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Bridge Multiple LAN ports/NICs to act like a router in pfSense 2.1

Bridge Multiple LAN ports/NICs to act like a router in pfSense 2.1

Nowadays is easy to find a board with more than two ports. For a box with 4 gigabit ports, one used as WAN, others act as as LAN as if they are all part of a switch. Bridging is a good way to go.
A bridged interface is one that can filter traffic without pfSense being involved in the IP layer of the connection. This is commonly referred to as a "transparent firewall".


pfSense box with multiple NICS; 1 for Wan, others for Lans (two or more).

What we will get:

i port as 1 WAN, Others as LAN.

Step 1: Assign an individual IP for all NICs by going to 'Interfaces → Assign'. Important!
Note: Only set up a IPv4 address for each NIC.

Step 2: Set up DHCP on NIC1 by going 'Services → DHCP server'

Step 3: Bridge other NICs by going to 'Interfaces → Assign → Bridges' and set up an IP for the interface.
Note: Do not include WAN and NIC1.

Step 4: Create a interface groups by going to 'Interfaces → Assign → Interface Groups'.
Note: Include all NICs and Bridge interface in "Member (s)", do not include WAN.

Step 5: Change the default firewall rule under NIC1 to all NICs interfaces to avoid being locked out by going to 'Firewall → Rules'
Note: Change the Interface from NIC1 to the Interface groups which is created in Step 4.


Step 6: Enable DHCP on the bridge interface by going to 'Services → DHCP server'.

Step 7: Disable DHCP on NIC1 by going to 'Services → DHCP server' and include NIC1 into the bridge which is set up in Step 3 by going to 'Interfaces → Assign → Bridges'.


Step 8: reboot and test.

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