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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)

Advanced pfSense Configuration

The information provided in the first chapter should be enough to get you started with your pfSense router/firewall and deploy it on your network. In this chapter, we will go beyond this basic functionality. Some of the features covered in this chapter overlap with features provided by consumer-grade routers, and as a result you may be somewhat familiar with configuring them. Others, however, go beyond what the typical consumer-grade router provides.

By the end of this chapter, you should know how to configure the following pfSense services:

  • Secure Shell (SSH) login
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
  • Captive portals
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)