• Good day all… I have several friends that user pfsense as their router... and i have heard great reviews about it..

    This is my present situation... i am building a small data center to sort some data and handle email for some clients of mines.. in my county highspeed internet is not 10% reliable and pricing is  abit nuts..

    Can i have 4 wan inputs from 4 different isp bonding incoming traffic as well as bonding out going return traffic to utilitize especially the combined upload speeds for the particular app or port ?


  • No. Can't do line bonding.


  • I think you could do this with a combination of wanted load balancing and link aggregation. Gonna need some high-end equipment depending on what lsa you are trying to target. Might be worth it to pay for support and maybe some upcoming PfSense hardware.

    Edit

    lsa meant to say SLA (Service Level Agreements)


  • Can i have 4 wan inputs from 4 different isp bonding incoming traffic as well as bonding out going return traffic to utilitize especially the combined upload speeds for the particular app or port ?

    Its a thinking false of many peoples! 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 and not 4

    For doing this two factors must be given and this on both sides!
    MLPPP (MLPS) must be offered from your ISP (one ISP) and it must also supported by your firewall
    or router you are using. And then it will become true that 1 +1 +1 +1 = 4

    I would be suggesting to go by load balancing together with policy based routing, that will
    do the job for you and it is using all 4 WAN Lines, if one fails the entire traffic will be going
    through the rest 3 WAN lines.

    I think you could do this with a combination of wanted load balancing and link aggregation

    Load balancing yes, but LAG over the Internet , no!

    Gonna need some high-end equipment depending on what lsa you are trying to target. Might be worth it to pay for support and maybe some upcoming PfSense hardware.

    A 30 € MikroTik router is able to do it with MLPPP (MLPS) so no extras are needed only the support
    for MLPPP (MLPS) you need, but on both sides, that means on the IPS side and yours at the router
    or firewall such as pfSense!

    Here is a tutorial ´how to set up pfSense using MLPPP.
    pfSense Multi-Link PPP (MP/MLPPP)


  • i know this is an old post of mines… but i am still doing the planning..

    i have given up on doing any type of bonding .. if i have to do that i would have to use some external service..

    my question now is regards to load balancing...

    in my setup i am aiming to get 3 connections from 2ISP ... each would be 200Mb/20Mb...

    Most of the traffic we would be handling would be from out backup service customers....

    Would pfsense be able to load balance outbound return traffic ? as in a customer makes a request to download a backup... the request comes in on the main ip on isp line 1.... but the outbound traffic on line 1 is at 75%... would pfsense send the return traffic over isp line 2 (which has a lower usage) or isp line 3 depending on the outbound usage ?? now all my traffic is going through https/ssl ...

    so i am open to ideas...

    If its possible .. i would just build a mid range supermicro box with a xeon processor and some ram to do it.

    any pointers will be greatly appreciated .