(Solved) Connecting to a 3rd party OpenVPN successfully but can't browse web



  • I've setup OpenVPN servers on Debian in UK and US ( mainly to watch region locked hi def TV and bypass my ISP's VoIP block ), and I connect to them normally via Windows OpenVPN client and everything works just fine on Windows.

    I've setup a VPN client on my pfSense to connect to one of those servers and configured it properly using the right ca, client cert, tls auth, cipher, port, etc..

    And when I enable the client, I get successful connection to my OpenVPN server (even the server logs indicate a successful connection from pfsense).

    Also pfSense status–>OpenVPN page shows proper  "up" status along with proper reading of my OpenVPN server virtual address and remote host IPs.

    So at this point everything gives the impression that the connection is successful. However, the only problem is I'm unable to browse the web after successfully connecting to my OpenVPN server.

    highly appreciate if anyone could help on what to do from here.

    Many thanks in advance

    Edit:

    The solution, in my case, was to move up the firewall rule for passing LAN traffic to VPN Interface above the default LAN rule for passing traffic to WAN.



  • You need manual outbound NAT and to NAT traffic leaving your OpenVPN connection. The StrongVPN guide here has that documented if I recall, it's the same process regardless of VPN provider.



  • @cmb:

    You need manual outbound NAT and to NAT traffic leaving your OpenVPN connection. The StrongVPN guide here has that documented if I recall, it's the same process regardless of VPN provider.

    Many thanks for your help. I tried that guide, several times actually, but it didn't work for me (same no web browsing after connecting). So I'm guessing maybe my pfSense version is different. (I have the latest x86 version).


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