I am currently using an old desktop with a dual port PCI NIC as a pfSense router. Interface em0 is assigned to the WAN interface, and em1 is assigned to the LAN interface, as well as 3 VLAN interfaces as shown below.
All interfaces shown go through a single cable to a trunked port on my switch. From there, ports are assigned VLANs according to what net the device is supposed to be on. The current LAN network is unused, and is waiting to assign IP addresses to VLAN 1 on my switch (which is not used). Since the LAN interface is not used, I would like to disable it, or remove it all together, and have just VLAN traffic between the router and switch. However, whenever I disable or remove the LAN interface in pfSense, everything on the network loses connectivity and I need to restore a recent config in the pfSense console. I can't seem to figure out why this affects the VLAN traffic that is also supposed to be going through the same port. I have not posted my switch config since I have no reason to believe the issue is on the switch side, but I can post it if necessary. Ideally I would like to remove the LAN interface and still have my VLAN networks be able to communicate. Any ideas?