DSL, Cable and dual-WAN setup - OUCH!!



  • Our IT consultant changed out the routers in our three offices from Sonicwalls to PFSense boxes several months ago.  This was done on his advice and I'm actually very happy with the decision.  The problem lies in one of our offices.  The other two are s incel Comcast Cable connection and a T1/Comcast cable dual wan setup that appears to not be set up at all (no load balancing or failover services set up).

    The IT guy took a fulltime job and doesn't have the time to complete the install so here I am.  Please be gentle since I'm an accountant with a screwdriver, which is really not saying much.  I follow instructions well and get what is being said for the most part.

    So the problem I'm having is setting up load balancing and failover with the DSL/Cable setup.  I was forced to use the DSL as WAN1 because it is PPPoE.  I set up the cable connection as WAN2 (opt1) and am getting no traffic over the line even when I unplug the DSL modem.  I checked the modem by plugging my laptop into the cable modem and did a speed test at one of those website that do such things.  I also saw the correct IP or our static connection.  I set up the load balancing and failover like the say at http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/MultiWanVersion1.2   Nothing.  I made sure to disable DHCP on the cable router and have the PFSense box set as the DHCP server.  Everything on the LAN side of this PFSense box is set as its own subnet (we have three, 1, 97 and 98 for whatever reason).  What am I doing wrong?  I know this is all over the place so please ask questions and I'll try to answer them.  Any help is good help.



  • Make sure that once you create a load balancing pool, you go to the firewall rules for your LAN interface and change the default allow rule to use that load balancing pool under the Gateway section of the firewall rule. This will get your basic load balancing going. If you have any allow rules above it that don't use the load balancing pool, the traffic will follow that. The rules are processed in a first come first serve manner.


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