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How to Configure OpenVPN

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OpenVPN may seem a little daunting at first, but once you get your feet wet this can be an incredibly useful (and free!) tool. In this article, Michael Riley shows you how to use OpenVPN for secure internet surfing on your client PCs. He’ll also help you set up the configuration that will allow you access to your home network while you’re traveling. From installation to troubleshooting, and using helpful OS-specific tips, this tutorial demystifies OpenVPN for the beginning user.

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Example Network

The following config files and settings are configured for the following network scenario.

Your home router’s IP address is and its subnet mask is

The OpenVPN server that you have attached to that router has its network interface manually set to the IP address of with the subnet mask and a default gateway of

The router is configured to port forward port 1194 to the server’s IP address of

If any aspect of your network is different than what I've described previously, you'll need to take that into consideration when following the rest of this guide.

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