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Mastering pfSense - Second Edition

By : David Zientara
Book Image

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)

Technical requirements

You should be able to configure of all of the services listed previously with the computer hardware listed under the Technical requirements for Chapter 1, Revisiting pfSense Basics. Having internet access on the other side of your pfSense firewall is useful for testing Dynamic DNS; often the easiest way to do this is with a mobile connection that provides internet access via a network separate from your home/office broadband connection. A wireless access point or router can be useful if you want to set up DHCP or captive portal on a wireless network. Just remember to disable DHCP if you are using a wireless router (put the router in wireless access point mode and let pfSense act as the DHCP server).