How to Setup OpenVPN on TP Link Router?

The first step in connecting to OpenVPN from any TP-Link router is to set up OpenVPN on your router. The steps for setting up OpenVPN on your router are listed below:

  • The first step is to log into your router, by going to tplinkwifi.net. And entering your username and password. ‘Admin’ is the default username and password for your router. 
  • Locate and click ‘Advanced’ on the navigation bar at the top. 
  • From the ‘Advanced’ tab, you have to locate a panel on the left which displays several options. Proceed by clicking on ‘VPN’. next, click on ‘OpenVPN’
  • To obtain a certificate for your OpenVPN connection, click on ‘certificate’. This step is crucial for your OpenVPN configuration to be completed successfully. 
  •   Next, check on the box for ‘Enable VPN Server’. Proceed by filling out the fields with the information as discussed below

If you choose ‘Home Network Only’ for the ‘Client Access’ field, it would imply that you agree to only have access to the shared devices and files on your home network without getting access to your home internet service. Selecting ‘Internet and Home Network’, it will allow you to access both your shared devices and files as well as your home internet service. 

  • To install the configuration file on your laptop/computer, click on ‘Export’.  

A new link aggregation interface has to be added to configure link aggregation in Policy manager. 

How to configure Link Aggregation?

For configuring the link aggregation in Policy Manager, all you do is add a new link aggregation interface, and then assign network interfaces to the new link aggregation interface.

In order to add a link aggregation interface, from Policy Manager, you should do the following:

  • First you need to select network > configuration.
  • Then Select the Link Aggregation tab.
  • Then click on Add.
  • Further, In the Name (Alias) text box, you should type a name for the link aggregation interface.
  • In the Description text box, you need to type a description of the interface (optional).
  • Then select the link aggregation mode that has to be used from the mode drop-down list to use. You can either choose Static, Dynamic, or Active-backup.
  • Note that if you choose static or Dynamic mode, the connected switch or router should also support and be configured to use the same mode
  • Then you should select the interface type in the type drop-down list. For a Link Aggregation interface, you can either set the type to Trusted, Optional, Custom, External, Bridge, or VLAN also. 
  • Next, you should configure the settings for the interface type that has been selected.

So for a Trusted, Optional, or Custom interface do the following:

All you gotta do is Type the IPv4 interface private IP address in slash notation. For additional information about private IP addresses, tune into About Private IP Addresses.

Then configure the DHCP settings. For additional information about DHCP settings, tune into Configure an IPv4 DHCP Server or Configure DHCP Relay.

In order to enable and configure IPv6, the IPv6 tab should be selected. For additional information about the IPv6 settings, tune into Configure IPv6 for a Trusted or Optional Interface.

In case of an External interface:

You should type a static IPv4 address and default gateway, or configure the external interface for using DHCP or PPPoE to attain an IP address. For additional  information about external interface network settings, tune into Configure an External Interface.

Also, for enabling and configuring IPv6, select the IPv6 tab. For additional information about the IPv6 settings, tune into Configure IPv6 for an External Interface.

Note that the IPv6 on a link aggregation interface is supported by the Fireware XTM v11.9 and higher.

In case of a Bridge interface:

You should select the network bridge interface you should add this link aggregation interface to. It should be noted that you should allot this interface to a Bridge. For additional information, tune into Assign a Network Interface to a Bridge.

In case of  a VLAN interface:

You should select the tagged or untagged VLANs that you want to add this link aggregation interface to. You should allot this interface to a VLAN. For additional information, tune into Assign Interfaces to a VLAN.

  • For configuring a secondary network on this interface, the Secondary tab should be selected.
    For additional information about how to configure a secondary network, tune into Add a Secondary Network IP Address.
  • Also, in order to configure network interface card settings, select the Advanced tab

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