Multiple WAN-ip: Use Virtual IP or use second network adapter?
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I have two external WAN ip-addresses, one ending in .135 en one ending in .136. This I want to NAT as follows:
x.y.z.135 port 80 –> internal webserver 1
x.y.z.135 port 25 --> internal mailserver 1
x.y.z.136 port 80 --> internal webserver 2
x.y.z.136 port 25 --> internal mailserver 2
The usual solution I find is to assign x.y.z.135 to the WAN port and make the other ip x.y.z.136 a Virtual IP. Next I can use NAT port forwarding on the new Virtual IP.
Alternatively, as I am running my pfSense virtualized on ESXi 6, I could also add another network card and have a completely separate WAN interface for the second ip-address. That way I would not need Virtual IP's at all (I think).
The second solution with an extra adapter seems much simpler to me. Why do I never find that as a suggestion on the Internet or on this forum. Am I overlooking something?