MultiWAN tier setup (different speeds)



  • hello,

    In a client, we have 3 WANS, 2 VDSL x50 Mbps (5 upload) and one ADSL ~18 Mbps. The client had a TP-Link Load Balancer before pfsense, and he was using speedtest.net app to check the combined speed. With the old lb he had 100+ Mbps download and 10 upload, all the time.
    Using pfsense  in an APU.1D4 - 4GB, msata along with a Ubiquiti ES-48-Lite EdgeSwitch (2 WANs setup as VLAN in OPT port), he gets around 75/8 (with all WANs grouped as tier 1). Using the fast WANs only as tier 1 he gets less all the time (60-65).

    Is there a way to set the tiers to achieve all the speed of the 3 WANs (at least at speedtest, even though I know you will say its not accurate enough).

    Best regards

    Kostas



  • Run a tcpdump and check if all the wans are actually used.



  • Thank you,

    No need, they are used, I can see it in the Dashboard. Also, the change is visible when you put the 3rd WAN along with the others.

    Best regards

    Kostas


  • Rebel Alliance

    With different WAN speeds you use "Weight"  to "distribute" the traffic according to each WAN speed, not "Tier" ;)

    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Multi-WAN#Weight



  • Correct, thank you very much!

    Based on the document and other search, I see examples only for 2 uneven WANs.
    In my case, since the lowest WAN is almost 1/3 of the 2 faster WANs, how is propose to set them?

    Best regards

    Kostas


  • Rebel Alliance

    Mmmm… try  3,3,1 or 5,5,2 ???



  • Thank you!

    Will try and get back.

    Best regards

    Kostas


  • Netgate

    You have 118 Mbps total. The 18M circuit is 15.2% of that. I would try a weight of 3 on each of the 50M circuits and a weight of 1 on the 18M circuit. That should put 1 state out of every 7 (14.2%) on the 18M circuit.

    It is going to be pretty rare to get a speed test site to show you an aggregate of all the circuits on a load-balanced group. It just doesn't work that way. iperf3 with something like -P14 might get you closer.

    Load Balancing works really well with lots of users and lots of states coupled with realistic expectations.



  • Thank you,

    I will try the suggestions.

    Best regards

    Kostas



  • Out of curiosity, for all I know the APU has three interfaces. Does that mean your LAN connection is wireless?



  • Please read the topic  ;), I am using one interface with VLANs in order to have 2 WANs from one physical.

    Best regards

    Kostas