WAN and DHCP not working
I'm stumped. I just setup an old computer to ack as my new router. I configured the WAN to be dhcp, LAN to be static.
When I hooked it up to the cable modem, I restarted the cable modem (to recognize the new mac address), hit status->interfaces, told WAN to release and renew. It went through the process, but returned with 0.0.0.0.
I then unplugged the cable modem again for longer, rebooted the router, still no DHCP.
I then changed the WAN to static, entered in the IP, gateway, dns from what the old router had (from DHCP). and that didn't work either.
I was able to verify the changes with ifconfig in the shell.
Any ideas on what to look at next? When I plug my old router in, it works just fine.
Call your cable company? Clone your old router's WAN MAC address into pfSense WAN?
I tried cloning my mac address and that didn't help either. :(
For debugging, should I be able to connect my wan to my local lan (with old router hooked up) and then plug a laptop into the new router lan port and get access to the internet?
There has to be some way to test the new router in this manner.
Sure. Delete the cloned MAC first.
If the old router works, it might be worth a look at the old router's settings to see if there's something particular about it's WAN/DHCP/DNS settings.
Well, I figured it out.
I was using a usb ethernet device with the MCS7830 chipset, that I had to load the kernel module to get recognized. From here:
It did recognize it, I could configure it and everything, but it just didn't work. I pulled an old pci ethernet card out of the junk box and now everything works just fine.