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Configure OpenVPN for a TP-Link Archer Router

By GabrielleSeptember 8, 2023September 12th, 2023No Comments

TP-Link Archer WiFi routers are a great choice for home office and small business users alike. With impressive WiFi performance and full support for OpenVPN connections, setting up VPN for your home or office network has never been easier.

In this guide, we take you through the key technical specification of one of the most popular models, the TP-Link Archer A9 and show you how to configure an OpenVPN connection on your TP-Link Archer WiFi router and connect on Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Tech specs

Series: TP-Link Archer WiFi Routers

Model: A9 (AC1900)

Supported VPN protocols: OpenVPN, PPTP

Suitable for: Home Office users

WiFi capability: Dual-Band

WiFi speed: 5 GHz: 1300 Mbps (802.11ac), 2.4 GHz: 600 Mbps (802.11n)

TP Link Archer C9

Set up OpenVPN on a TP-Link Archer Router

Setting up an OpenVPN server on your TP-Link Archer router is simple and can be completed in three steps.

Step one: Generate OpenVPN certificate

To get started, log into the web interface of your TP-Link Archer router. Then, switch to the Advanced tab and go to VPN Server > OpenVPN. Here you will see your OpenVPN configuration options.

The first step is to generate the certificate for the OpenVPN server. Go to the section Certificate and click Generate:

Generate the OpenVPN certificate

After a few minutes, your certificate will be generated and you can enable the OpenVPN server.

Step two: Enable OpenVPN server

Check the box Enable VPN server and fill in the settings as shown in the screenshot, making sure to provide the subnet you are using for the VPN.

Click to save your settings:

Step three: Export your configuration

Finally, go to the section Configuration File, where you can export your OpenVPN connection with all your settings, ready to connect in the VPN client:

Step four (optional): Set up Dynamic DNS

If you don't have a permanent, static IP address from your ISP (internet service provider), we recommend setting up Dynamic DNS (DDNS).

What is Dynamic DNS?

DDNS is a service that automatically updates DNS records whenever your dynamic IP address updates. For many (e.g. home or small business users), it's a convenient alternative to registering for a fixed IP address, which can often be expensive.

Especially when setting up a VPN server, it's a low-effort way to ensure your IP address will always be updated, meaning you don't have to manually update the connection whenever your IP address changes – which can be anything from every few days to every few months. Learn more →

To configure DDNS on your TP-Link Archer, stay in the Advanced tab and go to Network > Dynamic DNS.

Here you will see the DDNS services supported by your router (e.g. NO-IP or DynDNS), you also have the opportunity to use TP-Link's own Dynamic DNS service. If you already have an account, enter your login details in this view:

Log in with your DDNS credentials

Alternatively, click the link to set up an account with one of the supported providers:

Once you have completed the VPN setup on your TP-Link Archer router, you can go ahead and get connected on your Mac, iPhone or iPad.

Connect to your TP-Link Archer Router on Mac, iPhone, iPad

In order to connect to your  TP-Link via OpenVPN, you will need a VPN client. VPN Tracker is the best VPN client for Mac, iPhone and iPad and fully supports OpenVPN connections to TP-Link Archer devices – get connected in seconds.

Carry out the following steps:

  1. Open the VPN Tracker connection creator for TP-Link Archer
  2. Upload the OpenVPN configuration file you created on your device to import your connection settings
  3. Save your connection in your VPN Tracker account using secure end-to-end encryption for easy access on Mac, iPhone or iPad

Upload your .ovpn configuration file to import your connection settings

Your VPN Tracker benefits

  • Secure remote access to your company network, home office, and Smart Home - all in one app
  • Use your own VPN gateway
  • Ready-made profiles for 300+ VPN devices
  • Configuration wizard for a smooth and fast setup
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