Installing pfsense 2.2



  • Okay, so I am completely new to the pfsense environment, and i'm and having some troubles. I have the actual OS installed, and I am having troubles with pulling up the web configuration with my IP address. My intention is to use my pfsense box as an access point. I'm currently getting my internet through a 2wire 3800 hgv-b DSL modem router combo. And whenever I type in the IP address for my LAN interface I don't get anyting. Is there something I need to do with my 2wire to make it work with my pfsense? Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.



  • Tell us how you have pfSense set up - LAN with what IP address and what connected? WAN with what IP address and what connected?
    If pfSense WAN is getting an address by DHCP from the upstream modem-router-combo box, then it might be getting an address in 192.168.1.0/24 - that will conflict with the default LAN IP 192.168.1.1/24 - if that is so, then change the LAN to some other IP subnet (from the console)



  • Okay, I think I see my problem. MY IP for my modem router is 192.168.1.254 And I figured if i just changed the LAN IP to something like 192.168.0.254 it would work. So I can keep the IP the same on the LAN I just need to change the subnet value? If that is so is there a recommended value i should switch too?



  • I would stay away from 192.168.0.* and 192.168.1.* because they are so popular as defaults of consumer appliances (like your modem router).
    Pick some "random" number "x" up to 255 - 192.168.x.254/24 - e.g. 192.168.42.254/24 - and use that for LAN.
    Or you can go in 10...* or 172.[16-31]..



  • Okay, so i did some looking around an watching videos and i realized that i needs another NIC for my WAN and got that in finally. So I have my WAN and my LAN plugged into my modem/router, and I set my LAN IP to 10.0.0.1/16 and Have my wan setup DHCP With an IP of 192.168.1.65/24. I then tried getting into the web GUI and it still dosen't seem to be working.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    so /16 really ..  So 10.0.x.x you don't think that might overlap with other networks?

    Do you think you might need 65 thousand addresses in 1 segment do you?


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Sigh.  Yes, 10.0.0.0/16 will work.  Do yourself a favor and pick something smaller and more obscure as outlined above now while you're messing with it.  It'll save you headaches down the road.

    The problems come when you want to VPN in from somewhere (like a hotel room) and they're also using something that conflicts with 10.0.0.0/16.  You want to use enough addresses so you'll never have to renumber again, but not more, and pick something random.  Two random options:

    172.19.53.0/24
    192.168.140.0/24

    254 hosts each.



  • Best solution is to put your modem into bridged mode and allow your PFsense box to do everything.

    Note down the modem settings for connecting to your ISP (PPPoe, SIP, username, PW etc etc) as you will need to put these settings into the WAN page of your PFsense box.


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