Pfsense Setup with BT Broadband



  • Hi,

    So been doing some reading and watching of videos and I think I am at the stage where I can go ahead and install PFsense. I just want to set out below what I believe are the correct steps and then I will await confirmation from you guys!

    1. Wall Socket to HG-612 Modem
    2. HG-612 Modem to WAN port on my server.
      2.5) LAN port on my server to gigabit switch.
    3. Set WAN connection to use PPoE using BT credentials.
    4. Cross fingers and everything should be working?

    As a side question, if I want wireless connectivity and not just have the devices connected to the switch, can I just plug a router into the switch and it should start working?

    Many thanks



  • Yep - that should work.

    I'm on BT but with FTTH so I don't have the HG612 but the rest is the same.

    As for wireless, it depends on what you mean by a router, a router generally refers to a bit of kit that provides DHCP, routing, firewall often has Wi-Fi included. If you're going to use a router, make sure you turn off DHCP (assuming pfsense is doing that for you) and the firewall. Alternatively, just use a WAP (wireless access point). Either way plugging into you switch will work.



  • As a side question, if I want wireless connectivity and not just have the devices connected to the switch, can I just plug a router into the switch and it should start working?

    If you let the router then running in the so called "WiFi AP Mode" it should work out of the box.
    Otherwise the router makes NAT at the WAN port an that is something you don´t want!

    You may also be able to insert a small miniCPIe WiFi card that will work together with pfSense, but due to the actual lag of ac WiFi
    I would be more tending to go with a qualified WLAN AP or a WLAN router that is capable to install the DD_WRT or OpenWRT (lede-project)
    because of the capability and VLAN support!



  • @fredfox_uk:

    Yep - that should work.

    I'm on BT but with FTTH so I don't have the HG612 but the rest is the same.

    As for wireless, it depends on what you mean by a router, a router generally refers to a bit of kit that provides DHCP, routing, firewall often has Wi-Fi included. If you're going to use a router, make sure you turn off DHCP (assuming pfsense is doing that for you) and the firewall. Alternatively, just use a WAP (wireless access point). Either way plugging into you switch will work.

    Awesome, thanks for the reply. Sorry, by router I did mean a WAP to get wireless.
    @BlueKobold:

    As a side question, if I want wireless connectivity and not just have the devices connected to the switch, can I just plug a router into the switch and it should start working?

    If you let the router then running in the so called "WiFi AP Mode" it should work out of the box.
    Otherwise the router makes NAT at the WAN port an that is something you don´t want!

    You may also be able to insert a small miniCPIe WiFi card that will work together with pfSense, but due to the actual lag of ac WiFi
    I would be more tending to go with a qualified WLAN AP or a WLAN router that is capable to install the DD_WRT or OpenWRT (lede-project)
    because of the capability and VLAN support!

    Thanks for the reply, I was getting mixed up with using a router, I do in fact mean using a WAP. I did think of using an internal card but for my house a WAP will be more suited. Thanks.



  • I am on bt
    I have a HG612 with a lan cable running from that to my pfsense box.
    I have setup the wan interface as pppoe and supplied it with the login details of bthomehub@btbroadband.com and (password) if asked and it connected first time.
    as for the AP I just plugged mine into a switch served by the pfsese lan interface and it works great.
    if you get issues with that setup let me know.