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Has anyone managed to successfully use the service on Linux while keeping WiFi intact?

Here is a link to setting up the ProtonVPN service on Linux, using NetworkManager.
https://protonvpn.com/support/linux-vpn-setup/
(I've tried both options A and B)

I have successfully created a "connection" profile in NetworkManager following their instructions.
But the problem with this, is that the new VPN connection replaces the WiFi connection. 
You choose one or the other, WiFi or VPN. 

I need to use it in conjunction with WiFi.

On Windoze it works fine - they set it up so that a program runs to handle your encryption and connect to the VPN, sending it all through your existing WiFi connection. 

Does anyone know of a workaround, so that you can create that VPN tunnel, over your existing WiFi connection?
Whether it be WiFi at home, in the office, or at a public hotspot or café.

« Last Edit: February 09, 2019, 04:03:40 am by Timmi »

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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2019, 09:10:06 am »
Do they do a free version, so I can test their instructions ?

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You choose one or the other, WiFi or VPN. 

It'll probably look that way in neworkmanager, but I'd expect them to be bridged.

Does it work with a wired connection ?
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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2019, 02:48:03 pm »
1. Do they do a free version, so I can test their instructions ?
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You choose one or the other, WiFi or VPN. 
2. It'll probably look that way in neworkmanager, but I'd expect them to be bridged.
3. Does it work with a wired connection ?

1. yes, they have a free version.

2. hmm, I hadn't thought of that.  I don't recall a command that would have created the bridge - unless resolvconf did that.
If I knew for sure that it was bridged, then I could look towards my credentials, and create another connection profile in case that server was too congested.

3. old one has iffy connector, can't rely on it.  I should go out and buy one (but just to test?)

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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2019, 03:19:18 pm »
Basically yes, just as a test does it work with a wired connection but not with a wireless one ?
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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2019, 03:25:34 pm »
Basically yes, just as a test does it work with a wired connection but not with a wireless one ?

I'll get a cable, and get back to you.

 Thank you.
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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2019, 06:48:41 pm »
IIRC, access to VPN is only available for paid accounts... I use them on my phone now, instead of gmail which is force-stopped and disabled... 
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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2019, 04:58:28 pm »
just as a test does it work with a wired connection but not with a wireless one ?

It did not work with a cable either. 

I guess I was on the wrong track with my original question.

(and just to clarify, I'm configuring using one of the  free servers, not one of the paid ones.  there are 4 servers in the list I used to use all the time without issue in Windoze, I know they should work well)

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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2019, 06:31:50 pm »
So you can't connect to anything using the VPN connection?

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Re: VPN (Proton VPN) and NetworkManager: setup and maintain WiFi connection
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2019, 06:46:13 am »
So you can't connect to anything using the VPN connection?

Nope. 
And I don't know how to figure out what I'm doing wrong. 

I found a support request page, and have sent a request, to save us all some time. 

Not sure if they'll provide support for the free service.  I'll keep you all posted.