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General Questions / pfSense with only ONE ethernet port?
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:41:53 pm »
Can pfSense be installed and configured using only one ethernet port?

Hardware / SMART Error: Unknown USB bridge
« on: December 12, 2015, 02:41:31 am »

I've recently installed pfSense onto a new usb drive and everything appears to be working fine. However, Ive noticed the SMART status is now "Unknown" and upon running any SMART tests I receive the following error...

smartctl 6.4 2015-06-04 r4109 [FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE-p24 amd64] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-15, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke,

/dev/da0: Unknown USB bridge [0x0781:0x5583 (0x100)]
Please specify device type with the -d option.

Use smartctl -h to get a usage summary

The USB drive in question is a "SanDisk 16GB Cruzer Ultra Fit" (USB 3.0)

I can only assume this usb device is currently unsupported as its a new product from SanDisk. If that's the case would it be silly to wait and see if the next pfSense update supports this device?

General Questions / ADSL bridge/PPPoE Question...
« on: September 03, 2015, 11:25:02 pm »
Is it any less secure plugging an ADSL modem (running in bridge mode) into a switch before connecting it to the WAN port of a pfSense box?

For years I've had my ADSL modem plugged directly into the WAN port of my pfSense box. From there the LAN port would go straight to my switch, which then provides my network with internet connectivity. The only problem with this is, I've never been able to connect to my modem because I assume its "on the other side of the router"...

Recently I discovered I can connect my bridged modem to a switch first, then plug it into both the LAN and WAN port on my pfSense box, and still get the same outcome. Except now I can also connect to my modem too.

Initially I thought this might make my network "open to the internet" but upon thinking about it more I dont think it does.


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