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I need to download something from a machine running PFSense, but because of an administrator imposed timeout (20 minutes), downloading via the browser is impossible.

What (if any) ways are there for working around this limitation?

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From a firewall's perspective, "active" means data is flowing. If you are downloading something, then data is flowing, and so the firewall must see it as active. Is pfsense on the local machine or on a gateway? –  Paul Jul 10 '12 at 6:36
@Paul, I think that it is not the firewall, but a local script that forces a logoff –  soandos Jul 10 '12 at 6:38
@soandos Must be I guess. I can't see how pfsense could be made to work like this. –  Paul Jul 10 '12 at 6:42
@paul so how do stop the log off. ps I am using torrent fo downloading –  mani Jul 10 '12 at 6:44
I think part of it may be that the browser connection is "idle" and thus pruned after a timeout. –  killermist Jul 10 '12 at 6:44

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