How to Configure & Use NordVPN on pfSense 2.4.4

NordVPN easily works on pfSense firmware-based routers. All you have to do is configure the OpenVPN client of it on your router and get started. Here we've provided a step-by-step guide to help you configure NordVPN on pfSense 2.4.4. Have a look.

Note

If you're using pfSense 2.4.5, check this guide. For pfSense 2.5, check this NordVPN installation process.

1. First, visit the NordVPN website.

2. Next, hit the Grab the Deal button and choose a VPN subscription on the upcoming screen.

3. You need to fill in the required details to complete your purchase

4. Once done, you'll get a confirmation on your subscription. 

5. Now, open your pfSense router login page and choose System.

6. Go to Certificate Manager next and click CAs

7. Hit the +Add button after that, and the below Edit screen will appear.

NordVPN CA upload

8. Next, click here to note the server hostname of the one in your preferred location.

NordVPN server

9. Now, fill in the details on your router's web page as mentioned below-

  • Descriptive Name: Enter the NordVPN browser name
  • Method: Choose Import an existing Certificate Authority
  • Certificate data: Enter the below script-
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----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==
-----END CERTIFICATE-----

10. Now, hit the Save button.

11. Navigate to VPN> OpenVPN> Clients next and choose +Add.

12. Fill in the details mentioned below- 

  • Disable this client: Uncheck
  • Server mode: Choose Peer to Peer (SSL/TLS)
  • Protocol: Select UDP on IPv4 only (you can also use TCP)
  • Device mode: tun – Layer 3 Tunnel Mode
  • Interface: Choose WAN
  • Local port: Leave blank
  • Server host or address: Enter the NordVPN server name
  • Server port: 1194 (use 443 in case of TCP)
  • Proxy host or address: Blank
  • Proxy port: Blank
  • Proxy Authentication: None
  • Description: Any name
pfSense General Information setup

User Authentication Settings

  • Username:
  • Password:
Note

You can find the credentials for this field in your online NordVPN account under Service credentials (manual setup).

  • Authentication Retry: Uncheck
Use Authentication Settings

Cryptographic Settings

  • TLS Configuration: Check
  • TLS Key: Enter the below script-
-----BEGIN OpenVPN Static key V1-----
e685bdaf659a25a200e2b9e39e51ff03
0fc72cf1ce07232bd8b2be5e6c670143
f51e937e670eee09d4f2ea5a6e4e6996
5db852c275351b86fc4ca892d78ae002
d6f70d029bd79c4d1c26cf14e9588033
cf639f8a74809f29f72b9d58f9b8f5fe
fc7938eade40e9fed6cb92184abb2cc1
0eb1a296df243b251df0643d53724cdb
5a92a1d6cb817804c4a9319b57d53be5
80815bcfcb2df55018cc83fc43bc7ff8
2d51f9b88364776ee9d12fc85cc7ea5b
9741c4f598c485316db066d52db4540e
212e1518a9bd4828219e24b20d88f598
a196c9de96012090e333519ae18d3509
9427e7b372d348d352dc4c85e18cd4b9
3f8a56ddb2e64eb67adfc9b337157ff4
-----END OpenVPN Static key V1-----
  • TLS Key Usage Mode: TLS Authentication
  • Peer certificate authority: NordVPN_NL120_CA
  • Peer Certificate Revocation list: No need to define
  • Client certificate: Choose webConfigurator default (59f92214095d8)
  • Encryption Algorithm: AES-256-GCM
  • Enable NCP: Check
  • NCP Algorithms: AES-256-GCM and AES-256-CBC
  • Auth digest algorithm: SHA512 (512-bit)
  • Hardware Crypto: Pick No Hardware Crypto Acceleration
pfSense Cryptographic Settings

Tunnel Settings

  • IPv4 tunnel network: Blank
  • IPv6 tunnel network: Blank
  • IPv4 remote network(s): Blank
  • IPv6 remote network(s): Blank
  • Limit outgoing bandwidth: Blank
  • Compression: Choose No LZO Compression [Legacy style,comp-lzo no]
  • Topology: Pick Subnet – One IP address per client in a common subnet
  • Type-of-service: Uncheck
  • Don’t pull routes: Uncheck
  • Don’t add/remove routes: Check
pfSense Tunnel Settings

Advanced Configuration

  • Custom Options: Enter the below script-
tls-client;
remote-random;
tun-mtu 1500;
tun-mtu-extra 32;
mssfix 1450;
persist-key;
persist-tun;
reneg-sec 0;
remote-cert-tls server;
  • UDP FAST I/O: Uncheck
  • Send/Receive Buffer: Default
  • Gateway creation: IPv4 only
  • Verbosity level: Select 3 (recommended)
Advanced Config pfSense for NordVPN

13. When done, move to Interfaces> Interface Assignments and Add the NordVPN NL120 to the list.

Interface Assignments on pfSense

14. Now, hit OPT1 and fill in the below details-

  • Enable: Check
  • Description: NordVPN
  • Mac Address: Blank
  • MTU: Blank
  • MSS: Blank

15. No need to change anything else; just scroll down and click Save.

pfSense NordVPN ovpnc1

16. Now, move to Services> DNS Resolver> General Settings and enter the below details-

  • Enable: Check
  • Listen port: No need to change
  • Enable SSL/TLS Service: Uncheck
  • SSL/TLS Certificate: webConfigurator default (59f92214095d8)
  • SSL/TLS Listen Port: No need to change
  • Network Interfaces: All
  • Outgoing Network Interfaces: NordVPN
  • System Domains Local Zone Type: Transparent
  • DNSSEC: Uncheck
  • DNS Query Forwarding: Check
  • DHCP Registration: Check
  • Static DHCP: Check

17. Next, click Save.

pfSense General Settings for NordVPN

18. In DNS Resolver, choose Advanced Settings and fill in the below details:

Advanced Privacy Options:

  • Hide Identity: Check
  • Hide Version: Check

Advanced Resolver Options:

  • Prefetch Support: Check
  • Prefetch DNS Key Support: Check

19. Next, click Save.

pfSense Advanced Settings on NordVPN

20. You need to navigate to Firewall> NAT> Outbound next and click Manual Outbound NAT rule generation. 

21. Hit Save

22. Four rules will appear now; add a new one-

  • Interface: NordVPN
  • Source: LAN subnet
  • Click Save
Advanced Outbound NAT on pfSense

23. Now, move to Firewall> Rules> LAN to delete the IPv6 rule.

24. Edit the IPv4 rule next.

25. For that, click Show Advanced Options, change the Gateway to NordVPN and click Save.

pfSense LAN for NordVPN

26. Now move to System> General Setup and enter the below details-

  • DNS Server 1:  103.86.96.100; none
  • DNS Server 2: 103.86.99.100; NordVPN_VPNV4-…

27. Click Save.

pfSense General Setup

28. After that, move to Status> OpenVPN, and the services should be up. 

That’s all! Now you know how to configure and use NordVPN on pfSense 2.4.4. If you have further queries, drop us a comment through the below button. Thanks for reading! 

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