Cells VPN'd hotspot not working?



  • Hello everyone,,
    I have a concept of something I would like to set-up if I can figure out how to do it.

    I have pfSense running at home. When I connect to a public WiFi hotspot from my laptop, I always VPN home, using OpenVPN, which gives me access to all my networking resources in my house. I am in the process of buying an RV and thought of building a small device that will be able to tap into a WiFi hotspot, then using a VPN, route all traffic through my home pfSense, then create it's own low-power hotspot for just my RV that I can log into. I realize that some stand-alone devices are designed to log into one WiFi hotspot and then create it's own hotspot to share one connection, in fact, all three of my vehicles have this built-in, but I would like to route all the traffic through my home network, so I don't have to actually set up a VPN service on each of my devices. If this is possible, could it be further possible to have it login to a hotspot with a captive portal? I know one particular camping area where you "purchase" a code that you have to enter in via a captive portal. If I could do this through such a wireless gateway I have described, I wouldn't have to log both my wife & I's iPhones, iPads and laptop computers to access it, just the gateway, then we could all use the one connection.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction for such a setup?



  • @Redington

    Why do you think something's not working? Since all you're doing is sharing Wifi, it should work as before. Have you actually tried it and seen it fail? The only issue I've ever had with OpenVPN is some places, such as the local library, block pretty much everything beyond browsers.


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Yeah, you are probably going to have to navigate any captive portals manually. That will probably involve disabling any policy routing over the VPN, using a web browser behind the firewall on HTTP, negotiating through whatever captive portal dance they have choreographed, then re-enabling policy routing over the VPN.


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