[How-to] Setup VPN connection between pfsense or Yealink phone and FreePBX

I would like to share two tutorials on setting VPN. Both tutorials are in the FreePBX Documentation Center How-to articles - FreePBX Documentation - Documentation

1. pfsense

Here, I set up vpn client and addressed traffic routing so remote phones with no vpn capability can have a vpn connection to the FreePBX server.

Step-by-step guide

I assume you have pfsense up and running. For installation of pfsense I recommend reviewing pfSense Documentation pfSense Documentation | pfSense Documentation or some other tutorials 2018 Getting started with pfsense 2.4 from install to secure! including multiple separate networks - YouTube.

In FreePBX:

  • Enable VPN Server in FreePBX.

  • Create VPN Client

  • Download the client files: sysadmin_ca.crt, sysadmin_client1.conf, sysadmin_client1.crt, sysadmin_client1.key, and sysadmin_client1.ovpn.

In pfsense:

  • Go to System >> Certificate Manager >> CAs >> Add. Change Method to “Import an existing Certificate Authority”. Give it a Descriptive name. Copy and Paste content of sysadmin_ca.crt i to Certificate data and Save.
  • Go to System >> Certificate Manager >> Certificates >> Click Add/Sign >> Change Method to “Import an existing Certificate” >> give it a Descriptive name >> Copy and Past content of sysadmin_client1.crt (everything!) into Certificate data & content of sysadmin_client1.key into Private key data >> Save.
  • Go to VPN >> OpenVPN >> Clients >> Click Add >> Keep all defaults except >> Server host or address (you FreePBX IP address), Server port (FreePBX VPN port default is “1194”) >> give it a Description >> Uncheck Use a TLS Key in TLS Configuration >> Peer Certificate Authority select the CA created above >> Client Certificate select the Certificate created above >> Encryption Algorithm “AES-128-CBC (128 bit key, 128 bit block)” >> Enable NCP Checked >> NCP Algorithms AES-128-GCM, BF-CBC, AES-256-CBC >> Auth digest algorithm SHA1 (160-bit) >> Optional Hardware Crypto >> Compression LZO Compression [compress lzo, equivalent to comp-lzo yes for compatibility] >> Custom options auth-nocache;resolv-retry infinite;persist-key;Persist-tun; remote-cert-tls server; ignore-unknown-option block-outside-dns; >> Gateway creation IPv4 only >> Click Save.
  • Go to Interfaces >> Interface Assignments >> Available network ports >> Click add next to the VPN client created >> Under Interface click to the name to open >> Enable checked >> Description give it a name >> Click save.
  • Go to Firewall >> Aliases >> IP >> Click add >> give it a Name and Description >> Type “Host(s)” >> IP or FQDN add IP addresses of the VoIP phones >> Click save.
  • Go to Firewall >> Rules >> LAN >> Action Pass >> Address Family IPv4 >> Protocol Any >> Source Single host or alias and type the Alias name of the IP phones >> Destination Any >> Advanced Options >> Gateway select the interface created above >> Click Save.
  • Go to Firewall >> NAT >> Outbound (! may need to change the mode to Manual Outbound NAT rule generation. (AON - Advanced Outbound NAT) and click save) >> Click Add >> Interface select the one created from the VPN Client >> Protocol Any >> Source Network (your network range for example >> Destination Any >> Address Interface Address >> Click save.

Go to Status >> OpenVPN >> It should be up.

Go to FreePBX >> System Admin >> VPN Server >> pfsense client should be connected.

2. Yealink

Some Yealink phones have vpn capability. In contrary to the official documentations, this alternative method only uses one configuration file.

Step-by-step guide

  • Enable VPN Server in FreePBX

  • Create VPN Client

  • Download the client files: sysadmin_ca.crt, sysadmin_client1.conf, sysadmin_client1.crt, sysadmin_client1.key, and sysadmin_client1.ovpn.
  • Open a text editor and create a file and name it vpn.cnf and put the following:

dev tun
proto udp
remote [SERVER_IP]
resolv-retry infinite
remote-cert-tls server
key-direction 1
cipher AES-128-CBC
auth SHA256
verb 3





  • Compress the file to TAR.
  • In the Yealink phone go to Network >> Advanced >> Upload VPN Config >> Browse the TAR file >> Click Upload >> then Click Enable >> Confirm.

  • Go back to FreePBX VPN Server to confirm the connection of the phone
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