For setting up VLANs in my home network I basically followed the tutorial from Crosstalk Solution on YouTube:
The result, however, was not working as expected. As it turned out the critical difference was that I have my pfSense firewall running virtualized on VMware ESXi 6.5. By default the latter “removes” VLAN tags.
But it is very easy to change this and not even a reboot is required. So here are the steps you need to perform:
- Log in to the admin web UI of ESXi
- Go to the network port groups and open your internal network
- Open settings for internal network
- Change VLAN to 4095
- Save change
That’s all 🙂
1 thought on “VLANs with pfSense, Unifi, and VMware ESXi”
THANK YOU so much!!!!!
I have been struggling for days to get my pfsense working on a VLAN, the simplest things weren’t working, all because of this.
WHY on earth would you strip out VLAN tags as a default – aaah.