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I would like my OpenVPN server to push a route down to the client with a different default gateway.

Specifically, my OpenVPN server has an internal IP address of, and I would like it to push a route of using gateway

Is it possible to do this by specifying a push route in the server config file?

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Based on man openvpn you should be able to push routes to clients using something like: push 'network/IP [netmask] [gateway] [metric]' – josten Sep 17 '13 at 15:58
Are you saying you want to push "route" to the client, and then the VPN clients traffic to have a different default gateway ( on the VPN server network? – Drav Sloan Sep 17 '13 at 16:02
@DravSloan I want the client to access IP addresses on the network via, but I don't want to change any of the other routing behavior of the VPN. – Lorin Hochstein Sep 17 '13 at 16:46
@josten I tried doing: push "route", no go. – Lorin Hochstein Sep 17 '13 at 17:03
@LorinHochstein that should probably be push route " 1" – Drav Sloan Sep 17 '13 at 17:12

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push route " 1"

From the openvpn man page:

--route network/IP [netmask] [gateway] [metric]

This tells the server config to "push" to the client, the route command which sets a networking route of the subnet via the gateway with a metric of 1. Metrics are used to give "preference" if multiple routes exist (such that the lowest cost wins).

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