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Plex PMS behind a VPN -HowTo

Master-PCMaster-PC Posts: 5Members

Did not see any area for such a question so, here is as good as any I reckon :neutral:

I have Www.PrivateInternetAccess.Com (PIA) and have been trying to get my router on their VPN. Would any here know about figuring that out? PIA seems to only offer Firmware to flash DD-WRT compatible routers and mine is not one.
Mine does have a plethora of TABS beneath the VPN TAB for manually inputting the details. I am at a loss on what those (PIA's) are though. And while on a VPN, will I still be able to port forward to my Plex Machine's LAN IP?

My Router: NETGEAR ProSafe™ Gigabit 8 Port VPN Firewall FVS318N
DETAILS URL: https://www.netgear.com/business/products/security/FVS318N.aspx#tab-techspecs

--paste from PIA support--
Hello Leda sorry for the unacceptable delay. Almost any router with VPN capability could work with our service. However, we only offer ready VPN setup guides for routers using specific router firmware. Here is a list of routers compatible with each of the currently supported firmware types:

DD-WRT -- http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

Tomato -- http://tomatousb.org/doc:build-types

Pfsense -- https://www.freebsd.org/relnotes/CURRENT/hardware/suppo...
https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/IPsec_Compatibility#I...

The directions for router based VPN setups for these firmware can be found on this page: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/client-supp...

In all likelihood, you will need to install ("flash") such custom router firmware onto your router. Please be aware that router flashing falls outside our support scope, and doing so would be at your own discretion and liability.

It may be possible to configure VPN use on stock or other firmware, provided it has VPN configuration options, but we would not have a ready guide for its use. You could try to find help with such a setup on the PIA forum:

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/forum/
--end--

Answers

  • nokdimnokdim Posts: 569Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja, TunerTester Plex Ninja

    You will most likely be able to configure your Netgrear to establish a VPN tunnel and route out PIA but in all likelihood you will not be able to use remote access since port forwarding will not be supported.

    My best suggestion would be to setup a VPN on your Netgear for everyone BUT plex and allow Plex to offload locally without VPN access for remote access to work.

    As far as the VPN setup you really just need a few details like a pre-shared key, phase 1 and 2 configs and I am sure a basic Netgear VPN could accomplish this without needing to install any custom "flash" as it says it supports "site-to-site" VPN on their site.

    *** I would double and triple check with PIA on port forwarding because I am almost 100% sure it will not work.

  • Master-PCMaster-PC Posts: 5Members

    @nokdim said:
    You will most likely be able to configure your Netgrear to establish a VPN tunnel and route out PIA but in all likelihood you will not be able to use remote access since port forwarding will not be supported.

    My best suggestion would be to setup a VPN on your Netgear for everyone BUT plex and allow Plex to offload locally without VPN access for remote access to work.

    As far as the VPN setup you really just need a few details like a pre-shared key, phase 1 and 2 configs and I am sure a basic Netgear VPN could accomplish this without needing to install any custom "flash" as it says it supports "site-to-site" VPN on their site.

    *** I would double and triple check with PIA on port forwarding because I am almost 100% sure it will not work.

    If I buy a DD-WRT compatible router, will port forwarding to my PMS LAN IP then work on the VPN?
    If not PIA VPN service... Is there a VPN service anywhere that will allow port forwarding?

    A fast VPN headquartered offshore somewhere would be best. Hate the idea of every search I type or link I click being logged.

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