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Network Security with pfSense

By : Manuj Aggarwal
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Network Security with pfSense

By: Manuj Aggarwal

Overview of this book

While connected to the internet, you’re a potential target for an array of cyber threats, such as hackers, keyloggers, and Trojans that attack through unpatched security holes. A firewall works as a barrier (or ‘shield’) between your computer and cyberspace. pfSense is highly versatile firewall software. With thousands of enterprises using pfSense, it is fast becoming the world's most trusted open source network security solution. Network Security with pfSense begins with an introduction to pfSense, where you will gain an understanding of what pfSense is, its key features, and advantages. Next, you will learn how to configure pfSense as a firewall and create and manage firewall rules. As you make your way through the chapters, you will test pfSense for failover and load balancing across multiple wide area network (WAN) connections. You will then configure pfSense with OpenVPN for secure remote connectivity and implement IPsec VPN tunnels with pfSense. In the concluding chapters, you’ll understand how to configure and integrate pfSense as a Squid proxy server. By the end of this book, you will be able to leverage the power of pfSense to build a secure network.
Table of Contents (7 chapters)

Configuring Gateway Groups

To configure pfSense as a load balancer or failover, you first need to create a Gateway Group. Let's do that now.

Before you start, let's first check if the client system has internet connectivity or not. Let's switch to the Windows 7 client system:

  1. Open a browser window and navigate to a site, say, and check the connectivity. You can also check this by opening the Command Prompt. Execute the ping -t command:

As you can see, the ping command is working fine.

  1. Now that you have verified the connectivity on the client machine, let's go back to the pfSense server.
  2. Go to System tab and click Routing:

In the Gateways tab, you can see that there are two gateways—WAN1 and WAN2, which are defined here. WAN1 is the default gateway. There is still another gateway for both, but it is for DHCP6, which is related...