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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)

VLAN configuration at the console

VLAN configuration can be done at the console; in fact, it can even be done on the initial setup, although many of the more esoteric features of VLANs (such as QinQ tagging) are not available from the console menu. Another disadvantage is that there does not seem to be a way of renaming the optional interfaces, although you could do so from the web GUI later.

To begin VLAN configuration from the console, use the Assign Interfaces option in the console mentioned (it should be option 1). pfSense will provide a list of available interfaces in a table which provides the interface device name, the MAC address, link status (up or down), and a description of the interface. For VLAN configuration at the console, perform the following steps:

VLAN configuration from the console
  1. When you select the Assign Interfaces option, the first prompt will be Do...