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OpenVPN / Turning off VPN loses internet
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:24:57 am »

I am trying to set up some routing rules to send some traffic direct to the WAN - bypassing my VPN.
So I tried a rule which directed traffic from a specific pc direct to the WAN.
The outcome was that the pc could not get to the internet - though another pc connected to the firewall still could.

So I tried disabling the VPN client.
Result was that nothing could connect to internet.

It did work before OpenVPN was installed so I guess I have screwed something in the installation.

Any ideas please?

In case it is not obvious - I am a total noob at this.

OpenVPN / To VPN or not to VPN?
« on: August 25, 2017, 03:46:05 am »

My current setup is a PC running Win 7 with all traffic going via a pfsense firewall running client openvpn using PureVPN service provider.

The specific issue that prompted this plea for help is that when I tried to connect to BBC iplayer they detected that I was using a VPN so refused to play ball. Now I am actually UK based so there would be no problem if I wasn't going via a VPN.

So my query is - Is there a way in which I can specify, when I launch an application, whether it uses the VPN.
I could add a second network card and either connect to a different subnetwork that is not connected to pfsense, or set some firewall rules that bypassed the vpn (I say that but would have no idea how to actually do that !!).
The problem would then be how I would specify which network card the application used. Ideally what I would like to be able to do is say launch one copy of Internet Explorer and route it via the VPN and then launch a second copy to use NOT via VPN.

I think I read that you can bind specific applications to a specific NIC. This may give me a partial solution but is not quite what I am after.

As an alternative is it possible to conceal the fact that I am using a VPN. I guess that in this instance the BBC recognise the IP address as belonging to my VPN service provider.

Thanks for any thoughts

ps If you can help please take into account that I am a total newbie

pfBlockerNG / pfBlocker with openvpn
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:49:04 am »

Having previously setup client openvpn I am attempting to run pfblocker 2.1.1_8 on pfsense 2.3.4.

However nothing appears to be being blocked.
In the Pfblocker widget packets remain at zero.

In Firewall/ pfBlockerNG/ General  - Interface Rules - Inbound and Outbound Firewall Rules , I was expecting to be able to select OpenVPN but it does not appear as an option.

If I look at Firewall/Rules/OpenVPN then there are no rules defined for this interface.

Help please as I am very much a novice at this and guess I have missed something in the setup.


Feedback / Newbies Section
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:30:07 am »

I would like to suggest a section of this board for "the less experienced" user to seek advice.

What do you think?

Installation and Upgrades / Cannot Launch Setup Wizard
« on: August 06, 2017, 01:16:55 pm »
Hi all

Please be gentle with me as I am a total noob and have almost zero networking knowledge.

I have installed pfsense 2.3.4 onto the harddisk of an old computer and can see
Wan assigned as fxp0 v4/DHCP4:    and
Lan assigned as r10 v4

I can see the Wan address displayed in the client list of my Asus DSL-AC68U (my fibre modem/router)

The instructions say I should now be able to connect using the Lan interface and launch the Wizard.

However nothing I try gives a connection - Internet explorer just gives "This page can't be displayed"

Help please.


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