Installing without actual WAN/LAN IP address
I am building and installing a pfSense box for a friend and was wondering if I could just assign a static IP on my LAN as the WAN IP for the installation purposes.
I would also want to set up his LAN network (a different subnet than my own LAN obviously) with all the rules etc, so that once it's ready, all I have to do is install the pfsense box between his modem and switch, change the WAN IP and that's it.
Would that be possible to do? Anything in particular that I should take into account?
pfSense uses 192.168.1.x as default LAN (on install)
If your existing (home) LAN has that range , you would have to change the pfSense default Lan range during install.
Else the way i use for easy install , is just to install (default).
After install , connect a PC to to the pfSense LAN (you'll get a dhcp addy in the 192.168.1.x range) , login as admin ... Customize the rest & reboot.
You could change the pfSense LAN range via console , if you know the "target" lan.
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Also, just connect the WAN interface to your LAN and let it use DHCP. That way it will be ready to go when you connect it to your modem.
Thank you both for your replies.
@bingo600 , my existing home LAN in not in the default and I plan to install the default for him, so I should be OK.
@JKnott yeah, that makes sense...that way there wouldn't even be any need to explicitly change the WAN IP during deployment.
glad to know that it's just as easy :)