May 2013 Archives

OpenVPN Howto for OpenWRT devices

Dear users,

today the OpenVPN Howto for OpenWRT devices arrives. Although it is a bit more time-consuming to set up a complete router instead of a single OpenVPN client, there some compelling reasons for such a setup:

  • Accessing the Internet either via your ISP or the IPredator VPN is as easy as switching between two wireless networks.
  • Multiple machines (notebook, tablet, NAS) can be hooked up behind a single router to access the VPN at the same time.
  • No worries if the VPN disconnects while sensitive transfers are running.
  • Using the VPN your clients are not directly exposed to the Internet anymore, the firewall on the router keeps the dirt out.
  • Guest network access can easily be granted because you do not need to care about the things your guests are using your Internet for. :)
  • Easily limit the routers upstream bandwidth thus making sure that your VPN Internet does not overload your normal Internet uplink.

Besides the plain installation and configuration instructions this Howto also describes the to be built network topology, introduces you to how traffic flows and provides hints on how to debug VPN connections on OpenWRT. It explains picture-by-picture where to find which relevant setting in the LuCI GUI in case you need to alter your configuration later.

Heat up your routers and iron your flatrates!

The IPredator team

Power outage, DNS issues

Dear users,

today we suffered from a power outage at around 02:30 PM in one of our data centers due to a faulty power supply. The main fuse blew and as a result our DNS servers went offline too. The DNS service is up and running again as well as all other services. We have to take the system offline on Thursday for a moment to replace one power distribution unit that broke as a result of the faulty power supply. It will take us about 30 minutes to replace the affected hardware.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

The IPredator team

Dear users,

we have added a new Howto to the blog explaining the setup of OpenVPN on Synology NAS devices. Due to limitations in the GUI it is not possible to connect to a VPN provider using OpenVPN TLS auth or to lock down the device when using OpenVPN using the native firewall interface.

If you are interested in running such a setup you should take extra care! You surely do not want to expose your personal files that you store on the device inadvertently to the Internet. Following the instructions in this Howto is only recommended if you are also able to configure iptables from the command-line to lock down the VPN interface. We are preparing a follow-up explaining the needed steps to secure your Synology NAS device.

As always if you have questions or feedback send us an email to support@ipredator.se or pay us a visit in our online chat.

The IPredator team

Dear users,

we added new guides detailing the setup of OpenVPN and PPTP connections on Windows 8. As usual, there are two alternatives for OpenVPN. You can choose between the commercial Viscosity client and the Open Source Community Edition from the OpenVPN installation package.

Windows guide overview

There are a number of other guides in the queue. Namely how to setup a VPN connection on routers using OpenWRT, DD-WRT and pfsense. How do you like the new format of the guides? Do you think they are efficient to use? We are open to your input, please provide us with some feedback!

Support for the different payment systems is also coming along. We will enable you to test the new payment system soon. Some users asked why Payza is gone from the current system and if it will come back. It is coming back and we will support it again in the near future. If you are looking for some specific ways to pay for your VPN now is the time to ask us and we will do our best to make it happen.

Every now and then you asked us which VPS provider we would recommend. Well there are not so many providers/systems on the market that we can forward you to blindfolded. So a while ago we decided that the best way is to run such a system ourselves. If you are interested in a VPS please have a look at moln.is. More payment options (Bitcoins), OS templates (*BSD, ISO support) are in preparation.

The IPredator team