VPN Setup for Ubuntu : OpenVPN Protocol

Below you will find Ubuntu OpenVPN setup instructions for Smart DNS Proxy VPN network.

OpenVPN Setup Instructions for Ubuntu - Smart DNS Proxy VPN

This guide is written using Ubuntu 14.04 as an example, but should be able to be used on many other Linux distributions that use a recent version of Gnome NetworkManager.

Before configuration you should install network-manager-openvpn package.

1. Click the Network icon on your panel > Configure VPN

2. Click Add > OpenVPN

3. Check authentication type “ Password” and fill in the "Connection Name" as any friendly name you like; i.e."SmartDNSProxy VPN". Enter server network address you want to connect to "Gateway" and your VPN account username and password. Select file with CA Certificate*. You can download CA Certificate here.

4. Click Advanced:

  • Check "Use custom gateway port" and enter the port number 1194 (recommended), 443, 80 or 53.
  • Check “Use custom renegotiation interval” and enter the number 0.
  • Check "Use LZO data compression".
  • Check "Use a TCP connection" – this is not recommended because have huge impact on internet speed.


Save the configuration and back out of the menus.

5. Click the NetworkManager icon, and disable and then re-enable networking to force a configuration reload.

Click NetworkManager again, then VPN Connections, nl-am2.serverlocation.co to start a connection. Enter your password when prompted.

And you should now be connected! You can verify your new IP and location with https://www.whatismyip.com/

* If your certificate file is not readable (in SELINUX), you can try entering the following commands:

mv /home/norm30/Downloads/serverlocation.crt ~/.cert
restorecon -R -v ~/.cert
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