Newbie questions on Remote Desktop and Hostname



  • I am a newbie to pfSense and need help from experts out there.
    Experience limitation using cheap plastic box routers and decided to go with pfSense running on a P4 with 512MB Ram.
    The box has two Intel Pro 1000 cards and one Athreos wireless card.
    I have setup the WAN, LAN and the Wifi successfully.

    I am experiencing the following difficulties in network setup.
    Would appreciate your help on this.

    1. With my cheap plastic boxed routers I was able to ping using the hostname of the computers on the network. Now using the pfSense I have to use only the IP address. Why is this happening ?

    2. With my cheap plastic boxed routers I was able to port forward WAN to a local computer for Remote Desktop connection. This allowed me to login to Windows 7 home computer when I am on the road. How to setup something similar. Will VPN/IPSec be a better option for this need?

    3. I was able connect a 8x8 VOIP box successfully behind my old cheap plastic boxed routers. Now using the pfSense the VOIP box is not able to get a connection to the VOIP provider. Is some port needs to be forwarded? Any ideas?

    4. Have to setup a FTP server so that I can upload/download files while on the road. Any tutorials would be helpful.

    I have attached config file.

    Thank you
    Sai

    config-pfsense.local-20101003203850.txt



    1. Your cheap plastic box probably allowed the computers to register in local DNS.  pfSense doesn't do that by defualt.

    2. Do the same, or set up a VPN according to your choice.

    3. It probably supported UPnP.  Try enabling it (it may be a package).

    4. Just port forwarding, though FTP is tricky to get working correctly through port forwarding and you'd be better with SSH



  • Thanks Cry Havok for the reply. That was helpful.

    The 8x8 VOIP box is still not working…...
    I tried to enable the UPnP by Services->UPnP-> Check Enable UPnP and select Interfaces for LAN only.

    I search through 8x8 FAQ and found this link
    https://cognigen.8x8.com/support/faqs.aspx?docid=710099

    Could you please explain what this means for QoS settings in pfSense.
    I am using the BPA430 adapter

    Regards



  • QoS (Quality of Service) isn't your problem here but it may be that you need to ensure the VIOP box has a fixed IP on your LAN and the ports they list are forwarded to it.



  • Yes, tried the following and found the adapter not connecting…..

    Firewall->NAT->
    Proto      Source    Port    Destination      Port    Gateway    Schedule    Description
    TCP/UDP      *          *    192.168.1.201    15044    *                            WAN -> Vonage port forward

    Firewall->Rules->
    Proto Source    Port Destination           Port Gateway Schedule Description
    TCP/UDP *       * 192.168.1.201 15044 *                   WAN -> Vonage port forward



  • The 1.2 NAT Port Forward screen doesn't have those headings - where did you get that from?



  • Sorry, I mixed it with the Rules page.
    Here is the NAT screen contents

    If  Proto  Ext. port range      NAT IP                Int. port range  Description
    WAN  UDP  15044              192.168.1.201(ext.: any)     15044



  • The 8x8 box has IP 192.168.1.201, with a netmask of 255.255.255.0 and a gateway of the pfSense's LAN IP?



  • The port forward has external address set to "any" and that is almost always an error, set it to "WAN address".



  • I have a number of "any" port forwards and they work perfectly.



  • The problem seem to be with the VOIP provider. Got it working after I made a call to the their tech support.

    Thanks Cry Havok and kpa for your help.
    To answer your questions I have "any" set for the external address.
    Also yes the 8x8 box has IP 192.168.1.201, with a netmask of 255.255.255.0.

    Thanks a lot,
    Sai


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