Solution to Keep Tunnel Open on Home Network

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ChiefZack17
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Solution to Keep Tunnel Open on Home Network

Post by ChiefZack17 » Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:50 pm

Since the OpenVPN app doesn't yet natively allow you to automatically connect when leaving home network, I've found a work-around through which you can remain connected to the VPN even when at home - no, there's no benefit to this other than that you don't have to manually reconnect.

I saw a forum recommendation to change the local subnet to something in the 10.0.0.0/8 range. By itself, this didn't allow the connection to stay open and created a new problem that I couldn't connect to my pi-hole when connected to the VPN. What did work was changing the TUN mode service port to TCP port 443. Now, for whatever reason, I can stay connected to my VPN all the time and can also access the pi-hole remotely.

Just thought I'd share this since it's taken me days to work out and I wasnt able to find this solution anywhere.

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TinCanTech
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Re: Solution to Keep Tunnel Open on Home Network

Post by TinCanTech » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:31 pm

So you have no idea what you did or why it works ..

This belongs in Examples as "a bad example" ..

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Re: Solution to Keep Tunnel Open on Home Network

Post by Pippin » Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:43 pm

This works on your network, doesn't mean it works for other networks.

Still, moved to examples ;)

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TinCanTech
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Re: Solution to Keep Tunnel Open on Home Network

Post by TinCanTech » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:03 pm

It will work anywhere ... regardless.

And it would work anyway without using TCP.

This is a solution to a problem that does not exist.

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