PFSense Home Architecture Problem.

  • Hi guys,

    I'm new to PFsense so bare with me.

    I am planning something like this at home.

    'Modem (Internet) -> Server (PFsense will be VMed) -> Router -> Computers (WiFi + Ethernet clients)'

    Now I have a little trouble knowing what to do with my router. I have DD-WRT running on it, so which mode should I be using on it? I was thinking AP, but I am not sure if that is the optimal way to do it.

    Also, do I assign IPs from PFsense or the Router

    Thanks for baring with me!

  • I would do something very similar, but not even use the WAN on the router. e.g. plug a LAN port on it into your home network, disable the WAN port, disable the DHCP, and voila, instant AP.  If you do it this way, I guess it is up to you who serves up DHCP and such, but it is just as easy to have the virtual pfsense do it.  Assuming your VM implementation allows this (you haven't said what you have), if the server has two NICs, have the "outside" one assigned as the WAN nic for pfsense, and a virtual second one bridged to the LAN, and you should be good to go.

  • Hi there,

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I apologize for not stating the hardware of the PFsense box. It does have two NICs. One from the motherboard and the other is a Intel GT NIC.

    So from what you have just said. I can simply leave it up to the VMed PFsense to do the DHCP and so forth.


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