New to Pfsense Questions



  • Hi,

    Im new to pfsense and I have some questions. First I want to say that I have a box up and running. I am not sure if my configuration is correct at the moment, but it is working.

    Here is a diagram of what I have and/or what I plan to have: http://img170.imageshack.us/my.php?image=pfdiagpf7.gif

    Eventually I want load balance WAN1 and WAN2 into my wireless router for speed and reliability.

    Questions
    Looking at my diagram, do I have the correct setup? lol
    I normally just go DHCP from both my ISPs. Should I be doing it this way, or is it easier to configure static?
    In order for my Wireless Router to distribute DHCP do I need to bridge WAN and OPT1 (OPT1 goes into WAN port of the router)

    I have many other questions, but I will start with these

    Thanks for your time



  • how do I determine the next hop gateway for wan2? I see the actual gateway, but is this the same?



  • I recommend against setting it up the way you have it diagrammed. Using two firewalls back to back inline like that should be avoided.

    @mikeman:

    how do I determine the next hop gateway for wan2? I see the actual gateway, but is this the same?

    Yes.



  • Hiya cmb,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond. What I am trying to do is create a dual wan router with load balance+failover capabilities, then hook this up to a wireless access point so that I can have this wireless as well.

    Could you maybe provide a model for me that does this?

    I was able to set up 1 isp through my setup, but I have run into a snag with the second ISP. Its a cable ISP provider and I am sure that you MUST register your mac(s). I hate dealing with this ISP, so I have decided to do all my research first then call and get them to turn me back on. Configure the load balancing and failover, then I should be set.

    I know that its a problem with my second ISP because I had this issue in the past, and when I hook my modem directly into the router and do a release/renew I get IP timeouts.

    I have all the hardware in place now. Its a PIII 500 with 512 meg ram, 4 nics. Pfsense 1.2 is installed and I can access the webgui. Its just a matter of configuring now.

    I tried following http://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/MultiWanVersion1.2

    as close as I could, no luck yet…

    Thanks



  • Ok, progress… then dead end

    When I woke up this morning the cable ISP corrected itself and I was able to get an IP (I did not change anything overnight, must have been something on the ISP side). This is good because it saved me a phone call.

    Now I was able to setup load balancing and failover on both wans, BUT...

    I dont think I am going to be able to feed this into my WAP (using WAP auto DHCP) this is what I wanted  >:(

    Can anyone tell me if Pfsense can load balance dual wan then feed into a WAP and use WAP's DHCP, or is this impossible?

    Thanks



  • Is it possible that the MAC/IP you were using were under attack?  With the DLINK, you are using a different MAC and possibly a different IP.

    Les



  • @les_garten:

    Is it possible that the MAC/IP you were using were under attack?  With the DLINK, you are using a different MAC and possibly a different IP.

    Les

    I think its more of a security feature this ISP has. Also, I believe that at the end of the night it re registers the current mac, then leases the line. I cloned the mac of the router after I remembered you must register, but it was too late, I was already locked out. When I woke up i had an ip and it was working.

    I am about to abandon this project because I am pretty sure I cant do what I want.

    Thanks to all that helped me try

    Im out


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