Two WANS to a single LAN - can pfsense do this? Newbie question.
Having spent a couple of days with IPCOP trying to solve this problem I was advised to try pfsense. Before I even start the process I would like a basic yes/no whethert it will do what I want. At this time I don't need a blow by blow how-to just the answer.
I have two broadband connections managed by Netgear units each on a different sub-domain address. Currently they are connected to a network with two sub-domains (192.168.0.? and 192.168.1.?). Most PC's are on the same network (192.168.0.?) but two servers have dual Ethernet cards and are connected directly to each of the Netgear units.
The current problem is that Windows, unlike Linux, cannot be forced to use one particular broadband connection and I need to manage the loads so that the Linux servers have access to one broadband link and Windows PC's the other. Also, if one Broadband link fails I need to be able to re-route everything to the remaining link without attacking the patch panel.
What I want to do is have all of my PC's and Linux servers on the same sub-domain (192.168.0.?) and use pfsense to determine (by IP or MAC address) which Broadband connection to use. My broadband connections both have fixed IP address. I will probably need to configure port forwarding for inbound server ports (HTTP, FTP, VNC) which are currently handled by the Netgear units.
The pfsense box is mini-itx with three 10/100 Ethernet cards.
So, dual WANS to a single LAN with pfsense; yes or no?
David Goadby, North Wales UK.
Yeah that's doable. I would change things around a bit and put all your systems on 192.168.2.x (LAN on pfSense), leaving your WANs on 192.168.0.x and 192.168.1.x and let the firewall route as needed.
Thanks for the answer I was looking (and hoping) for. I will also look at the LAN addressing as advised.
I have just downloaded the ISO image and will fire it up under VirtualBox before committing to the real hardware.
David Goadby, North Wales, UK