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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 static route

In this recipe, we will demonstrate how to add a static route to a network not directly connected to pfSense. Assume that the LAN network uses the subnet, and there is an external router on the LAN network. The WAN interface of the external router has an IP address of, and the external router's LAN network uses the subnet The following diagram illustrates our network (the DMZ router is our external Cisco router):


How to do it...

  1. Navigate toSystem | Routing | Gateways.
  2. On the Gateways tab, click on Add.
  3. Set Interface to LAN:
  1. Enter an appropriate name in theNameedit box.
  2. In the Gateway text field, enter
  3. In the Monitor IP text field, enter an IP for monitoring the gateway.
  4. Enter a brief description in the Description text field.
  5. When done, click on the Save button.
  6. Click on the Apply Changes button.
  7. Click on the Static Routes tab.
  8. Click on the Add button.
  1. In the Destination network text field, enter In the adjacent...