Fwe - ethernet over firewire not working

  • I have 2 pfSense machines connected by their fwe0 ports - I was hoping to use the fwe ports for CARP.
    Unfortunately they do not ping each other.

    When I do an ifconfig I see this:
    rl0: flags=8843 <up,broadcast,running,simplex,multicast>mtu 1500
            options=8 <vlan_mtu>inet netmask 0xff000000 broadcast
            inet6 fe80::230:18ff:fea2:b806%rl0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
            ether 00:30:18:a2:b8:06
            media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex>)
            status: active
    fwe0: flags=108943 <up,broadcast,running,promisc,simplex,multicast,needsgiant>mtu 1500
            options=8 <vlan_mtu>inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
            inet6 fe80::30:18ff:fea0:33f4%fwe0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x2
            ether 02:30:18:a0:33:f4
            ch 1 dma 0

    What does the PROMISC, NEEDSGIANT and dma 0 mean? Anyone have any idea why I can't ping one fwe from another fwe?

    I have set up rules to allow the pings in the fwe interface….not sure of the firewire cable though , have nothing else to test it with.


  • Ethernet over firewire was removed early on.  It was not working correctly to begin with.

  • removed from FreeBSD  or removed from pfSense?

    Any hope of this coming back?

  • If it works down the road it will be added back.

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