Home arrow Configure arrow PPPoE Server
Setting a PPPoEd Server PDF
Friday, 19 August 2005
This HOWTO is for setting a FreeBSD ppp over Ethernet server with pppoed

1. Compile kernel with this options:
options NETGRAPH

2. Edit /etc/rc.conf, add:
pppoed_flags="-d -P /var/run/pppoed.pid -a "server" -l "default" "

3. /etc/ppp/ppp.conf
 set log Chat Command Phase             #turn on some logging. See man ppp.conf
 enable pap                                          #turn on chap and pap accounting
 enable chap
 allow mode direct                      #turn on ppp bridging
 enable proxy                           #turn on ppp proxyarping (redundant of a
 disable ipv6cp                         #we don't use ipv6, don't want the errors
 set mru 1492                           #set mru below 1500 (PPPoE MTU issue)
 set mtu 1492                           #set mtu below 1500 (PPPoE MTU issue)
 set ifaddr
 set speed sync
 set timeout 0
 enable lqr
 accept dns

4. edit /etc/ppp/ppp.secret
username password


You could configure ipfw firewall to deny any to any and then make a script (easy) for every ppp connection to add a rule in firewall to allow ip for that connection.

Valuable Advices:
- If you use different versions of windows boxes (not only xp) let enable pap and chap too
- If you want a user to be connected only once (so users cannot give username and passowords to others to use the same account) you must setup a radius server
(freeradius or radius-cistron, from ports collection).
- If you have problems login in from windows box than set speed sync from /etc/ppp/ppp.conf might help you
- pppoed daemon consumes some cpu so a faster cpu is better, also for many users is better to have more ram (512 or 1024 MB)
- If you have problems stop your pppoed process (/etc/rc.d/pppoed stop) then launch pppoed with -Fd option instead -d, from command line to have pppoed in foreground to see errors.
- On a lan with many users I had a problem, i guess some of the clients had a misconfigured pppoed server so it keeps asking for connection to pppoed server, flooding, forking the pppoed daemon continously. It is a patch that might solve this problem, I've read about it here: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-hackers/2005-February/010136.html , but could not find that patch.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2005 )

Other BSD Systems





Best BSD firewall?