Pfsense as a wireless client(bridge)
I am currently bridging my house and my mother's house together with two D-Link DWL-2100AP access points, to save her on paying for her own internet. This worked great while there was only one computer there, but after adding a couple more I ran into an issue. The D-link will not remain stable when passing traffic from multiple MAC addresses. In default setup it will only assign one IP through bridged client mode, but I found a way to change it to accept multiple MAC address assignments through a telnet command. Well it will assign IP addresses to all the computers there, but when traffic starts to pass through the bridge it crashes repeatedly. I put a router at her house and set the bridge back to default so it only sees the router as passing traffic, one IP instead of five. Now I have to double NAT in order to remote access a computer there from outside my network. I could go on and on about the headaches this has caused besides remote access, but I'm sure you can imagine what they are.
The solution I am trying, and failing, to implement is to use another pfsense box with a wireless card to act as the wireless client. I would like to eliminate the D-link bridge at her house and have the pfsense box connect to my AP. Is this at all possible or am I just being hopeful? I have tried to use the wireless interface as a WAN with the interface set to Infrastructure, but nothing I tried worked as of yet. Any help I can get on this would save me some more headaches.
What is running on the d-links? dd-wrt in client bridge mode supports multiple IP addresses just fine.
Right now they are running the d-link firmware. They are not officially supported by dd-wrt yet unfortunately. I have been making do with the proprietary crap for a few years. I would love to get Pfsense to work in this setup since it just works for everything else.
Honestly, how much is your time worth? You only need to replace one unit: the one at her house. You can get a wrt54g or somesuch for like $50 and flash it with non-crap firmware.
While I don't want to sound ungrateful for the help, I am aware that I can just replace the hardware with something else and solve the problem. What I have is an existing pfsense firewall at her house and would like to just use that. If it will be more trouble than it's worth I will just go with a different bridge set. Thank you for the suggestion anyway.
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Do you want to bridge the pfSense?
You can only bridge the wireless interface if it is in access-point mode.
So you would have to run the AP on the pfSenses side, or set up a routed network (which is imo more proper than a bridged scenario).