Setup multiwan is pain in the a** ;(



  • Hey there,
    I just downoaded the pfsense few days ago and gave it a try on my pc (350mhz, 128+64ram, 3.2gb, 3NICs). installation worked out just fine and internet was available, but when i tried to setup multi-wan, it stopped.
    i followed the guide http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/MultiWanVersion1.2 and here is my setup:

    –---------------

    Internet
        |
    WRT54G as bridge-mode via WIFI with DHCP (tested internet OK)
        |
    NIC 1

    Internet
        |
    Netgear Router with DHCP (internet OK too)
        |
    NIC 2

    Here is the problems, which is very weird.
    1. I have to connect both of NIC1 and NIC2 to WAN and WAN2 to be able to get out to internet. If i remove the 1 cable from NIC then it's very slow and eventually dies(!). Also if i eject the WAN cable and plug it back in again, the internet (and load balancer status) display offline.

    2. 'Status' - 'Load Balancer' seems to be inaccurate, or load balance maybe is wrong(?). and maybe it locks into the NIC? cause even i pulled out 1 cable and move it the WAN2 and WAN2 cable > WAN1, IP updates from DHCP and still no internet.

    3. it works sometimes when i release/new the Nics via "interfaces"-"WAN" or "WAN2"

    I don't know. i tried everything, guides ( although each of them has a different tuto), remove cable, change DNS. Is there any newest update guide to the latest PFS?

    cheers



  • Do both of your connections use the same gateway IP?



  • @cmb:

    Do both of your connections use the same gateway IP?

    Hey cmb,
    no, they are not in the same gateway. we have 2 different ISP. therefor they are sure 2 ip's and i got it worked both IF they stay connect while booting while. If i unplug 1 cable then everything goes down.

    i followed those guides but it must be something i missed. How long does it takes to display Online|Offline in the status, or failover to discover lost connection once i pull the cable off? i don't think 350mhz is too slow for update messages :/

    edit: looks like i have same problem as this > http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,9139.0.html , although i can't try it now since the pc is occupied. just a question: If the Nics failed to ping to dns or any ip, will they force to disconnect me from the net? cause my problem is similar to what he wrote: With the way I have this configured it "kind of" works.  When I unplug my cable modem, it correctly detects that it went offline, and initially still shows the DSL (OPT1) as Online.  And I can usually hit websites for 5 or 10 seconds.  Then the status of my DSL connection continually flips back and forth between Online and Offline.  And depending on when I catch it I can make a connection to the outside.

    cheers



  • @cmb:

    Do both of your connections use the same gateway IP?

    y what if they did have the same gateway ip? im multiwanning and 2 of my wans have same gateway



  • @baronsamedi:

    @cmb:

    Do both of your connections use the same gateway IP?

    y what if they did have the same gateway ip? im multiwanning and 2 of my wans have same gateway

    Then it won't work for load balancing, it requires unique gateways to policy route. In that case you need an intermediate NAT machine so the gateways differ.


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