I connect to my home asus router through openvpn. I can use internet over vpn but do not see any windows computer in local network.

For example, I can ping android, linux devices or ip camera in my local network but cannot ping windows computers. ( I can do this from local network) (My local computers have Windows 7 or Windows 10)

I assume that the problem in windows firewall, but i do not know what to do with this.

Addresses in local network have form 192.168.1.x

For openvpn client the router creates virtual network 10.8.0.x

  • Simple test - disable the windows firewall and test a ping again. If it still does not work it is not the firewall. if it is the firewall you will need to add a rules that allows icmp packages from a certain network. Jul 30, 2016 at 20:15

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Your windows machines will see 192.168.1.x as the "Home network" (AKA the private profile) which they trust. The 10.8.0.x range is being routed from the router, and as far as your windows machines are concerned is external (Public) and not completely trustworthy.

You can create a new inbound rule in windows advanced firewall. To do this do the following:

  • Open Windows firewall with advanced security
  • Click inbound rules on the left
  • Click New rule on the right
  • Click Custom rule
  • Specify programs or leave as all programs
  • Specify ports or leave as all ports
  • Click "These ip addresses" under remote IP
  • Click "This ip address range"
  • Type From "" To ""
  • Close and click Next, then leave as "Allow the connetion"
  • Apply to all profiles
  • Name it & Finish

You should then be able to connect to your home devices through your vpn

  • Isn't the range of to private anyway? If they are blocking this range they also need to block [ -] and [ -]. Does MS provide some Documentation of what they are blocking? You solution worked btw Thanks!
    – Lars
    Jun 16, 2017 at 8:56
  • Your correct in that all 3 ranges are private. The key is the question: are they familiar to your network? If not, they are treated as untrusted. If your subnet is, firewalls will generally assume you control it, and give more leeway to any machine on that subnet. This is generally referred to as the "trusted/Private/Home network".
    – Lister
    Jun 16, 2017 at 18:32
  • Can this be done automatically? (using batch script without doing all these clicks?)
    – Pavel P
    Nov 5, 2019 at 17:05
  • 1
    @pavel There are both cmd and powershell cmdlets available for creating firewall rules: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/netsecurity/…
    – Lister
    Aug 20, 2020 at 12:23

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