Dare I say I am having install troubles…?

  • Just as a preface: I'm not a total genius when it comes to sys-admin stuff…and I'm not a total moron.  I have spend roughly 2 days searching this forum as well as others (and YouTube, etc.) for possible solutions before I ask a 'noob' question.  Alas, I am defeated!

    I installed a fresh copy of pfSense 2.2.2 on my ooooold Dell Optiplex GX620 with 2 TP-Link NICs.  The install went as it should.

    My hardware is as follows: Motorola SurfBoard SB5101U -> Optiplex -> Cisco Catalyst 3500 XL Switch -> NetGear WNDR3700 v1 running OpenWRT (set to WiFi only since I have the switch and pfSense)  Additionally, I have assorted computers and mobile devices connected to the switch and WiFi.  Nothing too complicated.

    When I finished the pfSense install on the OptiPlex, I couldn't get a WAN IP address, and so I unplugged the SurfBoard modem, waited 60 seconds, and then plugged it back in (technically, I unplugged the Ethernet and the power, plugged the power in, then the Ethernet - the following wouldn't work otherwise).  The web GUI interface would then show the WAN as down (red arrow down; no IP) and, upon powering the cable modem back up, I would get a green arrow up accompanied by an IP address.  Yay!  Not yet.

    I still could not connect to the internet either through a ping test or through your browser of choice.  Nothing I have found on this site, nor others has been able to address this issue.

    Upon checking the status of the gateway(s), it says that all the IPv4 and IPv6 gateways are down.  It lists 3 IPv4 and 1 IPv6 gateways.

    Upon 'spoofing' the MAC address of my SurfBoard to my pfSense Optiplex, and rebooting the SurfBoard, I am still unable to access the internet.

    Upon reinstalling pfSense and doing the above I am still unable to access the internet.

    I can include any screenshots needed; I just had to get the internet going again for the family this evening.  I can post tomorrow and almost anytime next week.

    I hope I am just missing something extremely simple.

    Best and hello!

  • Banned

    Switch the interfaces round and see if you can ping anything.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, but I had done that too - with no effect!

    FWIW: I dropped Sophos on the system after the this pf-non-Sense (eh?) and it seems to be functioning fine.  It can at least get out on the net.

  • Banned

    Did you create a GW on pfsense?

  • I assume that 'GW' stands for gateway.  If so, yes.

  • remove all manually created gateways … dhcp on wan does it for you.

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