OPT1 Internet Access and Downloading PLEX



  • Hello to all.

    I was not sure which category this should be listed under so I chose "General Information".

    I am a newbie to anything outside the Microsoft Windows environment. I am attempting to build a home server and load all my music and home DVDs into a home server library.

    Out of the many dedicated BSD and Linux server based software, I have chosen PFSense as my firewall and router. I believe I said that correctly.

    I install PFSense with the 3 following NICs.

    RE0 –designated as WAN RED0 as it is opened to the internet through my ISP. It is setup DHCP with the address of 192.168.1.X/24. The ISP router is also setup as DHCP.

    DC0 – designated as LAN GREEN0. It is set up as DHCP with the address of 192.168.0.XXX/24. I have internet access with this setup.

    OPT1 – designated BLUE0. It is setup with a static address of 192.168.3.XXX. I cannot obtain internet access even though I attempted to set up both VLAN and/or a Bridge.

    The GREEN0 and BLUE0 routers are set up as DD-WRT Wired Access Points. Both have no DHCP or static settings and are configured as dedicated routers.

    My plan is to allow my smart home surround sound system access to the internet through the GREEN0. This would allow Netflix, Pandora and other programs access to the internet only through the GREEN0 NIC. Only 5 addresses have been allowed to utilize the GREEN0 DHCP settings. Included in the allowed access would be PLEX.

    I want to use the BLUE0 for all other internet wireless access points (Laptops, Pads, Cell Phones, etc.). As stated above I cannot figure how to allow BLUE0 internet access.

    Finally, I cannot find anything related on how to download PLEX and use alongside PFSense.

    Most of my setting up of PFSense has been through the web GUI.  I also have PUTTY on my laptop to provide access to the PFSense console. I also have WINSCP on my laptop to allow moving files from the laptop to a PFSense directory. I read that IPCOP uses WINSCP to move and add programs to IPCOP directories.

    I hope I provided the correct information and asked the questions in an understandable manner.

    Any help in solving the BLUE0 internet access problem and downloading PLEX onto PFSense would be much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Tim



  • @N8NEU:

    OPT1 – designated BLUE0. It is setup with a static address of 192.168.3.XXX.

    Ok.

    @N8NEU:

    I cannot obtain internet access even though I attempted to set up both VLAN and/or a Bridge.

    So, easy, don't do this.
    Just add a (one !) rule to the firewall belonging to OPT1(BLUE0) : a pass all rule.

    Remember : only LAN has by default such a pass-all firewall a rule. Other 'internal' NIC's (OPTx) : you have to add it yourself.

    What is IPCOP ?



  • @Gertjan:

    What is IPCOP ?

    Linux based firewall distro



  • @N8NEU:

    Finally, I cannot find anything related on how to download PLEX and use alongside PFSense.

    Are you saying you are trying to install Plex on the same machine that is running pfsense? If so that is an incredibly bad idea.



  • Thanks for the replies.

    Gertjan, you make it sound so easy to allow OPT1 access to the internet. I tried all various combinations, but have had zero success gaining the access to the internet. I can connect to the router used for OPT1 (Blue0), but no internet. I can ping OPT1 (Blue)0 router through the LAN side, but that's it.

    Plainzwalker is correct. IPCOP is just another firewall. Very similar to IPFire, of which are Linux based.

    Jailer, you have totally confused me in your statement of putting PLEX on a separate computer. I was under the impression it was installed along side the firewall. This allows firewall protection to all music and DVD movies and allows these to be called up on you TV through the home server system. I thought that this was the basic reason to have a dedicated computer with several HDs (for storing the music and movies), a firewall and a dedicated network just for streaming PLEX to the network accessed TV,s laptops, pads and etc.

    Are you suggesting I now need two computers? One for pfSense firewall and one for PLEX. If so how do I accomplish this? This  explanation would include the download, configuration and connection to the network that pfSense is monitoring.

    Any help in these two areas is greatly appreciated.

    Tim - N8NEU



  • See this page:
    http://geekness.eu/content/adding-another-lan-nic-pfsense

    It explains how to 'activate' the OPT1 interface.
    Then, for example, if your LAN has 192.168.1.1 (default !) then give OPT1 this IP : 192.168.2.1
    Then, add the firewall rule as shown.

    This rule will 'route' to WAN (so called: Internet) and to LAN from OPT1.


  • Rebel Alliance Global Moderator

    Putting something like plex on your firewall would be a HORRIFIC plan..

    By someone that doesn't understand creating a basic firewall rule to allow traffic - even WORSE IDEA!!



  • Thank you Gertjan for those instructions. I was unaware I need to create a bridge after making the OPT1 firewall rule.  All works fine now.

    Can someone please help me understand the correct way to set up PLEX on a home server if it is not to be installed on the same computer as pfSense?

    I have pfSense set up on a thumb drive and it is now working flawlessly. The dedicated computer has 4 HDs of which one is 3TB. The others are 500 and 380 GBs. I am planning to use RAID on the HDs. I use the thumb drives to save the HDs for music and DVDs.

    I was under the impression that PLEX would be on the same thumb drive as pfSense or at least a different thumb drive, but on the same home server computer.

    So where does one put PLEX in order to have access for the many streaming media in the home? Is setup an easy process to perform?

    Thank you for any advise on downloading, installing and setting up PLEX. This is my final step for setting up a complete home server.

    Tim - N8NEU


  • Rebel Alliance Global Moderator

    What???  Dude if you want to run multiple OSes and applications on a hardware box - then run a visualization layer..

    Where did Gertjan say anything about a Bridge??? WTF do you have going on - what did you bridge???



  • You forgot to learn the fundamentals. Slow down. You are making this far too complicated.

    To use Plex you download and run Plex (Plex Media Server). It is available for all major Operating Systems. Install it on any modern desktop PC in your house. Done.

    pfSense is wholly unneeded. You may be confusing pfSense with a NAS operating system like FreeNAS.



  • @N8NEU:

    Thank you Gertjan for those instructions. I was unaware I need to create a bridge after making the OPT1 firewall rule.  All works fine now.

    Can someone please help me understand the correct way to set up PLEX on a home server if it is not to be installed on the same computer as pfSense?

    I have pfSense set up on a thumb drive and it is now working flawlessly. The dedicated computer has 4 HDs of which one is 3TB. The others are 500 and 380 GBs. I am planning to use RAID on the HDs. I use the thumb drives to save the HDs for music and DVDs.

    I was under the impression that PLEX would be on the same thumb drive as pfSense or at least a different thumb drive, but on the same home server computer.

    So where does one put PLEX in order to have access for the many streaming media in the home? Is setup an easy process to perform?

    Thank you for any advise on downloading, installing and setting up PLEX. This is my final step for setting up a complete home server.

    Tim - N8NEU

    Dude, no offense, but please, what are you trying to accomplish?
    Pfsense is a "firewall/router" whilst plex is a software like a media-center; completely diffrent usecases, plex should never ever be installed on a pfsense-box and vice-versa. If you are looking for a NAS-OS, go for FreeNas for example, put that behind a firewall, install plex on it, put that in you lan, behind a firewall. Do not, never, neverever, no, non, nicht, nein, würklechniid(!) install plex on firewall-os (not pfsense, not ipcop or any other).

    If you have one HW-Box, us virtualization (a hypervisior, like ESX, xen etc.), separate the os'es, networks, along your usecase.