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Configure VPN for ASUS RT-AX88U Router

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About the ASUS RT-AX88U

The ASUS RT-AX88U is a popular and affordable choice for home office users looking for an all-in-one network and security solution.

As well as impressive WiFi capabilities, the RT-AX88U router also features support for both OpenVPN and WireGuard® VPN - making it easy to gain secure remote access to your network when out and about.

On this page, we take you through the key VPN specification for the RT-AX88U, as well as all you need to know about setting up an OpenVPN or WireGuard VPN server on your ASUS device and connect on Mac, iPhone or iPad.

ASUS RT-AX88U router

Technical Specification

Model: RT-AX88U

Recommended for: Home Office / Personal (1-5 users)

Supported VPN Protocols: OpenVPN, WireGuard®

Built in WiFi: Yes

Key Features: WiFi 6, up to 6000 Mbit/s WiFi speeds, 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, Amazon Alexa compatible, AiProtection Pro license from Trend Micro™ included

Device Status: Active

Configure a WireGuard® VPN Server on Your ASUS device

WireGuard® is a modern, Open Source VPN solution that is becoming more and more popular - thanks to its easy set up and fast connection speeds.

The ASUS RT-AX88U router supports WireGuard® VPN connections. You have an ASUS device at home? Here's how to create a configuration file to use in VPN Tracker and get secure remote access to your home network on the go...

Requirements:

In order to reach your ASUS device remotely, you will need a fixed IP address or a DynDNS host name. Find out more in this guide.

  1. Open the web interface of your device and go to VPN > VPN Server > WireGuard® VPN
  2. Click to + to activate the WireGuard® server, then click Apply all settings
  3. Click "...", then select the document icon. Here you will find the QR code which you can use to configure the VPN client in the next step. Alternatively, switch to the "Export" tab to locate the automatically generated configuration file which you can use for the setup on Mac.

Connect to your new WireGuard® VPN Server

In order to connect to the new WireGuard® VPN server and get secure remote access to your ASUS device, you will need a VPN client.

VPN Tracker supports WireGuard® VPN connections on Mac, iPhone and iPad!

Follow these steps to configure a connection:

  1. Open VPN Tracker, create a new connection and select your ASUS device from the list
  2. Scan your QR code with your iPhone or iPad or upload your WireGuard® configuration file
  3. Give the connection a name and save your connection in your account using secure end-to-end encryption

You can now connect to your ASUS RT-AX88U via WireGuard® VPN on Mac, iPhone or iPad.

Configure an OpenVPN Server on Your ASUS device

OpenVPN is another easy to configure, Open Source VPN solution. It offers slightly slower connection speeds in comparison to WireGuard® but has been around much longer and has therefore been tried & tested in the majority of relevant scenarios.

The ASUS RT-AX88U router also supports OpenVPN connections. Here's how to create a configuration file to use in VPN Tracker and get secure remote access to your home network on the go...

  1. Open the web interface of your device and go to VPN > VPN Server > OpenVPN and use the slider to enable the OpenVPN server
  2. Fill out the settings as shown:
  3. Add a username and password
  4. Hit "Apply" to save your settings and generate your .opvn configuration file. You will need this in the next step to configure your new connection in the VPN client

Connect to your new OpenVPN Server

In order to connect to the new OpenVPN server and get secure remote access to your ASUS device, you will need a VPN client.

VPN Tracker supports OpenVPN connections on Mac, iPhone and iPad!

Follow these steps to configure a connection:

  1. Open VPN Tracker, create a new connection and select your ASUS device from the list
  2. Upload your .ovpn configuration file
  3. Give the connection a name and save your connection in your account using secure end-to-end encryption

You can now connect to your ASUS RT-AX88U via OpenVPN on Mac, iPhone or iPad.

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