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pfSense Traffic Shaper for prioritizing gaming traffic

This a lot easier, than I originally though it would be. Works really well on my multiWAN setup too! I did everything with the Wizard, that can be found under firewall/traffic shaper.

The Wizard

Why even post steps about a traffic shaper wizard? Well, it’s pretty easy to use, so maybe there’s no point. However I tend to forget easy things, like choosing the correct wizard (traffic_shaper_wizard_multi_all.xml), and using high enough connection speed (the first image). Everything else is really simple.

At the first step we just add the upload / download speed limits. You should use some value that is actually pretty close to the maximum value, since the penaltyBox feature in the next still will only accept persentage of the connection speed, which will be calculated from these values.

The Scheduler PRIQ means that each packed is placed on separate queue, and the prioritized packets (games) will pass through first.

 

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Updated my pfSense for LAN-parties

Update to my previous post https://www.summeli.com/?p=11214

I added a new WAN port for my pfSensebox. Now we can have a mobile 4G connection shared into LAN from all three Finnish networks (DNA, Telia, Elisa). This is pretty rad.

 

 

Routing multi-WAN in pfSense

I just added a third WAN connection into my pfSensebox for  LAN parties. However the configuration was pretty tricky and I forgot most of the settings, so I wrote this quick guide to follow for the future (if I have to do it again..)

Configure WANs

The fist step is to configure WANs. Just configure DHCP and internetsettings separably to each WAN.

Create Routing Gateways

Go to System->Routing->Gateway Groups, and add new

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Building a router for LAN party with pfSense and Steam cache

We have small LAN-party for about 30 people twice a year. The party takes a place far away from good internet connections. We have to manage with only 4G connections in here. Currently it get really troublesome if we get some game updates to steam etc. since we’re only having one 4G connection witch is shared with 30 people.

Hardware Dell R210-II

After lurking a while in the reddit/r/homelab I decided to buy a cheap Dell R210-II from ebay. The reasoning was;

  1. The physical size is decent (I have limited storage space).
  2. The CPU has a support for virtualization.
  3. Dell provides the customized esxi images, so the installation should be easy
  4. 1 PCI-express slot for new NIC, and enough space to run 2 HDDs in RAID-mode.

I also purchased a 1gigabit 4 port Intel NIC from ebay. Those things are also really cheap. They might be Chinese pirate-cards? (the price is incredibly low), but they still do the work.

Network Configuration

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