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Problem Setting up EC2 as Airgap Server with Client VPN Endpoint

Afternoon All, I'm a (very) inexperienced user who's keen to learn and appreciate I might have bitten off far more than I can chew with this. I'm working on a project where we need to share UDP packets between two companies with the packets going in both directions. I want to setup an airgap server where exchange of data could take place. I have an EC2 server with an external IP address (that I SSH into) as the airgap machine and a VPN client endpoint linked to the subnet the EC2 instance is in. My intent was to send UDPs from my company system to the airgap on a particular port say 3005, for example and then listen on a different port, say 4005, for example, on the same EC2 instance for UDP packets from the other company. And use socat to send packets from 4005 to the client IP on my Windows machine (currently set in the Endpoint to 16.10.0.0/16 (yes I know the subnet is probably far too big for this)). I have successfully created the VPN client endpoint, downloaded the configuration file and can connect in from my Windows10 laptop using OpenVPN client. I can send packets from my Windows10 machine to the Airgap EC2 instance and see that it arrives on port 3005 as expected using tcpdump. I can also ping from the Windows machine to the Airgap server... so the connection is working in one direction. The issue I have is that the connection does not work sending packets from the Airgap EC2 instance to my machine via the VPN... If I run socat with various options of udp-recvfrom or udp-listen and udp-sendto or udp-datagram I get no packets arriving at my Windows machine. Neither can I ping the Windows machine from the EC2 Airgap instance (I have tried this with Windows Firewall turned off to test whether the FW was getting in the way) My questions then: 1. Is it possible to do what I want? 2. WHat am I doing wrong and how can I fix? 3. Is my assumption about an EC2 instance being a good way of setting up an airgap server like this correct? Many Thanks G
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