Two pfsense routers one internet connection



  • I am having serious trouble connecting two pfsense routers. I have tried everything I can think of and obviously I am doing something wrong.
    I have:

    router1 (pfsense 2.0.3)
    router2  (pfsense 2.0.3)

    Router1 is connected to the internet. Everything is working fine. However, when I try to add a second router to the network I am not able to access the internet from the second router. I am using route2 as a Wifi access point.
    The wireless device can connect to router2 no problem. I have checked the IP, DNS, netmask, default route of the wireless client. They are fine. It must be something wrong with router2.
    I have a static address on the LAN port of router1 (192.168.1.1). The IP address of router2 is 192.168.1.2. I have tried so many configurations. No thing seems to work. I have a few questions that will clarify things for me.

    1. Should I connect the CAT5 from router1 to the WAN port of router2 OR to one of the LAN ports?
    2. Do I need to set up a static route?
    3. On router2 do I need to bridge the LAN with the wireless (wifi) interface?



  • What you are trying to accomplish can be done with one pfsense router. Can you explain why you have added the complexity of a second router?



  • I am well aware of the fact that I can do all of that with one router. There is a reason why I need to use the two of them. It should not be that complex.
    I have actually already done this test project with one pfsense router and a Apple router and it worked fine. I borrowed the Apple
    router from a friend to see if it would work and it did. All I needed to do was change the static IP on the Apple router on the WAN port
    and connect it to the LAN port of the pfsense router and it worked fine.