Routers: VPN Server & Users

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This article describes how to configure a VPN server and client for a Datto router.

Environment

  • Datto Routers

Description

You can create and configure a VPN server using a Datto router to ensure connected users behave as if they were on the same LAN as the router.

Procedure

Navigation

1. Navigate to a device web session for your router.

2. Click the Manage drop-down, then click Routers.

Figure 1: Routers and VPN (click to enlarge)

3. Choose the router you wish to configure.

4. Click VPN.

5. In the Router VPN Settings page, click VPN Server.

Figure 2: VPN Server (click to enlarge)

Configuration

To configure the VPN server, follow these steps:

mceclip0.pngFigure 3: Configuring the VPN Server (click to enlarge)

1. Select the Enable checkbox.

2. Enter the IP address that will act as the default gateway of the network.

3. Enter the subnet mask of your internal network.

After entering an IP address and subnet mask, a subnet range will display.

4. Select the Enable Primary LAN Access checkbox to allow connected users to communicate with other machines on the router's primary LAN.

Adding VPN Users

After configuring the VPN server, you will need to add the users that will connect to the server. To add users, follow the steps below:

Figure 4: VPN Users (click to enlarge)

1. Enter the user's name.

2. Enter a certificate name. This will display on the user's VPN client after configuration.

3. Click Add to add the user. Click Remove to remove an existing user.

4. Download the user credentials and distribute them to each user. 

VPN Client

Users attempting to connect the router's VPN server will need to configure a VPN client. The following example below uses OpenVPN as the VPN client, and Microsoft Windows for the user's operating system.

1. Download and install the OpenVPN client (external link).

2. Extract the contents of the User Credentials file obtained in Adding VPN Users into either C:\Users\%USERPROFILE%\OpenVPN\config (if VPN access should be available to only the current user profile,) or to C:\Program Files\OpenVPN\config (if VPN access should be available to all users.)

3. Launch OpenVPN, and click Connect.


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