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Network Routing and Automation Fun with pfsense, Wireguard, and Tasker

Last year, I asked about some very specific home network routing ideas over on reddit, with the goal being to securely access home network resources from my phone while away from home while maintaining some coverage from my 3rd party VPN provider, Mullvad. The faster and more automated any network switcheroos are, the better.

This post is… very long. Here’s a table of contents in case you only care about parts of it:

  1. Reqs and Specs
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Wireguard In, Wireguard Out
    1. Basic Interface Structure
    2. Mullvad Wireguard Tunnels
    3. Gateway Group
    4. Interface Group
    5. Firewall (Routing)
    6. Test!
  4. At-home Mullvad Wireguard on Android
  5. Tasker
  6. Open Issues
    1. Detecting Wifi Disconnection in Tasker
    2. pfsense/Mullvad Instability
  7. What’s Next

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Where am I?

So… I’m writing again, and partaking in a little summer writing project (coined “Hot Blog Summer”) with my partner Dr. Lucy. Good gravy, folks, the amount of plugin clean-up I had to do to get this and my next post out is wild. 😅 While I’m editing my first meaty post, here’s how you can find me these days:

Mastodon

I’m over at irrsinn.life/@melissa, posting about Beat Saber, other games I’m playing, a bit of social justice stuff, and tech. Come chat with me there. I really don’t spend much time on Twitter these days aside from Future Proof Games work and folks I get push notifications for.

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Nuremberg: Day 1 (Monday)

(Note: it’s looking like I’m going to be a day or two behind on each of these. That’s not the worst, I guess.)

Agenda:

  1. Get checked in at the apartment
  2. Get food
  3. Walk around and see some stuff

A pretty chill agenda, brought on by the fatigue of travel and wanting to ease ourselves in a bit.

I teased this in the last post:

A small stand with German instructions for (maybe) how to flatten a wrinkled public transit ticket.
Oh, fuck. How does public transit work?

I wish I had a picture of what Google’s live translation made of that photo, but it was garbage. Something about wrinkles. Translating now based off of that picture reveals that we should have had our train tickets stamped for validation. Oops.

But we made it!

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Nuremberg: Day 0 (Travel)

Travel day was only slightly Home Alone-esque. I got most of the way to the airport before realizing I didn’t have my passport. Luckily, it’s a 15-20 minute drive, but we only had a bit over an hour once we got through security.

…I like being at airports early. Sue me. Better to chill at the gate than chill at home and have to do the backpack run through the airport.

Anyway, the new (?) United wing of the Charlotte-Douglas airport has added some cool digital mural art that we ogled:


The flights themselves were pretty easy. Charlotte to DC ran late, DC to Zurich was smooth. Dante’s joy at being on a plane as large as the trans-Atlantic one was adorable.

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Nuremberg: Day -1

Dante and I are flying out to Nuremberg for Christmas in about 13 hours! I’m ready for it, but today (Saturday) was shenanigans:

  1. Swapping out my cable modem caused over an hour of downtime with multiple customer service calls.
  2. United Airlines removed a segment of my return flight with no notification, meaning we would have gotten back to Newark on Christmas Eve with no way to get to Charlotte.
  3. United’s carry-on bag policy is one inch smaller in width than my (new!) bag. I don’t really mind checking a bag (it’ll be free), but I worked hard to not overpack and be carry-on only, dammit!

In far cooler news: I’m going to Germany for Christmas. It’s Dante’s first time leaving the country, and my first time in Germany. I’m so excited. It’s 2018, and I’m excitedly printing directions Just. In. Case.

I have a plan for getting photos and updates out on this trip: photos will be compiled here daily with whatever notes and thoughts I have. I don’t promise anything extensive in terms of reflections, since I’ll want to be more in the moment with Dante, but I do want to circulate photos, which I largely failed to do in my previous travels. 
Travel videos will be posted over on irrsinn.video, then embedded here in my daily posts.

So! Follow me here via RSSMastodonFacebook, or the blog’s ActivityPub stream (this is new to me, but searching for @blog@irrsinn.net on Mastodon brought it up). 

Wish me fun and good luck!