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If you are not hip to pfSense I suggest you check it out. It is an open source firewall that is making waves in InfoSec. The pfSense guys have a great howto for configuring IPSec VPN on the pfSense firewall as well as making connections via a freeware Windows IPSec VPN client called Shrew Soft which can be read by clicking here. The only item lacking in the article is a recommendation for a Mac OSX client as well as configuration tips for a Mac OSX client which is the sole point of this article. Below is information about where to download a freeware Mac OSX IPSec VPN client and then the necessary configuration to make a connection to the suggested settings noted in the howto of the pfSense web site.

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Not sure if Fortinet makes it impossible to find the FortiClient SSL VPN application for Mac OSX on purpose or not but it appears to be free for the simple client version so I wanted to provide a location to download the client easily. On Windows you can bring up Internet Explorer and make a SSL VPN connection easily but since IE is not available on OSX it is necessary to have the stand alone FortiClient SSL VPN application. Be careful if you are going to download the Fortinet FortiClient elsewhere as if it is anything other than the simple SSL VPN client it is really bloated.

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I have put together some previous articles on upgrading the firmware on your Linksys WRT600N wireless router using various versions of DD-WRT. One thing I have not included in the articles is the specific DD-WRT download location for the firmware branch that I prefer which is called BrainSlayer. So below is a brief explanation of DD-WRT FTP structure where the WRT600N firmware is located.

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Earlier I wanted to see if any PPTP clients were connected to an internal network through a pfSense firewall but wasn’t sure best way to do it. Turns out that outside of the pfSense command line I am not sure there is a best way so below I describe how to check for PPTP connected clients via the pfSense CLI as we as numerous way to check for connected clients via the pfSense web interface.

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Setting up Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections to your office is becoming more common as work from home jobs expand. Typically the IT guy at your work should be able to provide you the necessary information needed to connect to your office securely such as IP address to connect to, username, password, and possibly domain. Once you make the VPN connection it will be as if you are working on a computer at the office so you can use things at the office such as network printers, file servers, etc.

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