Pfsense setup



  • Hi guys,

    I need help. What I'm trying to do in my pfsense setup. I want to test/implement captive portal using pfsense, I have a modem/DSL connect to the switch 2960 catalyst then connect with my PC and physical router which is my pfsense. Is it good setup for testing?

    **Or I need to add 1 more router for pfsense?

    Thanks.



  • In normal I personally would suggest you to change that chain of devices to that order:
    Internet –- ISP --- Modem --- pfSense --- Switch --- PC, WLAN APs and other devices each in his own VLAN.

    If you want to use the Captive Portal for guests only you might be better of going to create
    two VLANs (tagged) from the pfSense through the Switch to the or a external WLAN AP that
    is offering then one WLAN (internal) for you and one WLAN (external) for guests. If the
    Switch is supporting VLANs and the WLAN AP is an external device this should be no
    problem for you to realize it in that way. If the WLAN AP is internal, I mean a miniPCI(e)
    card that is installed inside of the pfSense firewall you could set up there then two VLANs
    directly connected to that WiFI card interfaces and you don´t need the switch for this.



  • @BlueKobold:

    In normal I personally would suggest you to change that chain of devices to that order:
    Internet –- ISP --- Modem --- pfSense --- Switch --- PC, WLAN APs and other devices each in his own VLAN.

    If you want to use the Captive Portal for guests only you might be better of going to create
    two VLANs (tagged) from the pfSense through the Switch to the or a external WLAN AP that
    is offering then one WLAN (internal) for you and one WLAN (external) for guests. If the
    Switch is supporting VLANs and the WLAN AP is an external device this should be no
    problem for you to realize it in that way. If the WLAN AP is internal, I mean a miniPCI(e)
    card that is installed inside of the pfSense firewall you could set up there then two VLANs
    directly connected to that WiFI card interfaces and you don´t need the switch for this.

    Thanks BlueKobold,
    What if I use virtualbox for pfsense instead installing physical pfsense router?
    Do I need to add or buy 1 NIC for pfsense, right?



  • Hope you don't mind me asking..

    How does the APU2C4 compare to the Qotom J1900 ?

    Thanks

    Woops sorry replied to wrong thread



  • In normal I personally would suggest you to change that chain of devices to that order:
    Internet –- ISP --- Modem --- pfSense --- Switch --- PC, WLAN APs and other devices each in his own VLAN.

    Is it okay I use virtualbox or physical pfsense router?

    BTW. Can I apply router on a stick in cisco 2960 for pfsense?



  • What if I use virtualbox for pfsense instead installing physical pfsense router?

    This might be not the problem as I see it right but, then you will need a second NIC or you must
    working with other things such VLANs.

    Do I need to add or buy 1 NIC for pfsense, right?

    It is not a must be but the best in my eyes would be to have one WAN and one LAN interface.

    BTW. Can I apply router on a stick in cisco 2960 for pfsense?

    Definitely not able to realize as I am informed!