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


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    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…

    Wierd hey...

  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    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?

  • 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.

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