Interface cable unplugged, but how to enter 'a' for auto-detection now?



  • Hello,
    I'm new to Pfsense and doing my first install on a remote server.
    How do I enter the WAN interface name with 'a' for auto-detection by unplugging the Ethernet cable?
    As I am in the remote server's pfsense install cli from my local computer, in the remote server's shell with the pfsense install cli.
    If I disconnect the Ethernet cable (which connects my local computer to the router to the remote server, I have no way of entering 'a' and Enter?



  • If you aren't physically there, or don't have remote access to the switch, you can't use auto-detection.  If you know the names of your NICs then just type them in.



  • Thank you for the reply.
    In Proxmox, I ran the command # lspci
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 01)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [IDE model (rev 01)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation NM10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 01)
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR8132 Fast Ethernet (rev c0)

    Do I really 'just' enter the name of the NIC and which one is the NIC?

    I tried ifconfig with results:
    some result here but I can't scroll up on the cli
    venet0  Link encap:UNSPEC    HWaddr  00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
    vmbr0    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:25:22:63:32:19


  • Netgate Administrator

    At the initial interface config at the console the names of the available interfaces are listed.
    In a virtual environment the host presents virtual NICs to pfsense and there is often a choice of hardware it can simulate. Intel Gigabit NICs are a common type that would appear in pfSense as em0, em1 etc.

    Steve