In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure the Surfshark VPN tunnel on your AsusWRT router. This method might be beneficial if you have devices that don't have VPN compatibility, or you want to protect all the Wi-Fi-connected devices at your home.
You will learn how to:
To proceed, you need to have a router with AsusWRT firmware and an active Surfshark subscription.
If you don’t have the subscription yet, you can get it here.
Find your login details
Surfshark service credentials are different from your Surfshark account credentials, namely your email address and your password. You’ll need Surfshark service credentials to connect to the VPN using a manual OpenVPN configuration that is explained below.
Here is how you can get your Surfshark service credentials:
- Go to this page. This is the page where you can find all the details required for manual connection.
You may need to log in before proceeding to this page. In that case, enter your email address and your password, then click Log in.
- Click on the Credentials tab on top. You will find Surfshark service credentials there.
It is a good idea to keep this page open for now. You will need these credentials a bit later.
Choose Surfshark server
Every server (location) has a configuration file that you will need to use to connect to the VPN. You can download all configuration files from our website.
- Go to this page. It’s the same page where you can find the Surfshark service credentials.
- Make sure you selected the Files tab. There, you will see all of the Surfshark servers.
- You will need an OpenVPN configuration file for the location of your choice. If you wish to connect to Germany, download the files for Germany - Berlin or Germany - Nuernberg servers by clicking on the location and then on UDP to download the configuration file.
Configure the OpenVPN client
Before connecting to the VPN, you will need to configure the OpenVPN client on your router.
1. You have to connect to the Control panel of your Asus router. This can be done by entering your Default Gateway in the address bar of your browser. In most cases, by default, it is 192.168.1.1
2. You will be prompted to log in to the Control panel of your router, and the opened window will ask for your username and password. If you have never configured your router before, the credentials should be admin/admin or admin without a password. You can also check the back of your router for the default credentials.
3. When logged in to the Control panel, you should see the VPN tab in the left sidebar.
- Description: you can name this connection however you like;
- Username: your Surfshark username service credentials you saved on the previous step;
- Password: your Surfshark account service password you saved on the previous step;
7. Now you will have to add a configuration file of the server that you want to connect to. Then, click Choose File, and you will be prompted to select the configuration file that you want to use.
8. Select the directory that you have downloaded the configuration files to and then click Open.
9. After selecting the configuration file, click Upload and you should see a message stating Complete if it was successful.
10. Now, click the OK button. Import the CA file or edit the .ovpn file manually option should be left unticked.
11. Finally, you should see a new connection set up. Click on the Activate button to connect your router to a Surfshark server. Please note that only one OpenVPN connection can be created. If you would like to have another connection configured you must remove or edit the existing one.
12. After a successful connection is made a blue checkmark should appear in the Connection Status column.
13. To check if you are connected successfully, please take a look at this article.
Congratulations - you have successfully installed and configured Surfshark VPN on your router! As long as you’re connected, your location is private, and your sensitive data is secure.
If you have any further questions, our customer success team is here to help you 24/7 over a live chat or email.
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