New to pfsense / Need to Setup VPN, Should I Use OpenVPN or L2TP over IPSec?



  • Hi!

    I'm new to pfsense and wanted to know if i should setup VPN, with OpenVPN or L2TP over IPSec?

    I also have a ZyXel USG40w, any suggestions for setting up an IPSec tunnel?

    Thx :)


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    It would help if you would describe the purpose. What will be VPN be used for?

    Also, what will be on the other side of it? What sort of clients? Which operating systems? Another firewall/router?

    What kind of traffic will it be carrying?



  • Sure :)

    When i got the contract at the customer's, pfsense was running as a modem and router connected via nic to bell fibe internet service.. on the other side i was thinking of using a windows 10 vpn client and a ZyXel USG40w set as an endpoint via IPSEC which is already connected to other ZyXel routers via VPN at other sites unrelated.

    @jimp:

    It would help if you would describe the purpose. What will be VPN be used for?

    Also, what will be on the other side of it? What sort of clients? Which operating systems? Another firewall/router?

    What kind of traffic will it be carrying?



  • Sounds like site-to-site VPNs then. I'd probably go with ipsec in that case. I use OpenVPN for client devices when I want to traverse things like hotel wifi routers, because I was sick of ipsec being blocked.



  • I have one site to site IPSec and users that will need remote access, usually i setup L2TP over IPSec, i'm really new to pfsense and openvpn, what should i use for the user? Can openvpn allow multiple users to be setup?



  • I'm also new to pfsense and openvpn and did everything with the help of this topic.

    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=93432.0


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