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How to Put unRAID containers on their own VLAN inside a VPN Tunnel using PFSense


Written by Schwiing#3404

Based on the work of IamSpartacus#3678

Disclaimer: This guide makes the following assumptions:

  • You're using PFsense as your Firewall

  • You're using unRAID

  • You have a VPN Provider (In this example I used mullvad)

  • You have a managed switch and know how to tag VLAN traffic on that switch (In this example I used unifi)

Create OpenVPN Clients in PFSense

  1. Head to VPN -> OpenVPN -> Clients -> + Add

  2. Fill out the client information based on your provider. I use mullvad, so I followed this guide:

  3. The only differences I made were:

    a. Set Server Host to: (a server closer to you from this list)

    b. Make sure these are checked:

    • Bars the server from adding routed to the client's routing table

    • Don't add or remove routes automatically

  4. Mullvad supports up to 5 connections at once. So if you want to go down that route, add 5 clients

    a. Make sure to add a different server host for each client

Add interface assignments for each OpenVPN Client

  1. This is just a matter of creating an interface for each new ovpnc* you made earlier

  2. Interfaces -> Assignments -> + Add. I named them based on the server each interface would connect to

  3. For example, my first interface name is MULLVAD_CHICAGO_002 (same as the server it connects to)

  4. Create the rest of your interfaces (remember, up to 5)

Create a VLAN

  1. Interfaces -> VLANs -> + add

  2. Select your LAN as your parent interface (Physical NIC)

  3. Pick a VLAN Tag. Make sure you remember this for later. I picked "90", so my network is

  4. Add a description. I used "DOCKER_VPN"

Create NAT Mappings

  1. Firewall -> NAT -> Outbound

  2. Make sure Outbound NAT Mode = Manual

  3. Add a rule to the top of the list with the following settings:

    • Interface: MULLVAD_CHICAGO_002
    • Protocol: Any
    • Source: Network, (Fill in whatever your VLAN Tag + Network is here)

Create Gateway Group

  1. System -> Routing -> Gateway Groups -> + Add

  2. Set all of your new gateways to Tier 1

  3. Trigger Level: Packet Loss or High Latency

  4. Keep WAN_DHCP at "Never" Tier

  5. Name it. I called it "Mullvad Gateway Group"

Create VLAN Rule

  1. Select your new VLAN (Mine is DOCKER_VPN)

  2. Top Rule:

    • Action: Pass
    • Interface: DOCKER_VPN
    • Address Family: IPv4
    • Source: DOCKER_VPN net
    • Destination: LAN net
  3. Bottom Rule:

    • Hit "Display Advanced" under Extra Options
    • Action: Pass
    • Interface: DOCKER_VPN
    • Address Family: IPv4
    • Source: DOCKER_VPN net
    • Destination: any
    • Gateway: Mullvad_VPN_Group

Add DNS Servers to VLAN

  1. Services -> DHCP Server -> DOCKER_VPN

  2. DNS Servers (these are for mullvad. YMMV):


Misc PFsense Steps

  1. System -> Advanced -> Miscellaneous

  2. Gateway Monitoring: Do not create rules when gateway is down -> CHECKED

unRAID steps

  1. Go to Network settings

    • Enable VLANs: Yes
    • VLAN Number: 90 (whatever you set your VLAN Tag earlier in Pfsense)
    • Network Protocol: Ipv4 Only
    • IPv4 Address: (whatever you want here, under the same subnet)
    • IPv4 default gateway:
  2. Next, Docker settings. Enable Docker: No, Advanced view: on

    • Host Access to custom networks: Enabled
    • Ipv4 custom network on interface br0.90:
      • Subnet:
      • Gateway:
      • DHCP Pool: (16 hosts) [Set whatever you want here. 16 was plenty for me]
  3. Once done, you now have a new VLAN in Unraid.

  4. Assign docker container new network. Set a static IP if it's easier for your Reverse Proxied containers

Last update: June 10, 2020