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Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

FrankMD
Aspirant

Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

I have recently purchased two of the AC3000 X6 R7900 routers from costco, one for home and one for office. 

I loved all feathures, except this one:

   Currently iOS and Android clients are not supported for the openVPN. 

 

Some other customers have had the same concerns since last May or earlier.

https://community.netgear.com/t5/Nighthawk-WiFi-Routers/Setting-up-VPN-for-Nighthawk-X6-R7900-Apple-...

 

However, the latest firmware releases only fixed some security issues and ignored this feature.

 

I need to use my iPad to access the files out of home/office daily, I am hestitating if I should return both devices and find another model.

 

Any plan to add this feature soon?

 

Thanks.

Model: R7900|Nighthawk X6 AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi Router
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LeeH
Prodigy

Re: Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

Just wondering if you have tried to connect using an IOS or Android device and failed?

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/openvpn-connect/id590379981?mt=8

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.openvpn.openvpn&hl=en

 

 

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FrankMD
Aspirant

Re: Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

I tried it at the first place from my iPAD, and the error message shows:

"iOS doesn't support TAP-based tunnels".

 

I knew that windows using TAP.

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StephenB
Guru

Re: Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment


@FrankMD wrote:

I tried it at the first place from my iPAD, and the error message shows:

"iOS doesn't support TAP-based tunnels".

 


You do need TUN for both Android and iOS.

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FrankMD
Aspirant

Re: Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

Hi Stephen,

 

My understanding is X6 R7900 only supports openVPN with TAP.

 

Below is the configuration file "client1.ovpn" for windows:

client
dev tap
proto udp
dev-node NETGEAR-VPN
remote xxxxx.mynetgear.com 12974
resolv-retry infinite
nobind
persist-key
persist-tun
ca ca.crt
cert client.crt
key client.key
cipher AES-128-CBC
comp-lzo
verb 5

 

Below is the configuration file "client2.conf" for non-windows:

client
dev tap
proto udp
remote xxxxx.mynetgear.com 12974
resolv-retry infinite
nobind
persist-key
persist-tun
ca ca.crt
cert client.crt
key client.key
cipher AES-128-CBC
comp-lzo
verb 5

 

There is no TUN for iOS devices, I guess that is what NetGear needs to add to the router in the future.

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JamesGL
Master

Re: Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

Hi FrankMD,

 

For now, it does not support mobile OpenVPN. I will check if the feature will be available for R7900.

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FrankMD
Aspirant

Re: Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

Hi James,

 

Thanks for your "official" response.

 

Currenlt Netgear does support the following models for ios devices' openVPN access:

R7000, R7900P, R7800, R9000.

 

Hope the R7900 will add the feature very soon.

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JamesGL
Master

Re: Setting up VPN for Nighthawk X6 R7900 - Apple Environment

Hi FrankMD,

 

There are plans to the feature on R7900 but cannot provide you the ETA as to when it will be available.

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