2 Separate Internet Connections for PFsense
Is there a way for Pfsense to handle two simultaneous Internet connections (not load balancer)?
What I want to do is have one Internet connection to handle 30 computers while the other handles another 30. Each client computer has a static IP address.
Is this possible?
Most likely yes…
By firewall rules or manual outbound nat depending you lan side
Definitely yes, using policy based routing.
Even better you can have a mix of policy based routing and load balancing so that whilst most computers use only one connection, high priority machines can use both.
I do this myself.
Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately, the link just lead to a mini article. Is there a guide of some sort that can show me the right direction.
Just a few questions:
1. Should there be an entry in "Load Balancing" or does this defeat the purpose of having double internet?
2. Will the IP assignments be placed on the "Firewall Rules"?
3. On the PFsense standalone computer, is it still required to have an OPT1 (second Internet) or is OPT1 only for load balancing?
1. Depends if you are running 1.2.3 or 2.0. Things changed slightly. The 'loadbalancer' in 2.0 refers to incoming connections only, for load balancing between two internal web servers for example.
2. Yes. Probably easiest to define some aliases, one for each set of IPs. Then set two firewall rules where the source for each is one of the two alises and the gateway is one of the WAN connections.
3. Yes. You still need a separate interface for the second WAN.
I'm using 1.2.3.
The new second ISP hasn't been set-up yet so I'm just preparing for the upcoming task at hand.
Any guides or other things that I should expect when setting this up?