I’ve decided to pack up a small router to bring along with me and my laptop. Why? Because pfSense works so well of course! If I’m just using my laptop to surf the web, I’ll just connect to whatever access is available, but if I’m traveling and want to dial back to my VPN, I’d love to be able to just connect to my local pfSense wireless, instruct it to connect to my VPN, and voila - good to go. How is this better than just using a software based VPN client? Its better because I’m always using different clients, reinstalling operating systems, and buying new equipment, but my network configurations don’t change nearly as often. So why should I need to reconfigure a VPN client each time I change my laptop or netbook?

To accomplish this, I’m using the smaller and more portable alix3c1 from pc engines. This little gizmo will come in handy, and I can’t wait to try it out!

UPDATE: I’ve got my pfSense ALIX 3c1 going, with one of the wireless nics as the WAN port. However, I haven’t gotten it to work yet. Might be a firewall issue of the network I’m on. :-(

UPDATE 2: Its working now! It was a problem with the network firewall.

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