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tomdlgns
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reply to clarknova

Re: Help with VLANs

said by clarknova:

See here for a similar example using a Netgear switch: »forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topi···sg148389

nice link, clarknova. i knew pfsense could be installed in a virtual environment, but i still assume you had to have two NICs available for pfsense.

in my setup, pfsense runs on an old computer with 3 NICs and i never had to try to get it to run as described in that link (which does make sense). i will have to keep that in mind.


clarknova

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I run 13 vlans on a pfsense with a single physical NIC. It's not best practise from a security standpoint, but technically it does the job.

One advantage of running multiple NICs is that it appears (from my limited observations), that each NIC will use a different CPU core. Thus, if you have a multi-core CPU in your pfsense installation, you can get better maximum routing throughput by utilizing more than one real NIC.
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tomdlgns
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if i add more vlans i am going to try to do them on the same NIC for practice (in setup) and to see how well it works.

however, do you run a separate NIC for WAN and LAN? i have a virtual box setup and i can install pfsense on that and test it in a virtual environment with 1 NIC for everything.



clarknova

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said by tomdlgns:

do you run a separate NIC for WAN and LAN?

No. I used to, but then I upgraded to a board with only a single NIC, and I didn't have another NIC to add to it at the time. I will probably add one, but I've been running this way for a while.

Even with separate WAN and LAN NICs I would still have vlans on both NICs, because I'm doing 8-line MLPPP, so I have 8 modems vlanned into the WAN.
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tomdlgns
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i was going to ask if this was for a business environment, but after reading your last reply i know the answer.

then again, why would anyone have 13 vlans in a home setup?

actually, i am sure someone probably does. i had three for testing my setup, but now i only have two. not really needed for what i do, but still nice having a separate network for x reason.



clarknova

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I run a home-based hobby ISP, so it services business and personal networks. Fortunately pfsense makes it easy to separate what needs to be separated.
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