Internet Issues When VPN Connection Drops

  • Hi all.

    Firstly, let me apologise - I was going to post this under OpenVPN but I think the issue is more general than that on its own.

    I have a pfSense device that serves me well! I have it routing for my Internet connection and also have an OpenVPN client that I use for a specific machine.

    I use firewall rules to direct traffic out for that system via the gateway associated with my VPN connection. Everything else goes out via the normal PPPoE gateway. All hunky dorey - or so it seems.

    The issue I have is that when my VPN goes down (frequently - it comes back up minutes later) all my systems lose internet connection, even the pfSense box. It's really odd. I can't quite understand why. Once the VPN is back up, things start working again.

    I've double checked that my normal systems are infact going out via the correct gateway and they are. I also have checked the option 'Skip rules when gateway is down' and it is selected.

    Am I doing something fundamentally wrong here?

    Any help will be much appreciated.



  • Did you read the system logs? I noticed something similar the other day when I shut down a vpn connection, and on checking the system logs noticed that pfSense restarted a bunch of services, triggered by the vpn state change. I haven't noticed that before, normally it's seamless.

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