ZeroTier One VPN configuration RutOS

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ZeroTier One is an open source software product that establishes Peer to Peer VPN (P2PVPN) connection between laptops, desktops, phones, embedded devices, cloud resources, and apps.


This article contains step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Zerotier VPN connection using RUTxxx routers.


You will need:

  • Two RUTxxx routers
  • An end device to configure the routers (PC, Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone)


  1. Go to and register an account. After the registration you will be able to create a network in the networks tab:
    Networking rut configuration zerotier network creation v1.jpg

  2. Your newly created network should look somewhat similar to this:
    Networking rutxxx configuration zerotier new network.jpg
    Networking rutxxx configuration zerotier network settings v1.jpg
    You will need to remember your Network ID and assign IP addresses that will not conflict with your current networks on your devices. You also need to decide your access control which will decide if you want to control who has access to your network (Private Network) or just allow everyone in (Public Network).

  3. Find out the public IP addresses of your routers. You can do this by visiting a website like or by using the curl command via CLI or SSH.

  4. Navigate to the Services → VPN → Zerotier page. Enable Zerotier, add new network instance, enable it, specify your network ID, and save:
    Networking rutxxx configuration zerotier router connection v2.png
    The first time Zerotier is enabled it creates a unique address for you which can take a bit of time.

  5. After a minute or two your router's Zerotier address should become visible on the network options. Note: For peace of mind, you can name the connection:
    Networking rutxxx configuration zerotier new connection v1.jpg

  6. If you have the network set to be Private, you will need to authenticate it as well to allow access to this network. You can do that from the Services → CLI page. Login (user: root; password: router's admin password) and type ifconfig. It should give you a "zt" interface with the same IP. If you see these options, it means you are connected to the Zerotier network and will be capable to reach other devices also connected there.
    Networking rutxxx configuration zerotier interface v1.jpg

  7. Since both routers are configured, we can clearly see that routers have different physical IPs and for this example, we will make Router 2 with IP (Managed IP: who will be our VPN client get the IP (Managed IP: ) from the other Router 1 who will be our VPN server:
    Networking rutxxx zerotier client and server v1.jpg

  8. For this we first will need to take the VPN servers (Router1) managed IP and input it into our Managed Routes on our Zerotier network so that all connected devices which want to use the VPN service will know where our VPN server is and save the configuration:
    Networking rutxxx configuration zerotier route v2.jpg

  9. And now we can confirm client (Router 2) obtaining the server IP address on a console or the CLI on the Service tab with the “curl” command.
    root@Teltonika-RUT950:~# curl


    root@Teltonika-RUT950:~# curl