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pfSense 2.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By : David Zientara
Book Image

pfSense 2.x Cookbook - Second Edition

By: David Zientara

Overview of this book

pfSense is an open source distribution of the FreeBSD-based firewall that provides a platform for ?exible and powerful routing and firewalling. The versatility of pfSense presents us with a wide array of configuration options, which makes determining requirements a little more difficult and a lot more important compared to other offerings. pfSense 2.x Cookbook – Second Edition starts by providing you with an understanding of how to complete the basic steps needed to render a pfSense firewall operational. It starts by showing you how to set up different forms of NAT entries and firewall rules and use aliases and scheduling in firewall rules. Moving on, you will learn how to implement a captive portal set up in different ways (no authentication, user manager authentication, and RADIUS authentication), as well as NTP and SNMP configuration. You will then learn how to set up a VPN tunnel with pfSense. The book then focuses on setting up traffic shaping with pfSense, using either the built-in traffic shaping wizard, custom ?oating rules, or Snort. Toward the end, you will set up multiple WAN interfaces, load balancing and failover groups, and a CARP failover group. You will also learn how to bridge interfaces, add static routing entries, and use dynamic routing protocols via third-party packages.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Adding a wireless access point

This recipe describes how to configure pfSense for use as a wireless access point.

Getting ready

In order to use pfSense as a wireless access point, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Add a wireless card to your pfSense system that is supported by pfSense. You will likely want to consult the FreeBSD Hardware Notes first. You can find information about compatible wireless interfaces for FreeBSD 11.1 at:
  • The wireless card must be detected by pfSense.

How to do it...

  1. Navigate to Interfaces|Assignments.
  2. Click on the Wireless tab.
  1. Click on theAddbutton to add a new interface.
  2. Select the correct interface in the Parent Interface drop-down box. If your wireless card is not listed, then it was not detected by pfSense, and you will have to troubleshoot this issue.


  1. SelectAccess Pointin theModedrop-down box.
  2. Enter a brief description in the Description edit box.
  3. Click on the Save button.
  4. Now that we have added the...