PIA - What's the proper way to do gateway monitoring?

  • I currently disable gateway monitoring for the PIA gateway since it doesn't respond to ping.  Is there an alternate address that one can enter in the "Monitor IP" field?

  • I read somewhere you can add any pingable address.
    If you get a response you know the VPN is up.

    I've added to mine and my PIA shows online

  • pfSense will add a static route for the monitoring IP via the given interface.
    If there is a x.x.x.x address is used there then the router will always send traffic for that IP to PIA, adding latency for non-VPN users and breaking Geo lookup (in DNS case).
    I'm using there one of Level 3 DNS resolvers ( -  which I don't need to contact for any other purpose.

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