New to Pfsense: Not sure where to start with VPN



  • My company recently got a new Pfsense box that has 2.0 loaded on it. Essentially, I don't know what to do or what is best for setting up VPN services.  Here are my needs and this is the situation:

    1.  I do NOT need site to site.
    2.  I need my users on the road to be able to access network resources (network shares, license servers, intranet).
    3.  I do not want internet traffic routed through the VPN.
    4.  Ideally, we use the built in windows client to connect (XP or 7) but if it's no good an we should use shrewsoft or something, feel free to say so.
    5.  We have a windows server domain controller that functions as DHCP server as well.
    6.  We have one user that uses a Mac.
    7.  We would like functionality for android/ipad to get on the vpn as well.

    My principal is bent on using IPSec for some reason, but I can't figure out where to start with that.  And if it's silly to use that, feel free to say so.  I searched through forums and http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/VPN_Capability_IPsec but that only talks about site to site.

    Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.



  • Best client I've found for connecting from behind super restrictive firewalls is openvpn.  If all else fails put it on TCP/443 and it should punch through.  UDP is recommended though as TCP over TCP can cause a snowball effect of problems if you get into packet loss.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    Not sure I would choose ipsec either, as pointed out - behind restrictive firewalls making connections to ipsec is quite often blocked.  Tell for sure can not do from my work location that is for sure.  But openvpn using tcp 433 works just fine, and can even bounce that off a http proxy.

    But if you have your heart set on using ipsec, looks to be simple setup under ipsec:mobile




  • @johnpoz:

    But if you have your heart set on using ipsec, looks to be simple setup under ipsec:mobile

    He might want to do a forum search first, as people seem to be having problems with IPsec mobile clients to pfsense 2.0

    Also keep in mind that L2TP/IPsec (Windows prior to 7) and IKEv2 (Win7) don't work with pfSense.

    So using OpenVPN with mobile clients seems to be the best option.



  • I would recommend using OpenVPN if possible.  I have to use IPSEC as I want VPN access from my iPhone and I cannot jailbreak because it is a work device.


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