Infratructure setup with wireless

  • Hello,

    Here's the scenario:
    I want a small Captive Portal using wifi user pre registration to allow internet access.
    I know pfsense can do it very well, but I am stuck on hardware configuration.

    Here's what I got:

    Internet connection, A TP-link (tl-mr3220) wireless router, virtual machine.
    Is there anything missing here?

    I don't know how to procced with the cables flow. E.g. Cable modem connects to computer, then second interface in computer (If needed) connects to WAN wireless, or Cable modem connects to wireless Wan…
    I read a lot of tutorials, but I couldn't find any tutorial that explain the hardware setup, if you guys know a place to look at, I'll be glad.

    Thanks in advance,

  • Netgate Administrator

    You might be able to do this using VLANs but it would be far easier to add a second interface to the VM host machine.

    Use the second interface to connect to your wifi device. That device is a wireless router but you want it to act as an access point only. So you need to disable DHCP in the wifi router and then connect the pfSense LAN interface (the new NIC) to one of the LAN sockets on the wifi device. Thus all wifi traffic should be handled directly by pfSense.
    That would be the case for most home wifi routers but some may have further configuration options and other hurdles to cross.


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