Traffic going out to internet, cannot access control panel on access point on different network

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    When I try to connect to the access point from the windows desktop the connection is routed via WAN and the first hop is my ISP servers resulting in host not found.

    This is a small home network I've setup to learn pfSense. I read that routing between networks on the same device is automatic. Not sure if this is correct. Can anyone spot the problem?

    I have no static routes setup and the default gateway is WAN.

    Output of trace route from >

    Tracing route to over a maximum of 30 hops
      1    24 ms    21 ms    21 ms  * [*]
      2    23 ms    30 ms    27 ms  * [*]
      3     *        *        *     Request timed out.
      4     *        *        *     Request timed out.







    Default Gateways:


    Static Routes:


  • My guess is that your AP is probably configured wrong somehow.. Do you have it set for DHCP?

    Can you access it from a device connected to it?

    pfSense by default routes between its LAN interfaces. And your firewall rules would allow it.

    edit- how is your AP LAN setup?

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Or he is running some vpn on his client... The first hit on a traceroute on that windows machine would be pfsense IP on igb1.


    $ tracert -d
    Tracing route to over a maximum of 30 hops
      1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms
      2    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms
    Trace complete.

    That is from my windows box on, to an AP I have running on my 192.168.2 vlan.. Sim to the OP setup.

  • Yes I believe the AP is given an IP via DHCP. Which works fine for what I need it for. If I connect to the access point control panel from my phone on its own network it works as it should.

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Show us the route table from your windows machine... What your showing it pretty impossible to be honest..

    $ route print
    Interface List
     13...00 13 3b 2f 67 62 ......Realtek PCIe GbE Family Controller
     22...00 13 3b 2f 67 63 ......Realtek PCIe GbE Family Controller #2
     21...00 ff e4 1e b8 0a ......TAP-Windows Adapter V9
      1...........................Software Loopback Interface 1
    IPv4 Route Table
    Active Routes:
    Network Destination        Netmask          Gateway       Interface  Metric
           On-link    331
           On-link    331         On-link    331
         On-link    281
         On-link    281         On-link    281         On-link    281         On-link    281         On-link    281
           On-link    331
           On-link    281
           On-link    281         On-link    331         On-link    281         On-link    281
    Persistent Routes:
      Network Address          Netmask  Gateway Address  Metric

  • @johnpoz Man I feel stupid now! This was the problem. Forgot I had OpenVPN active šŸ¤¦

  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Why not just run the vpn client on pfsense and then just policy route what you want to go out the vpn ;)

  • @johnpoz Yes that makes sense. I will give it a go. Thank you for your time on this.

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