A few months ago I described how I started using PfSense as a proper gateway. I configured my ADSL router to act as just a modem, forwarding the PPPoE tunnel to PfSense. PfSense would then be in charge of everything related to the internet connection.
I initially did it because I was having to restart the ADSL router every so often. It would lock up, not creating any new connections, which annoyed everyone trying to use the internet. The goal was to have a rock-solid connection that didn't need restarting ever.
A few months have passed and I had forgotten about the last sentence in my initial post: to see whether the situation improved at all, or whether it was still locking up.
During my almost-daily checking up on the site -I am the only visitor, after all. Those stats don't create themselves!- that last phrase caught my eye and I realised I should follow up, for posterity if nothing else.
The result has been as I'd hoped: I haven't restarted the ADSL modem or the PfSense box since I set it up. The only downtime has been when the electricity went out, about
57 days, 03:53h ago.