Consistent network device numbering
dhatz last edited by
I wonder, does pfsense offer a way to ensure consistent network device naming? What happens if your router has four Ethernet ports (em0-em3) and the 2nd one dies, wouldn't the subsequent ones get different device names? Is it possible that a network adapter might get renamed based on which was polled first during bootup?
In Linux, a system administrator can use the Ethernet hardware address (MAC address) of a network device to
assign a specific network interface name to a network port. Apparently FreeBSD offers something related with /boot/device.hints
Recently RedHat has introduced "Consistent Network Device Naming" in Fedora 15.
It would be a nice feature for a future release.
There isn't currently a way to do that in pfSense, but some ideas have been kicked around before.
It is possible to rename interfaces in FreeBSD and IIRC they can be matched up by MAC address, but there hasn't been a good usable solution made up that I'm aware of.
pf123user last edited by
Not sure what hardware you are using but I just went through this a few weeks ago.
I found that on my Dell P490 hardware has an order that it scans - and Dell also that my BIOS versions change this order. This helps for DR/Recovery purposes however it does not help if I want to upgrade a single NIC to a Quad NIC that's in the first scanned slot…
I've found that the backup/restore functionality is a bit difficult because of this - change one thing and you are SOL and its been easier for me to start over... but my firewall rules are generally VERY simple.