Windows 7 vpn client to pfsense



  • Can this be done?
    I've tried both ipsec and  l2tp but without success.
    Why is this not working out of the box?
    Windows 7 is pretty much on every desktop and laptop these days so why would it not be supported?
    I just want to be able to connect a laptop to an office lan to use remote desktop and access files when traveling.
    I'd like to avoid any third party vpn clients.



  • It can we use ShrewSoft VPN. I have heard of others using OpenVPN, but I am not sure on the specifics there.



  • Also tried this. L2tp over Ipsec with Windows builtin client and PFSense
    will not work under most conditions. The cause is here:

    https://redmine.pfsense.org/issues/475

    Indeed this makes Pfsense quite useless for all, who want to provide
    a secure dialin connection for windows roadwarrior clients without installation
    of additional client software.  This is sad.

    Nearby: it works technically, if the client's ip is known and used as an identifier for the PSK.

    Regards
    Frank



  • @FRUENAGEL:

    Also tried this. L2tp over Ipsec with Windows builtin client and PFSense
    will not work under most conditions. The cause is here:

    https://redmine.pfsense.org/issues/475

    Indeed this makes Pfsense quite useless for all, who want to provide
    a secure dialin connection for windows roadwarrior clients without installation
    of additional client software.  This is sad.

    Nearby: it works technically, if the client's ip is known and used as an identifier for the PSK.

    Regards
    Frank

    Ok, thanks for confirming this for me.
    I did get PPTP working on Windows 7, although I can access lan machines only by IP address and not by name but it's better than nothing.
    Yes, I'm aware that PPTP has been cracked and is no longer secure.
    Yes, we're typical Winblows users and we will take convenience over security :)
    We have a mix of Win and Mac users and at some point they'll want to use their phones and tablets too so as the poor IT guy I'm not looking forward to what's to come (hehe, actually I'm, billable hours and blame everything on buggy software).

    Anyway, I'll explore using Openvpn and Shrewsoft client but for now we just need a tunel for couple traveling guys (one Windows and one Mac) so they can get to the LAN.
    I'm sure the good people at pfSense will work out the kinks with VPN at some point. I've learned not to expect from any software everything working as I'd like it to and I'm very happy with pfSense as a router and firewall (been using it for many years now).


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