Multi WAN Failover Ques ??



  • I'm running the Pfsense 2.0.1 on single WAN and LAN interface (but i have 3 NICS in total)and Its been going good so far.
    We've recently added a second ISP for redundancy and I want to setup Pfsense with 2 WANs so that if one of the connection goes down it automatically fails over to the other connection.
    What I want to know is if it is possible to setup the connection failover without load balancing because my primary ISP (WAN1) is way faster than my second ISP (WAN2)  and I'd rather stay on that connection (WAN1) by default and not use the second ISP (WAN2) unless the 1st  ISP (WAN1) is totally down.

    Can someone just give me a breakdown of what i need to do to accomplish this.
    Any help or link to tutorial is welcomed
    Thanks Much


  • Rebel Alliance

    Yes, you can have 2 WANs and do "Failover" only, check the docs

    http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Multi-WAN_2.0



  • @humps:

    I'm running the Pfsense 2.0.1 on single WAN and LAN interface (but i have 3 NICS in total)and Its been going good so far.
    We've recently added a second ISP for redundancy and I want to setup Pfsense with 2 WANs so that if one of the connection goes down it automatically fails over to the other connection.
    What I want to know is if it is possible to setup the connection failover without load balancing because my primary ISP (WAN1) is way faster than my second ISP (WAN2)  and I'd rather stay on that connection (WAN1) by default and not use the second ISP (WAN2) unless the 1st  ISP (WAN1) is totally down.

    Can someone just give me a breakdown of what i need to do to accomplish this.
    Any help or link to tutorial is welcomed
    Thanks Much

    Yes, you can do this.

    1.) Create a Gateway Group with WAN1 = Tier 1 and WAN2 = Tier 2
    2.) Set this Gateway-Group in firewall rules as your Gateway
    3.) Ready!



  • 1.) Create a Gateway Group with WAN1 = Tier 1 and WAN2 = Tier 2
    2.) Set this Gateway-Group in firewall rules as your Gateway
    3.) Ready!

    @Nachtfalke: Thank you so much, that worked like a charm i never knew it was so easy :)

    @ptt: Thanks for the link to the Documentation, i'm gonna have a read on the load balancing next

    Thanks Ya'll, problem solved!


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