Simple Problem, Use all ports on router



  • Hi guys

    I am running a pfsense (latest version) router and my mother board has 4 ports. I am using IGB0 for Wan and IGB1 for Lan. I would like to use the other two as switch ports if this makes sense. I still want these two ports to be routed on the same lan (192.168.0.1) as lan 1 I just want to be able to use these two to plug in two computers as if it were a switch.

    Thanks

    Hope I didn't make this too complicated. If anyone can just tell me the few steps needed. If I set it to lan, do I give it the same starting IP address that I did in LAN interface


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    I would like to use the other two as switch ports if this makes sense.

    It doesn't make sense.  get a switch.



  • The two ports are sitting there doing nothing. The way I have the rack setup, my unread server is directly above it. I could use a 1 foot cat5 cable and hook directly to router. If i ever have to reboot switch this means my plex doesn't go down. If it is more complicated then its worth then I won't bother but just sitting there thought I would take advantage of it.

    Thanks


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Using router ports as switch ports is a complete waste. The absolute cheapest switch you could find will perform better.

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    If you insist, look up bridging interfaces.



  • looked up bridging interfaces. You are right. thanks for your time. sometimes Im dense  :)



  • whats wrong if you assing it ip from diffrenet subnet ?


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    No problem at all using them as router (layer 3) interfaces. That's what they're for.

    If you need a switch (layer 2), get a switch.


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    If you don't like the ports sitting there idle - why not break out your wifi onto its own segment.

    If you really don't like them sitting there open, maybe setup a lagg for redundancy ;)

    But as mentioned trying to use them as a "switch" port is completely pointless!!!  You mention a rack.. How many nodes do you have on your network - I would think having more than 1 segment would be of way better use than trying to use them as switch ports..  Do you have anything that you have open to the internet?  Put that into a dmz, break out your wifi - there you go those 2 ports used..



  • thinking I will take you up on that…Will try moving my wifi to its own separate lan this weekend. thanks..didnt think of that one


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