WAN Interface



  • Hi,

    I'm trying to do new installation of last version of pFSense as virtual machine (vmware).
    The idea is to configure the firewall using the web GUI, and after it do a test by connecting the network.

    But the problem I found is that the first thing PFS is asking it's a WAN interface: I don't have anyone connected yet because I'm testing.

    So, is there a way to bypass this question without write anything?

    Thank you.



  • Create 2 virtual interfaces for the VM.  Assign one for WAN and one for LAN.  You do not need the WAN to be up and running with a working internet connection.  You just need to assign an interface to keep it happy.



  • I created 3 network adapters on the VM. Both 3 are on differents VLAN. And PFS says

    connect the WAN interface now and make sure that the link is up

    So, I think it's impossible to configure PFS wether I don't connect a physical link to the WAN interface…


  • Rebel Alliance

    @argie01:

    I created 3 network adapters on the VM. Both 3 are on differents VLAN. And PFS says

    connect the WAN interface now and make sure that the link is up

    So, I think it's impossible to configure PFS wether I don't connect a physical link to the WAN interface…

    Just enter the Interface Name, dont use the "auto-detection"



  • And what is that interface name? or where can I see it?
    I.e., I just have 3 interfaces: eth0, eth1 and eth2. I tried with 3 of them, and PSF continues requesting it.


  • Rebel Alliance

    The interfaces will be listed by their driver names:

    Intel –> em0, em1, em2 or igb0, igb1, igb2

    Broadcom --> bge0, bge1, bge2

    here you have a guide: http://www.4shared.com/document/9vjmvCk-/pfSense_QIG.html




  • Humm, the problem here is that I just see one interface called "le0".
    I assigned this to WAN, but then, once on the main menu, I'm not sure what IP I should assign to it. Because if I assign a LAN IP I´ll never be able to get into the admin web, because I suppose by default all the communications from WAN are blocked.
    So, this doesn´t make sense: PSF should detect at least two interfaces…


  • Rebel Alliance

    @argie01:

    I'm trying to do new installation of last version of pFSense as virtual machine (vmware).

    Check the Virtualization section of the forum : http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/board,37.0.html



  • Hi, and thank you for the link.

    I fixed the problem. The cause was I setup aditional network interfaces on Vmware as "VMXNET 3", and PFS didn't detect them.
    When I changed it to "flexible" the interfaces were detected correctly.



  • @argie01:

    Hi, and thank you for the link.

    I fixed the problem. The cause was I setup aditional network interfaces on Vmware as "VMXNET 3", and PFS didn't detect them.
    When I changed it to "flexible" the interfaces were detected correctly.

    Where did you make this change? I'm asking because I'm setting up pfSense to run in a VMWare virtual enviroment as well.


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