Open VPN road warrior No LAN Access



  • I followed this guide http://blog.stefcho.eu/?p=492  to a T and I am unable to access my LAN from outside my network. I don't know what to do any help would be awesome. all I want to do is open up network resources when I am outside of the house.



  • The "Local Network" is the network behind your pfsense where you would like to have access to. This network does not have the same subnet as the "tunnel network" and not the same as the network your OpenVPN client lies on.

    Did you configure the correct firewall rules on pfsense for your OpenVPN connections ?
    Can you ping any host on the network ?
    Did you disable the firewall on the destination host to make sure it will not be blocked bei the windows builtin firewall ?
    Can you connect to the pfsense web GUI using your VPN ?



  • Yes PF sense automaticly made firewall rules.
    It seems I can access the computers on my network by IP.
    What I want to do is when I connect to the VPN is there any way to have it so when I open windows explorer and click network it shows all the devices on my LAN likeit does when I'm at home.



  • @suicidegybe:

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    What I want to do is when I connect to the VPN is there any way to have it so when I open windows explorer and click network it shows all the devices on my LAN likeit does when I'm at home.

    You need to run OpenVPN in bridge mode (tap) and not in routing mode (tun).



  • How do I change my setup from a Tun to a Tap. I tried simply going in and changing the setting under OpenVPN in the PF Sense web GUI but then my connection never finishes and If I change it back to tunnle it works fine. The thing is I dont want or even know what Tun. can do for me but the Tap seems to be what I want. (To be able to access my network from school as if I was home.) Can you help?  Thank You.



  • You can use TAP or TUN for doing this. Both can do the access to your home network.
    TAP is bridging mode and TUN is routing mode.

    But for your scenario it's probably best to use TUN mode.

    But I do not understand what and where your problem is. You say it is working - but it seems that something is not working as you like.
    Please try to explain more in detail what you want to realise and what is not working that we can help. :-)



  • I would like it so when I log in from school that when I open windows explorer it shows all the devices and locations on my local network. i.e. I want to be able to click network and get the same list that I get when I am at my desk top. I think this is possible but not sure any how that is what I would like to have happen. Tomorrow I will be fully testing that the connection acctually work at school all day. Thanks.



  • Not sure if you can access your computers at home through "network manager" when using OpenVPN in tun mode.
    But you should enable "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP" with "h-node" on your OpenVPN server.

    If you cannot connect to your computers through network manager just use the UNS path:

    \\home_computer_IP\Share
    

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