Hello Peplink Team,
Although I was an early advocate for OpenVPN, we have after the recent changes in the legal climate here in Australia having to officially change our stance.
We are no longer interested in an OpenVPN Client within any Peplink/Pepwave models.
We do though believe there may still be good commercial reasons for the higher end Peplink Balance Series routers as the 380 and above to offer an OpenVPN Server, there are many current customers requiring to use a third party OpenVPN Server appliance and we wish to simplify this and improve the management and monitoring of this.
In our professional opinion, Peplink are on track to be sticking with the PepVPN for professional VPN connections between Peplink devices and for businesses as it is a superior product and we see Peplink more as a professional grade solution than a consumer grade solution.
If Peplink was to introduce a OpenVPN Client then in several countries (including Australia) suppliers will potentially face problems with getting the product approved with many carriers that are attempting to stamp out the use of bit torrents and avoid receiving and issuing fines (as is now done in Australia) for breaches of copyright (Details available here at Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 or in your favourite search engine put in “Australian ISP issue fines for copyright”). In Australia it is possible for the supplier of equipment that allow for the breaching of copyrights laws to also be penalized (there has been no financial limit set on these penalties as yet).
By all means a OpenVPN Server would be good in the Balance 380 and above, though we highly recommend leaving the OpenVPN Client out of the entire range for legal protection of your Peplink Partners or finding a way to ensure they can opt out of OpenVPN for equipment in their region.
The professional equipment we use, such as Mobotix Cameras, already have the OpenVPN Client built in and as such only need the OpenVPN Server to match in the Balance Routers.
We release this post will upset many here in this thread, though at potentially over $10k fine per router supplied supporting OpenVPN here in Australia, we cannot take the risk (for distributors & partners we recommend you get independent legal advice and also check your insurance, premiums alone could ruin most businesses).
Happy to Help,