IOS 10.0.1 has removes PPTP VPN. Now what?

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After months and months of successful remote ops using my iPad and iPhone and PPTP VPN from my ASUS RT-AC66U router, the latest iOS update to 10.0.1 has removed PPTP VPN, leaving only IKEv2. IPSec, and L2TP, none of which seem to be supported by the ASUS router.

Using OpenVPN I have achieved a connection to my 6500 halfway....
Using TUN, TCP mode on OpenVPN and static IP mode on SSDR-iOS instead of Discovery or Scan, I can make it connect, and it functions as a remote control surface, but no audio or pan/waterfall diaplay.

I may need to switch to SoftEther.net, but would rather use my router without need for another computer or my Raspberry Pi running.

Anyone else have luck getting it going this way with OpenVPN on their router? I feel like I have gone from confident expert to noob overnight! Ha ha!

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I switched over to OpenVPN and here are the steps I did with an Asus RT-AC3200 router. I have previously set the radio to a static IP address on my network. (new feature in 1.9.7 SSDR)

1) Under VPN in router disable PPTP (unless you have other clients that support it)

2) Click on OpenVPN tab then enable it.

3) add a user and password then click apply.

4) On the OpenVPN server tab change VPN server details from General to Advanced.

5) On the advanced tab change settings to screenshot below. The VPN subnet can be a different subnet but should be unique and different from your home network and remote network.

Speaking of that, you should change your home network to a subnet that will not conflict with remote subnets. It should not be 192.168.1.0 or 192.168.0.0. I use 10.4.0.0 for the home network and 10.8.0.0 for the VPN subnet.

6) On the iPhone/iPad, download OpenVPN Client app from the AppStore.

7) In the router under the OpenVPN General tab click on export and save the client.ovpn file to your computer. Email it to yourself.

8) On the iPhone open the email containing the ovpn file and tap on the file. Under the choices select OpenVPN (you might have to scroll to the right to see that choice.

9) It will open the OpenVPN client and you will see your home IP and a green + Click on the + to add the profile.

10) Enter the username and password you created in step 3.

11) Optional, click save if you do not want to enter your password every time (careful! Security)

12) click connect

13) once connected open SmartSDR for IOS and click on settings (gear icon on bottom right)

14) Change connection mode to fixed and enter the IP address of you radio.

15) Click on Panadapter and then click CON on top. It should connect.


Make sure you are not on the same WiFi network as the radio when testing or it will not connect.

Be careful to turn off the VPN connection when not in use and if you are using cellular data keep an eye on you datausage. You don't want overages!


Dave wo2x



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