How to run OpenVPN on Custom Protocol and Port

UTunnel allows users to connect to a VPN server using the OpenVPN protocol via custom protocol (UDP/TCP) and port. This guide details the steps to configure this feature. To use this feature, you need to enable manual OpenVPN Connections from the VPN server settings first.

Once you enable OpenVPN on a custom protocol and port, it will be listed as a connection option on UTunnel’s Android and Windows VPN client applications.

1. Log in to your UTunnel account and click on the Server tab at the top menu to view your servers.

openvpn custom protocol port dashboard

2. Click on your preferred server to view more details about the server.

openvpn custom protocol port server list page

3. You will land on the server details page of that particular server. Select Settings from the left side menu.

openvpn custom protocol port server details page

4. Scroll down to find Custom OpenVPN. Enable Run OpenVPN on a custom port. Select your preferred protocol from the dropdown and enter your preferred port. Click the SAVE CHANGES button to effect the changes.

openvpn custom protocol port settings page

5. In order for the changes to reflect on the VPN server, a service restart needs to be performed on the server. Click on the Apply button on the prompt asking you to restart the service. 

For a cloud VPN server, the service restart will be performed automatically. But, in the case of an on-premise VPN server, you have to restart it manually.

openvpn custom protocol port server restart

6. You have to wait while the service automatically restarts and the changes are in effect.

openvpn custom protocol port server restart in progress

8. The status of the UTunnel service restart can be inferred from the message bar.

openvpn custom protocol port server restart complete

9. Once restarted, users will be able to connect to the UTunnel VPN server using the Custom OpenVPN protocol and port as defined above from UTunnel VPN client applications.

If you need further assistance, contact our support team.

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