Freebsd 9.1 host + virtualbox + pfsense .ova vm; wireless AP setup?



  • Hello folks, I'm curious to know if anyone else has experience setting up a similar trio. I wanted to set up an AP/Wifi network through pfsense vm but having dificulty understanding the relationship of wifi adapter ath0 on my freebsd host, with, 5 virtual ethernet adapters given as choices in bridged mode in virtualbox. I tried a few combinations of those choices with ath0 and wlan0 without any luck, pfsense just wouldn't see a wifi adapter.

    my lan and wan ethernet adapters are working flawlessly in bridged mode and i'm quite happy with this set up…...except that i have no wifi for my other devices; I wanted to use my tp-link b/g/n pci wifi adapter as an AP thru pfsense but can't figure out how to...I could set up an AP on the freebsd host as a last resort...but i'm curious if it is at all possible with a pfsense vm?

    I went through a few searches on google but couldn't find anything conclusive...wondering if this helps.

    Thanks!

    ps: this might also be something to do with my lack of bsd knowledge...etc. anyone knows why this process is chewing up so much cpu in pfsense VM, I used an .ova file imported in virtualbox. PID 12 stays at around 25% during no activity and takes up more cpu with activity. If I reboot pfsense vm it helps but only for few hours.

    PID USERNAME PRI NICE  SIZE    RES STATE    TIME  WCPU COMMAND
    11 root    171 ki31    0K    8K RUN    168:53 60.99% idle
    12 root    -32    -    0K  104K WAIT    63:15 32.96% {swi4: clock}

    at the same time; CPU on freebsd host (AMD64 Opteron 185) reports;

    PID USERNAME    THR PRI NICE  SIZE    RES STATE  C  TIME  WCPU COMMAND
    5020 myuser      21  20    0  1404M  1158M VBoxIS  0  64:39 15.38% VirtualBox


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    I don't think VirtualBox can pass it through in any way that would allow pfSense to control it.

    You would need PCI Passthrough, which seems to only work with VirtualBox on Linux.



  • Hi Jim, thanks for the reply. Now I can sleep better :)

    I wonder if there are other ways to accomplish the similar? I wanted to repurpose my old desktop not just as a firewall/router but a media server as well. I'll try looking into Xen or Linux+VBox+pfSense and see if PCI passthrough works that way.

    Cheers!


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