Captive portal while in transparent mode



  • Can pfSense now be used as a captive portal while in transparent mode?  I was reading an old post from around 2008 stating that pfSense cannot be configured in such a way.



  • If transparent mode is a bridge or http proxy with transparent mode, the answer is yes.
    If it is something else please state to get the answer.



  • My use of transparent mode is to achieve the following:

    
    Server1 - 192.168.3.5
    |
    |Cisco Firewall
    |
    |VPN (Internet)
    |
    |Cisco Firewall
    |
    pfSense WAN - 192.168.3.1
    pfSense LAN - 192.168.1.1
    |
    |
    Server2 - 192.168.1.5
    
    

    Until we put pfSense in place, Server1 was always able to access Server2 due to the VPN.  Now, since pfSense is in place, Server1 has no knowledge of Server2.  I would like pfSense to disappear on the network and allow us to go back to the "old days."  But I still would like to use the Captive portal.

    Is this possible?  and am I defining transparent mode properly?  I am attempting to follow these rules: http://pfsense.trendchiller.com/transparent_firewall.pdf



  • You would want server2 on an allowed ip in the CP settings.



  • @ermal:

    You would want server2 on an allowed ip in the CP settings.

    Ermal,

    Thank you for your suggestion.  Would we implement what you mentioned after configuring the server as a transparent bridge?



  • It is unrelated to your pfSense installation being a transparent bridge or not.



  • @alltime:

    Can pfSense now be used as a captive portal while in transparent mode?  I was reading an old post from around 2008 stating that pfSense cannot be configured in such a way.

    No! Captive Portal does not work in transparent mode (layer2 bridge), you have to setup pfsense as a gateway & use pfsense DNS forwarding for Captive Portal to work.

    ~ Dave ~



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