UPnP DLNA Media Server stream over IPsec site to site tunnel



  • Hi everyone,

    Due to the lack of information that I was able to find on the technical details behind a connection between a Media Server /e.g. TVersity for Windows, MediaTomb for Linux/ and a client /e.g. Playstation 3, Iphone, various software solutions/ I am calling upon the Gurus in the forum to lend a hand.

    This is what I have - A working site to site IPsec tunnel between two pfSense boxes, installed and working media server /MediaTomb since I don't have a single Windows machine in my house/ and a PS3. Locally connected, the PS3 and the Media Server work flawlessly, but it got me thinking - what would I need to do to be able to take the PS3 from home and connect it to the network on the other side of the VPN tunnel /which is at my summer house/ and stream and browse content?  ???

    I suspect there will have to be some multicast proxying going on, which got me looking at the igmpproxy package available on 1.2.3-RC2… or am I way off on this one?

    _Please share your thoughts on how this might be accomplished - any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance._



  • Surely, there must be someone on the forum who has tried to do this?

    :o ???

    Please share your thoughts.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.



  • @x2dz:

    Surely, there must be someone on the forum who has tried to do this?

    :o ???

    Please share your thoughts.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    I have almost the same problem. Would really love a solution that would proxy/broadcast the DLNA from the other side of my VPN tunnel.

    My work-around is this:  I NFS mount the remote fileserver on my local NAS with mediathomb. Works great, but I would be great to turn-off the NAS box.

    I guess it would be possible to NFS/CIFS mount on PFSense and run mediathomb ?



  • Thanks for answering.

    Your approach would most definitely work, be it - doing an NFS tcp mount on a random local machine to the remote server and sharing via Mediatomb or doing the same on the pfSense box /which I would personally like to avoid due to security and performance issues/.

    In the first case we would have to have some machine constantly on, burning electricity and CPU cycles for no real reason…
    In the second case we would have to go through the trouble of manually installing Mediatomb on one more machine and configuring NFS. My biggest problem with this workaround if we leave aside what I mentioned earlier is that in most deployments I use machines along the lines of 300-400 MHz P IIIs and I don't really know what turning the firewall into a media server as well would do to the throughput, but I have a few ideas  :D ...

    So if anyone knows a way to proxy/rebroadcast the DLNA packets /I will again ask whether the IGMP Proxy package ??? is technically connected to this issue/ over a pfSense<->pfSense IPsec site to site VPN please share your thoughts.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  • @x2dz:

    So if anyone knows a way to proxy/rebroadcast the DLNA packets /I will again ask whether the IGMP Proxy package ??? is technically connected to this issue/ over a pfSense<->pfSense IPsec site to site VPN please share your thoughts.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    have somebody sucessfully implement the solution to access DLNA Server/Client over a VPN Tunnel? ive installed IGMP Proxy on my embedded Pfsense 1.2.3 an will try to access the server (LAN) from PS3 (opt1). now i had a long time bridged the both interfaces, but want to route the subnets.

    in the igmp proxy package, i am not able to choose the ipsec interface… probably not possible with this version?

    im thankfull for help


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