PfSense & DSL?



  • I keep getting conflicting info on whether or not pfSense 2.2.6 can handle DSL. One site says no, another says yes. Can anyone verify one way or the other? I'm doing a DIY router and must choose a OS soon. Will likely be using Sonic.net DSL. Thanks!



  • If you have bridged DSL, then it's just all Ethernet. But if you need to use PPPoE, there are a few things that PFSense doesn't do as well.



  • And if your ISP only support PPPoA (like mine) you need a proper Modem which convert PPPoA to PPPoE as Draytek Vigor 120.
    pfSense does not support half-bridge connection, AFAIK.



  • @Wolf666:

    And if your ISP only support PPPoA (like mine) you need a proper Modem which convert PPPoA to PPPoE as Draytek Vigor 120.
    pfSense does not support half-bridge connection, AFAIK.

    Thanks to both of you! I'll contact the Sonic.net group at DSLReports to probe further.



  • I keep getting conflicting info on whether or not pfSense 2.2.6 can handle DSL.

    There are many different options or point of views and pending on this also the informations about
    will differ even and even and for sure you could be really misunderstanding some things.
    Normally or usually pfSense is a x86 based firewall not more but also not less and it comes without
    a modem to connect to the Internet. So an internal or external modem will be needed to do so. But
    then, if an internal modem will be inserted, many peoples will be lead to say that pfSense is DSL
    capable!

    • Draytek Vigor 130 / Zyxel 1312 / or some AllNet modems are at this time the state of the art
      if we are talking about ADSL/VDSL & Vectoring, so you should be looking over to find the right
      one that is matching the needs given to you by your ISP. And another one is coming pretty new
      on the market from DrayTek it is an internal PCIe modem/router card and it is capable to handle
      DSL too! It is called or named Draytek VigorNIC 132 and it is sold for ~135 € here in Germany in
      the near future.

    One site says no, another says yes.

    In normal you take x86 hardware and build a pfSense firewall with it, point! And then you will need a
    modem in front of that device called firewall to connect it to the Internet or a device similar to a modem;

    • FTTH/FTTC a fiber coper converter or ONT/ONTU box
    • A pure modem according to the standard your ISP if offering and need
    • A router with an integrated modem that can be set into the so called "bridge mode" and act likes a pure modem
    • A WLAN AP as a WISP CPE device that acts then as the "modem" or Internet connection

    Can anyone verify one way or the other? I'm doing a DIY router and must choose a OS soon.

    Try to start from the scratch, likes;

    • What is your ISP offering you exactly?
      ADSL, ADSL2+, VDSL, VDSL2, VDSL & Vectoring, FTTH/FTTC/FTTN,…..
    • What you need to connect to the Internet?
      What is the ISP in normal telling his customers or give them as a ISP router or modem?

    Will likely be using Sonic.net DSL. Thanks!

    They are offering so much Internet services, that you should perhaps be more clear about
    what service they are offering especially you! Please don´t get me wrong, I am not
    from Santa Rosa, CA and know only that they are offering a wide area of services
    to their clients, from FTTH/FTTC fiber Internet line, 2 wire over bonded DSL lines
    and other (A/V)DSL services across the whole Internet connection field and not all
    modems are matching all offered services!

    Sonic Wiki with a compatible modems
    Sonic Wiki modem reference
    Sonic Wiki device returning policy (30 days)