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#151247 19-Aug-2014 08:25
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I've managed to setup pfSense as a Vodafone UFB router running inside VMWare workstation on Windows 8. Also have HG659 connected to LAN in bridged mode.

Looks like this:
pfSense WAN > VMWare Bridge Protocol > Virtual NIC - VLAN 10 (On Windows) > NIC1 > ONT
pfSense LAN > VMWare Bridge Protocol > NIC2 > HG659 (Bridge mode) > STB

The Vodafone TV STB successfully gets an IP etc via DHCP however I can't seem to get multicasting working as constantly getting "service unavailable".

Current IGMP Proxy settings in pfSense are:
WAN | Upstream |,,
LAN | Downstream |

Also have a firewall rule with (have tried a bunch of others):
Proto: IPv4 UDP
Destination: *
Allow packets with IP options to pass

Has anyone managed to get Vodafone TV multicasting to work through pfSense or know what the corrects IGMP Proxy settings and firewall rules should be?

I've tried instruction provided for different STB's or routers here:


Some firewall logs:

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Ultimate Geek

#1115886 26-Aug-2014 14:30
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Just picked up a gigabit switch for 30 bucks and setup as planned:

            GIGABIT SWITCH
                /           \
HG659 Router       Windows Server
        |                          |
      STB                pfSense Router
                            /     |       |     \
                        VM1  VM2  VM3  VM4

Works perfectly;


  • HG659 gets one WAN IP, STB works perfectly
  • pfSense gets another WAN IP, works perfectly (without having to worry about multicast etc)
  • Bandwidth is shared between the two WAN connections
Everybody is happy!      (will be back on here later when it all explodes...)

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