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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)

Multi-WAN configuration

Gateway load balancing is accomplished by setting up gateway groups, which consist of two or more WAN interfaces. Configuring gateway load balancing involves several steps:

  1. Adding and configuring additional WAN interfaces.
  2. Configuring DNS servers for each of the new WAN interfaces.
  3. Adding gateway groups which include the new interfaces.
  4. Adding firewall rules for each of the new gateway groups.

The first step, adding and configuring additional WAN interfaces, is a fairly simple process. When you initially set up pfSense, the WAN interface was automatically configured, but configuring additional WAN interfaces isn't much different from configuring any other interfaces. Refer to the following steps:

  1. Navigate to Interfaces | (assign), and on the Interface Assignments tab, there should be a tab showing all the existing interface assignments (which should...