How to Connect to OpenVPN when Using TotalVPN

If you’re reading this it’s either because you want to know how to connect to OpenVPN using TotalVPN or you have already done so and want to verify your settings.

As a rule, when connecting to OpenVPN you will want to use the server closest to you. However, what if you aren’t sure which server to choose? Or what if you want to connect to OpenVPN using the server from your current location? What if there is more than one nearby server and you want to choose one at random?

In order to make your life easier when connecting to OpenVPN we have compiled a list of the best practices for connecting to OpenVPN using TotalVPN.

Configure Your Mobile Phone to Use a Static IP

Whether you’re using a mobile phone or a laptop, most internet-connected devices are assigned a fixed IP-address by their internet service provider. This IP-address will remain constant regardless of which network you are connected to (WiFi or mobile broadband).

A static IP-address makes it much easier for you to connect to OpenVPN because all you have to do is set your computer’s virtual network adapter to use this IP-address. This way, each time you log into your computer your internet connection will automatically be associated with this VPN. This association means that whenever you use a secure connection (such as one provided by OpenVPN) any data you transmit is encrypted and, therefore, safe from hackers.

If you’re still using a dynamic IP-address on your internet connection then you will have to add the VPN’s IP-address to your network settings manually. Otherwise, your computer will not know how to connect to the VPN when you try to use it. In this case, you have to log into your router and change the settings manually.

We don’t usually recommend changing your internet service provider unless you are absolutely sure that they will never change the IP-address again. Otherwise, it’s always best to keep using the dynamic IP-address your ISP gave you. If you decide to switch, be sure to notify your VPN provider in advance.

Install And Configure OpenVPN On Your Server

Now that you have a static IP-address on your mobile phone it’s time to move on to the server. Similar to the mobile phone, your server will also have a fixed IP-address assigned to it by its internet service provider. This IP-address will remain constant regardless of which network you are connected to (WiFi or mobile broadband).

You will want to setup a dedicated VPN server for your personal use. A VPN server is a computer that is specifically set up to provide you with a secured connection to the internet when you use it. When you use a VPN server, all your web traffic is encrypted and, therefore, safe from snoopers.

While it’s not absolutely necessary to have a dedicated server for your VPN, it certainly helps. This way, when you set up your VPN it will take less time and you will be more likely to use it. Plus, you will not have to worry about any performance issues since your VPN server will be optimized for usage.

Installing OpenVPN on a server can be done in several ways. You can use a specialized software installer such as the one from https://openvpn.net/en. Or, you can install it manually using the command line. We will discuss the latter option in more detail.

Install And Configure OpenVPN On Your Client

Your client is software (usually a mobile phone app) that allows you to connect to your VPN server and, therefore, to the internet. When you install the client it will automatically connect to your VPN server and, once connected, will be able to access resources on the internet that are secured using the encryption provided by your VPN server.

Similarly to the server, your client will also have a dedicated IP-address assigned to it by its internet service provider. This fixed IP-address will remain constant regardless of which network you are connected to (WiFi or mobile broadband).

Unlike a server, however, the client will be used solely for connecting to your VPN and will not have any other purpose. This is why most dedicated VPN clients are lightweight and don’t take up a lot of memory or make your computer slow.

Installing OpenVPN on your client can be done in several ways as well. You can use a specialized software installer such as the one from https://openvpn.net/en. Or, you can install it manually using the command line.

To connect to your remote VPN server you will need to enter the server’s fixed IP-address and login details into your mobile phone’s client. In case you are wondering, the login details for the server will be its username and password.

Once you have connected to the server, you will be able to access resources on the internet that are secured using the encryption provided by your VPN server. For more information on using your VPN server, check out our guide to using OpenVPN.

To learn more, read our in-depth guide to VPNs.

Configure Your Router To Work With Your VPN

Your router is the device that connects your computer to the internet. Routers are also responsible for giving your computer a fixed IP-address which is typically provided by your internet service provider. Your router will usually have a dedicated IP-address associated with it that it doesn’t usually use. It is, therefore, perfect for assigning to your VPN server. Simply plug your VPN server’s ethernet cable into your router and configure it to work with your VPN (usually by adding the VPN’s IP-address to your network settings).

Now that you have a static IP-address and are using a VPN, you have to make sure that your router is setup correctly to work with your VPN. Follow the instructions in your router’s documentation to connect and verify your VPN connection.

To learn more, read our in-depth guide to VPNs.

Use The Right Credentials

When you log into your computer, your browser will ask for your username and password. These are the credentials that you use to identify yourself on the internet. Your browser will not accept any other login details (such as Email or Phone Number) in order to authenticate your identity. Therefore, make sure that your username and password are both unique and, when combined, offer a good level of security.

If you are using a dedicated VPN server then make sure to choose strong, complex passwords for your account. Also, make sure that you don’t reuse the same password for other accounts (such as your email account or online shop). Otherwise, you will be at risk of having your account stolen by hackers.

Monitor The Progress Of Your VPN Connection

It’s always best to keep informed about your VPN connection’s progress. This way, you can easily monitor its speed and activity. You can do this by checking your computer’s network activity or, alternatively, by contacting the VPN provider’s customer support.

Once your VPN server has been set up and is connected to the internet, you will be able to access resources that are secured using the encryption provided by your VPN server. For more information on using your VPN server, check out our guide to using OpenVPN.

To learn more, read our in-depth guide to VPNs.

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