PfSense Gaming Questions



  • I am trying to setup my pfSense router/firewall to prioritize game traffic and create an open NAT connection for all the devices that I will be gaming on. I would also like to limit each machine to about 4 mb/s using traffic shaping. The only problem is, I have no idea how to do any of that. All the documentation I've found online hasn't helped in the least or has added to my confusion. Would anyone know if the pfSense Gold book would be of any help to me in setting up my machine the way I need? Does have an awesome setup guide that walks you through step by step? If so , I will drop the $99/year sub to get access to that book. Otherwise I really have no use for the other features it offers and would just be wasting the $99/y sub since it doesn't even provide support or any kind. Also does anyone know of a pfSense downloadable package that provides ISP watchdog functionality? My internet connection is fine at times and then all of a sudden spikes down into depths of hell, then returns to normal. It would be awesome if I could record some log data to give to my ISP and show them what is going on so they can correct any issues on their end.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  • While I believe the pfSense Gold Sub program is worth the money, the book will not guide you step by step to do exactly what you want.  Traffic shaping is one of the hardest aspects of pfSense and there are a lot of concepts to properly absorb to really get a handle on it.  If you really just want a 4Mbps hard limit on your clients, that can be done via limiters.  Do you have enough bandwidth to satisfy your maximum number of clients each at 4 Mbps?  With a hard limit, any one client will only get up to 4 Mbps while any extra bandwidth goes unused.  Other traffic shaping methods like PRIQ and HFSC can spread the bandwidth around fairly while still allowiing for bursting and maximum usage when there is no contention.  You should go to the Traffic Shaping forum and get more detailed help than I can provide.  Please see my previous post about limiters.



  • There is something up with UPNP at this time where I cant recommend pfsense for gaming.

    You can hard set each game no problem - but it is quite a lot of trouble where a "gaming" router does it automagically.

    I think pfsense is more suited for enterprise, small business and general office productivity networking.



  • @W4RH34D:

    There is something up with UPNP at this time where I cant recommend pfsense for gaming.

    You can hard set each game no problem - but it is quite a lot of trouble where a "gaming" router does it automagically.

    I think pfsense is more suited for enterprise, small business and general office productivity networking.

    This explains why I am having problems then. I am so used to UPNP working correctly and you are right. UPNP doesn't seem to be working correctly with Pfsense at the moment. I guess I will just static ip my devices and setup the ports manually. It's a hassle but eh it's fine as long as it works.



  • @KOM:

    While I believe the pfSense Gold Sub program is worth the money, the book will not guide you step by step to do exactly what you want.  Traffic shaping is one of the hardest aspects of pfSense and there are a lot of concepts to properly absorb to really get a handle on it.  If you really just want a 4Mbps hard limit on your clients, that can be done via limiters.  Do you have enough bandwidth to satisfy your maximum number of clients each at 4 Mbps?  With a hard limit, any one client will only get up to 4 Mbps while any extra bandwidth goes unused.  Other traffic shaping methods like PRIQ and HFSC can spread the bandwidth around fairly while still allowiing for bursting and maximum usage when there is no contention.  You should go to the Traffic Shaping forum and get more detailed help than I can provide.  Please see my previous post about limiters.

    What makes the gold sub worth the money?

    I will definately take a look at the link posted. Thanks a bunch man.



  • What makes the gold sub worth the money?

    1.  The book is a wealthy of information.  Currently it's around 639 pages of pfSense goodness.
    2.  The monthly Hangouts that give you a 60-90 minute video session about a specific pfSense topic, usually given by JimP.  So far there are more than 30 videos available for Gold subscribers.



  • @W4RH34D:

    There is something up with UPNP at this time where I cant recommend pfsense for gaming.

    You can hard set each game no problem - but it is quite a lot of trouble where a "gaming" router does it automagically.

    I think pfsense is more suited for enterprise, small business and general office productivity networking.

    Do you know if this was due to an upgrade to pfSense 2.3?



  • If I knew what it was I'd put it on github.



  • I'm Giap problem with playing games on Garena AoE on red ping được too I can not find how to fix the modem I use on DRAYTEK thì not expect much this error on frum players all help I am using pfSense 2.1 :-\ :-\ :-\



  • I have been using pfSense for years and I can confirm that upnp doesn't work quite right. On PS4 the only way to get Open NAT in many games (BO3 was the last one I tried) is to manually forward ports and static set outgoing NAT to static for the PS4.



  • As far as I know the UPnP service on pfSense does not set up static port outbound NAT for the connections which is a key piece for having open NAT on the games. The UPnP service does only the port forwarding part for you.