Pfsense on 1 network/ethernet port PC using VLANS



  • Hi.

    I will ask if this video is a stupid solution
    https://youtu.be/z59_MWWPL-Q
    or would it be better to get one of these:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Minisys-4-Lan-pfsense-minipc-Intel-atom-E3845-quad-core-mini-itx-motherboard-linux-firewall-computer/32825684280.html

    I'm sorry for my n00b question.  :)



  • I favor the minisys-4 'cuz simpler with discrete NIC ports + fanless/silent.  am betting that 1-port thingy is noisy fan'ed and/or runs hot.



  • @johnkeates:

    You can, but if you want more than 1Gbit one way or 500Mbit two way, you'll need more interfaces. If you want a cheap multi-interface box, get the minisys or a qotom.

    Not sure I understand. The Cisco there is in the video is a switch with 8 x 1 Gb port, right? So how would it be 500 Mbit two way.

    My WAN connection is btw 360/360 Mbit



  • @johnkeates:

    Keep in mind that the Qotom and MiniSys computers have dedicated network interfaces, not a switch! So if you intend to have one network but need multiple ports for devices, get a switch instead. Software switching those physical interfaces by making them members of a bridge is going to give rather sad performance.

    Ok, but the remaining ports in the video will act as a normal port.



  • Aha, I think I understand what you are trying to say.

    If my network is 10/100 Mbit, then it would not be a problem, but if all or some devices are 1000 Mbit then it will, right?



  • @SammyWoo:

    I favor the minisys-4 'cuz simpler with discrete NIC ports + fanless/silent.  am betting that 1-port thingy is noisy fan'ed and/or runs hot.

    Right now I'm using my 1-port with pfSense with an extra USB->NIC. It is not that noisy. :)

    I see you like the minisys-4, what do you use the last 2 ports in the minisys to?



  • @valnurat:

    I see you like the minisys-4, what do you use the last 2 ports in the minisys to?

    I have read ppl having trouble using a USB-NIC dongle but if that works for you, great.

    Extra ports on my minisys port is currently unused, I didn't buy the 4 for the extra ports but the 2 ports version CPU didn't cut it for me, or doesn't have hardware AES. One use for those ports is if you want to create discrete separate subnets, but I see ppl here are big into VLANs which can mimic the same thing.



  • @SammyWoo:

    @valnurat:

    I see you like the minisys-4, what do you use the last 2 ports in the minisys to?

    I have read ppl having trouble using a USB-NIC dongle but if that works for you, great.

    Extra ports on my minisys port is currently unused, I didn't buy the 4 for the extra ports but the 2 ports version CPU didn't cut it for me, or doesn't have hardware AES. One use for those ports is if you want to create discrete separate subnets, but I see ppl here are big into VLANs which can mimic the same thing.

    Sorry, but I don't understand. You bought a 2 port and it doesn't support AES or?



  • Aha.

    Ok, thank you.


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