New to PFsense, Installation Issues



  • Hello,

    I finally got around to trying out pfsense. Although unfortunately I can't even get as far as the webui.

    Hardware is as follows:

    Gigabyte N3050m-d3p - mobo / soc, only a dual core celery, but i got it new for 17 gbp, so was hoping this would be ok just to play with?
    8GB RAM - crucial, bog standard stuff
    64GB Transced SSD

    I did note than many recommend an Intel nic, so I’ve just bought an Intel Pro/1000PT 1Gb/s Dual Port NIC x3959.
    That’s pretty much it.

    For my home I have my internet with Pulse8, 65/20 going into a Zyxel VMG3925-B VDSL. This is downstairs next to the master socket, i then run cat5e up to a netgear gs208 8 port switch in my computer room.

    The issue is getting IP addresses allocated to the WAN and LAN NICs. I either get one or the other. I've tried many combinations of cables to different ports, even tried the onboard realtek NIC.
    In fact, only on one occasion I got IP's on both (don't ask me how, just fluked it i think), then when i thought i had success, i couldn't access the webui from my main rig. Just timed out, no ping, nothing.

    Any help would be appreciated!
    Marko



  • Hi,

    Your "Zyxel VMG3925-B VDSL" is distibuting IP's using its DHCP server ? What IP settings ?
    pfSense, on the WAN port, is set up how ? (on the WAN NIC : uncheck "Block private networks and loopback addresses" because you are using a router-after-router setup.
    What LAN settings are you using ?

    (seen very often : WAN becomes a 192.168.1./24 and LAN is set (default) the same : start calling Houston for failure code number 1.)

    Why the switch between "Zyxel VMG3925-B VDSL" and the pfSense box ?



  • @b00rishev:

    The issue is getting IP addresses allocated to the WAN and LAN NICs.

    You want those nics to serve DHCP server or them to get automatic client ip?



  • @b00rishev:

    The issue is getting IP addresses allocated to the WAN and LAN NICs. I either get one or the other.

    Sounds like you got the scope wrong and connected both LAN and WAN to your switch.

    Do it this way:
    Zyxel –- pfSense WAN | pfSense LAN --- SWITCH --- computers, printers, APs, etc.

    Only WAN gets an IP from the Zyxel (as long as that one is not in bridged mode).
    Set IP for LAN manually. Must be different from IP-on-WAN settings, completely different subnet.
    pfSense is a router. It can only route between different networks. Otherwise it would be a bridge/switch.


 

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