New pfsense installation at virtualized enviroment



  • Hello everyone, I am newbie to solutions like pfsense and i would like to experiment and learn more about networking. I have a PC running proxmox VE with several VMs and an PCIE card Intel Pro 1000PT Quad Port 1GbE PCIe-x4 RJ45.

    Can i create a VM and install pfsense on it in order to act as a router? Can i use it as a home production router? Is it safe?

    My current hardware is an ISP modem/router, a proxmox server machine, a NAS server Machine, a gaming PC, a PS4 and another PC.

    My network topology at the moment is something like above :

    I use powerlines (3x tp link TL-PA4010P because i rent the house that I stay and the owner doesn't allow me to use UTP cables.)

    How i can setup a proper and secure network for my devices? I suppose i should buy a switch, can you recommend me some switches?

    My first concern is to secure my nas server(freeNAS os).

    Thanks in advance,



  • So i created a VM inside proxmox and assigned 2 hardware NICs as bridge with VirtIO to pfsense, one for wan and the other for lan.

    I plugged in my laptop to the nic that i assigned to pfsense and after i logged in to pfsense web interface i checked "Disable hardware checksum offload".

    How i should proceed in order to configure pfsense as my home router?

    Is that possible and safe if pfsense is running from a virtual enviroment?

    My isp's modem/router should i turn it to bridge mode and connect it with the wan assigned port at pfsense? (i guess PPOE setup then?)



  • Have you gone through this?

    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Virtualizing_pfSense_on_Proxmox

    I'm a VMware guy so I don't have any special knowledge about this type of installation.



  • @KOM:

    Have you gone through this?

    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Virtualizing_pfSense_on_Proxmox

    I'm a VMware guy so I don't have any special knowledge about this type of installation.

    yes! this is exactly the setup i followed!

    my considerations are now about the settings of the pfsense and the wiring.

    Is the above wiring correct?

    ISP's modem/router bridge mode –> pfsense WAN

    pfsense LAN ----> switch ---> all my devices connected to switch including the managment port of proxmox (the physical PC where pfsense is running)



  • Wiring looks good.  Both NICs are in bridged mode, or whatever Proxmox calls it?



  • @KOM:

    Wiring looks good.  Both NICs are in bridged mode, or whatever Proxmox calls it?

    yes that's right, they are in bridge mode.



  • After playing around with pfsense i have a few more questions, i have a ps4 and a PC connected via powerline, i would like to isolate these devices to "another" network for security reasons but i will need these devices to have internet access. How i can do that? can i create another bridge nic and asign it to pfsense as another lan port?

    Can you guide me with a few security tips in order to setup pfsense?

    If i need to create other VMs and connect them to my main network where i will bridge them?


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