Why does smoothie work but pfsense, monowall,clark, etc not?



  • Hi,
    I've been using smoothwall for years but wanted to try out others..
    I see openVPN in pfsense so I am motivated to get it to work…

    For some strange reason, my PPP half bridged dsl modem will only work reliably with smoothwall.

    In smoothwall I saw this:
    IPADDR=x.y.z.a
    NETMASK=255.255.255.0
    NETWORK=x.y.z.b
    BROADCAST=255.255.255.255
    GATEWAY=x.y.z.a
    DNS=x.y.z.c
    DHCPSID=10.0.0.2 <== that is the dsl routers lan side ip address
    DHCPGIADDR=0.0.0.0
    DHCPSIADDR=0.0.0.0
    DHCPCHADDR=00:40:33:kk:kk:kk
    DHCPSHADDR=00:01:E1:pp:pp:pp
    DHCPSNAME='ÿ'
    LEASETIME=60
    RENEWALTIME=30
    REBINDTIME=52
    INTERFACE='eth1'
    CLASSID='Linux 2.4.29 i686'
    CLIENTID=00:40:33:kk:kk:kk

    And all works smoothly for years (pardon the pun).

    In pfsense, the logfile shows an IP renewal every 30 seconds and on the console I see the phrase "terminated" about that often or even more.

    dhclient[1234]: bound to x.y.z.a == renewal in 30 seconds

    Why would it be renewed so often and does that explain why my web browsing experince is very very hit or miss?

    I can browse the web for a bit with normal activity and then I will get several 'page not found' and then back to normal.

    I have similiar experiences with other new software routers.

    All very weird.  anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance



  • pfSense requires atleast 128 megabytes of ram.



  • Fair enough, I should have posted my config,  'my bad'

    PII 266 Dell optiplex with 256meg ram

    No rocket but I thought it should do the job.

    Remember, I am running from liveCD  (great idea by the way!!)



  • The issue being that we cannot process dhcp reconfigurations that fast.

    At least not every 30 seconds. Try to up the lease time to at least 5 minutes in the dsl modem.

    That way it should behave a bit better.


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