PfSense seems to exclude MacBook from the network



  • Hi,

    I own a SG-1000. After configuration everything works very good. Only my old macBook is excluded from internet access. Cannot do emaiing and browsing: the servers do not answer.

    On network level everything is fine, ping is good, dig and so on.

    Does anybody know whether there are problems with macbook/apple and so on?
    How can I debug the situation?

    I have no idea so far…



  • @bergischweb:

    Hi,

    I own a SG-1000. After configuration everything works very good. Only my old macBook is excluded from internet access. Cannot do emaiing and browsing: the servers do not answer.

    On network level everything is fine, ping is good, dig and so on.

    Does anybody know whether there are problems with macbook/apple and so on?
    How can I debug the situation?

    I have no idea so far…

    Hey. Well I have a macbook pro using as my personal device. I used it to setup my pfSense firewall even recently. I have had no issues with it as far as mac and pfSense.

    Since you said only your macbook is having this issue, that should mean then all other devices has internet access no problem (correct me if I am wrong).

    Things I would check will be:
    *IP address - does the machine acquires a proper IP address from DHCP? Also, would you happen to have any custom IP settings on the macbook by any chance?
    *Ping - you mentioned you can ping, meaning you can ping to the pfSense firewall and/or wireless router? Does a ping to 8.8.8.8 work as well?
    *Firewall settings - Is there anything you think you have done that can possibly contribute to this? For me, I wanted to remove the eye sore of a crossed out red https cert on my browser for my firewall. There were some information in the certificate that I did not fill out properly and as a result, I encountered internet issues with https errors.

    Another one for me was with Captive Portal, again misconfigured settings (I think….) didn't allow my macbook to go to the captive portal login page thus no internet access. DNS resolver solved this.

    So as far as troubleshooting, can start from the bottom to the top; check your AP, can check port configuration. Right now I am experiencing frequent disconnections due to a USB NIC I am using that maybe in half duplex causing collisions on my LAN. Had it for the WAN but it was causing me to frequently renew my IP. On the LAN, started off good but :(.

    Many things to try out. Hoped this helps. :)



  • Thank you for your warm words and for not being too specific. The effect was too strange.

    So here follow some more details:
    On the Macbook I can ping the whole network and the whole internet, no problem. And I can do even a "dig", no problem at all. But when the browser or the mail client start to connect to the name server they will get the answer only after some minutes, then the page or mails are loaded very fast.

    In the firewall logs I cannot identify any relevant blocks. I startet off with the default configuration and didn't add any rules.

    Today I removed the pfSense firewall, and the macbook worked as quick as before.

    So, when my observation is correct, it is a kind of name server query problem which is slowing down the macbook. What kind of problem might it be? Any hints are welcome.


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    you sure your not running proxy?


  • Banned

    That's a sanity measure. NOTABUG.  :P 8)



  • @johnpoz:

    you sure your not running proxy?

    Yes. there is no proxy.

    In fact there is a DSL modem connected to a ISDN splitter. The modem generates a LAN. And this LAN is connected on the WAN side to pfSense.