Curiosity "Available network ports" already used on WAN still shows as available



  • so I got:

    WAN = PPPOE
    LAN = em0
    OPT1 = em1
    OPT2 = em2
    OPT3 = em3
    OPT4 = em4
    Available network ports: em5

    The physical network port "em5" is already used to connect to the modem for PPPOE, but it still shows up as available under "Available network ports" is that normal?

    Can I actually  use that "em5" port for something else, even thought it's already connected to the modem doing PPPOE ?

    You know like for example in Lenovo / Dell / HP servers, the same network port can be shared for both regular LAN traffic and remote management simultaneously.


  • Rebel Alliance

    @AllGamer:

    The physical network port "em5" is already used to connect to the modem for PPPOE, but it still shows up as available under "Available network ports" is that normal?

    Yes, because  a PPPoE WAN is actually assigned to a virtual PPPoE adapter, not the physical port   (quoted from this Doc.)  https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/How_can_i_access_my_PPPoE_Modem_on_WAN