Hardware for Pfsense Load Balancing



  • Hi Everyone
    I'm from Bangladesh, In my country ADSL2+ maximum bandwidth is 1mbps.
    But I need 9-10mbps, For that I can use 10 ADSL line.

    Is it possible in pfsense, the all adsl line make together for 10mbps

    For that I need.

    • Which Motherboard.
    • Which Lan card
    • prossessor.
    • Ram
    • HD

    Please tell me the Hardware configuration.


  • Netgate Administrator

    You can load balance 10 1Mbps connections but you will only get 10Mbps with 10 sessions each using 1Mbps. You cannot get a single 10Mbps pipe to, for example, download a single file at 10Mbps.
    To do that you must use multilink PPP or some other form of ppp bonding to combine all 10 conncetions. This must be supported by your ISP. See:
    http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Multi-Link_PPP_(MP/MLPPP)

    Almost any hardware will be fine for 10x1Mbps connections, if you have enough NICs or use VLANs.

    Steve



  • Thanks for replay, For NICs
    what Network cards I can user
    can i have some Network card model with 4-5 port and parfectly fork for Pfsense for Load balancing.

    I don't need to download a single file 10mbps.
    This system for Mini WISP. where user will get only 512kbps download speed.

    Thanks



  • @rabbyweb:

    can i have some Network card model with 4-5 port

    For more than a couple of ports, a VLAN capable switch can be a more economical solution than multiple ports.

    New, a four port PCI card is likely to cost around US$100. For that sum it is possible to get a VLAN capable switch of at least 8 ports which could be used: 1 switch port carrying multiple VLANs to pfSense and the remaining ports to ADSL lines.

    The economics and availability in Bangladesh might be very different.



  • thanks for advice wallabybob
    can I have model for VLAN capable switch
    please give me whole configuration which I need for my project.

    I hove in Bangladesh will be more economical
    coz In Bangladesh doesn't have any vat/tax in Computer/computer hardware.

    Thanks



  • @rabbyweb:

    please give me whole configuration which I need for my project.

    I don't know enough about your environment to do that.

    Multiport LAN cards can sometimes be purchased on eBay. For new multiport LAN cards see http://www.soekris.com, LAN16x1 and LAN1741.

    The Netgear GS108T is an 8 port VLAN capable switch that seems well regarded in the forums.

    The Mikrotik RB250GS is an economical 5 port VLAN capable switch.

    The TP-Link TL-SL2210WEB and TL-SG3210 are both VLAN capable. I have good results from an HP/Procurve 1700-8G which seems to be no longer available new.

    Some companies use different model numbers in different countries so you should check the details with the suppliers. In particular, model numbers that resemble those quoted might not have VLAN support. A good starting point could be to ask about managed switches with support for IEEE 802.11Q VLANs.

    Growing bandwidth by adding 1Mbps ADSL links doesn't seem very scalable. For the future it might be worth talking with your bandwidth provider about using wireless links. Ubiquity (http://www.ubnt.com), Microtik (http://www.mikrotik.com) and others sell wireless gear claimed to be capable of 10s of megabits per second over 10s of kilometres for under a couple of hundred dollars an end.



  • Hi,
    I have Mikrotik RB750, Can I use it for my this operation.
    and
    I have a chines laptop with
    CPU: Intel Atom D425 1.80 GHz
    Memory: 1GB DDR3
    one lan
    another one lan on USB.

    this laptop will be comfortable with pfsense.
    or  May I use VMware.
    thanks


  • Netgate Administrator

    @rabbyweb:

    I have Mikrotik RB750, Can I use it for my this operation.

    Probably but it will require some complex configuring to make it function as a switch with vlans. Also it only has 5 ports so you will only be able to have 4 WAN interfaces. A real vlan capable switch with 16 ports would be much better. Something like a Netgear GS116E or GS116T.

    @rabbyweb:

    I have a chines laptop with
    CPU: Intel Atom D425 1.80 GHz
    Memory: 1GB DDR3
    one lan
    another one lan on USB.

    this laptop will be comfortable with pfsense.
    or  May I use VMware.
    thanks

    It will probably work fine, most Atom systems do. What LAN interface does it use?

    Steve



  • LAN interface: Realtel PCIe FE


  • Netgate Administrator

    The exact chip number would give us a better idea. It will probably work but 10/100 Realtek NICs do not have a good reputation under FreeBSD, and hence pfSense.

    Steve



  • Hi I have a old desktop
    Intel Chips 865
    P4 pin 2.4ghz
    ram 512 DDR
    HDD 40gb
    Lan Realtek RT8139

    Can I use this for pfsense.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Yes that will work equally well. It will use a lot more power though.  ;)
    The 8139 is definitely supported but has an equally bad reputation. If you have any choice you should try to use Intel NICs.

    Steve



  • I need good work without bad reputation.
    Can I have Intel NICs model.
    Also if you recommend motherboard, CPU, without bad reputation.
    It'll be best suggestion for me.

    Thanks


  • Netgate Administrator

    A lot of people are using Realtek 8139 NICs with no problems at all.
    Try using the hardware you already have to test your setup. Don't spend money before you have to.

    Steve



  • Thanks a lot,
    I'm trying to find  Netgear GS116E for Vlan.
    But In my location available TRENDnet product.
    In case If I fail to find Netgear, Then can I try
    TRENDnet Product, For that can I have the model
    for TRENDnet 16 port which capable vlan and will
    work on pfsense.

    I found TRENDnet  TEG-S160TX.
    will it work?


  • Netgate Administrator

    No.
    The TEG-S160TX is an unmanaged switch. It doesn't support VLAN tagging/untagging.
    You need a managed switch so that you can configure it for 10 VLANs. The TEG-160WS is such a switch but it has GBIC slots that you don't need.

    Steve



  • How many Lan card I need in the desktop.
    Or can I have the design, How it'll connect with Netgear GS116E

    Thanks


  • Netgate Administrator

    You only need one NIC in the desktop, all your other interfaces become VLAN ports on the switch.
    This is known as a 'router on a stick' config.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-armed_router

    Steve



  • Intel Chips 865
    P4 pin 2.4ghz
    ram 512 DDR
    HDD 40gb
    Lan Realtek RT8139

    Which PFsense need to download  from download link


  • Netgate Administrator

    For a full install, from CD to the harddrive, you need the i386 ISO. I don't know which mirror is best for you, Italy perhaps.  :-
    http://pfsense.mirror.range-id.it/downloads/pfSense-2.0.1-RELEASE-i386.iso.gz

    Steve


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