• Hi, so far all my pfsense installations have been with WiMAx providers, in that case they assign a public IP address to they equipment and  just give me another public IP for the firewall  and all is fine.

    Now, I require to install a firewall using an ADSL2+ provider. In this case the provider assigned a public IP just to the ADSL modem/router/switch. Looking at the forums it appears that I should use PPPoE for the WAN interface in order to get the public IP on the PFsense interface.

    The modem does have an option to work in Bridge Mode and states something about PPPoE LLC if I'm right. I assume firewall and DHCP services should be disabled (am I right?), but where should I connect the PFSense box?, to the USB port?, any of the 6 or 8 switch ports?

    PFSense version: 1.2.3-RC1 (to be updated to latest snapshot once connected to outside world)

    Modem: It's a branded as Planet, I can't see a model.

    Firmware Version:
    ADSL Firmware Version: FwVer: HwVer:T14.F7_3.0
    Modulation: ADSL2 PLUS
    Annex Mode: ANNEX_A

    Thanks in advanced.

  • hi
    i am not familiar with this router but with Netgear and D-Linki have had ssuccess with this method:

    set router to bridge or modem mode (not r

  • @Gob:

    i am not familiar with this router but with Netgear and D-Linki have had ssuccess with this method:

    set router to bridge or modem mode (not r

    Please can you complete your post?, it has been truncated somehow…

  • Sorry, must have fallen asleep at the keyboard (again)  ::)

    set router to bridge or modem mode (not router mode)
    Configure modem to PPOA with login details etc acording to your ISP (assuming UK?)
    Plug WAN interface of pfSense into a LAN port on the router - any one should do I think.
    Configure WAN on PFsense to DHCP.

    that should work.  ???
    You should not need to configure PPOE on the PFSense unless you have an internal modem.


  • The way my router (a rubbish Thomson 585v7 supplied by Be in the UK) works when in Bridge mode is that it runs the ADSL2+ modem and does all the ATM encapsulation stuff for ADSL2+, and is set to bridge everything to it's first Ethernet port (ie the modem and layer 2 stuff is managed by the router, but the layer 3 router software and IP stack is switched off). So pfSense just needs it's WAN ethernet configured with the public IP address and gateway supplied from the ISP. Like Gob, I don't know anything about that particular router though so you'll have to investigate with your ISP and their forums as to a howto to get the router to be in bridge mode. If the ISP can't answer this, you've got a crap ISP.

    Otherwise, you have 2 options: double NAT (not recommended but least painful, ie the router works as normal out of the box, and pfSense uses an internal IP as it's WAN address - even on the crappiest router, you should be able port forward anything you need to even on a double NAT configuration) or if you can't find out or otherwise are still unable to get the router to play ADSL2+ mojo, then get a Netgear or Draytek ADSL2+ box instead.

  • Thanks for replying. At last I configured the modem as bridge, disabled firewall filtering, NAT and DHCP on it. Connected PFSense to port 1 (I guess any should work as stated by Gob) and confired the WAN interfase as PPPoE, after entering the the username and password, all worked out of the box!.

    Another question, if the conexion is dropped or the modem is restarted, PFSense should be aware of that and reconnect?