Setting up multiwan

  • Hi all,

    I have been trying to setup multiwan with loadbalancing (I know "perfect" loadbalancing is not possible) with hopefully failover.

    My situation is like the following. I have a 10.x.x.x network. On and I have two DSL routers hooked up to independent connections. They perform routing and NAT to the internet.

    I have setup pfsense on, created a gateway group including the two other gateways. However, when I change my LAN rule to use the gateway group, things die; I can't connect to IM (ICQ, Gtalk), and traceroute goes:

    $ traceroute
    traceroute to (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets
    1  zyxel.sprawl (  4.093 ms router-cesar.sprawl (  6.324 ms zyxel.sprawl (  5.312 ms^C

    Meaning that packets go to either gateway for a single host- I would guess that I want "sticky" connections; i.e. unless there's a gateway down, outbound connections are loadbalanced, but connections to a single host always follow the same route.

    I have looked around, but I haven't seen anything…

    Ideas? Is there any guide about how to set up this?


  • That's not for 1.3, I can't seem to find the way to activate sticky connections.

  • @koala:

    That's not for 1.3, I can't seem to find the way to activate sticky connections.

    To turn on sticky connections on 1.3 follow these instructions.

    1. Log in
    2. go to System->Advanced
    3. Click "Miscellaneous" tab
    4. Top check box is "Use sticky connections" check it and save.
    5. Done!

  • I just tried the same scenario. But whenever I turn on sticky connections, after some time I start getting timeouts and nothing goes out.
    Firewall logs show nothing. It just doesnt work. If I restart the firewall all is well until it happens again. Hardware is a PIII/733 with 786 RAM. The 2 WANs are 14mbit/1mbit DSLs. At the most heavy usage it had about 400 states active. This used to happen with 1.2 too but not that often.

  • 1.3 should now work a bit better.

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