Outbound connections time out

  • I've just finished setting up a multi-wan setup using the instructions in the pfSense docs. Everything seems to be working as far as failover and load balancing are concerned, but when I enable "Sticky connections", I start having problems with timeouts when accessing any resource outside of my own network. Sometimes the first attempt will work fine, sometimes I'll have to retry 4 or 5 times to actually get through. Once I've connected once I can usually connect again without any problems, although sometimes I still get a timeout. As soon as I disable sticky connections everything works great, but attempting to log in to things like a phpbb forum will usually fail several times as my connections are not always coming from the same IP address.

    Is there something obvious that I'm missing? My setup is identical to the MultiWanVersion1.2 setup in the docs with the exception of the DMZ1 and DMZ2 firewall rules, as both of my modems are running in bridge mode.

    Thanks very much in advance for any help you can give me…

  • You need to setup a failover Pool for when using ssl based connections (like https, for example). All 'secure' traffic  should go through the Failover pool that you setup, not the load balancing pool that is used for other traffic.

  • Can you please try the patch in this thread http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,6204.0.html and see if it fixes your issues?


  • Thanks for the replies… I already have the firewall rules configured so that port 443 traffic will always go through WAN1, and that seems to be working fine (and it's one of the only services that is). I'll test out that patch as soon as possible, however it probably won't be until the weekend (the nearest time that no one will be using it).


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