Hi Nicolas,

Could you give us some more tips about how to set up the VPN client on the hex router. We ordered one that will be arriving tomorrow and will set it up like you suggest ISP router <-> hex VPN router <-> mesh router.

Do we flash the hex with LibreMesh as well? How do we configure the connection between the VPN and mesh router so that the VPN knows to forward web traffic correctly?

As a 1+, I'd also be interested in understanding how to do this when on the same device. I currently still have a wdr4300 that can connect to a VPN but it stops forwarding web traffic correctly after it connects.

On 02/07/2017 11:18 AM, Marvin Arnold wrote:

Hey Nicolas,

Sorry I just noticed that some lime email goes to my spam. I wonder how many emails I've missed before.

Anyways, this is awesome feedback. Thanks a bunch.

On 01/31/2017 05:26 AM, nk@os.vu wrote:
Hi Marvin

I've done a lot of tests with VPNs for the standard setup of the mesh network we're building here in Milano, Italia, and I've found that usually routers are rather terrible at handling VPNs with reasonable speeds, openvpn being the slowest [10mbps up and down] and l2tp+ipsec being faster [15 to 20mbps], at the expense of being less secure. Also, I've gotten to the conclusion that doing the VPN routing in the same device as the one doing the meshing makes it rather difficult to diagnose issues over time and to pinpoint the bottleneck for slow overall speeds.

I know this is not the answer you were looking for, but our definitive setup involves setting up getting a microtik hex router that you can buy for about 60 to 80€ and running l2tp+ipsec to a Streisand instance [a fully self installing VPN and anonymity server]. We've been getting stable 120/120mbps speeds.

This setup also makes it very simple to understand what device is doing what, and how the routing is done on the large scale from the ISPs router, to the VPN router, to the meshing router, to the AP router, and so on [this is our setup].

I don't know how to solve your problem directly, but I thought I'd share my experience with you. Sorry for going slightly off topic.

Hope you can get your setup working nicely however you decide to do it!

From: Marvin Arnold <marvin@unplugged.im>
Sent: Jan 31, 2017 06:34
To: lime-users@lists.libremesh.org
Subject: [lime-users] VPN

I would like to finally make my internet at home available to my
neighbors over lime. I called my ISP and they made it pretty clear they
would take action against me if one of the users accessed illicit
content. So I'm thinking about routing all web traffic through a VPN. Is
this the most sensible thing to do?

Assuming it is, I already setup the VPN server and now I'm trying to
connect my lime router as a client.



But as far as I can tell, opkg is not installed on the router. What's
the best way to install it or install the openvpn client without it?

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