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iPhone / iOS VPN setup question / help

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Edrikk, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Edrikk

    Edrikk Network Guru Member


    I'm running Victek's latest TomatoUSB ( 1.28.9013 series (Beta)) and have setup VPN on the router side. I've tested it using the openVPN app on the iPhone and am able to connect (I manually created a .ovpn file using the generated client crt, key, and the ca files).

    What I'd love to be able to do (even if as an excercise to get it working) is to be able to use iPhone/iOS' built in VPN settings... But I can't figure out a way to put in the keys...

    Has anyone gotten this setup to work? Can you please provide guidance? I've done a lot of searching via google and haven't been able to find much...

  2. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    Have to set up a PPTP or L2TP/IPSec VPN server on Tomato for the iOS to use it's VPN options.

    It's a completely different setup and your openVPN keys will not work on it.

    Tomato has PPTP server built in to most mods. Don't think they contain L2TP or IPSec though unless there's a specific mod for it.
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  3. Edrikk

    Edrikk Network Guru Member

    Thanks for that! I thought I was missing something, and your post makes perfect sense...
  4. philess

    philess Networkin' Nut Member

    Without using a extra app like OpenVPN you can install VPN profiles (including the keys)
    using the "iPhone Configuration Utility" by Apple (free, Win&Mac).

    But that doesnt change the fact that iOS does only support L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and some
    more specific enterprise solutions. I dont think Apple will ever directly support OpenVPN.
    So you would have to get L2TP/IPSec working on your firmware or buy a (more expensive)
    IPSec-out-of-the-box-ready router.

    Personally i would never use PPTP for security reasons.
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  5. Pete Ashdown

    Pete Ashdown Serious Server Member

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  6. Edrikk

    Edrikk Network Guru Member

    Yes, as I mentioned everything is working fine using the openVPN ios client... i wanted to double check whether it was possible to do this without any 3rd party (i.e. non-iOS core) clients, but it appears not.

  7. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    Yes, it is absolutely possible. I have Tomato's PPTP server setup and running, and iOS devices connect to it using the stock VPN client in Settings.app. Aside from certain businesses' apparently blocking VPN traffic on free public wifi hotspots, it's worked fine for me over the years.
  8. philess

    philess Networkin' Nut Member

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    bripab007 Network Guru Member

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