2.0-RC1 bridging issue between interfaces

  • Dear PFSense community,

    first of all thank you for releasing such a great product for free.
    I have used PFSense before in routed mode with great success, and have been testing a bridges setup for the past three days with little success.

    I have PFSense set up in a virtual machine for testing, and have assigned three network interfaces to different host LANs like follows:

    WAN -> de0 (will be used later on, not for this test)
    LAN -> bridge0 (IP.
    OPT1 -> de2 (Ethernet Internal #1, bridge0 member)
    OPT2 -> de1 (Ethernet Internal #2, bridge0 member)

    I used this setup after reading this post on how to successfully bridge two adapters.
    I have also set the two bridge tunable system variables to 0 and 1 respectively.
    The LAN interface also has the standard pass LAN to any firewall rule enabled. The OPT interfaces have no firewall rules defined.

    My problem is that I cannot send data (e.g. pings) across that bridge, nor access the webConfigurator anymore.
    PFSense can ping itself on, but no other hosts on the 234 net. At first, a console ping returns nothing, and then after maybe 4 or 5 unsuccessful pings I receive "ping: sendto: host is down" error messages.

    EDIT: As a side note, when PFSense starts up, the DEC21443 virtual adapters (de0, de1, de2) are unresponsive. An ifconfig up/down for each will make them work. I've seen this issue on here before, but haven't fixed that yet. Just mentioning it in case it may play a role in the bridging issue.

    I have tried pretty much everything I can think of, but to no avail. If you could point me in the right direction, any help would greatly be appreciated.

    Thank you in advance!

  • You need to change the system tunables to filter on the bridge interface and not on members

  • Thank you for your reply.

    I have net.link.bridge.pfil_member set to 0 ( Set to 0 to disable filtering on the incoming and outgoing member interfaces) and net.link.bridge.pfil_bridge set to 1 (Set to 1 to enable filtering on the bridge interface).
    Am I misunderstanding something here?

  • namezero111111

    Just wondering if you ever got your bridging solution to work.  Please let me know how you made it work if you did. Thank you.

  • Hey getahostcom.

    Yes, I did get it to work for P2P/TLS between two servers by making changes to two configuration files that I modified for the user interface.
    I then followed the Bridging Howto here: http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,20917.0.html

    I would like to share the two files with the rest of the community, by uploading the files into the repository, but I don't know how to do that on redmine.pfsense.org.

    I can attach them here when I get home tonight.

  • Here's the two promised files:

    • Remove .txt extensions from the two files (forum restriction).
    • Use any tool or the diagnostics menu to edit files
    • Replace /etc/inc/openvpn.inc with supplied openvpn.inc
    • Replace /usr/local/www/vpn_openvpn_server.php with vpn_openvpn_server.php

    You can then select the TAP adapter for the server and leave the "Tunnel Network" field empty.

    Note that this config file doesn't write the server-bridge directive, but rather "mode server" to the config file, since I didn't want the OVPN server to act as a DHCP server for the clients due to the fact that I was bridging the tap interface with a LAN interface.

    Let me know if this works for you. Also, if you update to a new snapshot, you'll have to replace the two files again.

    @Admins: How to commit the to the repository?


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