Installing pfSense on a ThinkPad (one NIC)



  • My pfSense box has just stopped working and I want to quickly put together a replacement while I figure what broke. I believe it's possible to set up pfSense on a system with just one NIC using VLANs. This is something I know nothing about so I'm hoping someone can point me at a step by step guide for setting up pfSense on such a system. I do have an intelligent switch which I understand is required to make this work.



  • @Balanga:

    My pfSense box has just stopped working and I want to quickly put together a replacement while I figure what broke. I believe it's possible to set up pfSense on a system with just one NIC using VLANs. This is something I know nothing about so I'm hoping someone can point me at a step by step guide for setting up pfSense on such a system. I do have an intelligent switch which I understand is required to make this work.

    Console option 1 to configure vlans.  I use VLAN 99 for WAN and physical interface for LAN.

    My config
    pfSense (DELL Inspiron 5100):
    WAN - bfe0_VLAN99
    LAN - bfe0

    pfSense Switch Port:
    PVID 1
    Member VLAN 1 untagged
    Member VLAN 99 tagged

    Description:
    ingress packets:
    untagged is tagged vlan 1 (PVID)
    tagged keeps its tag

    egress packets:
    vlan 1 untagged
    vlan 99 tagged

    ISP Switch Port:
    PVID 99
    Member VLAN 99 untagged

    Description:
    ingress packets:
    untagged is tagged vlan 99 (PVID)
    tagged keeps its tag

    egress packets:
    vlan 99 untagged



  • @NOYB:

    @Balanga:

    My pfSense box has just stopped working and I want to quickly put together a replacement while I figure what broke. I believe it's possible to set up pfSense on a system with just one NIC using VLANs. This is something I know nothing about so I'm hoping someone can point me at a step by step guide for setting up pfSense on such a system. I do have an intelligent switch which I understand is required to make this work.

    Console option 1 to configure vlans.  I use VLAN 99 for WAN and physical interface for LAN.

    My config
    pfSense (DELL Inspiron 5100):
    WAN - bfe0_VLAN99
    LAN - bfe0

    pfSense Switch Port:
    PVID 1
    Member VLAN 1 untagged
    Member VLAN 99 tagged

    Description:
    ingress packets:
    untagged is tagged vlan 1 (PVID)
    tagged keeps its tag

    egress packets:
    vlan 1 untagged
    vlan 99 tagged

    ISP Switch Port:
    PVID 99
    Member VLAN 99 untagged

    Description:
    ingress packets:
    untagged is tagged vlan 99 (PVID)
    tagged keeps its tag
     
    egress packets:
    vlan 99 untagged

    I wish I understood any of that…. Are these commands entered via telnet on the switch? And are these commands pretty much the same on all switches?



  • @Balanga:

    My pfSense box has just stopped working and I want to quickly put together a replacement while I figure what broke.

    Two and a half months latter… I'm a tortoise and even I would hate to see your idea of slowly.  LOL.

    @Balanga:

    I wish I understood any of that…. Are these commands entered via telnet on the switch? And are these commands pretty much the same on all switches?

    Those are not commands.  It is config outline.



  • @NOYB:

    @Balanga:

    My pfSense box has just stopped working and I want to quickly put together a replacement while I figure what broke.

    Two and a half months latter… I'm a tortoise and even I would hate to see your idea of slowly.  LOL.

    Actually, I set up pfSense on my previous box, after I found out that one of the SIMMs was faulty. I needed to install the i386 version of pfSense to make it work, but it has been working fine up to a few days ago when one of the NIC packed up.

    So, I'm back to finding a one NIC solution and setting up the VLAN is proving somewhat difficult, never having done it before.



  • Never thought to use VLAN tagging to segment the 1 NIC, I just bought an expresscard NIC and called it a day.

    So what does the physical topology look like?