnected the phone from the VPN and reconnected no problem using the OpenVPN app from the play store. I turned my lpatop on and tried to connect but it would just fail and retry several times with no connection, when this happened I looked at the router VPN settings and seen the error and that’s when I have to restart the VPN and re-download a new config file for my laptop and then it connects again. On the laptop I am using OpenVPN Gui from openvpn.net. I’m wondering if I should create another user just for the laptop and try that or will it matter? I am on Sky BB. I haven’t noticed any changes or to be honest I haven’t looked as everything just normally workes.

    How do I screen dump my VPN settings please.

    Thanks.

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    Low end VPN’s  and equipment are unstable and sometimes require tweaking, it is worth creating a second user, just for testing .

    Do not worry about screen dump for now

     

    FYI: To ensure you are using the VPN the correct way, hopefully the below will help

     

     VPN Server vs OpenVPN Client

    A server is something you connect to. A client is used to connect to something else.

    The router’s VPN server lets you connect to your home network while you are not at home.

    The router’s VPN client lets you connect your router to someone else’s network (for example, a VPN tunnel provider).

     

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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