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Mastering pfSense - Second Edition

By : David Zientara
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Mastering pfSense - Second Edition

By: David Zientara

Overview of this book

pfSense has the same reliability and stability as even the most popular commercial firewall offerings on the market – but, like the very best open-source software, it doesn’t limit you. You’re in control – you can exploit and customize pfSense around your security needs. Mastering pfSense - Second Edition, covers features that have long been part of pfSense such as captive portal, VLANs, traffic shaping, VPNs, load balancing, Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP), multi-WAN, and routing. It also covers features that have been added with the release of 2.4, such as support for ZFS partitions and OpenVPN 2.4. This book takes into account the fact that, in order to support increased cryptographic loads, pfSense version 2.5 will require a CPU that supports AES-NI. The second edition of this book places more of an emphasis on the practical side of utilizing pfSense than the previous edition, and, as a result, more examples are provided which show in step-by-step fashion how to implement many features.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Installing packages

Package installation can be done either within the web GUI or from the console. Since we already covered the steps involved in installing a package from the GUI, we will only provide a brief overview before discussing CLI installation.

To install a package using the pfSense web GUI, navigate to System | Package Manager and click on the Available Packages tab. This tab contains a table listing all the available packages. There is also a search box at the top of the page, so if you know at least part of the name and/or description of the package for which you are looking, you can type it into the search box. The adjacent drop-down box allows you to search the name, description, or both.

Each entry in the packages table has three columns: Name, Version, and Description:

  • Name: The name of the package. This column also links to the package's official website...