Having issues with my pfsense router/firewall. When it’s up and running, it’s fine. If I lose power or have to cold boot it’s a pain to get going again. It fails to get an IP from my modem. In the pfsense dashboard I see “n/a” where I should have an IP on the WAN interface. Sometimes I’ll see 0.0.0.0.
Ive already made a thread on Arstechnica.com and got some good advice but none of it seemed to really solve my issue. https://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1391565
Here are my hardware specifications.
Modem: Motorola Arris Sb6141
Asus p9di motherboard
Xeon E3 1240L v3
Onboard dual I210AT NICs
2x 4gb ecc memory
Some random Toshiba 120gb ssd
My isp is Comcast fwiw.
I have tried rebooting the Arris modem many, many times. So many power cycles. The modem manual suggests resetting factory defaults. Strangely the reset factory defaults button is nowhere to be found in the modems interface at 192.168.100.1. So I just keep power cycling.
Ive tried every permutation of booting pfsense box first, then modem. Modem then pfsense. Simultaneously. Boot the modem and wait 15mins then pfsense. I’ve tried it all. The most successful seems to be pfsense box first, so it gets through bios and then the modem. I have all uefi network capabilities disabled. Pxe boot is disabled. So I really don’t think the bios is interfering with the modem/router handshake but maybe I’m wrong. Each nic interface has its own Mac obviously. But the bios also has its own separate Mac address, which shouldnt matter if all the uefi networking is disabled. So there’s 3 mac addresses for two ports… Maybe the modem is seeing that Mac address first?
I just did a fresh install of pfsense and the WAN interface is blank when looking at the monitor on the pfsense system. The web gui dashboard shows 0.0.0.0.