Pine A6+ with OpenVPN
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Hi

Congratulations on your $1m KickStarter achievement!  Clearly you have struck a nerve.  I have signed up for the Pine A64+ with 2GB RAM to use to trial Linux, as I'm becoming increasingly interested in open source / disillusioned with Apple.

On a bit of a side note, have you have tested the Pine64+ with OpenVPN?  I know it's not top of everyone's wish list, but it is mine.

I live in rural Thailand, and my internet connection is rather unreliable.  However, I have found that, by connecting to my own VPN server via OpenVPN, I can get speed increases of 50%, along with reduction in latency and increased reliability.

The other thing I've done is to invest in a Peplink bonding router, which allows me to bond multiple ISP WAN connections.  At the moment I'm bonding 4.

However, it strikes me that I should be opening a VPN connection on each WAN connection before they enter the bonding router, so I've been talking with PicoCluster about them building me an 8 board, 4 node cluster, based on Pine A64+, as per the attached diagram.

Will this work?  I don't think the chip you're using is particularly suited for AES encryption, so want to be sure before I spend $800+ on my little project!

Thanks.


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(01-16-2016, 09:13 PM)sprout Wrote: Hi

Congratulations on your $1m KickStarter achievement!  Clearly you have struck a nerve.  I have signed up for the Pine A64+ with 2GB RAM to use to trial Linux, as I'm becoming increasingly interested in open source / disillusioned with Apple.

On a bit of a side note, have you have tested the Pine64+ with OpenVPN?  I know it's not top of everyone's wish list, but it is mine.

I live in rural Thailand, and my internet connection is rather unreliable.  However, I have found that, by connecting to my own VPN server via OpenVPN, I can get speed increases of 50%, along with reduction in latency and increased reliability.

The other thing I've done is to invest in a Peplink bonding router, which allows me to bond multiple ISP WAN connections.  At the moment I'm bonding 4.

However, it strikes me that I should be opening a VPN connection on each WAN connection before they enter the bonding router, so I've been talking with PicoCluster about them building me an 8 board, 4 node cluster, based on Pine A64+, as per the attached diagram.

Will this work?  I don't think the chip you're using is particularly suited for AES encryption, so want to be sure before I spend $800+ on my little project!

Thanks.

The A64 SoC chip has the AES encryption engine and the openVPN may be available when somebody bring up the Open WRT. Currently this is just a discussion and not yet available.
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Thanks for your reply, tllim. Great to hear that the A64 SoC chip has AES encryption engine after all, and that OpenVPN may be available in the future. I will keep my fingers crossed!
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#4
OpenVPN will be available as soon as ubuntu will be.

Whenever this happen, I will be posting here an how-to create a VPN server/client with OpenVPN using a pine64.
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(02-23-2016, 02:05 AM)mane Wrote: OpenVPN will be available as soon as ubuntu will be.

Whenever this happen, I will be posting here an how-to create a VPN server/client with OpenVPN using a pine64.

You may start right now, I've updated the ubuntu rootfs and the instructions how-to make a bootable uSD card, see http://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?t...24#pid2624
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(02-23-2016, 02:43 PM)umiddelb Wrote:
(02-23-2016, 02:05 AM)mane Wrote: OpenVPN will be available as soon as ubuntu will be.

Whenever this happen, I will be posting here an how-to create a VPN server/client with OpenVPN using a pine64.

You may start right now, I've updated the ubuntu rootfs and the instructions how-to make a bootable uSD card, see http://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?t...24#pid2624

I don't have a pine64 yet, I should receive mine next month. Sorry about that.
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I'm planning on running Private Internet Access (PIA) on my Pine64, so once I get my board I'll do a quick write up. I really don't expect any problems since PIA uses OpenVPN and is well documented. My biggest concern is to see what sort of performance I get. Right now my EdgeRouter Lite can use OpenVPN and PIA, but hardware offloading isn't supported so I take a huge hit on connection speed. Pretty much go from 20Mbps down to 5-6 Mbps if I'm lucky, running the client only on a windows PC and there is still a hit, but it is more like 18-19 Mbps.
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