IPSec VPN on AsusWRT-Merlin

sbsnb

Very Senior Member
Android has dropped support for IPSec/XAuth PSK as of Android 12. I want to look into using IPSEC VPN because OpenVPN clients on Android consume MASSIVE amounts of battery (as in taking a phone from lasting two days on a charge to depleting the battery in 12 hours with zero screen usage). Does anyone know if there's any plans to update the VPN server in the firmware to support other modes?
 
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RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
I have no plan to make any changes to the IPSEC implementation. It's entirely Asus'.
 

sbsnb

Very Senior Member
I guess the bright side is that once iPhones drop support Asus can just remove all the IPSEC code from the firmware.
 

sbsnb

Very Senior Member
I'm trying to resign myself to OpenVPN clients, but none of them can be triggered upon connection to certain WiFi access points. Is there a client that integrates with Android so the VPN can be started automatically when you connect to certain access points?

It trips me out that Android has been around well over a decade and we're still having to use bubble gum and aluminum foil to make VPNs work.
 

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