(quick question) Using a wireless router behind pfSense withour a switch

  • Hello,

    I have what I believe to be a quick questions regarding using a wireless router behind pfSense.

    My question is: can I set up a wireless router behind pfSense that will also act as a switch for other computers to be connected into it using an ethernet cable?

    Here is in more detail what I am trying to accomplish.

    [WAN]            [IP:]        [IP:]
    Cable Modem >      pfSense >            wireless router    >                              PCs(using ethernet cable to router LAN), wireless devices
                                                            [Netgear N600 model WNDR3700]
                                                            [DHCP is disabled, ethernet cable
                                                            connected from pfsense to a LAN input]

    I am trying to figure out whether I need to buy a switch or use what I have and accomplish the same results.

    Any help will be much appreciated.

    Also if you any better suggestions please feel free, they are much welcome.


  • That is the recommended configuration for connecting wireless routers.

  • There is antoher name for that kind of device/connection: accesspoint

  • Thanks for the replies!

    So, I should be able to make that setup work without the need of a switch? Use the LAN ports of the router to connect PCs?


  • The LAN ports of that router are a switch.

  • Great, thanks gderf.