Note: The Aliases menu becomes visible when the RED interface is configured as Static. To use aliases with a PPoE interface, follow this tutorial (credit to @mhgschmidt).

If you have multiple IP Addresses for your WAN connection, you can use all of them by creating Aliases.

As an example, we will assume that you have a block of five static IP addresses from your ISP:

  • 1.2.3.4
  • 1.2.3.5
  • 1.2.3.6
  • 1.2.3.7
  • 1.2.3.8

First, use the setup program on the console to configure your Red interface with a static IP address of 1.2.3.4 (don't forget to specify your gateway and DNS servers!). Your Red interface should now work properly, but outside users cannot connect to you using the other four addresses.

To enable the remaining addresses, follow these steps:

  • Log in to the IPFire GUI
  • Click on the "Network" tab and then on "Aliases"
  • Enter a Name and the Alias IP in the boxes provided
  • Click Enabled
  • Click the Add button and repeat for all of the remaining addresses.

You can now use these aliases in Port Forwarding rules and elsewhere in the system to control the flow of traffic.