Setting up laptop VPN

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    Firewalla

    George, glad you got things working.  Will make a short tutorial on that soon. 

    We use https://tunnelblick.net/  client for the MAC.  It is free, open source, and works pretty well with Firewalla.  

    What you need to do now is:

    1. install tunnelblick software on mac. (visiting site from above)

    2. Open app, tap on VPN, tap on the "Profile For OpenVPN", and airdrop that to your MAC

    3. open the dropped file on Mac with tunnelblick ... 

    4. follow directions.  You may need to type in the password which is below the "Profile For OpenVPN button"

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    Firewalla

    And a disclaimer, we have no relationships with Tunnelblick.   We like it because it is open source, works with our red box;  

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    George Wilhelm

    Awesome.  Your directions were perfect.  Thanks for the pointer to tunnelblick.  Had more problems with AirDrop than anything else, but it was just as easy to copy over the profile with DropBox.  Thanks.

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    George Wilhelm

    One more question, if I may.  When I start up the VPN on my laptop, I get a successful connection, but tunnelblick issues the following warning (I obfuscated the actual IP address, but it does match my cable modem IP):

     

    This computer's apparent public IP address was not different after connecting to d2c7b_fishbone. It is still a.b.c.d.

    This may mean that your VPN is not configured correctly.

     

    Comments?  Should I expect to see a different address at this point?

     

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    Firewalla

    George, if you are attaching anything, it is not showing.    I'll try to predictively answer your question.  The firewalla VPN server is inside of the Firewalla box.  Its primary purpose is to protect you from the bad things when you are accessing the public wifi say from Starbucks or any other public wifi providers.  There you will VPN back home and have the peace of mind.  

    So this is the reason whenever you are on VPN, you will be literally 'be at home'.  So your public IP will always be your cable modem's IP address when you are on VPN.   

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    George Wilhelm

    Thanks for the reply.  I understand the basics of VPN.  When I'm at a public hotspot, I'm making a certificate-secured private connection back to a VPN server - in this case my DDNS-visible firewalla.  Thereafter, my communications is through that  tunnel, to my home 'base', back and forth. I'm as secure as if I was surfing the web (or banking) from home.  What appeared as a warning pop-up just kind of threw me a bit.

    Since my home IP shows up, it would seem that any peer-to-peer traffic would also show the same IP and thus not be  'anonymous' in that sense?

     

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    Firewalla

    George, you got the VPN part perfectly.  Firewalla VPN Server is not build to make you anonymous.   It is there to encrypt traffic.   For example, if an attacker is to sniff your traffic in Starbucks, he/she/it should only see a encrypt stream of traffic going from your phone to your home IP.   And when the traffic comes back home, it will decrypt & exit, carry the same source IP as your home router.   (as it appears you are at home part)  

     

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    Helena Choo

    I downloaded the tunnelblick but i'm having difficulties understanding how to proceed with the OpenVNP. I went to their site to download but it looks like they have different packages RedHat, Fedora etc... which one do we choose for mac os?

    https://openvpn.net/index.php/download/58-open-source/downloads.html

     

    Thank you!

    H

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    Firewalla

    https://tunnelblick.net/downloads.html

    This is the download 

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    Helena Choo

    Oh I see! I was under the impression that there was something to be downloaded on the OpenVPN site.. 

    Thank you!!

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    Helena Choo

    Do you have a suggestion on how to use vpn for iPad? Is there a way around just like the tunnelblick for mac?

    Thank you!!

    H

     

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    Helena Choo

    I was able to connect vpn on the iPad by sending the file via email and then opening using the OpenVPN app on it! :-)

    thank you!!

    H

     

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