How to auto-reset VPN when gateway offline

  • A couple times per day I get into a situation of 100% packet loss on the VPNClient gateway.  The gateway status clearly shows offline, but when I go to VPN status it shows 'up'.  If I manually reset OpenVPN client things start working immediately.  Is there a way to automate this?

    When the gateway goes offline, I would like to automatically reset the VPN Client.
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  • Did you ever find a solution to this? I am having the same problem and can not figure out why it is happening.

  • Maybe you can use services_servicewatchdog.php for monitor of OpenVPN Client Service you need?
    And change you client configuration for OpenVPN:

    keepalive 10 60


    ping 10
    ping-restart 60

    in Advanced Configuration => Custom options

  • tried the keepalive command and the interface came up for 3-5 seconds as being ONLINE, then blinked to OFFLINE again. No idea what is happening. Not sure how to load or find that php monitor you are describing. I'm relatively new to pfSense.

    Any idea what might be going on here?

  • It in Main toolbar -> Services -> Service Watchdog. Watchdog this is it help to restart\reboot service that he looking when it goes down or stop working. If this not helps too try not look at pfSense and look to yours VPN provider or yours ISP that gives you internet. Because I too use pfSense like VPN client and it reconnecting my VPN all the time even I manually shut down my WLANs and turn them back.

  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Services watchdog will not do anything if the OpenVPN process continues to run.

    If the OpenVPN connection continues to run and the internal (to OpenVPN) keepalive pings continue to respond, but the OpenVPN provider stops passing actual traffic, I can't think of a built-in way to restart that tunnel.

    You might consider getting another VPN provider - or trying another site on that one. It looks broken.

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