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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

Configuring traffic shaping using the traffic-shaping wizard

In this recipe, we will use the pfSense traffic-shaping wizard to prioritize Skype traffic and deprioritize BitTorrent traffic. Assume that we have both the Skype client and one or more BitTorrent clients already installed on one or more nodes on our network.

How to do it...

  1. Navigate to Firewall | Traffic Shaper.
  2. Click on the Wizards tab.
  3. Click on the Multiple Lan/Wan link:
  1. Enter the Number of WAN type connections and the Number of LAN type connections in the appropriate text fields. Leave the latter set to 1 to apply traffic shaping only to LAN interface traffic:
  1. Click on the Next button.
  2. On the next page, select the interface and scheduling algorithm for each of the LAN and WAN interfaces. If you only have one LAN interface, no changes need to be made here:
  1. Select the correct upload and download bandwidth in the Upload and Download text fields. You can select the appropriate upload and download rates in the corresponding drop-down menus...