VPN Client on Wi-Fi Router Is Not Working

VPN Client on Wi-Fi Router Is Not Working

VPN Client on Wi-Fi Router Is Not Working
VPN Client on Wi-Fi Router Is Not Working
2021-07-14 06:41:11 - last edited 3 weeks ago

This Article Applies to:

All the Wi-Fi Routers that support VPN Client, such as Archer AX20, Archer AX21, Archer AX90, etc.

 

Issue Description/Phenomenon:

The Wi-Fi Routers that are being discussed here are the models that support VPN Client, which allows users to connect to a VPN server without the need to install VPN software on each device. If you are unable to connect to a VPN server when trying to configure the VPN client on the TP-Link router, this article provides some suggestions that may help you out.

 

However, if VPN server on TP-Link router is not working, please follow this thread for troubleshooting:  VPN Server Doesn't Work Properly on TP-Link Wi-Fi Routers 

 

Troubleshooting Suggestions & Solution:

 

Step 1

For OpenVPN, please follow this FAQ How to get configuration files from OpenVPN service providers to get correct configuration file and your VPN service credentials, which is the key to accessing the VPN service.

 

Step 2
Ensure you can successfully connect to the VPN server using a third-party VPN client software like OpenVPN Connect or OpenVPN or WireGuard App for WireGuard VPN on the local PC/Smartphone. This can ensure the .opvn or .conf file is configured and exported correctly.
For example, If you are trying to connect to NordVPN, please don't use NordVPN App since it doesn't require the .opvn at all.

 

Note: NordVPN service credentials are different from your NordVPN account credentials, namely your email address and your password. You'll need NordVPN service credentials to connect to the VPN using the manual OpenVPN configuration method in the router.

 

Step 3
If step 2 is confirmed good, but it still fails to connect to the VPN server when uploading the .opvn file into the TP-Link router, be sure the router's firmware is up-to-date. You can check for the updates on the Tether app or on the router web GUI, or you can download it from the local official website and then install it manually.

 

Step 4
If it still fails, please check the size of the VPN configuration profile you are trying to upload to the router, and how large that file is. You may download and install the Notepad+ application to delete the useless comment in the profile if that is too large, then try uploading it into the router again.

 

Step 5
It's also suggested to try TCP protocol on the VPN server if it's currently using UDP, then save the file and upload it into the TP-Link router again to check if that works.

 

If the VPN connection still fails, please comment below on this topic and be sure to provide the following information:
1. Model number, hardware, and firmware version of your TP-Link Router.
2. What kind of VPN server you are connecting to?
3. What kind of VPN type are you choosing on the TP-Link router, OpenVPN, or PPTP VPN?
4. What kind of VPN Client software you were using on the local PC or phone when it was connecting fine? Please test and make sure you can connect to the server with third-party software, such as OpenVPN Connect for OpenVPN and WireGuard App for WireGuard VPN.
5. Which step did you stuck in, any error message or screenshot?
6. Troubleshooting you've done before, and be sure the .opvn file for OpenVPN or .conf file for WireGuard is included when emailing to support.

 

Related Articles:

If you are not familiar with the VPN, visit Introduction and Configuration Guide of VPN Function on TP-Link Wireless Routers
If you want to check which model supports the VPN Client, visit Routers supporting the VPN Client.

If you are unable to connect CyberGhost OpenVPN Server, please try Manually create the unified format for OpenVPN profile(CyberGhost OpenVPN Server)

 

 

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-16 06:07:44

@Kevin_Z 

 

hi,

my router ax20 v1.2 firware updates to  1.3.1 Build 20210521 rel.72481(5553)

 

Still It can not connect to vpn server

 

please check

 

thank you

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-16 06:28:32

@rssothy 

 

You can try the beta firmware we provided on the OP if the issue is the same. 

 

Provide the information we need if the beta firmware still doesn't solve it. 

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-16 06:30:45
hi beta is older than 1.3.1 beta is 1.3.0
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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-16 06:47:23

@Kevin_Z 

 

hi,

 

Thank you with this beta vpn client connecting

 

thank you

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-16 07:06:06

@Kevin_Z 

 

hi

 

can you add wireguard client too

 

thank you

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-16 08:37:07

@Kevin_Z 

Can you say:

Will there appear VPN client on ax11000 too?

And add myself to the wireguard waiting list

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-17 19:34:35

@Kevin_Z 

Is there a beta download for the AX21?  One that is in a zip file that fan be processed on a Mac?

 

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-17 22:26:37

@LJK57 

Hi,

You need to extract the zip file and upgrade the router

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-17 23:43:44

@rssothy 

Thanks for the reply ... I was actually asking if there was a file for the AX21 (not the AX20).  Also, if that file is in a format that can be unzipped on a Mac...

 

The link above appears to be specifically for the AX20 ... 

rssothy wrote

@LJK57 

Hi,

You need to extract the zip file and upgrade the router

 

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Re:[Troubleshooting] VPN Client is not working
2021-07-19 11:07:04

@LJK57 

 

Hi, have you confirmed Step 1 and 2 already, and still cannot connect to the VPN server? If that is the case, please confirm the below:

1. What kind of VPN type you are using, OpenVPN or PPTP VPN?

2. What kind of  VPN Client software you were using on the local PC or phone?

3. Which step did you stuck in, any error message or screenshot?

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