OpenVPN Client on Asus AC-RT86U stopped working

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procrastin8

New Around Here
Hi, I have an ASUS AC-RT86U that I have configured with an OpenVPN client connection to NordVPN. This was working last week but sometime this week it stopped working and nothing I do can get it working again. Some config details:
- running stock Asus firmware, v 3.0.0.4.384_32799
- this is a 2nd router, connected via WAN port to my netgear orbi mesh system
- it is double NATed which had not been a problem until this week
- I have done full factory reset, deleted openvpn config and reuploaded, pointed to different NordVPN server

Here are the logs regarding the connection:
Code:
Jan 10 22:05:37 vpnclient5[2444]: Restart pause, 2 second(s)
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: WARNING: --ping should normally be used with --ping-restart or --ping-exit
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: NOTE: the current --script-security setting may allow this configuration to call user-defined scripts
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: Socket Buffers: R=[524288->524288] S=[524288->524288]
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: UDPv4 link local: [undef]
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: UDPv4 link remote: [AF_INET]185.217.69.136:1194
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: TLS: Initial packet from [AF_INET]185.217.69.136:1194, sid=90ce63aa 1fcbc562
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: TLS Error: TLS key negotiation failed to occur within 60 seconds (check your network connectivity)
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: TLS Error: TLS handshake failed
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: SIGUSR1[soft,tls-error] received, process restarting
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: Restart pause, 2 second(s)

One interesting note is that for some reason the router also can't check for newer firmwares, it constantly says it's not connected even though it is. Connected clients can access external sites, etc. with no problem and the router UI says it has a valid IP and that ethernet WAN is connected.
 

corestaples

New Around Here
Hi, I have an ASUS AC-RT86U that I have configured with an OpenVPN client connection to NordVPN. This was working last week but sometime this week it stopped working and nothing I do can get it working again. Some config details:
- running stock Asus firmware, v 3.0.0.4.384_32799
- this is a 2nd router, connected via WAN port to my netgear orbi mesh system
- it is double NATed which had not been a problem until this week
- I have done full factory reset, deleted openvpn config and reuploaded, pointed to different NordVPN server

Here are the logs regarding the connection:
Code:
Jan 10 22:05:37 vpnclient5[2444]: Restart pause, 2 second(s)
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: WARNING: --ping should normally be used with --ping-restart or --ping-exit
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: NOTE: the current --script-security setting may allow this configuration to call user-defined scripts
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: Socket Buffers: R=[524288->524288] S=[524288->524288]
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: UDPv4 link local: [undef]
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: UDPv4 link remote: [AF_INET]185.217.69.136:1194
Jan 10 22:05:39 vpnclient5[2444]: TLS: Initial packet from [AF_INET]185.217.69.136:1194, sid=90ce63aa 1fcbc562
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: TLS Error: TLS key negotiation failed to occur within 60 seconds (check your network connectivity)
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: TLS Error: TLS handshake failed
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: SIGUSR1[soft,tls-error] received, process restarting
Jan 10 22:06:39 vpnclient5[2444]: Restart pause, 2 second(s)

One interesting note is that for some reason the router also can't check for newer firmwares, it constantly says it's not connected even though it is. Connected clients can access external sites, etc. with no problem and the router UI says it has a valid IP and that ethernet WAN is connected.
I have the same problem now with mine... RT-AC1900P .. upgraded firmware and now it is behaving worst ... maybe will do factory reset and install latest firmware again .. works for a bit, then when I try to connect, it just stays stuck in a loop ... arggh
 

corestaples

New Around Here
I have the same problem now with mine... RT-AC1900P .. upgraded firmware and now it is behaving worst ... maybe will do factory reset and install latest firmware again .. works for a bit, then when I try to connect, it just stays stuck in a loop ... arggh

I am using their asus ddns by the way.. worked for months before then I noticed it took more time to connect so they recommend upgrading my firmware.
 

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