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ProtonVPN AsusWRT router VPN setup

In this article, we are going to cover the basic VPN setup process on an AsusWRT router so that it can connect directly to ProtonVPN servers.

First, you will have to access your Asus router control panel. By default, the address for it is Please take this address and enter it into the address bar on your internet browser. You should see something like this:

If you have not changed the login credentials yet, the default login is: admin (username); admin (password)

Note: If you have pre-configured these credentials when setting up your router, you will have to enter them to access the router control panel.

When you access the router control panel, navigate to the bottom-left to find the “VPN” section and click on it.

In the next window, click on “VPN Client” section and then click on “Add profile“.

In order to finalize the AsusWRT router VPN setup, you’ll need to download your desired server configuration files. Log in to your ProtonVPN account and click the Downloads category. You can download the desired configuration files by selecting the Router option.

Now, in the following window on your Asus router, select OpenVPN and enter the following:

Description – It can be any text that you wish, for instance, “ProtonVPN”.

Username and Password – Here you will have to enter your OpenVPN credentials that you can locate on your Account page. Note: to use our NetShield DNS filtering feature, append the suffix +f1 to your username to block malware, or +f2  to block malware, ads, and trackers (for example 123456789+f2).

After you’ve filled everything, click on “Choose File“.

You will have to navigate to the location where you have downloaded the VPN configuration files and select one of them.

After selecting the server config file and clicking on “Open“, click on the “Upload” button to import the configuration file on this VPN profile in your AsusWRT router. You should see a Complete notification.

Click “OK” to accept.

To configure your DNS, use the the left menu bar, titled Advanced Settings, and navigate to WAN, and then WAN DNS Settings.

If you are using a UDP config file, then the DNS settings should look like this:

Connect to DNS Server automatically: No
DNS Server 1:
DNS Server 2: blank

If you are using a TCP config file, then the DNS settings should look like this:

Connect to DNS Server automatically: No
DNS Server 1:
DNS Server 2: blank

NOTE: If you are user of the ProtonVPN Free plan, you need to use the server config files for our free servers.
If you are using UDP, you should enter for DNS Server 1.
If you are using TCP, you should enter for DNS Server 1.

Learn more about the difference between UDP and TCP.

Once you have completed the DNS configuration, you are ready to connect to a ProtonVPN server and begin browsing.

Return to the VPN Client page and click the “Activate” button to establish a VPN connection.

If the connection is established successfully, you will have a blue checkmark on the connection status tab.

Click here if you’d like to ensure that the AsusWRT router VPN setup is complete and the connection is working properly.

To disconnect the AsusWRT VPN connection, visit the same page where the profile is created (Main page > VPN > OpenVPN Client) and click on the Deactivate button.

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  1. Toby Bull

    My Asus RT-AC53 doesn’t have the openVPN tab. Is there any other way I can configure it through PPTP or L2TP ?

  2. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Toby. Sadly, we do not and will never support these connection protocols due to the security risks that comes with them. If your device does not support openvpn connection protocol, there is not much that we can do in this case but get a different device. :/

  3. Deepak

    Please publish to configure Linksys AC1900 and Linksys wrt 3200 routers

  4. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello! These routers do not support OpenVPN right our of the box and has to be flashed with the DD-WRt or Tomato firmware. We do have tutorials for these firmware’s, but we do not provide any flashing guidance as that voids your devices warranty,

  5. John Stretch

    My router is a brand new Asus RT-AC66U_B1. I have followed the instructions several times but can’t get a connection. Any ideas?

  6. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello John, please contact our customer support team as we need to investigate this more that we could do here.

  7. Paul F.

    Hi. Do I need to select a configuration file for a specific server from “Server Configs” (like the example seems to suggest) or can I use a “Country Configs” one? Assuming the latter, will it choose the fastest / least loaded one in the selected country at activation time?

  8. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Paul, you can use the country configs but in any case if you face issues with the router, we would suggest to use specific server configs.

  9. Paul F.

    Thanks for your awnser. Using the UK config file as example, I can see the below directives in the country config file:
    remote 1194
    so the server will be selected randomly from the list of servers “” resolves into. I can see that it resolves to a couple of ip addresses only. Shouldn’t it return the ip addresses for all the servers available in the country? Are these the ip addresses of the two least loaded servers in the country and you update them regularly?

  10. ProtonVPN Team

    While using out resolver to direct you to the best server, it will always pick like this – 1st thing is a the server location, the closer the better, 2nd thing is server load, the lower the better, so it takes these two factors in to consideration to connect you to the vpn server.

  11. Greg Grooms

    Would this setup work for my router?
    Linksys WRT1200AC AC1200 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router

  12. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Greg, Your router is Linksys, not an Asus in this case, so this setup will not work. In your case you will have to flash the router with dd-wrt software , but sadly we do not provide tutorials for that as that voids the warranty and is totally your responsibility.

  13. Cam

    Hi there… I have two factor authentication turned on, and I’m wondering if that is preventing me from connecting. I have followed the steps and everything is installed, but it fails to connect. At no time am I asked for the confirmation code. Where can I put this in when trying to connect through the Asus interface?

  14. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Cam, 2FA is not required when trying to connect, only when trying to log in to your account. Are you sure you are using the OpenVPN credentials with the right config type downloaded from our website? For further investigation, please contact our customer support team.

  15. Atlanta VPN

    Please publish directions to use Proton VPN on a Cisco RV325 router that supports OPENVPN

  16. Ali asghar

    سلام protonvpn را نمیتونم باز کنم

  17. ProtonVPN Team

    Hello Ali. Please contact our customer support team with all of the details possible and we will do our best to help you out!

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