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RPi (or something) to connect to VPS over OpenVPN

Gateway for VPN use

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Simon036222/01/2021 21:59:13
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Hi All,

I am hoping that the collective wisdom on the forum will be able to aid me towards my goal of having a gateway between some of my network components in the house and my VPS running OpenVPN based in the UK.

I think I need to have a RPi or something similar to run OpenVPN and connect to the VPS as I have other equipment doing directly (e.g. iPads) on one side and have a router like connection on the other side. However I am at the limit (beyond the limit?) of my knowledge, especially on RPis.

Most of the equipment I want to connect through the VPS are unable to run OpenVPN clients or even install them, hence the logic in taking the VPN access one step closer to the VPS.

I am emphatically not looking to do an R&D project here, anything available off the shelf will also be of great interest. Equally if I can connect a set of existing components or follow someone else's route I would be happy to do that - but I am lacking in the initial knowledge and ideas where to look.

Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions!

Simon

Peter Spink22/01/2021 23:12:47
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I've been running a Pi with Open VPN for a couple of years.

Got all my info from here: **LINK**

Simon036223/01/2021 08:12:16
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Peter, thank you, I think that this is what I need. Just need to get my head around the details and find a Rpi.
simon

Simon036202/02/2021 21:53:35
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Peter,

I now have an Apple TV operating behind a headless Raspberry Pi operating as a VPN client - a very successful, if rather steep learning curve first dip into Linux.

The links were helpful but not exactly what I needed, they gave me the vocabulary to search for the eventual solution. For the benefit of anyone else searching, the two key links were:

RPi VPN gateway

which helped me to install and setup the RPi and:

Routing and NAT

which helped setup the critical routing, firewall and NAT settings.

Regards, Simon

Peter Spink02/02/2021 22:54:46
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Great stuff, glad you're sorted! yes

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