No internet when connected to VPN



  • I have been trying, for a while, to get my VPN through NordVPN setup properly. So far I have been unsuccessful, so I am hoping someone here can help me out.

    My pfSense 2.4.4 is installed as a virtual machine on VMware ESXi 6.5 with the WAN ethernet port is passed through directly to the virtual machine.

    I followed the guide provided here: https://support.nordvpn.com/Connectivity/Router/1089079142/pfSense-2-4-4-setup-with-NordVPN.htm

    For a moment upon enabling the VPN it works! I can pull up google, ipleaktest showed my VPN IP address. This doesn't last long, and the internet stops. Google chrome gives me an error saying DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_BAD_CONFIG. Enabling/disabling the VPN, and restarting ubound can occasionally get a momentary restoration of internet through the VPN, but again it doesn't last long before cutting out. Everything looks to be working properly from my pfSense dashboard, I have an IP address for my VPN and all the services are up and running.

    If I stop the VPN service, internet is instantly restored. If I use aliases to direct certain machines through the VPN only the directed machines are without internet, all others not aliased work fine.

    This also is not just an issue with NordVPN, I previously had PIA and had the same issue, I just used it for my cell phones, I switched to Nord recently and am having the same issue trying to get things working in pfSense. This is obviously a setup issue on my end it seems, but I have followed guides and gone through a lot of troubleshooting research.

    Here's hoping someone can shed some insight into what I have set incorrectly/what is going on.


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