Advice needed: Is this possible?

  • Hello,

    I'm looking for a linux based firewall that will allow me to run an ADSL connection (via a BeWan PCI ADSL modem) with 8 static IPs, and allow me to assign the usable IPs to machines on my network.

    I have tried Smoothwall and it will not work correctly with multiple IPs and was hoping pfsense will.

    If this is possible could someone point me int he right direction (I've done a quick forum search and can not find anything).

    I'm quite new to all this so the simpler the answer the better :)

    Thanks in advance.

  • Repeat: pfSense is NOT linux but FreeBSD

    For your problem: it is doable as long as your additional IP's are static.
    Search for the keyword VIP (Virtual IP).

    Or just install pfSense and go to Firewall –> Virtual IP
    Its pretty self explaining streight forward.

    I think there is a thread around CARP vs. PARP.
    IMO i'd use CARP type VIP's.

  • Thanks for the reply.

    Looking at it I can't get pfsense to install as I only have one NIC in the system (it's all I need at the moment).

    My red interface needs to be my BeWAN PCI ADSL modem, but it seems pfsense wont support this, at least not at install time.

    Oh well back to the drawing board, looks like I need to find a different firewall distro.

  • pfSense doesn't support modemtype interfaces. Only ethernet. You could live with a single interface if you create vlans but that would require a vlan-capable switch to make sense for a firewall.

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