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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)

Configuration at the switch

Before your VLAN configuration is complete, you must configure each of the switches that will be connected to the VLAN interfaces. The process will be different depending on which switch you are using; in this section, we will first discuss switch configuration in general, and then walk through a concrete example of VLAN switch configuration.

There will be differences in switch configuration depending on who the manufacturer is and what type of switch it is; however, all switch configurations include at least the following steps:

  1. Trunk ports (the ports that connect the switch with the router and other switches) must be configured
  2. The VLANs must be created
  3. Ports must be assigned to the VLANs

Some switches also require you to configure a Port VLAN ID (PVID), which sets a default VLAN ID for each port.

Switches differ in the types of interfaces provided...