Remote Access

  • Hi,

    I'm new to pfSense, and I have a basic question – and could use some simple advice.

    I have the most recent version of pfSense running at my house, and I would like to set it up so that I can VPN into my home network from a friends, work, etc.  Is IPSec what I would use?  If so, is there a guide to how to do it?

    I have found the guide for how to use IPSec to connect another LAN using a pfSense box (which I would also like to do) ... but I can't find the information I need on how to VPN through my pfSense box at home.

    Thanks in advance.

  • You could also use OpenVPN - there is a lot of documentation and various stickies at the top of the OpenVPN sub-forum.

    Once you have a VPN in place (IPsec or OpenVPN) you need to ensure that the appropriate routes are in place so that hosts on both sides know how to talk to each other.

  • IMO, IPSec is more suited to permanent site-site connections.
    OpenVPN is more secure, but needs a client-side app. PPTP may be a better choice if you need occasional access from various places- you can use the stock VPN wizard on Windows boxes.

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