[SOLVED]Help on turning a laptop on an AP with VitualBox or VMWare



  • Edit :
    just tryied the same config with VMWare Workstation, and have the same issue… any help plz

    hi all
    hear is my config :
    laptop with 1 etherned, and 1 wifi card.
    ethenet is connected to my adsl router.

    i want to trun it to an Access Point and manage traffic through pfSense.

    1st step : enable hostednetwork (virtual wifi miniport)

    
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=pfSense key=pfSensePWD
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    
    

    2nd step:sharing ethenet connection

    
    open ethernet card properties
    under "Sharing" tab - check box "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection"
    Select under "Home networking connection"   - Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport"
    
    

    at this point, i can connect to my wifi hostednetwork and have internet access.

    IPs clients : 192.168.137.0/24

    3rd step: installing and configuring pfSense with vitualbox

    
    VitualBox is configured with 2 cards
    - for WAN : a bridged card to ethernet
    - for LAN : a bridged card to vitrual wifi miniport 
    
    - WAN IP is automatic from dhcp
    - setting LAN IP to 192.168.137.250 (in the same scope of hostednetwork) 
    
    

    Clients can ping pfSense LAN and have access to internet. But i cant manage traffic with pfSense.
    Clients has these address config :

    
    IP : 192.168.137.x
    mask : 255.255.255.0
    dns : 192.168.137.1 
    gateway : 192.168.137.1
    dhcp : 192.168.137.1
    
    192.168.137.1 is the IP of wifi miniport
    
    

    4th step : try

    • disabled internet sharing (2nd step)
    • reconfiguring wifi miniport IP to 192.168.137.1 with mask 255.255.255.0
    • enabled DHCP over LAN interface to force clients to use pfSense as default gateway
      now clients IPs are like
    
    IP : 192.168.137.x
    mask : 255.255.255.0
    dns : 192.168.137.250 
    gateway : 192.168.137.250
    dhcp : 192.168.137.250
    
    192.168.137.250 is pfSense's IP.
    
    

    now from pfSense, i can ping clients and internet. but from clients i can only ping local, havent internet access.

    what wrong i did ?

    thanks in advance for help

    Zehle.



  • Solved using Microsoft loopback adapter and then disabling tcp/ip v4 and v6 over the wan

    more details http://timita.org/wordpress/2011/07/29/protect-your-windows-laptop-with-pfsense-and-virtualbox-part-1-preamble/

    thx for him.



  • @zehle:

    Solved using Microsoft loopback adapter and then disabling tcp/ip v4 and v6 over the wan

    more details http://timita.org/wordpress/2011/07/29/protect-your-windows-laptop-with-pfsense-and-virtualbox-part-1-preamble/

    thx for him.

    I am trying to do a similar setup, and I don't see how the loopback adapter comes into play. I read the linked article, and it seems to be for someone who is running pfsense on a standalone laptop, not a laptop intended as a wireless AP… I would really appreciate if you could share additional details on your config to help me connect the dots.



  • @sschaub:

    @zehle:

    Solved using Microsoft loopback adapter and then disabling tcp/ip v4 and v6 over the wan

    I am trying to do a similar setup, and I don't see how the loopback adapter comes into play.

    Ok, never mind. I think what is needed is to follow the instructions in the linked article to install the loopback adapter. Then, use internet connection sharing to share the loopback adapter with the Ad-hoc network.


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