I recently set up this i3-7100 machine with pfsense, with the sole purpose of “bypassing” the ISP router. Bought a 4-port Intel NIC, put it in.
Basically just to hide the LAN-mapping of the house that the ISP router just rubbed in my face, showing all the device names, smartphones, and connections and IP addresses of the entire house.
It was all shown on the router page itself and made me cringe a bit (and hold the towel a bit closer to my body, after a shower). And btw, I also have to get online and login to it through the internet, to get on my own router settings page.
So I set the ISP-router to bridge-mode on port4, linked that port to a WAN port on the pfsense machine. And went to town thinking I could use it as a switch, and connect all my devices on all 4 Intel ports.
Got over that misconception quite abruptly, with all the “pfsense is not a switch” thing I read in forums…
And all the networking snobs basically bashing anyone who considers bridging different interfaces. And all the
Oh, not written down all the rules to every interface you have assigned, have you? mmm…haha! Are you bridging connections, sir? muahah so foolish! Why don’t you stick to your ISP-provided-router if you cannot handle such complications for your feeble little mind, sir? Shows us your screenshots, so we can laugh about it! muahahahaha!
So… Anyway (sorry about the rant).
I have some really basic questions:
1º Does my ISP still have access to my home-LAN, and the devices hwid or IP addresses in it?
2º Without a VPN on pfsense, is any of the inbound traffic hidden, somewhat-hidden, encrypted in any way? All they see is one device (router), asking for all the internet traffic, right?
3º If I’m not using interface bridges, is there any easy way to connect all the LANs in the house? Wifi devices on LAN1, to my PC on LAN2, to the proxmox+truenas on LAN3?
4º Difference between Interface Bridges, VLANS, Groups? <— In a very basic way, please. I understand a lot of basic stuff already (I think)
thanks, sorry for the long read