How Enable PPTP Server



  • Hi,

    I'm new to pfsense, but I am configuring this to replace my current linksys (tomato) router. One of the main uses I have of my router is as a PPTP Server. I can see this was removed from pfsense for good security reasons. My use is purely to allow a couple of TV set top boxes with a cheap TP-Link TL-WR702N at my families houses be able to use my IP. These little mini routers are able to be configured to connect to a L2TP or PPTP Server. Speed is very important for this as they are streaming video. I did loads of testing to see which servers and configurations provided the best speed before rolling this out and found PPTP with all encryption off to be the best.

    I would like to enable this manually. I tried to install mpd5, but saw that was already installed. In guides to install and configure mpd5 it says to enable it via rc.conf, but this file says not to use at the top in pfsense.

    My question is, what do I have to do to enable this? I would appreciate some high level steps, I can look up the detail myself.



  • Don't.

    Use ipsec or Openvpn



  • @heper said in How Enable PPTP Server:

    Don’t.
    Use ipsec or Openvpn

    Hi heper, I don't really understand how your answer helps, did you read my post or just the subject?

    This would require new hardware at the my families houses, down time, lots of travel and result in a slower connection. The best alternative would be to use L2TP if I was going to do anything else as the current hardware in place supports this.

    Although I believe PPTP should not be used anymore, I think my situation is an exception where security of the data is not an issue, but speed is.



  • Look elsewhere, getting pptp to work on the current version of pfSense is not going to work because all of the needed bits and bobs needed for it were ripped out when pptp support was dropped a while ago.

    Sure you can try to install mpd5 and other stuff needed but with same effort you could install vanilla FreeBSD and get a working pptp server.



  • L2tp is still an option I think

    Pptp isn't an option anymore. Hasn't been an option for a long time.

    So either you change the hardware.
    Or you can run an ancient/exploitable version of pfsense.
    Or you find some other distro that still supports pptp


  • Galactic Empire

    TBH I'd use IPsec.

    If you don't care about encryption maybe look at a GRE tunnel if its supported by the TP-Link TL-WR702N.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    @pholcroft said in How Enable PPTP Server:

    @heper said in How Enable PPTP Server:

    Don’t.
    Use ipsec or Openvpn

    Hi heper, I don't really understand how your answer helps, did you read my post or just the subject?

    pfSense no longer includes support for acting as a PPTP server, so his answer was the most concise way to convey that and offer alternatives.

    It doesn't matter what your security requirements are, PPTP should be avoided at all costs.




  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    No, don't do that. That version is over two years out of date. PPTP is insecure and must be avoided. There is no way to use it on current and secure versions of pfSense.


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