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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)


Rules don't have to take effect all the time; we can define time ranges during which the rules apply, and the process is even easier than creating rules. Each schedule can have multiple time ranges, and, once defined, it can be applied to a rule. To get started with scheduling, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Firewall | Schedules. There will be a table displaying all the previously created schedule entries; clicking on the Add button below the table allows you to create a new entry.
  2. The Edit page for schedules has two sections: Schedule Information, in which you can configure options, and Configured Ranges, in which the already defined ranges for this rule appear.
  3. You must create at least one time range per schedule, although you can create more.
  4. The first option on the page is Schedule Name, where you enter the name, which can consist only of letters, numbers...