So I’m moving and trying to figure out how I’m going to set up my next network. I’d like to make sure it’s pretty much futureproofed so I don’t have to do any frankenwiring down the road. My current plan is this, and I’m just looking for verification that it will work:
Run pfSense on a Dell Optiplex with 2 ethernet out ports (I’ll get a network card or whatever). Plugged into one will be a wireless router. Plugged into the other will be a network switch. Going into the pfSense machine will be my modem. I’m wondering if I will be able to manage all the devices connected to those devices through pfSense. I basically just need port forwarding, and VPN, for both the wireless and cabled devices. Will pfSense be able to manage those even if they aren’t plugged in directly? Or will I need to buy a managed switch and do it that way? Obviously, unmanaged is less expensive. Also, is there a better way for a wireless broadcast other than plugging in a router?