[Wolves] Newbie Networking Question if you don't mind

John Green illskills1982 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 23 12:46:35 UTC 2016

i second that pfsense is wicked ... if you can get dedicated hardware
rather than building a server with multiple NICS even better but you could
create a pfsense machine using an old pc

On 23 April 2016 at 09:57, Charles Barnwell <cgbarnwell at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 22/04/16 13:00, wolves-request at mailman.lug.org.uk wrote:
>> Subject: [Wolves] Newbie Networking Question if you don't mind
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>> Hi guys,
>> Long time no bother with question ;-)
>> This may well be a question with a simple answer, or open a can of worms.
>> I have a property that we want no down time for internet access, so
>> currently have a Virgin internet
>> box as well as a BT connection.
>> If both services are up, VOIP phones are through one connection and
>> computers all through the other, then if one fails we just
>> shift a patch lead from one to the other to run all services through one
>> router. DHCP done by each router.
>> So, clearly to automate this I need a switch between both incoming
>> routers and the two subnets.
>> Guessing? This would immediatley screw up dhcp as only need one one a
>> working network, but if that connection failed, would lose DHCP.
>> Would the right Switch be used instead for the DHCP?
>> We also have an incoming port forward to security cameras to watch
>> remotely, would the right switch be programmable for this?
>> Any answers or pointers to a simple tutorial?
>> Thanks
>> Wayne
> Wayne,
> We certainly don't mind, and I'm not sure this is a newbie question.
> This is exactly what we do using PfSense
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PfSense
> It is very powerful, but very complicated.  It was set up for us by
> somebody who understands it well.  Would probably be quite a steep learning
> curve, but this might help:
> https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Installing_pfSense
> Let us know how you get on.
> Charles.
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