WAN Load Balancing Uneven



  • I realize pfsense can use either round-robin or a weighed round robin, but I often saturate one wan while the other one is not heavily utilized.  Is there a way for pfsense to use the least "used/busy/saturated" WAN connection based on the up/dl bandwidth that I specify.  I saw such a box in an office building many years ago, and a feature such as this is what I seem to need.   thanx…



  • Hi!
    I've the same question and didn't find a good answer in the forum.
    maybe one of the pfsense gurus can help Us?



  • No this is currently not possible.



  • I'm seeing a situation where users of some high speed sites which do not allow multiple/segmented downloads & pfsense will saturate or nearly saturate one of my wan, however somehow another users starts another download, it still somehow gets round robined to the already saturated line.  I tried a weighed round robin, but it only worked briefly as connection patterns changes.  Latency then goes thru the roof on the saturated line. I'm just trying to find a way to even out the usage based on user bandwidth utilization rather that round-robin so as to use both lines evenly.

    I just went searching around on google for a way & it seems to be quite expensive…  oh well...



  • There's no way to accommodate that type of balancing with PF, it's simply round robin on a connection basis, which is usually fine but has its caveats.



  • I did a google search on the matter and they all seem to point to a company called peplink.  After looking at there specs, it offered 7 different load balance algorithms in addition to round-robin, I guess:

    Weighted
    Enforced
    Persistence
    Priority
    Overflow
    Least Used
    Lowest Latency Load Balancing Algorithms

    Does anyone know if they work or lockup under heavy load?  Their prices are too high, in my opinion…  Sure wish pfsense offers a few more algorithms to utilize my wans more efficiently.  Or perhaps thru addons....???


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