General set up of pfsense as a router and switch



  • Hello every one I'm new to pfsense I'm trying to learn how to set up my pfsense set up as a router and network machine for my house as a diy project I saw a video from tek syndicate and found it interesting figured I'd give it a try.  So far I’ve been able to set up a single wan line into my mother board and a single LAN line out to my Linux pc for access from my one dell yt674 0yt674 ports. What I would like to try and achieve is all eight LAN ports between my two dell YT674 0YT674 Intel Pro 1000VT Quad Port Gigabit PCI E Ethernet Network Cards for my two pc's one Linux ( plex server), one windows ( gaming pc ), my xbox one in the living room which my wife watches tv on, my xbox 360 in our bedroom for watching TV shows at night, and wireless range extenders in the living room and upstairs for my wife has kind of banished my pc's to the basement which is my  bat cave as I call it. I would also like to do wifi from my TP-LINK TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI-E Adapter for things like smart phones and tablets. If anyone could give me a general set up guide it would be very helpful. I've tried set up the wifi card following a guide online that didn't work.

    hardware in the build:
    Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+/FM2 mATX AMD Motherboard
    AMD A10-7850K Black Edition Boxed Processor ( over kill yes but was a great sale price from micro center with motherboard)
    8 gig corsair vengeance ram (left from gaming pc)
    TP-LINK TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI-E Adapter (for wifi)
    and 2 Dell YT674 0YT674 Intel Pro 1000VT Quad Port Gigabit PCI E Ethernet Network Card ( for wired Network)
    Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    nics on pfsense are not switch ports.  Be it dual, quad or 8 porter, etc.. etc..  If you need switch ports then get a switch.  The nics in pfsense box should be used for different networks.

    For example you could have your lan on 192.168.1.0/24 and wireless on 192.168.2.0/24 and another on 192.168.3.0/24, etc.. now pfsense will router and firewall between these segments.  Trying to leverage these ports as "switch" ports is wrong path!!

    If you want then lagg the multiple ports of your nics for extra bandwidth or failover - but they are not switch ports.



  • Go back to MicroCenter and buy a switch.
    Take back the wireless card and buy a separate AP.

    You'll have much better performance and coverage from the wifi.


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