General Windows Network Question



  • I am running pfSense behind a school, Windows network so that my network is shielded from them.  I need a way so that I can see/access the school's Windows network, as I am unable to do so now.  Would this be as simple as some port forwarding?  I was considering looking into a port of Samba that would work for this, but I thought I would check here first.  Thanx for any insights you have.

    Hawkbane



  • Sounds like you need to check with the school for a WINS server.



  • I tried getting the WINS server from the school and it still didn't solve my problem.  What I am trying specifically to do is be able to view LAN games of various kinds on the school's LAN to my machine (aka, my roommate's games).  Any other ideas other than the WINS server?

    ~Hawkbane



  • Depending on the game this is mostly done by broadcasts. A boadcast won't leave the own subnet and therefor isn't seen in your subnet (as it happens in the schools subnet). Some games use seperate servers to announce their hosted game to the public. This then usually isn't done if the server runs in a private IP-range. I don't think there's a solution for that unless you use some kind of announcementserver in the school's LAN but you need to make sure your client pulls available games from there and the servers have to register their game there then. You'll just have to know the IP to be able to connect there and enter it manually (most games offer this somewhere).



  • @hawkbane:

    I am running pfSense behind a school, Windows network so that my network is shielded from them.  I need a way so that I can see/access the school's Windows network, as I am unable to do so now.  Would this be as simple as some port forwarding?  I was considering looking into a port of Samba that would work for this, but I thought I would check here first.  Thanx for any insights you have.

    Hawkbane

    I've had problems like this before, but over a vpn.  Most games you can connect via IP on LAN hosted games.  However, as you know, not all games are purely IP based when used on the LAN.  I've seen some 3rd party apps that will rdr the broadcasts, but another option might be to config your pfsense box as a transparent bridge.



  • Take a look at http://www.hamachi.cc that's all you need to crate a safe virtual network to play games with your friends without messing with the configuration you already have to access the school LAN.
    BTW there are a lot of games community already set but you can always create your own.


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