Why can't I access forwarded ports on my WAN IP from my LAN



  • Hello all

    Before we begin i already read

    Port Forward Troubleshooting
    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Port_Forward_Troubleshooting

    Why can't I access forwarded ports on my WAN IP from my LAN/OPTx networks
    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Why_can't_I_access_forwarded_ports_on_my_WAN_IP_from_my_LAN/OPTx_networks

    I am running 2.3.2-RELEASE-p1 (amd64)
    DNS RESOLVER is being used NOT DNS FORWARDED

    I have a DVR with cameras i want to access inside and outside my LAN using my cell phone using only 1 FQDN from DDNS that works inside and outside my LAN. This worked flawlessly using a tomato firmware flashed onto my old ASUS RT-N16.

    I have a very simple network with all computers in a workgroup.
    No domains or anything fancy like that behind a pfsense box.
    pfSense is running a DUAL WAN with Forwarding Mode enabled.
    192.168.x.x/21

    I can ping BOTH my WAN IP address and DDNS from outside AND inside my network through my cell phone.

    When inside my LAN using wifi my device can not connect to the DVR (FQDN:PORT) even though i can ping it with FQDN… i have to turn wifi off to connect to my DVR which is crazy.

    I read the manual above and have turned on NAT Reflection but still no joy.

    I dont care if i use the WAN IP address or FQDN i just need it to work.

    Split DNS is not going to work because i have multiple DVR's and SERVERS inside the LAN that i need to access and from what i understand Split DNS only works if its 1 FQDN for 1 SERVER/DVR and since i have multiple SERVER/DVR i cant use SPLIT DNS.

    Here are my current relevant settings that may be useful
    http://imgur.com/a/W9F63

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks in Advance



  • I am having the same issue connecting to my Home Automation via the LAN.  Port forwarding is working properly, as I can access the system remotely while wifi is off.  Please advise.



  • Split DNS is not going to work because i have multiple DVR's and SERVERS inside the LAN that i need to access and from what i understand Split DNS only works if its 1 FQDN for 1 SERVER/DVR and since i have multiple SERVER/DVR i cant use SPLIT DNS.

    How are you accessing these various servers and devices via WAN?  They all have to have either an exclusive IP address or port unless you're running some reverse proxy.



  • you could install a reverse proxy package having 1 dns record for each server (squid)



  • I'm not asking how you would do it theoretically, I'm asking how he is specifically doing it.  I'm guessing he has the one WAN IP and is using a variety of port forwards to forward WAN traffic to selected servers and ports.

    It might be possible to put all these devices on a separate network and then port-forward from LAN1 to LAN2 along with split DNS.



  • Hi.

    Maybe my problem is by the same issue.

    I have upgraded from 2.0.1 which worked for years. First the NAT reflection seems to work fine or maybe i don't notice it. For hosts which have rules with limiters the reflection does not work.



  • Self reply, workaround for me was to use que instead of limiter for download (direction out). Hope it will be fixed in 2.4….
    https://redmine.pfsense.org/issues/4326



  • Limiters + NAT is fixed in 2.4.