Surely pfsense works with switches??? Well durrr of course it does …...
Well this is a new one on me.
BT Business Broadband (BH5 in bridged mode) with 5 Static IP's
Dell Poweredge R200 as PFSense Box (yes a little overkill)
NIC1 = WAN
NIC2 = LAN
VLAN + 1:1 NAT all setup nicely for the 5 IP addresses.
I can successfully access the internet/PFSense when my laptop is plugged directly into the LAN port of the PFSense box.
When I connect a switch into the LAN port and patch my laptop from the connected switch I get nothing from the PFSense box.
Not even an IP Address. All I get is unknown network.
Whats going on there then hey…...? :-\ (probably me being really dumb!!)
Comments please guys
Sounds like a broken switch.
What kind of switch is it?
I've tried 2 now.
1 x HP Procurve
1 x Generic 16 port switch
Both were working fine up to the point I installed pfsense…
It's not pfSense.
Does the link come up? Try a known-good cat5e or better, 8-conductor patch cables?
Did you mess around with the interface negotiation? (leave them at the default, which is usually auto-neg.)
Are your NICs gigabit?
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Are the switches managed? Make sure there is no VLAN setup on them anymore.
Well after all that…..
It turned out that it was in fact the new network cable from the servers NIC2 port to the switch.
I changed the cable for another new cable and hey presto all singing all dancing :)
Incidentally i'm struggling to get services through the firewall and after following numerous tutorials i'm still non the wiser but that's a different issue.
Thanks for your help.