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Topic # 147153 10-Jun-2014 17:35
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I have a problem with Astrill and the windows firewall that neither myself nor Astrill tech support can solve. When the windows firewall is turned off all is well, Astrill works fine. When it's turned on I can't connect to any Astrill server.

[10/06/2014 17:33:07] Detected local IP: 192.168.1.10
[10/06/2014 17:33:07] Detected default gateway: 192.168.1.5
[10/06/2014 17:33:07] Command: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Astrill\asovpnc.exe" --remote (remote server IP removed) --port 443 --management 127.0.0.1 3221 --management-hold --management-query-passwords --verb 11 --config "openvpn-tcp.conf" --register-dns --vpnmode 1 --http-port ! 443 --http-host smarttv.samsung.com downloads.samsung.com update.microsoft.com updates.apple.com itunes.apple.com track.quantummetrics.com analytics.seotrack.com --http-agent "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:27.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/27.0"
[10/06/2014 17:33:46] Terminated
[10/06/2014 17:33:46] [Error] Error connecting to OpenVPN Management Interface


Astrill is configured to use TCP : 443, though UDP works fine as well - and neither work when the firewall is activated. I've added an outgoing firewall rule as follows. Anyone have any suggestions?





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  Reply # 1062776 10-Jun-2014 17:44
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Are you using the client?

 


I just configured it with default windows VPN setup.




 


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  Reply # 1062779 10-Jun-2014 17:50
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I too had issues at one point, Astrill spent approx 10 hours with multiple attempts via a remote desktop to get it working.
In the end I re-installed windows anyway, and the problem went away.
Cannot remember what the problem was exactly tho.



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  Reply # 1062791 10-Jun-2014 18:12
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TimA: Are you using the client?
I just configured it with default windows VPN setup.


Yes I'm using the Astrill client. I didn't know windows did VPN natively - got a tutorial or setup guide handy?

rscole86: I too had issues at one point, Astrill spent approx 10 hours with multiple attempts via a remote desktop to get it working.
In the end I re-installed windows anyway, and the problem went away.
Cannot remember what the problem was exactly tho.


I think that might be one way to do it, but it's a big hammer to use. I have so much running on the PC it'd be a PITA. It's due eventually... maybe at Christmas.




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  Reply # 1063104 11-Jun-2014 06:28
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Does anyone know the connect string format for connecting to Astrill? Do you just use one of their servers IP addresses? A screenshot if anyone's done it would be awesome. Does it VPN your whole internet connection?

Is there any other free windows VPN software I could try that works with Astrill?




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  Reply # 1063481 11-Jun-2014 16:12
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Ok I've worked it out. I used the windows VPN client using PPTP as described by Astrill for Android, adapter for windows, here. Windows VPN instructions here. I used a server from the Astrill list here. I unblocked ports as specified here. Now Astrill works natively, and with the Windows firewall turned on - it was a client software problem, not a networking problem :)




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