when connecting to my OpenVPN I am getting the following warnings in the client log:

Sat Mar 09 06:52:57 2019 WARNING: 'link-mtu' is used inconsistently, local='link-mtu 1469', remote='link-mtu 1569'
Sat Mar 09 06:52:57 2019 WARNING: 'tun-mtu' is used inconsistently, local='tun-mtu 1400', remote='tun-mtu 1500'

How can I fix this inconsistency in the MTU values? I have been reading about some not so intuitive MTU value calculation rules, but I don't feel safe about changing these values without knowing what's going on and stick with the feeling that VPN quality and speed can be compromised by these configurations.

I am using a DD-WRT router as the OpenVPN server. The DD-WRT interface enforces me to set some parameters in the configuration, such as Tunnel MTU Setting.

The server's configuration is the following:

dh /tmp/openvpn/dh.pem
ca /tmp/openvpn/ca.crt
cert /tmp/openvpn/cert.pem
key /tmp/openvpn/key.pem
keepalive 10 120
verb 3
mute 3
writepid /var/run/openvpnd.pid
management 14
management-log-cache 100
topology subnet
script-security 2
port 1194
proto udp4
cipher aes-128-cbc
auth sha256
client-connect /tmp/openvpn/clcon.sh
client-disconnect /tmp/openvpn/cldiscon.sh
client-config-dir /tmp/openvpn/ccd
push "redirect-gateway def1"
tls-cipher TLS-DHE-RSA-WITH-AES-256-CBC-SHA256
tun-mtu 1400
mtu-disc yes
dev tun2
tls-auth /tmp/openvpn/ta.key 0

And the client configuration like this:

dev tun
cipher AES-128-CBC
auth SHA256
resolv-retry infinite
remote vpn.server.com 1194 udp
pkcs12 key.p12
remote-cert-tls server
tls-auth tls.key 1

Again... how can I fix these warnings?

2 Answers 2


Okay, I managed to fix these warnings by inserting:

tun-mtu 1400

in the client's .conf/.ovpn file

  • 2
    Yes, if you change the default tun MTU (which is 1500), it needs to be changed on both side of the tunnel. Jul 26, 2019 at 14:49
link-mtu 1469

is it also working for you?

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