PPTP extras

Install the necessary packages if you want to manage VPN settings using web interface.

# Install packages
opkg update
opkg install luci-proto-ppp
/etc/init.d/rpcd restart

Navigate to LuCI → Network → Interfaces to configure PPTP.

Preserve default route to restore WAN connectivity when VPN is disconnected.

# Preserve default route
uci set network.wan.metric="100"
uci set network.wan6.metric="100"
uci commit network
/etc/init.d/network restart

Provide PPTP passthrough for LAN clients over your router.

# Install packages
opkg update
opkg install kmod-nf-nathelper-extra
/etc/init.d/firewall restart

Provide static IP address allocation on VPN server.

# Configure VPN service
rm -f /tmp/etc/chap-secrets
uci set pptpd.client.remoteip="192.168.6.2"
uci commit pptpd
/etc/init.d/pptpd restart

If you do not need to redirect all traffic to VPN. Disable gateway redirection on VPN client.

# Configure VPN service
uci set network.vpn.defaultroute="0"
uci commit network
/etc/init.d/network restart

If VPN gateway is not your LAN gateway. Implement plain routing between LAN network and VPN network assuming that:

  • 192.168.1.0/24 - LAN network
  • 192.168.1.2/24 - VPN gateway
  • 192.168.6.0/24 - VPN network

Add port forwarding for VPN server on LAN gateway.

uci -q delete firewall.pptp
uci set firewall.pptp="redirect"
uci set firewall.pptp.name="Redirect-PPTP"
uci set firewall.pptp.src="wan"
uci set firewall.pptp.src_dport="1723"
uci set firewall.pptp.dest="lan"
uci set firewall.pptp.dest_ip="192.168.1.2"
uci set firewall.pptp.family="ipv4"
uci set firewall.pptp.proto="tcp"
uci set firewall.pptp.target="DNAT"
uci commit firewall
/etc/init.d/firewall restart

Add route to VPN network via VPN gateway on LAN gateway.

uci -q delete network.vpn
uci set network.vpn="route"
uci set network.vpn.interface="lan"
uci set network.vpn.target="192.168.6.0/24"
uci set network.vpn.gateway="192.168.1.2"
uci commit network
/etc/init.d/network restart

Utilize DNS over VPN to prevent DNS leak.

Disable peer DNS and configure a VPN-routed DNS provider on OpenWrt client.

Modify the VPN connection using NetworkManager on Linux desktop client.

nmcli connection modify id VPN_CON ipv4.dns-search ~. ipv6.dns-search ~. ipv4.dns-priority -50 ipv6.dns-priority -50

Prevent traffic leak on OpenWrt client isolating VPN interface in a separate firewall zone.

uci rename firewall.@forwarding[0]="lan_wan"
uci set firewall.lan_wan.enabled="0"
uci -q delete firewall.vpn
uci set firewall.vpn="zone"
uci set firewall.vpn.name="vpn"
uci set firewall.vpn.input="REJECT"
uci set firewall.vpn.output="ACCEPT"
uci set firewall.vpn.forward="REJECT"
uci set firewall.vpn.masq="1"
uci set firewall.vpn.mtu_fix="1"
uci add_list firewall.vpn.network="vpn"
uci del_list firewall.wan.network="vpn"
uci -q delete firewall.lan_vpn
uci set firewall.lan_vpn="forwarding"
uci set firewall.lan_vpn.src="lan"
uci set firewall.lan_vpn.dest="vpn"
uci commit firewall
/etc/init.d/firewall restart

Set up multi-client VPN server. Use unique credentials for each client.

# Configure VPN service
uci -q delete pptpd.client1
uci set pptpd.client1="login"
uci set pptpd.client1.username="USERNAME1"
uci set pptpd.client1.password="PASSWORD1"
uci commit pptpd
/etc/init.d/pptpd restart

Automated VPN server installation.

opkg update
opkg install curl
URL="https://openwrt.org/_export/code/docs/guide-user/services/vpn/pptp"
cat << EOF > pptp-server.sh
$(curl "${URL}/server?codeblock=0")
$(curl "${URL}/server?codeblock=1")
$(curl "${URL}/server?codeblock=2")
EOF
sh pptp-server.sh
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  • Last modified: 2020/12/22 04:02
  • by vgaetera