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

Stephen Welch stephen at welchspace.co.uk
Sat Apr 23 12:53:48 UTC 2016

Zeroshell is also very good. I found zeroshell easier to understand than PfSense. 


On 23 April 2016 13:46:14 BST, John Green <illskills1982 at gmail.com> wrote:
>i second that pfsense is wicked ... if you can get dedicated hardware
>rather than building a server with multiple NICS even better but you
>create a pfsense machine using an old pc
>On 23 April 2016 at 09:57, Charles Barnwell <cgbarnwell at gmail.com>
>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>> 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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