PFSense with 6 networkinterfaces



  • Hi there

    My planed hardware

    Supermicro SuperChassis SMC-503L-200B
    Supermicro ServerBoard X9SCM-F
    INTEL Core i3-3240 3,40MHz 3 MB Cache
    Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4 4xRJ45
    two 160GB Western Digital Scorpio Black (7200 UPM)
    8 GB memory

    This box will haves 6 networkinterfaces. Each for

    1.) Internet
    2.) Operations network
    3.) Voip network
    4.) Intranet
    5.) DMZ
    6.) enemy controlled network

    Also I've to setup 10 IPSEC VPN's to our customers and just one L2TP on PFsense for our employers

    Currently im playing just for exercise with a virtual machine on VMware and 6 Nic's

    After assign the 4th Nic the webinterface crashes an gives me an 500 Error. After this crash currently I'm only to be able to set an factory reset of PF-Sense on the local terminal and start again

    Is it possible to get 6 interfaces working?
    Could I do this with vim? And wich configfile I've to edit? FreeBSD experience is present :) My Boss wants something with an webinterface. And so I'm evaluating PFsense and if it works then we will purchase support :)

    cheers Darko


  • Netgate Administrator

    @minimike:

    Is it possible to get 6 interfaces working?

    Yes, and many many more.  ;)

    You will have to give us more specific information about your interface config to diagnose why the 4th assignment is causing problems.

    All of pfSense's configuration is stored in a sinlge file, /conf/config.xml, though you should never need to edit it. Some people prefer to do that and in fact for some complex configurations it can be a lot quicker to manually edit the config file. Of course manually editing the file by-passes all the error/sanity checking so it's not recommended.

    Steve



  • @stephen10:

    You will have to give us more specific information about your interface config to diagnose why the 4th assignment is causing problems.

    Wich informations do you need? Ifconfig, output of a file, pciconf, some logs?

    On my playstation on VMware I got 6 em0 Nics inside. The real Box will comes on Monday hopefully


  • Netgate Administrator

    Most likely it's an ip conflict of some sort so the output of ifconfig would be useful along with whatever settings you are trying to add to the 4th interface. Logs are usually helpful too.

    Steve



  • Hello, can you post the name of the hardware that are using with vmware (i mean the controller, ie, intel nic e1000 or other thing like that), the address that are planing yo use, or better some other to give us and idea of what is wrong, syslogs. I will try on my pfsense vm add more than 6 nic later and i will tell you my setup



  • Today the real hardware has comes

    With the Supermicro ServerBoard X9SCM-F in BIOS by Setup from USB Disk you should enable all virtual features and disable Hyperthreading and enable just one core. Otherwise the installer will hangs and you wastes several hours with installing. After Install you could turn on all cores and Hyperthreading on the CPU again. Also turn the SATA Ports from AHCI to IDE

    All Nics I could assign to system and after all it seems the Hardware is working.

    cheers Darko



  • I can't help with your question but I have to ask– enemy controlled network?  ???



  • @verbal:

    I can't help with your question but I have to ask– enemy controlled network?  ???

    They always say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer ;)



  • So, can you confirm that Intel Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4 4xRJ45 working fine ?


  • Netgate Administrator

    The i350 has been well tested under 2.1, there are many reports of successfully using that card if you search the forum.
    I've never used one myself though.  ;)

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    The i350 has been well tested under 2.1, there are many reports of successfully using that card if you search the forum.
    I've never used one myself though.  ;)

    Steve

    Works just fine. I've got an I350-T4 in my system at home and I'm about to add a pair of boxes at work which each have 12 ports of I350. They're great NICs. Low power and fast.


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