privateinternetaccess (PIA) Portal VPN Configuration

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    Edison

    Hello all,

    We have published a knowledge base article, with supporting files, that should allow users of Private Internet Access to use the the service with Portal:

    https://support.portalwifi.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005432768 

    Thank you

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    SP

    I am having the same problem, the fields are too small, us-east/us-west are the shortest and they are 1 character too long but it is a bit concerning no one set the maximum to 253 which should be the maximum

    I also tried the ovpn files and they aren't doing it either - I would suspect it has to do with the certificate files not being uploaded as well. I tried all the listed ones for pia:

    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn.zip
    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn-ip.zip
    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn-ip-lport.zip
    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn-tcp.zip
    https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/openvpn/openvpn-ip-tcp.zip

    I'm in the same situation here, if I can't get this to work before the new rules I'm going to have to change to another router which is a shame, I like everything else about this one

     

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    Marc Abrams

    Yep-- I've tried all the .ovpn files above and they don't allow the connection to succeed. PIA is one of the few services that does allow a router to connect so I would love to see this work. 

    On a 7 day trial now with PIA so hopefully we get an answer soon :)

    marc

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    Carl

    I managed to set up a VPN to PIA on the Portal, but the speed dropped by about 95% or more, the Portal does not have the CPU to process the encryption anywhere near fast enough, I now have a Linksys 1900ACS connected to my modem and this runs the VPN with only a 3% loss of speed, more than acceptable.

     

    For anyone else who wants to do something similar the Linksys is flashed with DD-WRT and has the VPN to PIA set up as per the instructions on PIA’s site, the Wi-Fi is turned off and the DHCP server on. The first portal is in bridge mode and the mesh root, the second portal is a mesh node, I get great Wi-Fi coverage all-round the house, all internet traffic goes via the VPN with negligible loss of speed.

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    Malthe Østergreen

    Is it possible to only set up vpn for specific devices?

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    Carl

    Probably easiest to set the VPN on the devices you want, I don't know about the rest but PIA allows (I think) 5 devices and has applications for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux and Chrome browser

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    Malthe Østergreen (Edited )

    Yeah, but the trouble is that the device is a kindle. So I need to use the router. But I don't want all my other devices to use VPN all the time.

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    Carl

    Why not VPN a PC or Mac to whatever region you want to buy the content from and then transfer it to the Kindle

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    Malthe Østergreen

    I would like to use the unlimited subscription (like Netflix for books). Not sure you can transfer the unlimited content to a kindle from the pc. Will have to look into it though. It would be better though to have access from the device itself.

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    Carl

    In that case you would need to enable the VPN on the router, download your content to the Kindle and then disable the VPN. A bit untidy I know but unless you can limit the VPN to specific IPs the only way to use the Kindle on the VPN. I have just been reading on the DD-WRT page that it is possible to exclude an IP or an IP range from the VPN, so that would work in my set up, but I don't know if this is possible with just the Portal.

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    Malthe Østergreen (Edited )

    Thanks for the input Carl. Yeah, untidy it is. I think the correct term for what I want is 'policy based routing'. It looks like it is quite common on DD-WRT devices but not sure.

    Will have to decide if it is important enough to get another router..

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    Edison (Edited )

    Hello,

    For Private Internet Access, we have a new knowledge base article setup to assist with setting up Portal to work with their connection profiles:

    https://support.portalwifi.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005432768-Use-Portal-with-Private-Internet-Access-VPN-Service 

    Regards

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    Malthe Østergreen

    Edison, did you even read the thread?

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    Carl

    No I don't think he did :) The Portal is a great at providing fast whole house and congestion free WiFi, but it simply cannot run a VPN it does not have the processor to handle the encryption, I followed the tutorial and my internet connection speed dropped by 95%, but through a Linksys 1900ACS it drops by less than 3%. I guess as connection speeds increase I will need an even faster router as this set up uses ~50% of the Linksys CPU when maxing out my internet

    Portal processor is a single core 750 MHz while the Linksys has a dual core 1.6 GHz

     

    Malthe - I have been playing with the Linksys with DD-WRT and it will absolutely do what you want, but it is a bit of an expensive solution for your Kindle.

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    Malthe Østergreen

    Thanks for your input Carl. I will definitely consider the1900ACS. From what I can read it seems like it is well supported in the DD-WRT community. I guess that matters when you rely on open source software. Did you consider other routers? How many Mbps is your connection? 

     

    Thanks again

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    Rob S

    Sorry if this is a naive question... is it possible to swap out the Portal's processor for a faster one? 

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    Carl

    Nope you cant swap the CPU in the Portal.

     

    No I didn't consider any other routers, I had two of these hanging around (Long story but I have a small IT company) and decided to have a play and see what I could do with them, the two Portals provide the best WiFi around my home, and the Linksys (now) provides the VPN connection and has a USB3 HDD plugged in for network storage, as you know the Linksys runs the VPN while hardly slowing the connection at all and in addition provides really fast access to a network disk again beating the Portal hands down. Maybe Ignition should look at a Portal v2 that has a much faster processor than even the 1900acs and USB3, add this to the top of the class WiFi it currently has and I'll buy them for sure, yes they will cost considerably more, but they would be without peer, you pay for what you get!

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    Jerome E

    No. It is soldered to the board.

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