Something is not all right with my router/firewall after power failure…?



  • I had a voltage blackout in my area today.
    I leaved my Home because there was nothing to do when i have no electricity.
    When i came Home again the electricity was back again and I started up my firewall/router.
    Then I left my Home again in maybe half an hour.
    When I came Home again for the second time I tried to check my gmail from my laptop but there was no Internet connection…
    After a while i tried to ping the router's ip adress from a wire connected computer in my Home Network but the computer was unable to reach thé router.
    Then I looked up an old CRT-monitor from my inventories and found this error message:

    Someone have an idea about what is wrong?
    I tried to switch to an other Network card at the seconday side but that did not seems to solve my problem.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Those LBA errors could indicate a corrupt disk or failing drive.
    https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/DMA_and_LBA_Errors

    Steve



  • Maybe there is better if I install and run PfSense from an USB-memory then.
    But I am not sure if the mainboard is supporting this. I have to find out.

    Thank you.


  • Netgate Administrator

    The NanoBSD install is far more resilient to power failure as the drive is mounted read-only. That's what you should use on a USB stick if you go that route. Do you often have power outages? Perhaps you should have a UPS.

    Steve



  • Once in about 2 - 3 years maybe.
    An UPS could probably be a Good idea.
    At least to safely shut down the equipment when power is lost for longer than a minute.



  • @stephenw10:

    The NanoBSD install is far more resilient to power failure as the drive is mounted read-only. That's what you should use on a USB stick if you go that route. Do you often have power outages? Perhaps you should have a UPS.

    Steve

    @Jappmannen:

    Once in about 2 - 3 years maybe.
    An UPS could probably be a Good idea.
    At least to safely shut down the equipment when power is lost for longer than a minute.

    Your remark in bold and Stephen's reply trigger a question from me: I do have a APC UPS, mainly for my Synology NAS which is in RAID6. The Synology can do what you write in bold: shut itself down once it receives a message from the APC UPS (via a USB-cable connected between the Synology and the UPS). But is pfSense capable of doing this also?

    And if that is the case, I suspect you at least would need a (very expensive  :-[) expansion card for the UPS(?)


  • Netgate Administrator

    There is now package for apcupsd which is especially for this.
    There is no need to connect more than one machine to the UPS. Whichever machine is connected runs a daemon that broadcasts messages over the network to inform other machines, running the client, of the UPS status.
    I've not tried the pfSense package, it was only released a few days ago, so I don't know it's capabilities. It will be able to run in server mode in which case you would connect the UPS to the pfSense box and then configure the NAS to look at it. The NAS is probably running apcupsd underneath but I have no idea if it's able to be configured to allow a client on pfSense to lok at it. Try it and see.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    There is now package for apcupsd which is especially for this.
    There is no need to connect more than one machine to the UPS. Whichever machine is connected runs a daemon that broadcasts messages over the network to inform other machines, running the client, of the UPS status.
    I've not tried the pfSense package, it was only released a few days ago, so I don't know it's capabilities. It will be able to run in server mode in which case you would connect the UPS to the pfSense box and then configure the NAS to look at it. The NAS is probably running apcupsd underneath but I have no idea if it's able to be configured to allow a client on pfSense to lok at it. Try it and see.

    Steve

    Thanks for the suggestion Steve  ;D

    The Synology is running some (I don't know which one yet) server, so I would need a tool that gets the signal from the Synology. I already found the thread of the apcupsd package, so I will ask there too.



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