Enable web access from WAN

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swhdash

New Around Here
I have had a policy for a long time to never open up administration of routers to the internet. I got a Google Wifi network a few years back which almost forced me to have WAN access on for administration...and it worked really well with no security issues (that I know of).
So, I'm back to an ASUS AX86U and see the ominous "Enable Web Access from WAN" complete with the ability to set a custom port, etc. Although this could be a fraught question - is Asus router security good enough to allow this? Remotely configuring from a phone app looks appealing...if secure.
 

AndreiV

Very Senior Member
Do not do it , allow access and tears will follow.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Use a VPN for remote access.
 

bbunge

Part of the Furniture
The AX86U, and other Asus routers, have Instant Guard that makes access to your router from an iOS or Android device very simple. OpenVPN Server also works well (just change the default port). I have both enabled on my router.
 

usn.mustanger

New Around Here
The AX86U, and other Asus routers, have Instant Guard that makes access to your router from an iOS or Android device very simple. OpenVPN Server also works well (just change the default port). I have both enabled on my router.

The problem is, unless I'm misunderstanding something, even Instant Guard requires the "Enable Web Access From WAN" option to be turned on: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1044340

I'd love a simple tutorial on setting up a VPN so that I can manage the parental controls on my RT-AX86U from outside my home network.
 

Hazel

Senior Member

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