Pfsense and Vodafone fibrex



  • So I got myself one of these HP 8200 SFF elite PCs and thought - build a router!

    My main goal apart from normal routing/security/etc will be:
    (a) Run multiple VPN connections (to do away with VPN on all devices)
    (b) Force certain connections (websites) through specific VPN connections from any device (to do away with switching VPNs)

    I have Vodafone fibrex (200 dl and 20 ul).

    I have been tinkering away on pfsense but can not get an internet connection. I spoke with customer care at Vodafone and they pointed me to their Network settings for your broadband modem (link removed coz I am new). Here are the settings:

    Enable connection: Check
      VDSL Name: Internet_VDSL
      FibreX Name: Internet_Ethernet
      Service type: INTERNET, TR069, VOICE
      Connection Type: IP routing (IP)
      MTU: 1500
      MSS: 0
      NAT: NAPT
      VLAN: Check
      VLAN ID: 10
      802.1p: 0
      IP protocol version: IPv4 + IPv6
      IPv4 address type: DHCP
      Static DNS: Uncheck
      IPv6 addressing type: DHCP

    And this is where I realised how far out of my depth I am. It's greek … latinish greek! I can not find all the settings in pfsense to set the connection up. And all attempts I made was in vain. Bear in mind I am a total noob!

    TL:DR
    I need to set up my DIY router for Vodafone fibrex
    1. Is there an idiot's guide for me to get the connection running (WAN and LAN shows it is up-linked, but no IP for WAN)
    2. How do I set it up to have my network running on 192.168.2.x

    Hopefully we can have a sensible conversation which can help others too. I did use search, but could not find my solution. If this thread is a duplication - apologies. Please move it to the right thread.



  • Can we assume you are based in NZ?
    Quickly googling seems that fibrex is some kind of upgraded docsys (i.e. cable) internet.
    But then on the settings posted VDSL is mentioned, which is a telephone line type of connection.

    In any case, you will always need the device supplied by vodafone to convert supplied connectivity into ethernet and then use the hp8200 and pf further.

    Just leave vpn aside at the moment.

    Focus on establishing connectivity first.

    Assuming we are dealing with vdsl, one needs to find out
    a. If the modem supplied supports pppoe passthrough
    b. if yes, if ppp credentials are needed and are given by vodafone
    if no, is double nat something desirable and how it will affect vpn (what kind? ipsec? pptp? openvpn etc…)
    and c. How voice is provisioned on fibrex and what will happen if modem is changed into pppoe bridging.
    (it could be on a different vc, same vc qith qos, supplied over copper with a splitter etc...)

    All this is not pfsense related but are essential requirements so as to know what to do next.

    Vodafone won't help you because they have no idea what you are trying to do (and are not prepared to learn too).
    Assembling the correct information needed takes some knowledge and research.
    Unless someone local has done the exact research for you up to the point of connecting ANY third party router to vodafone fibrex service and  provide details, its not possible to guess what you will need to do (at the noob level).

    Regards



  • @netblues:

    Can we assume you are based in NZ?

    Yes, I am in NZ

    Quickly googling seems that fibrex is some kind of upgraded docsys (i.e. cable) internet.
    But then on the settings posted VDSL is mentioned, which is a telephone line type of connection.

    In any case, you will always need the device supplied by vodafone to convert supplied connectivity into ethernet and then use the hp8200 and pf further.

    I am still using the Vodafone supplied modem

    Just leave vpn aside at the moment.

    Focus on establishing connectivity first.

    Yup, this is my aim for now. Just wanted to give a complete picture

    Assuming we are dealing with vdsl, one needs to find out
    a. If the modem supplied supports pppoe passthrough
    b. if yes, if ppp credentials are needed and are given by vodafone
    if no, is double nat something desirable and how it will affect vpn (what kind? ipsec? pptp? openvpn etc…)
    and c. How voice is provisioned on fibrex and what will happen if modem is changed into pppoe bridging.
    (it could be on a different vc, same vc qith qos, supplied over copper with a splitter etc...)

    I successfully use my Asus RT-n66u with the Vodafone modem - in fact it is how I am communicating now.

    I will look into these things … thanks



  • So I got my router to see the internet … eventually! Don't know if it is the right way, but My WAN connection is connected through VLAN - igb1.10

    Now I need to sort out VPN. I can set up various VPN clients and will finish that up tonight. What I need is the router to recognize a connection to say Netflix from any device and then direct it's traffic through the US VPN client I picked. If I want to connect to another streaming site, I want the router to direct the traffic to an alternate VPN client I set up. Any other traffic which is not geo-locked, must be sent through a general VPN client in my home country.

    Please point me in the right direction as I do not know how to set this up.



  • @beekay said in Pfsense and Vodafone fibrex:

    So I got my router to see the internet … eventually! Don't know if it is the right way, but My WAN connection is connected through VLAN - igb1.10

    Now I need to sort out VPN. I can set up various VPN clients and will finish that up tonight. What I need is the router to recognize a connection to say Netflix from any device and then direct it's traffic through the US VPN client I picked. If I want to connect to another streaming site, I want the router to direct the traffic to an alternate VPN client I set up. Any other traffic which is not geo-locked, must be sent through a general VPN client in my home country.

    Please point me in the right direction as I do not know how to set this up.

    BUMP