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PiVPN: How to Setup OpenVPN for Raspberry Pi

Today we are going to talk about PiVPN and how to setup OpenVPN for Raspberry Pi.

A VPN or virtual private network is one of the different ways in which you can access remote computers.

It is a frivolous OpenVPN server intended to run on Raspberry Pi.

With the Raspberry Pi router, PiVPN acts like a bridge between device and network.

Not only this, with OpenVPN you can use to your home network with a safe and reliable connection through the internet.

This VPN is primarily designed for Raspberry Pi but can also work on Debian and Ubuntu.

So, what exactly you can use PiVPN to?

Uses of PiVPN

  1. Encrypt your mobile internet connection
  2. Hide or cover your mobile IP address
  3. You can also print from home printers right from your laptop
  4. Gain access to your music, movies, files documents from literally anywhere.
  5. Avoid website and firewalls restrictions abroad or even at work.
  6. Connect with your home cameras and smart devices.

Remember that PiVPN opens only a single port, and with the help of powerful encryption it keeps your LAN secure.

How to Setup PiVPN for Raspberry Pi?

For the installation process, simply run the below command –

curl -L https://install.pivpn.io | bash

After you run the above command it will instantly start the download and install latest OpenVPN along with all necessary needs in your device.

After running the command you can simply enter the user password.

In the next step PiVPN will ask you some questions, here you can simply go with default as it is sufficient to setup the running OpenVPN server.

Remember that PiVPN will need a static IP address to run appropriately. It will not run if you are not using Raspberry Pi device.

In case you have more than 1 network then choose any one to organize.

After all this is done, you must select a regional user that will hold your formations.

Now you will have the choice to enable unattended-upgrades, this is require option as it updates security updates automatically.

Next you will have to choose a protocol.

After that you will have to choose OpenVPN port, going for default option is enough here.

Next you will have to choose a level of encryption, here also you can simply go for default option.

Next to generate Diffie-Hellman key, simply click ‘Ok’

After this you can choose either public IP or DNS name to connect to server.

Here you can choose DNS Provider for your VPN Clients or to use your own select Custom option.

That’s it.

You can now click Yes, to reboot your system.

You can now run the following command to check if OpnVPN service is running:

$ sudo service openvpn status

* VPN ‘server’ is running

What is the Level of Security?

After the installation part, lets discuss “How secure is PiVPN?”

It is designed to give you a good level of security, be it from the scratch or the default settings, this Open VPN is very secure.

Also, when you enable the unattended-upgrades, this will automatically give your server the security updates which is very vital and also helps in better security.

Note:The server configuration will only utilize latest TLS 1.2 protocol.

Conclusion 

So that’s it for PiVPN. With the above guide you can easily learn and understand how to setup OpenVPN for Raspberry Pi.

Honestly, the installation process is quite simple and literally you just need to run one command and it instantly starts the process.

Also no need to worry about security as PiVPN is a secure and reliable server and does not need anything additional.