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May 2017

Tunnelblick – free software for OpenVPN on OS X and macOS

I installed PiVPN on one of my Raspberry Pi’s at home yesterday to set up my own VPN server at home. (blog post)

As PiVPN makes use of OpenVPN on the Raspberry Pi, I’ve been looking for an easy to use  OpenVPN client for my Mac.

Tunnelblick is a free open source OpenVPN VPN client which fits the bill 🙂

Have a look here to get it – Tunnelblick

Setup is easy:

  •  Install Tunnelblick on your Mac
  • Download the .ovpn configuration file from your VPN server (PiVPN in my case)
  • Double-click on the file.
  • Tunnelblick will automatically open the configuration and you’re ready to connect 🙂

Easy !

Have fun !

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Running your own Home VPN Server from a Raspberry Pi (PiVPN)

I recently installed Pi-Hole as an ad-blocking service on our home network – it’s working quite well and I’m truly impressed!

While on holiday recently I thought it would be quite “cool” to have VPN access to our network at home and came across the following article – “How to turn your Raspberry Pi into a Home VPN Server using PiVPN” using PiVPN.

Installing PiVPN on the same Raspberry Pi I’m running Pi-Hole on seemed like a good idea (and it IS a supported installation).

So needless to say, once we got back from holiday I had a quick look at the article and followed the instructions. Within a very short period of time I had a PiVPN (OpenVPN) server running on our network and just had to configure our router for port-forwarding.

I’ve also signed up for the free option from noip.com to make it easier for us to connect to our VPN at home.

NOTE: One tweak I added to our configuration was to edit the /etc/dnsmasq.conf file to ensure that when I connect to the VPN that my clients would also have ad-blocking enabled 🙂

For more detail on this, refer to the FAQ for the PiVPN software.

Installation was quick & easy!

Have fun !

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