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Configuring the Client Side OpenVPN Machine

Setting up the client OpenVPN machine is Just like the server: create the directories for the certificates and keys; copy them over; and secure them appropriately. The client side OpenVPN configuration is a bit more sparse than the server's, since the server will be responsible for "pushing" the proper configuration settings to the client after connection.

# SmallNetBuilder OpenVPN Client Configuration

# Instructs OpenVPN to run in client mode, requests IP address and
# special instructions (like routes) from the server. 

# Interface for tunnel
dev tun0

# Remote server to connect to. Can be domain name or IP address.

# Certificates and keys required for connection
ca /etc/openvpn/certs/ca.crt
cert /etc/openvpn/certs/remote_office.crt
key /etc/openvpn/keys/remote_office.key

# Symmetric cipher - Must be the same as the server's
cipher BF-CBC

# Protocol and Port - Must be the same on both server and client.
proto udp
port 1194

# Log to file instead of syslog
log-append /var/log/openvpn.log
verb 4

# Since the OpenVPN client is acting as a gateway for other machines
# on the client-side network, run as a daemon and downgrade user
# priviledges.
user nobody
group nobody

# Use a persistent key and tunnel interface.

Configuring the Client Side Router

Just like the server-side setup, all the machines on the OpenVPN client's network also need to know how to reach the server's network ( Add a route that directs all traffic destined for the server's network to the OpenVPN client machine ( On the WRT54G it's under Setup > Advanced Routing (Figure 4).

Adding a Route to the Client-side Router
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Figure 4: Adding a Route to the Client-side Router

Finally, connect the client up to the OpenVPN server with:

 ~ # openvpn --config /etc/openvpn/client.conf

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