OpenVPN Client - Port Forward Guidance

  • Problem:

    I have spent several days now trying to tinker with pfsense settings to allow Mullvad VPN to port forward. If I leave "Don't pull routes" unchecked, then my normal "LAN" traffic cannot access WAN. If I uncheck "Don't pull routes" then both LAN and VPN clients can access the internet through their gateways, but ports are not forwarded to VPN clients anymore.

    Question: How can I add the necessary routes to enable port forwarding without pulling routes from Mullvad VPN?

    Network Topology

    • LAN clients use default WAN (
    • VPN clients have separate subnet, and should use VPN gateway only (
    • VPN traffic is tagged, floating rule blocks this traffic at WAN

    Explanation of Data Below

    • The config below shows the following:
    • Both LAN and VPN clients are able to access the internet on the correct gateway
    • The port forward function does not work for VPN clients
    • The only way I can get ports to successfully forward is by pulling all routes, and redirecting all traffic to VPN gateway (which I don't want to do)
    • The config below shows status with "dont pull routes" enabled, meaning that port forward does not work
    • Copied below are settings for OpenVPN, NAT port forward, NAT outbound, Firewall rules, logs, and wireshark dumps

    VPN Settings

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    NAT Settings

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    Firewall Rules

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    OpenVPN Log

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    Wireshark Dump

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    Thank you for your time and assistance. Appreciate all your support on this one. I am going crazy.

  • i portforwarded with mullvad for a year. they work fairly well. i will tell you i did have to restart the tunnel on the occasion for traffic to flow again.

    one thing i noticed.

    under topology i have mine set too SUBNET

    1. i don't see firewall > nat > outbound where the traffic is allowed to leave on that interface at least i don't think i do...

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